[Dixielandjazz] FW: I seem to have accidentally bought a jazz club...
Gary Lawrence Murphy
garym at teledyn.com
Thu Jun 4 06:10:57 PDT 2015
11 years would be just fine by me, but I could see myself still hosting the
jams well into my 70's and let my son take over dealing with fridge relays
we have a really good spot for music, no neighbours, a bank on one side, a
yoga centre on the other, both are long gone home before the nightlife
starts. Behind is a parking lot and two doors over is the live repertoire
theatre and another bar. Across the street is a bank and a parking lot with
the region's newspaper and radio station offices down the block a bit.
and I have a very good team of high-profile and experienced people who are
well connected to the local scene, and they have a keen interest in making
it work, so I'd have no qualms about leaving the shop in the hands of any
one of them if I needed to play a gig or just take a break. Like I say,
there was the accidental confluence of forces beyond my control and there I
was, standing in the doorway with the keys in my hand.
And while the mood of the place may be 1920, I'm realistic enough to
recognize that to say 'jazz' needs to stretch from the Newsboys all the way
up past electric Miles and some of the brass-backed hiphop (the kids are
alright) but Saturday afternoons at minimum are MINE for OKOM and probably
a few more slots as well :)
On Wed, Jun 3, 2015 at 2:43 PM, Marek Boym <marekboym at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Gary,
> Open your eyes, but do not let people to discourage you!
> True, the owners should be present as much as possible, but my son, who
> ran a bar in Tel-Aviv, had a different experience. While, at first, both
> he and his partner were there all night long, but later they started taking
> turns, and be there only a part of the time. They just found good shift
> managers (the bar was open from 9PM to the last customer). If they were
> forced to close it was because of harassment by the Municipality. They
> were there 11 years - a long time for that type of business in this country.
> Yes, it is hard work and constant worry, but may not be as bad as Bob
> makes it look.
> As I've already said, I wish you success!
> On 3 June 2015 at 19:25, Gary Lawrence Murphy <garym at teledyn.com> wrote:
>> Long time ago it would have been the mob wanting protection money ... Some
>> things never change ;) we don't expect to get rich; breaking even would be
>> really nice though...
>> On Jun 3, 2015 12:23 PM, "Jim Kashishian" <jim at kashprod.com> wrote:
>> > Bob Ringwald wrote:
>> > >Employees have no business sense. They don't realize what it cost you
>> > operate a business. They see the money come in but they don't see it go
>> > out.
>> > Although Bob wrote a fairly black picture of the business scene, if
>> > has ever played a steady club gig over a period of time, you will have
>> > the waiters/bar staff come and go on a regular basis. It is usually due
>> > money disappearing from the til!
>> > The places that are successful are where the boss is always there.
>> > Certainly not an easy life, so I also wish you well, Gary.
>> > I agree with Bob that musicians often find it difficult to understand
>> > costs of running a club or even a festival. It's not just the expense
>> > the band, but all the other costs of running a business...., even
>> having to
>> > pay the "composer's society" (or whatever it is called in your area) for
>> > the
>> > songs being played by the band AND recorded music played during the
>> rest of
>> > the day/night. There's the food/liquor consumed, the help, business
>> > licenses, electricity, trash pickup.....etc., etc.
>> > Jim
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