To book a show at Bull Run you should consider what we have to offer you and what you have to offer us. Are we the right venue for your style of music and are we located where you have a fan base or can build one? Will you have enough of a draw to make the event worth it for us and for yourself? We realize that you don't want to play to an empty room, and we don't want to pay for an empty room. It's better all around to be realistic about your ability to draw. Then we can consider alternative options.

We have four performance spaces. Three of the performance spaces are for ticketed shows:

The Sawtelle Room holds 300. The Ballroom holds 70.  The Patio holds up to 80.

Tavern acts are not ticketed and we book acoustic ONLY in the Tavern as background dinner music, not as a show. 

To get a sense of the performance spaces, see this video: LIVE MUSIC on 4 STAGES


For a feature spot in the Sawtelle Room you would need to draw a minimum of 75 people and come in for a percentage of the door.

For a feature spot in the Ballroom you need to draw a minimum of 20 people and come in for a percentage of the door.

For a feature spot on the Patio, you need to draw a minimum of 35 people & come in for a percentage of the door.

If you’re sure you can draw these numbers, we can start to talk about a guarantee versus a percentage of the door. 

The Sawtelle Room or the Ballroom are ideal for ticketed CD RELEASE parties. For all ticketed shows, we will help market/promote your event via our website, e-newsletter, local advertising & Bull Run social media.

Important considerations: We cannot book loud, electric bands in our 70-seat Ballroom. Our restaurant is situated directly below it. We prefer NO drums or bass but if that's an essential part of your band, drummers & bass players MUST play soft.  We don't like to do it but have stopped shows in the past if bands amp up during the set. Also keep in mind that our Ballroom is located in the historic top floor of our Tavern, and requires climbing a stairway. Please contact us for questions on accessibility.

Another option is you could come in as an opener for a band with a larger draw. As an opener you would not be expected to draw as much, but could benefit from opening for someone with a greater draw to increase your fans in the area.

The opening spots are normally 25 - 30 minutes in length. If you bring your email list you can begin to increase your potential to draw at Bull Run. PLEASE NOTE: Openers are subject to approval by headlining bands - it's not up to us only.

Yet another possibility is to work out a split bill where you and another artist with equal draw share

the night. You would also split the percentage of the door but it would double your chances of filling the room.

And hopefully both acts would gain new fans from each others fans.

After you have thought all of this through and have come up with a reasonable game plan for how we might have a successful night, send me an email at:  with a link to your website where I can listen to your music, read a little

bit about you and see where you're playing around the area. If it seems like we might be able to work something out, I'll get back

to you as soon as I can. PLEASE be patient. I really get a lot of emails asking to play and it just takes time to go through them

all and give them the consideration that they deserve. If, after 3 or 4 weeks you still haven't heard from me, you can send me

a little reminder. I will try to consider all requests. Most of all I appreciate professionalism in your communication:

that means please only send me short, succinct bios, high res photos, quality videos, a few decent music clips and the room you feel is most appropriate for your act: Sawtelle Room, Ballroom, Patio or Tavern


Bull Run Restaurant & Concert Series