Ask A Cabaret Question at McElrath Cabaret–What Is The Average Cover Charge For Cabaret Shows In Your Hometown? Join The Conversation!


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Here is Ellis Larkins with a song from his 1954 album entitled Perfume and Rain.  He accompanied Ella Fitzgerald, Chris Connor, Mildred Bailey, Eartha Kitt, Joe Williams, Helen Humes, Harry Belafonte and many more singers, but this is a lovely solo piano feature.  Doesn’t it make you wish you were in a cozy boite with someone you love enjoying these great piano stylings?


Hi!  Wednesday is the day of the week when we at McElrath Cabaret post a cabaret question for the consideration of our readers.  The questions have something to do with cabaret, in all its many aspects.


We encourage you to send us any cabaret question that you have that you would like us to pose to the group! You can leave a question in the comments section below, or you can email it to us at kjandathenacabaret [at] Just fill in the [at] with the @ symbol—we need to foil the spam bots, don’cha know.


This week’s question is: What is the average cover charge for cabaret shows in your hometown?


In Portland, Oregon, cover charge prices range from $7 to a norm of $10-15.  As you know, there are two different amounts that an audience member usually pays in order to see a cabaret show:  the cover charge, which goes to the entertainer(s), and the food and/or drink minimum, which goes to the house.  Here in Portland, minimums vary depending upon the venue, but you can expect to pay at least a $10 minimum on food and/or drink.


Cover charges help you cover the expenses involved in putting a show on.  You’ll likely use that money to pay your musicians first, and then for the myriad other expenses that you’ll incur as you put your show together.


Food and drink prices have risen over the past few months–have you noticed that this has affected the minimums that clubs are asking for?


So how much is the average cabaret cover charge in your hometown?   I can’t wait to hear what your responses are to today’s question, so let me know down in the comments here. 


You can also leave a comment on LinkedInGoogle+Facebook or Twitter.  And you can always feel free to drop us a line, either in the comments below or send us a direct email, and let us know a cabaret question that you would like us to ask, and we’ll do our best to include it in an upcoming Wednesday post.


I truly look forward to your joining the conversation with your comments! We value each of our readers very much, and hope to entertain you and give you a place to come and learn more about cabaret.


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Till next time, 


ps–The Cabaret Soiree Link Party is still going strong–you can visit anytime to click on the links and see what others have posted, or you can share your own recent cabaret blog or cabaret website link from now through Thursday.  Link is below.


Weekly Post Lineup At McElrath Cabaret:

Mondays:  Cabaret Soiree Cabaret Blog Link Party

Tuesdays:  Cabaret Tip Tuesday

Wednesdays:  Ask A Cabaret Question

Thursdays: Featured Cabaret Blog, Website, Performer

Fridays:  Cabaret Through Time

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About Athena at McElrath Cabaret

Athena McElrath is an entertainer with a love for theatre and singing. She enjoys delving in the area of historical cabaret, researching the singers and clubs that were in business from before 1920 to the present, in New York and beyond.
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