Local music... who decides?
kdarbro at nc.rr.com
Tue Feb 5 21:59:21 EST 2008
I've got to admit I laughed out loud at Ross's proposal for a career for
I've never been the guy to try and get bookings for the bands I was in back
in the day, and I think we only played the 506 once as part of a
Oddly, our first ever gig as "Trophy Wife" was at the Cat's Cradle! It was a
Thanksgiving benefit for the homeless hosted by Gravity's Pull I believe. We
were friends with Sue and Nick in GP, so they asked us. This is after we had
"proven ourselves" I guess as the musicians for "Jesus Christ Superstar" at
Forest Theater for the Somnambulist Project's production that summer. Sue
played Judas, and Nick ran sound.
They liked the way we sounded and as we became friends, they asked us to
open for them and (ugh!) Tangeena Barren.
>From there we did mostly Cave gigs and Lizard and Snake, and loved it
regardless of the size of the crowd.
Now that I'm working with a sketch comedy group in Raleigh, I've heard that
the same kind of thing happens in comedy clubs. People call the owners or
email them, and say, "my friends think I'm funny. Can I do a set on your
It seems that it takes some personal social interaction and for people to
know you and the quality of what you do for them to book you. Oh, and of
course, that's secondary to bringing in the bottom line.
If I ever got the hankering to play out live again with the guys, I'd be
more than happy to play at smaller venues again.
But then again, I'm getting old and I need my sleepy time.
- Kevin Darbro
On 2/5/08 4:14 PM, "grady" <grady at ibiblio.org> wrote:
> See, you asked for someone to give you the honest answer, and then when
> somebody *gave* you the honest answer, you got all appalled & stuff.
> That, plus your bizarre appeal to "fairness," leads me to suspect that
> perhaps you're in the wrong line of work. Have you considered becoming a
> right-wing talk radio host?
> chapelhillguitarist at hotmail.com wrote:
>> Wow. You actually admit to being biased against local music acts with
>> It isn't fair that you feel this way and is a disservice to bands who
>> have their collective shit together. I find it appalling that you, a
>> self-admitted 'gatekeep' for various local music opportunities, choose
>> to play god with local music simply because you are in the
>> 'gatekeeper' role. Whatever happened to let the people decide?
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