Art Gallery(Music News)
(7/16/06)I walked into the Square Bar to inquire about gigs and shows, and
playing solo acoustic music. The bar is owned by Leonard. I am not sure of
his last name. He asked me how much I wanted for the gig, and I told him
half of what he thought I wanted. I was still new so I figured I will do it for cheap
just until I get some confidence doing a show on my own. I told him I would
do flyers for the show, and I would send him some. After I made them up,
I dropped them off, and the bartender looked at me like he saw a ghost.
Two days before the show I called up the owner, and I asked him if the flyers
we're too harsh. He said that they we're and he made up new ones. He said
that families come in, and he didn't want kids to see it. He also asked me
if I was going to come in "Drag". I was slightly put off by this, and I told him,
"Not that nite, but maybe another". He laughed, but I was still a little bit annoyed.
When it came time for the show, I set up and prepared for the worst.
I was aware that the people there were not really listening to the music, and
I wasn't exactly playing the most popular covers, so I puttsed around doing different
stuff. Finally I broke down, and started to do covers of classic rock. Some guy in the
crowd heckled me, about doing Ziggy Stardust. What got me was the owner's
son came up to me, and asked me to stop playing until the game was over.
I said,"Should I just pack it up?" He said if I waited I could start playing again.
So I badgered the waitress about what I should do. The owner's son came and
said I could go if I wanted, so I asked him for the money, and he gave me
ten bucks more than what I asked for. That was sort of nice, so that is that.
I may go back there when I made most of my mistakes.
(8/13/06)About my show at the Great American Pub in Collegeville last nite: I was on my fifth song, and the manager
comes up to me as I was about to play the Ramones,
and he told me that I should pack it up and leave.
I admit I was rusty on the first two songs, cause my voice, and my fingers had to warm up.
But the last three we're pretty well done, and I thought the sound was great.
I asked him what was the problem, and he said no one was clapping, and I didn't bring anybody in.
I am not sure if he mentioned that the stuff I was playing was popular. I played Like a Rolling Stone,
Personal Jesus, All tomorrow's parties(too obscure for that place), All apologies, Ziggy Stardust, and
A couple who we're listening to me, asked me if he told me to leave, and said that they liked me,
and that the guy was rude. The bartender paid me my money, and also said that it was rude.
Well I hardly did anything and I made 100 bucks. That is the bright side.
The problem is these people that go there are the poppy types, and that they probably took one
look at me, and decided I was not for them. Maybe they paid me to just shut me up.
Two friends showed up on time, and then, two more came as I was leaving.
There was two more on the way, but oh well. We all went to another bar to hang out, and gab.
At least I introduced people to people. What I have to do is find a proper venue for what I wanna do.