While we’re waiting for the big guns to hop on the convergence bandwagon, we turn our attention to Tribe.net, the not-exactly-social-networking web site in San Francisco that has just launched TribeTV. The show is an extension of the Tribe site, which features ratings and reviews of local hotspots, eateries and bands, as well as classified ads and networking groups. TribeTV’s focus is on local musicians that have been highly rated by Tribe users, performing at businesses favored by Tribe users.
“We may be the only truly Internet-edited TV show,” Tribe VP of marketing and executive producer Wade Lagrone tells us. “We look at how many votes a band got, and we go straight from the votes.”
The first show, which aired this past weekend, featured the bands Bohemian Knuckleboogie and Brad Wolfe and the Moon. (Here’s the lineup for several shows.) It was shot on the roof of Tribe’s headquarters. Other shows have been taped at the Rainbow Grocery Co-op and Axis Comics and Records. The shows will feature a little of the bands performing, quick interviews and maybe a Tribe member talking about a particular recommendation from the site.
For now, the low-budget program can be seen on cable access TV in San Francisco (Comcast channel 29) or on the web, though Lagrone would like to broaden the distribution. Taping and editing is done mostly by Tribe members who volunteer their time or take a small stipend.
“This thing’s on a shoestring for sure,” Lagrone said. “It’s not polished. It’s raw. It’s our community.”