I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody’s Business will be headlining a three week “Pick What You Pay” tour this spring, a new and innovative plan from Ace Enders, who we talked to last month after he raised over $30,000 via Kickstarter. The audience will be able to choose their own ticket price for the shows, an idea that seems extremely unique and risky for a cash-strapped musician, but also highly rewarding for the fanbase, which Ace is passionately devoted to.
The goodwill doesn’t end there, though. Each advanced purchase ticket will come with a limited edition signed poster and admission to a discussion session about the future of music with the band that will be filmed and included in a documentary to be released this coming fall. Pre-sale tickets will be available through Artist Arena starting on March 15.
Considering that the majority of a band’s revenue is generated through ticket sales and merchandise, I Can Make a Mess’s willingness to allow fans to choose ticket prices is extremely unprecedented. While the pay-what-you-want business model has been quite successful with digital album downloads (Radiohead‘s In Rainbows comes to mind), the same approach is new to touring and, actually, to the best of my knowledge has not actually been implemented before. With all the bonuses tied in to the advance tickets, fans of the band should be more than satisfied – the only question that remains is whether or not enough money can be generated to make a profit or at least break even. Best of luck to Ace and his band on their new endeavor.
Check out the tour dates below.
I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody’s Business “Pick What You Pay” Tour Dates:
5/17 – Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
5/18 – New York, NY – Studio @ Webster Hall
5/19 – Providence, RI – Club Hell
5/20 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
5/21 – Manchester, NH – Rockos
5/22 – Hartford, CT – Webster Underground
5/24 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
5/25 – Lansing, MI – Mac’s Bar
5/26 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
5/27 – Madison, WI – The Loft
5/28 – DeKalb, IL – The House Café
5/29 – Des Moines, IA – House of Bricks
5/31 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway
6/1 – Covington, KY – Mad Hatter
6/2 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Smiling Moose
6/3 – Vienna, VA – Jammin Java
6/4 – Philadelphia, PA – Northstar Bar