Every year, we get a smattering of questions about how to attend Tonic Ball.
Are ball gowns and black ties required?
We neither encourage nor discourage formal attire.
Will gin & tonics be provided gratis?
The answer is a confident “no,” unless you have a sugarmama or sugardaddy in tow — and that’s none of our business.
When you say “sold out” do you mean “sold out”?
Yes. But keep an eye out for a dude with a red beard hawking last-minute releases, because that’s been known to happen.
For audience members:
- Smaller venues fill up fast. Come early and stay put if you want to see a smaller venue act. (Ed: See the schedule to strategize.)
- Be prepared to stand outside. Wear a coat that will keep you warm but isn’t terribly bulky to hold or stash once inside. Seems logical and yet…
- From our leader, Matt Mays: It’s going to be cold. Plan for that and remember that there’s usually room in the Fountain Square Theatre if you need a warm up. Plenty of good music in there, too.
- Dress accordingly.
- Bring a jacket and a scarf. Drink lots of water. Pace yourself.
- Be nice to the stage managers and all volunteers! Be patient, have fun!
- Show up early or the beer will be gone. Show up early or you won’t play. Stay late to see who does something amazing. Remember that it’s a fundraiser for the hungry. Have a blast.
- Remember your guitar cord and the chords you will play on the guitar. Have a good time and be pleased you’re a part of it!
- Drink water.