I would think it depends on the state. But generally, yes.
That's a cool idea - something I might suggest to the band.In my scene bands can't sell CDs but will make a killing with tapes and vinyl. Vinyl is expensive though.
One of my favorite things I saw last year was a band who included a QR code to download their album that was printed on the tags inside their tshirts.
It's like patina for our hearing...Yeah, cassette is literally about 5-6 bits of dynamic range. Yet there are actually people who deride MP3 while claiming tape warmth and applying it to cassette. Yo - if you want everything to sound warm - just listen to everything at 110db for a few decades.
That’s the way to do it, with a meet & greet, and sign the CDs. I think it makes the customer feel special. They feel like they know you this way.I play in a Chicago tribute band and our audience skews a bit older, so CDs are still a thing. We record all our shows to live to multi-track through our in-ear rig, so we mixed tunes from two particularly strong shows and released a live CD (licensed, of course). After every (pre-Covid) gig, we do a meet and greet at the merch table. We sell anywhere from a handful to a bunch (and t-shirts), and as Brandon said, we're asked to sign most copies. When things get back up and running, we'll likely offer digital downloads from our website, as well, but CDs are still viable in our market.
Hopefully everyone behaved at the meet and greet, and no one was...Naughty Naughty.Anything a band can do to pull in extra money is a good thing. The last smaller show I was was at, the opening act was the former lead singer of the late 80s band Danger Danger. He had a booth set up out front and he said after his set he'll be there selling CD's, Shirts or if you just want to come up and say hi that's cool too. He's obviously not making big money off that, but it's a good way to connect with the fans and also make some extra cash.
LOL. it's a lot more tame these days. As the lead singer for Heaven's Edge said that night, when they made their MTV video in that very venue in the early 90s, there were topless women up in the balcony. These days it's a family event with the wife and kids.Hopefully everyone behaved at the meet and greet, and no one was...Naughty Naughty.
Sorry, I could't resist.
I listened to a music industry podcast with a panel of indie labels. The topic of tapes came up and they all agreed that people buy them to have a physical artifact, but most probably never listen to them. One guy volunteered that he knew that to be true because his label had nearly sold out of a run of 500 or so tapes before a customer reported that side B was blank. He checked the stock and confirmed that it was true of the whole run, but no one else ever complained.I don't get the resurgence of cassette tapes. They are objectively terrible.