[Dixielandjazz] Re: Dixielandjazz Digest, Vol 12, Issue 26

Stephen Barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Sat Dec 13 00:49:01 PST 2003

Hi Tom & List mates:

Wholeheartedly agree with just about everything you say except the 0 points for "A"
answer to question 1. Why penalize a band that does not have to play free venues? In
our case, maybe not the rest of the OKOM band world, we attract a varied audience from
8 to 80. Yet we play about 160 gigs paying a year, to the "B" answer groups.

Therefore we believe that we should get MAX points for what we do, even though we
don't do it free except on rare charity occasions where I personally pay the sideman
and donate the band.

Steve Barbone

> "Tom Wood" <zenith at ans.com.au> wrote (polite snip)
> Q1       When playing at an audience free (lunchtime pub/concert) event or
>             at a passing public type venue (such as Shopping Malls) what
>             kind of audience does your band usually manage to attract,
>             entertain and hold if any?
>             A            We do not play much at audience free venues
>             B            The general public/tourists/mixed age groups.
>             C            Mature jazz enthusiasts.
> Points & Explanation
> A1       A            =            0             B            =            2
>             C            =            1
>             Most OKOM fans are mature group jazz enthusiasts aged 50 to 70 +
>             normally paying an entry fee.  To keep the music alive we must
>             freely attract a more general and mixed audience type.  If the
>             public can be attracted or held without making them pay to hear
>             you play, then you are indeed working hard at milking the crowd
>             and promoting OKOM.

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