About

Hooplays is a web app that helps you find live music...all kinds of live music, not just the ticketed events. It’s a musician-driven website. Most of the shows are added by the musicians themselves, though venues are also encouraged to sign up and add shows. There are handy genre labels and links to video and music so you can get a sense of what a band or artist sounds like before deciding to go see them play.

Audience members can leave reviews, allowing artists to build a reputation and helping future listeners imagine what's in store. Reviews help determine the order of appearance of the shows happening on a given day; crowd-sourcing curates the shows.

Hooplays was started on the Hawaiian island of Maui by singer-songwriter Elaine Ryan. Elaine now lives in the Bay Area.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is it free?

Yes, Hooplays is a free website. We will never charge musicians to sign up.

2. How can I get my shows to appear at the top of the search results?

Artists with the highest ratings are at the top. Ratings come from audience reviews as well as social media shares. If you want to get your shows to be closer to the top, you can encourage audience members to review your show on Hooplays or you can share your shows on Facebook and Twitter and get your friends to share them too. Since they're more objective, audience reviews are weighted more strongly, but sharing on social media is a quick and easy way to get your shows closer to the top and to encourage people to come see you play!

3. What should I do if I'm having a problem using the site?

We're here to help. Email hooplaysmusic@gmail.com.