When should artists be at the product table?
When you go to a concert, do you expect to see artists before a concert, at intermission, or afterwards?
At intermission and afterwards are fairly standard practice. Before a concert is a little more complicated. Hovie Lister and the Statesmen would not stand at a product table before a show; they believed that there wouldn’t be the same excitement and aura around a live appearance if fans had been talking to the artists at the product table beforehand. There is also the issue of artists not wearing out their voices before concerts.
There’s a great case to be made for artists not manning product tables before concerts. But, on the other hand, enough artists do come out before concerts that artists who don’t would be wise to prepare accordingly. Perhaps a volunteer or a bus driver could man the table before the concert, or perhaps artists could place a cover over the product racks to signify to fans that the table will be closed until intermission.
(Hat tip to an anonymous artist for the post idea.)