Here’s the problem with some local shows: you get some bands together and they all advertise the show. The show starts at 7:00 and that’s when all the people show up. Then they leave after the band they came to see plays. So the last band – arguably the biggest of those playing the show – plays for their wives and parents. This is especially bad if the headliner has traveled far at all.
I don’t know if it’s the same thing where you’re at, but to me that says our local scene isn’t very healthy. It means people are going to support their friends (a good thing, always), but don’t care enough for the rest of the music to stick around. I know you only paid $5, but when I was in college and didn’t have a lot of money, I’d want to be sure I got my money’s worth and see the whole show.
But this isn’t a blog post about the sad situation of my local music scene. Last night I played a show and the headlining band decided to do it a little different. Instead of playing last (like you’d expect), they played second to last.
I can’t blame them.
The opening act was a band called Racecar Racecar. I’m sorry, it’s RacecaR RacecaR. It’s a palindrome. I think I’ve heard of them before, but I’m sure I’ve never actually heard them. Continue reading