Hospitality Riders: What Christian Bands Require on the Road

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Hospitality Riders - What Christian bands eat on the road

Tour Bus
Tour Bus. mladn61/Getty Images

On average, Christian bands spend over 275 days a year on the road, traveling from city to city or around the world to deliver the Gospel through music. During that time, they're dependent on the concert promoters to provide meals, hot showers, towels, hotel rooms, transportation around the city and even snacks and drinks.

While the average American worker goes to the office about 260 days a year, the majority of us get to go home every night. We know we will have access to working bathrooms, hot water and clean towels. If we decide to go out, we have our own transportation and we know where the stores and restaurants are in our area.

Having spent a great deal of time backstage and in hospitality rooms over the years while covering concerts, I know firsthand that not all greenroom food is created equal. Without guidelines and suggestions from hospitality riders, touring bands could end up with unhealthy fast food every night. So what do they eat on the road?

*** Note - all meals (ie. breakfast, lunch, dinner) are expected based on when the band arrives. The lists are all more "pick from these choices," not "have all of this available.")

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Andrew Peterson's Rider

Andrew Peterson
Andrew Peterson. Centricity

Typically, Andrew travels with two musicians and a tour manager. He likes "quality and well thought-out meals" that make him and his team feel "welcome and cared for."

Andrew Peterson Hospitality Requirements:

Dinner Suggestions (Think hearty but healthy)

  • Meat (chicken, Mexican or stir-fry)
  • Two sides (rice, vegetables, salad)

Snacks

  • Cliff bars or other nutrition bars
  • Almonds or premium mixed nuts
  • Fruit and/or vegetable tray with hummus

Beverages

  • Bottled water
  • Naked or Odwalla juice
  • Hot tea
  • Bottled tea

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Caedmon's Call's Rider

Caedmon's Call
Caedmon's Call. Caedmon's Call

If Caedmon's Call arrives prior to 10 a.m., they ask that a small breakfast be provided. For lunch and dinner, they ask that enough food be provided for the local crew that is helping as well.

Caedmon's Call Hospitality Requirements:

Breakfast Suggestions

  • Bagels with cream cheese
  • Muffins
  • Donuts
  • Juice
  • Coffee

Lunch Suggestions

  • Sandwiches (grilled chicken or deli)
  • Grilled cheese and soup
  • Pasta
  • Stir fry
  • BBQ
  • Two sides (baked beans, veggies)
  • Soup
  • Bread
  • Chips
  • Cookies
  • Soft drinks
  • Bottled water

Dinner Suggestions

  • Pasta bar
  • Roasted chicken or turkey
  • Roast beef
  • Broiled or baked fish and chicken
  • Mexican dinner
  • Green salad
  • Mashed or baked potato or long grain rice
  • Rolls
  • Desserts
  • Soft drinks
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee

Beverages

  • Soft drinks (Coke, Diet Coke, Diet Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, Sprite)
  • Bottled tea
  • Bottled water
  • Juice

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Chris August's Rider

Chris August
Chris August. Word/Fervent

The Dove Award winning Chris August spends about 55 out of every 90 days on the road. He and his team have worked hard to set out a hospitality rider that provides nutritional meals suited for a wide variety of tastes that don't break the bank.

Chris August Hospitality Requirements:

Dinner Suggestions

  • Chicken meal
  • Green salad
  • Two vegetables/sides (such as green beans, corn, rice, asparagus)
  • Rolls
  • Dessert
  • Hot tea
  • Coffee

Snacks

  • Strawberry Nutrigrain bars

Beverages

  • Bottled water
  • Hot tea

 

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Christy Nockels' Rider

Chris Tomlin and Christy Nockles
Chris Tomlin and Christy Nockles during 38th Annual GMA DOVE Awards - Show at Grand Old Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. Rick Diamond/WireImage for Gospel Music Association/Getty Images

Promoters are invited to "embellish" on these suggestions as long as they discuss them with the tour manager beforehand.

Christy Nockels Hospitality Requirements:

Lunch Suggestions (if arrival time makes lunch necessary)

  • Salad bar
  • Soup
  • Chick-fil-a meals
  • Fresh fruit
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Wheat bread with peanut butter, strawberry or grape preserves or jam
  • Cliff Bars and/or Zone bars

Dinner Suggestions

  • Chicken or beef
  • Pasta
  • Two vegetables
  • Green salad
  • Rolls
  • Dessert
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Bottled water

Beverages

  • Bottled water
  • Juice
  • Soft drinks

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Dara Maclean's Rider

Dara Maclean
Dara Maclean. Fervent Records

Dara Maclean isn't a stickler where food is concerned but she does ask for 56 bottles of water (16 - 20 available for the performance and the other 36 for the crew throughout the day).

Dara Maclean Hospitality Requirements:

Breakfast Suggestions (for morning events)

  • Fruit
  • Yogurt
  • Bagels
  • Granola
  • Non-sugar cereal
  • Juice
  • Milk
  • Coffee
  • Tea

Lunch Suggestions (for 6 people)

  • Deli tray
  • Vegetable tray
  • Fruit tray
  • Green salad
  • Bread
  • Soup

Dinner Suggestions (for 6 people)

  • Chicken, Mexican or stir-fry
  • Green salad
  • Two sides (rice, vegetables)
  • Fruit and vegetable trays

Beverages

  • Bottled water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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FFH's Rider

FFH
FFH. FFH

Jeromy and Jennifer Deibler generally travel with their two small children, so it is important for the time surrounding their concerts to be organized and well thought-out. This way, they can have quiet, family time before the show and that makes them much more focused on the ministry. They do specifically ask that pork not be served.

FFH Hospitality Requirements:

Lunch Suggestions (for 10 people)

  • Sandwiches
  • Soups

Dinner Suggestions (for 10 people)

  • Chicken (baked or grilled)
  • Turkey and dressing
  • Lasagna
  • Spaghetti with meat sauce
  • Beef roast
  • Chicken and dumplings
  • Sides (such as green beans, baked beans, lima beans, mashed or baked potatoes, fruit or potato salad, asparagus, broccoli, spinach or tossed salad, corn

Snacks

  • Fruit tray
  • Bananas and apples
  • Vegetable tray

Beverages

  • Bottled water
  • Juice
  • Hot tea
  • Bottled tea
  • Soft drinks (Coke, Diet Caffeine Free Coke)

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Laura Story's Rider

Laura Story
Laura Story. Provident

Grammy, Billboard and Dove Awards winner Laura Story could be a real diva if she chose to be (like many of her mainstream award-winning contemporaries), but she's quite easy going with her hospitality riders. She does ask for 56 bottles of water (16 - 20 available for the performance and the other 36 for the crew throughout the day) because a hydrated body is important.

Laura Story Hospitality Requirements:

Breakfast Suggestions (for morning events)

  • Fruit
  • Yogurt
  • Bagels
  • Granola
  • Non-sugar cereal
  • Juice
  • Milk
  • Coffee
  • Tea

Lunch Suggestions (for 4 people)

  • Deli tray
  • Vegetable tray
  • Fruit tray
  • Green salad
  • Bread
  • Soup

Dinner Suggestions (for 4 people)

  • Chicken, Mexican or stir-fry
  • Green salad
  • Two sides (rice, vegetables)
  • Fruit and vegetable trays

Beverages

  • Bottled water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

More Laura Story

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Meredith Andrews' Rider

Meredith Andrews
Meredith Andrews. Word Records

Meredith Andrews is one smart mom. She asks that all meal choices be confirmed with her tour manager so they don't end up eating the same meal every night for dinner all week. She does ask that they not be served fast food, pizza or lasagna for dinner.

Meredith Andrews Hospitality Requirements:

Dinner Suggestions (for 4 people)

  • Two hot entrees
  • Salads
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Bread
  • Dessert

Snacks

  • Pizza
  • Wings
  • Deli or Chick-Fil-A sandwiches
  • Crackers and cheese tray
  • Chips and salsa
  • Fruit and vegetable trays
  • Sugar free gum

Beverages

  • Bottled water
  • Soda (Dr. Pepper, Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Ginger Ale)
  • Odwalla juice
  • Coffee
  • Hot tea

More Meredith Andrews

  • 2011 Dove Awards Praise & Worship Album of the Year Winner

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Natalie Grant's Rider

Natalie Grant
Natalie Grant. Curb Records

Natalie Grant spends so much time on the road that she has different meal suggestions for different days to keep variety in her team's diet.

Natalie Grant Hospitality Requirements:

Breakfast Suggestions

  • Coffee
  • Fresh fruit
  • Skim milk
  • Cereal
  • Bagels with cream cheese
  • English muffins
  • Peanut butter and jelly

Lunch Suggestions

  • Tuna/chicken salad
  • Deli trays (no american cheese)
  • Bread
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Chips
  • Soup
  • Fresh fruit
  • Cookies
  • Dessert
  • Bottled water
  • Soft drinks (Coke, Diet Coke, Dr. Pepper, Sprite)

Dinner Suggestions

  • Mexican Food (fajitas, beans, chips, salsa)
  • Grilled chicken
  • Green vegetables
  • Rolls
  • Garden salad
  • Italian food (chicken or beef)
  • Pot roast
  • Desserts
  • Brownies
  • Cookies
  • Cake
  • Bottled water
  • Soft drinks (Coke, Diet Coke, Dr. Pepper, Sprite)

Snacks

  • Fruit or vegetable trays
  • Sweet and salty granola bars
  • Chicken wings or tenders
  • Pizza

Beverages

  • Coffee
  • Peppermint tea
  • Soft drinks (Coke, Diet Coke, Dr. Pepper, Sprite)
  • Iced tea
  • Bottled water
  • Juice

More Natalie Grant

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Point of Grace

Point of Grace 2015
Point of Grace 2015. Word

For Shelley Breen, Denise Jones and Leigh Cappillino, who are collectively known as  Point of Grace, life on the road looks very different now than it did in the early days before they were all moms. However, despite 25 years of touring, their needs are still as simple as ever.

Point of Grace Hospitality Requirements:

Lunch Suggestions (for 8 people)

  • One (1) hot entrée
  • One (1) fresh green salad with assortment of dressings
  • Dessert

Dinner Suggestions (for up to 12 people)

  • Two (2) hot entrées (local favorite preferred)
  • Two (2) vegetable dishes
  • Choice of potatoes, long grain rice dish or pasta
  • One (1) fresh green salad with assortment of dressings
  • Dinner rolls
  • Two (2) choices of desserts

Beverages

  • Coffee (gourmet variety preferred)
  • Sugar, Splenda and cream
  • Hot water, honey and lemon
  • Soft drinks including Coke and Diet Coke
  • Sports drinks (i.e. Powerade, Gatorade, etc) any flavor
  • Bottled water – Please make sure that there is always plenty of bottled water available throughout the day as it is the drink of choice. On an average day the tour will consume two (2) 24-bottle cases of bottled water!
  • A container of clean ice

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Take 6's Rider

Take 6
Take 6. Shanachie Ent. Corp

Take 6 asks for 12 hot meals to be served after the sound check. They look to be one of the least specific groups on the list.

Take 6 Hospitality Requirements:

Lunch or Dinner Suggestions (for 12 people)

  • Six vegetarian meals and six fish, beef or chicken meals (no pork)

Snacks

  • Crackers and cheese tray
  • Fruit trays

Beverages

  • Bottled water
  • Soft drinks
  • Gatorade
  • Red Bull (regular and diet)
  • Juice
  • Hot tea

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Extravagance Disguised as Hospitality

Wine and cocktails
Wine and cocktails are served during the Vanity Fair Super Bowl Party, hosted by Graydon Carter & Jon Bon Jovi, Honors Super Bowl 50 Host Committee & 50 Fund, Sponsored by Lands End on February 6, 2016 in San Francisco, California. Mike Windle/VF16/Getty Images for Vanity Fair

After looking at some of the very reasonable requests from Christian bands and artists, you'll be blown away by some of the requirements found in various mainstream artist's riders.

Bon Jovi Hospitality Requirements:

Dinner for 90 people, 20 of which are vegetarians.

Green room food (also for 90) - freshly brewed iced tea with lemon, 3 cases soft drinks, 3 gallons milk, 1 gallon (each) chocolate milk, OJ, and apple juice, 4 cases Evain water cold.

Dressing rooms food - 1 bottle chilled Pinot Grigio, 2 bottles room temp. Mouton Cadet, 6 (each) 16 oz. Lemon Lime and Tropical Fruit Gatorade, 12 12 oz. bottles Evian (chilled), 1 case Evian room temp., 2 gallons purified spring water, one six-pack (each) Coke, Sprite, Diet Sprite, Heineken, coffee, hot tea, 2 32 oz. cartons vanilla organic soy milk, 1 veggie tray with low fat Ranch dressing for 4-5 people, 1 large urn of homemade, low fat chicken noodle soup for 10 people, 1 large loaf (each) French and Italian bread, white and yellow American cheese, 1 large bowl pasta salad, 1 small bowl Hummus with whole wheat crackers.

Coldplay Hospitality Requirements:

Dressing room catering - 1 bottle vodka, 2 bottles (each) red wine and cold dry white wine (not Chardonnay), 48 lagers (not Stella or US beer), 24 cans soft drinks, 48 bottles mineral water, 24 cans Red Bull, 2 liters (each) apple juice, cranberry juice and tomato juice or V8, 1 bottle (each) Tabasco and Worcestshire sauce, fresh fruit and veggies (including strawberries, grapes, apples, cantaloupe and carrots), nuts.

Also required for the band's dressing room - 6 packs Marlboro Lights, 8 stamped, local postcards, 8 pairs of dark cotton socks and cut flowers.

For their bus food, they require 4 cases (each) beer and bottled water, 2 cases of soft drinks, sandwiches and snacks for 35.

Other artists have made some pretty odd requests in the past such as:

  • Blink-182 once required an assortment of current magazines (including fashion - both for men and for women, home decorating, cars, science and X-rated lesbian themed mags.)
  • Cher had to have an entire room for her wigs, wanted to drink only from black Solo cups and required fresh cut Casa Blanca Lillies or Gardenias in her dressing room.
  • Fiona Apple's rider says that she has "3 REAL vegetarians" in her entourage (as opposed to what? Pretend vegetarians?).
  • Lil Wayne's buyers probably don't feel too bad about his requirement for two bottles of Hennessey XO Cognac (they run $200 each) considering that he also requires a chartered Lear jet to get him and his crew to and from the venue and he only stays in the Presidential Suite in 5-star hotels. This is on top of his six-figure fee to perform.
  • Nelly had to have one roll of paper towels, but only Bounty would do.
  • Queen Latifah mixed and matched her diet food with her high calorie food/drinks, making for some strange combinations. Fat free cottage cheese and Frosted Flakes, Diet Turbo Tea and Hennessey cognac, fresh vegetable trays and Lucky Charms. I don't get the theme.

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Jones, Kim. "Hospitality Riders: What Christian Bands Require on the Road." ThoughtCo, Jul. 1, 2017, thoughtco.com/hospitality-riders-for-christian-bands-710629. Jones, Kim. (2017, July 1). Hospitality Riders: What Christian Bands Require on the Road. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/hospitality-riders-for-christian-bands-710629 Jones, Kim. "Hospitality Riders: What Christian Bands Require on the Road." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/hospitality-riders-for-christian-bands-710629 (accessed September 21, 2017).