Posted: Apr 7, 2009 4:44 pm
Jesus fucking Christ! Like clockwork about once a year someone has to start this thread. Don't get me wrong. I'm not against the idea of earlier shows. In fact I love the Sunday matinee shows that have been going on at the Bucc., and I definitely part of the old crowd at this point. I just hate hearing the same thing over and over again (just for the record, I'm not bitching at Hemant. Love the guy. I'm just bitching about this subject). In my years of bartending at Murphy's, the Buccaneer, and the Hi-Tone I saw I don't know how many attempts BY BANDS to start shows at 9:30 or 10:00. They advertised "This show will start at 10:00 ON THE DOT!!!", and at 10:00 NO ONE would be there. So you you push it back a little. At 10:15...still no one. The first band starts at 10:30 still no one. The first bands finishes a little after 11:00, maybe 10 people are there. Now the second band has just watched the first band play to no one, and they're almost as bummed out as the first band is. So they don't expend any energy trying to hurry up and get on stage. The next thing you know you're back on your regular schedule because people are still only just starting to come in at 11:30, and the show isn't over until 2 AM.
they are such a small demographic of show-goers that it's not worth it
I beg to differ.
I know a good dozen people who would love to come out, have a good time
I knew a lot of people who could not go to the show last night due to it being so late.
I would venture to bet that we could double or triple the number of people at shows by having them earlier.
i'm gonna echo that earlier shows = more people.
Really? I don't know. You may be right, and I'm gonna tell you how we find out and put this problem (and annual thread on the Goner Board) to rest once and for all.
All of you who are complaining (and all the friends you know who would have been there if...), when there's a show advertised as being early, whether you like the band or not, come out to the show. Pay the cover. Don't try to get in on the guest list or because your buddy's bartending that night. Then, when the show that was advertised as starting at 10:00 hasn't started by 10:05, go ask for your money back and leave. If there's really enough people that feel that strongly about it you'll see the way shows happen in Memphis change REAL fast.
You can all thank me later.
Now can we get back to a subject that matters like the nanerpuss?