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- Subject: Cash Bar
- From: Andrew Rodenhiser
- Date: Wed, 9 Nov 1994 12:49:21
Michael Damian Catano <mcatano\!/is.dal.ca> noted:
}Hmm ... I think just about every "indie" band in the world would _prefer_
}to play all-ages shows,
Except the ones who prefer to play to a bunch of drunks who stare at their
beer glasses all night and talk through the gig.
}money at a show, you generally gotta get a lot of people to come (duh?)
}so most people figure that a bar show is likely to attract more business
}- esp. for the bar.
About 3 hours into an all-ages show, they should order about 50 pizzas and
make a mint selling slices. They'll have an easy time selling $3 pizza
and it might convince the kids to pay $1.50 for a can of Cott (not even
Coke/Pepsi) when they get thirsty from the excess salt/spice. Me bruddah
skipped out during HCG to buy pop & chips at relatively sane corner store
}If the bar is sellin' brew, then the band usually
}gets a bigger cut at the door, 'coz the bar can make way more cash
}selolin' liqour, but, if it's all-ages, the venue has gotta get a larger
}cut at the door, and pack that many more people in.
Or charge a bigger door price. Anybody pay $12 before to see Sloan at a
bar in Hfx? I'm used to paying $4 to $8 max for local band gigs, booze or
For a band like
}Sloan who are fairly well-known, but not THAT big, it makes sense that in
}some communities where they aren't established, they would play all-ages.
Did you get that logic backward? I think that they'd have to play bars
where people will pay for booze, so that the venue can make a profit.
}But bar shows still suck. I assume they do it for the money, 'coz if they
}didn't, they couldn't tour. Ah well.
Only for an indie. Real major-label bands make their money on
merchandising (licensing their image for t-shirts, etc.) Record sales and
tours are lucky to break even. Am I right, Joyce?