Ruby's Inn Ebenezer’s Barn & Grill seeks new house band for 2018Ruby’s Inn is currently accepting submissions from country western musical groups to provide entertainment at Ebenezer’s Barn & Grill for the 2018 season. The deadline for proposal submissions is Jan. 12.

Ebenezer’s Barn & Grill is a western-style chuck wagon restaurant owned by Ruby’s Inn. The restaurant features 450 seats, a state-of-the-art kitchen, cutting-edge sound, and musical entertainment along with a meal. Because of the “dinner and a show” structure and design of Ebenezer’s Barn & Grill, Ruby’s Inn is looking to bring in new entertainment for the 2018 season. Ruby’s Inn plans to fill the position with country western musicians. Depending on the talent, more than one act may be hired.

Ideally, applicants will be country western musicians, groups with 4–5 members, able to work from spring to fall, and in possession of their own musical instruments. Ruby’s is looking for applicants with the potential to manage food service and with a preexisting social media presence.

Based on the international audience commonly received at Ebenezer’s Barn & Grill, where English is sometimes not the audience’s first language, Ruby’s Inn requires that the new entertainment focuses mainly on musical performances rather than comedy or storytelling. The scope of work includes the following responsibilities:

—Performing up to seven nights per week during season. The restaurant is open seven nights a week, and applicants must be available to cover all nights requested.

—Interacting with the audience.

—Entertaining for up to 90 minutes each night.

—Dressing in western cowboy clothing.

The new act(s) must be available from April 20 to Oct. 25, 2018, the length of the contract.

Beginning in the 2018 season, Ruby’s Inn will incorporate a new format for the performers at Ebenezer’s Barn & Grill. The act(s) selected will be featured as members of the “Bryce Canyon Wranglers” for branding and advertising purposes, and the name will stay with Ebenezer’s Barn & Grill to provide a consistent brand. This branding consistency will allow for the possibility of various acts and shows to perform at Ebenezer’s Barn & Grill. Any group or act may keep its own name or identity and have its own advertising and social media presence. While those who are selected to perform must provide their own musical instruments and any special attachments, the remainder of the equipment will be provided by Ruby’s Inn.

Compensation packages are available for negotiation. The new act(s) will receive a percentage of the revenue brought in at Ebenezer’s Barn & Grill. In addition, housing or trailer space can be made available for entertainers for a fee.

Contracts will start as an annual agreement with the possibility of renewal depending on season evaluation.

Each submitted proposal should contain an electronic press kit including the following:

—Samples of music.

—Headshots of group members.

—Ideas on how to structure performance.

—Social media following.

—Any additional information or pieces deemed applicable.


Proposals must be submitted to Hayley Pollock, food and beverage manager of Ruby’s Inn, at

A committee from Ruby’s Inn will evaluate the proposals and select three or four groups as finalists. The finalists will be asked to come to Ebenezer’s Barn and Grill for an in-person performance during the month of January. The final decision on the 2018 entertainment will be made by the end of January. Selected entertainment will be informed by phone.

The deadline for proposal submission is Jan. 12. Finalists for auditions will be selected and notified by Jan. 19, and the final contract will be awarded Jan. 31.

More information is available from Pollock at

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