[Dixielandjazz] The cats out of the bag!!

Mike Marois Mike.Marois at HireLiveMusic.com
Tue Oct 19 04:45:00 PDT 2004

Wow, what's this world coming to?  I remember doing cruises with the Hot
Frogs about 12 to 15 years ago and the only bread that we had to pay out was
the tips and booze.  We actually got to bring one guest along on top of
that.  I guess that the economics of OKOM cruises just isn't what it used to

Mike Marois
Tuba/Computer Guru

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[mailto:dixielandjazz-bounces at ml.islandnet.com] On Behalf Of Randy Fendrick
Sent: Monday, October 18, 2004 2:44 PM
To: Steve barbone
Cc: Dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] The cats out of the bag!!

Actually that has been going on for years in rock circles.  In LA, for
instance, the owner of a club will charge the up and coming (?) Rock or
Country Band X dollars to play.  The band then sells the tickets to their
fans (friends and relatives, etc) and everyone is happy.  I am afraid that
many of our Rock colleagues don't understand the concept.  
Now that I think about it, the same concept works for many of OKOM bands
that play cruises, they get a discount to go on the cruise and play music.
A discount is not the same as being paid for your contribution to the
profits that the cruise company makes.  Again they don't understand the
concept.  Gene Bolen, who many of you know, used to call these OKOM bands
"Tee Shirt" bands.  They would print up their tee shirts, play for free or
for a reduced fee and sell their tee shirts to crack their nut.  HMMMMM!
I was trained to be a professional and while the market has shrunk and the
fees have not kept up with inflation, I still refuse to compromise my values
in that we charge for what we do.  The electric company doesn't give the
electricity away to power my Ipod.  The gas companies don't give away their
products, as we, in California, are now paying $2.50 a gallon and my wife's
Chevron stock has gone through the roof, as they are making obscene profits
and not a word from the traveling "White House."  Again, HMMMMM!


> Oh my, the cat is out of the bag. Now it's just a question of time 
> before US OKOM Festivals charge the bands for the privilege of 
> playing. :-) VBG.
Randy Fendrick,
Southside Chicago Seven
Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra

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