The Private Guerrilla Showcase (PGS) floor is always buzzing with music and activity. At FAR-West 2014, PGS showcases will begin at 10:30 pm and end at 2:00 am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
If you have any questions about hosting a PGS room or would like help in planning your room, email Mark Kaufman, PGS Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The list of PGS hosts is published here and is updated regularly. [NOTE: As of July 18, there are only seven PGS rooms remaining and only two of them have two double beds.]
Hosting a Room
Hosting a PGS room is a great way to meet people, present yourself and others, and put yourself in charge of the music. The cost is $170 per night (which covers the room rental, taxes and FAR-West's insurance costs). Many hosts charge performers a fee to present in their room. Also, you can sleep in your room on the nights that you host.
There are a limited number of rooms and bed choices (19 king and 9 with two doubles) on the PGS hallway and they will be allocated on a first come basis. Rooms are available for Thursday/Friday, Friday/Saturday or Thursday/Friday/Saturday nights. If you want to host for one night only, find a friend to share the other night(s) with you. The deadline is September 22, but reserve early so you can get your PGS schedule submitted on time for publication in the conference guide!
PGS rooms can be reserved during the conference registration process by going to the Opportunities page and choosing the nights you want to sponsor a showcase. If you have already registered, you can log back in to the Registration site and continue to the Opportunities page. There you can add a PGS room for the nights you want to host. Then download and submit a Private Guerrilla Showcase Contract to finalize the reservation for your PGS room. Download PGS 2014 contract
The No Amplification Rule: Private Guerrilla Showcases are intended to be unamplified performances. We recognize that some instruments, such as electronic keyboard and electric bass require some amplification. For this reason small amplifiers are allowed when absolutely necessary. We do not, however, allow sound systems to be set up in private guerrilla showcase rooms and there is no vocal amplification. Also, drums may only be played with brushes and cajons or other drums must be used at a low level. The key is to keep the sound at a level that will not create a problem for nearby PGS rooms or other floors.
DO NOT RESERVE A ROOM THROUGH THE HOTEL FOR YOUR SHOWCASE. FAR-West books the PGS room block through the hotel and holds liability insurance for the evenings of the PGS program. That is why the cost of PGS rooms is higher than a regular hotel sleeping room.
For an interesting perspective on hosting a PGS room, download and read this blog posting by Michael Gaither from September, 2010 (edited by Mark Kaufman for 2014). Download: Host a PGS