[Dixielandjazz] Show bands was live vs. recorded music
rsr at ringwald.com
Mon Aug 17 18:48:59 PDT 2009
Teach the kid how to plug in the wires also...
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From: "Steve Heist" <steveheist at earthlink.net>
To: "Bob Ringwald" <rsr at ringwald.com>
Cc: "Dixieland Jazz Mailing List" <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Monday, August 17, 2009 6:50 AM
Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] Show bands was live vs. recorded music
> Larry wrote:
> (snip) The guys that are trying to make a living here are really taking it
> in the
> neck and if it weren't for private students most of them would be flipping
> burgers. (snip)
> Larry and all musicians who want to work...,
> Hi all,
> What is required here is a rethink! The days of playing 5-6 nights a week
> in a bar are OVER! Most bars nowadays are owned, not by individuals who
> KNOW the bar business, backward and forward, but corporations (who are the
> first to cut live music from their budgets) and/or "entrepeneurs" who know
> absolutly NOTHING about the bar business, they've just got extra money and
> want to open a bar, and are usually flying blind.
> Here's the question to ask yourselves: Is it better to go for a weekly gig
> (now usually only 2 nights a week) OR go for the "private party" jobs, which
> usually pay MUCH better?
> Up here in Montreal, I work right now with 1) a caterer who has GREAT
> contacts and lots of work for me and 2) the owners of a ski resort bed and
> breakfast that love my music and also keep me busy...
> I have one great advantage with my location, Quebec... It seems people up
> here, when they have an event, like the music to last the whole party. My
> caterer called last week and told me (and this is NOT unusual up here) that
> one of his clients wanted the music this Saturday to go from 5:00 in the
> late afternoon until 1:00 AM! 8 HOURS!!! I quoted him my usual price of
> $100 an hour... (That would be $800 for the night...) He called back two
> days later and told me the client said the price was fine and asked if I
> could start at 4:00PM!!! Pardon me, but with money like that, who needs the
> fricking bar/restaurant owners??? I probably will NEVER again play in a
> restaurant/bar again! My only problem now is schlepping all my equipment
> back and forth, but I've solved that in a way. If I can continue like this
> and expand my single gigs, I'll just hire some kid - pay him $50 a night to
> be my roadie - all he has to do is carry in and out the equipment... then
> all I have to do is connect the wires!!!
> By the way, I haven't flipped a burger in 45 years!!! (except in my own
> backyard :-)
> ALL the Very Best,
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