Friday, December 29, 2006

Indie Band Gambles For A Chance At Stardom

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – An up-and-coming indie band is betting on its future – at casinos.

That’s because the group, Alternate Routes, financed its latest record, Good And Reckless And True, by betting band funds at the poker tables of a New England casino.

The gamble was the idea of guitarist Eric Donnelly, who says the band was down to its last $200 when he offered to take a gamble at cards.

Although the odds were against Donnelly, he managed to parlay the initial investment into $1985 in just hours – enough to cover the costs of the album, rent and a gourmet breakfast at McDonalds.

At first, some of the band members weren’t pleased with Donnelly’s big gamble, but he figures it was a better way to earn money than the alternate revenue raising routes they had previously pursued.

For instance, he says, one time, the group played a child’s christening and had to deal with rug rats hitting their guitars during the entire performance.

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