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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2006-11-27T13:56:31+00:00 2006-11-27T13:56:31+00:00 <![CDATA[Unemployment Blues...]]>
You might think about moving down here. It's still tough playing here, but at least the weather's better.

Statistics: Posted by ricochet — Mon Nov 27, 2006 1:56 pm

2006-11-27T13:53:17+00:00 <![CDATA[Unemployment Blues...]]> Bedford Steakhouse, Bailey Park Grill, 17 West, Champs...

Well, we got the farewell gig at Champs by default Friday Night. The usual house band was opening for Anthony Gomes at the State Theatre. In a fitting, seemingly scripted ending, we played in the dark. The house lighting system was a hybrid of equipment from a couple different bands. The lights and truss bar were still hanging from the ceiling, but the owner of the DMX control box took it knowing full well that we were playing the last gig there Friday night. Thanks guy. Of course we didn't bring our lights knowing there was a house lighting system.

As I mentioned, the minor league baseball team where we gigged has left town.

Now another big hit- We had played live in-studio four times in the last year on the local classic rock radio station promoting various events. The station just got bought out and our favorite DJ/connection has been let go.

Man, there has to be a brighter day ahead. Virtually every contact/connection we have made in the last two years has evaporated.

I'm normally a fairly positive person, but the chain of negative events in the last year, paralleling the economy, have just been plain cruel. Well, sometimes things go in cycles and as they say, "If it don't kill you, it'll just make you stronger."


Statistics: Posted by bosco — Mon Nov 27, 2006 1:53 pm

2006-11-10T16:31:57+00:00 <![CDATA[Unemployment Blues...]]> Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Fri Nov 10, 2006 4:31 pm

2006-11-10T15:53:01+00:00 <![CDATA[Unemployment Blues...]]> That might help boost your local economy a little ;)
Really though, it's hard on musicians when local venues start doing badly.
Keep your spirits up Bosco, the sun is bound to shine in your back door some day.

Statistics: Posted by stumblin — Fri Nov 10, 2006 3:53 pm

2006-11-10T15:36:38+00:00 <![CDATA[Unemployment Blues...]]> Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Fri Nov 10, 2006 3:36 pm

2006-11-10T13:17:53+00:00 <![CDATA[Unemployment Blues...]]>
Champs Sports Bar & Grill, virtually the last venue in this community of 100,000 that hosted blues, has whacked live entertainment altogether. The place just changed hands and the new owners have been restaraunteers in this town for several generations. They said the Texas Hold-em poker tourney in the basement is pulling in 120 people every Saturday night and they drink like fish. They can't see paying a band upstairs to play for 50 people. You can't argue with their logic.

What next? DJs and Karaoke have been eating a hole in our shorts for years and now POKER? Anybody else experienced this?

Performance Arts in this Community are at a 40 year low, it's just pathetic and it's not for a lack of talented people. I don't see it getting any better until the economy improves, no matter how creative we try to get with gig ideas. I'm glad it's hunting season so I have a diversion, but dammit...we wanna play!


Statistics: Posted by bosco — Fri Nov 10, 2006 1:17 pm

2006-09-23T10:29:42+00:00 <![CDATA[Unemployment Blues...]]> Statistics: Posted by maxx england — Sat Sep 23, 2006 10:29 am

2006-09-21T13:55:14+00:00 <![CDATA[Unemployment Blues...]]>
That's a fair question and one we have considered, thanks.

I have a friend that owns a suitable restaurant/bar and we are currently discussing the possiblities of Holloween and Christmas parties and maybe something over the Thanksgiving break.

Advertising is the key when you set up a gig at a venue that normally doesn't host music. If we base it around a benefit (we did one last Christmas for the local Rescue Mission) we can get free radio and paper spots. Problem there though is that the band doesn't get paid for a benefit.

decisions, decisions.

Statistics: Posted by bosco — Thu Sep 21, 2006 1:55 pm

2006-09-21T13:21:07+00:00 <![CDATA[Unemployment Blues...]]>
My reasoning is that if there are less shows in town, then what audience that is available will come to the ones that still survive. I do accept it is probably faulty logic, but it's an attempt at a positive outlook.

Statistics: Posted by maxx england — Thu Sep 21, 2006 1:21 pm

2006-09-21T10:32:44+00:00 <![CDATA[Unemployment Blues...]]> Statistics: Posted by NEONMOONY — Thu Sep 21, 2006 10:32 am