Posted: Aug 10, 2007 5:41 am
And another thing that I don't get....
If Murphy's is so reviled, and continues to be such a punching bag on this board....
WHY ARE YOU BOOKING AND/OR ATTENDING SHOWS THERE?"
well, murphys was NOT so reviled. not by me, at least. i thought it was a cool place to see smaller indie/punk/garage/etc bands .. where the bands wouldn't lose so much money to venue costs like at a larger venue. i set up 5 shows at murphys, i think. i thought murphys was great. i never in a million years thought i would walk in there at 8 pm, with the band that had driven hours to get to the show, and be told that we could not use the pa.
the drummer in the travelling band (yellow fever) does sound at a much larger club in austin and so we called benny and talked to him about the pa and asked him if he could run it. we got benny's number from the laminated business cards he has sitting on the bar. but when the yellow fever drummer was talking to benny, benny asked him to put the batrender on the phone and then he bitched out the bartender for "letting" us call him. we got your number from your business card, benny. your bartender did not give it to us.
no one told me that we would be charged to use the pa or that we might not even get to use it, but it would have been ok to pay you $50 (i ended up paying for a pa out of my own pocket as it turned out anyway) yes, it would have been fine to pay you to run it. and you were there after all.
the band that drove in from austin could not have been more polite or sweet. everyone was really patient. i felt really embarassed and of course really responsible. also, i felt like it reflected bad on memphis in general to have something like this happen. i mean, here this band is on the way to the athens pop fest. and do i really want them to get to athens pop fest and be like, "memphis sux, don't play there" to other bands i want to see? of course not. quinn and brandon both helped out here and we ended up using seth's pa. thanks so much you guys.