Open meeting in Memphis to discuss Torah desecration
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#1 Feb 11, 2013
Forgive the long post, here...
My advice to the people who own and run the venue is plain and simple and quite EASY. I spoke to the main organizer there pre-concert. Id called to THANK THEM for the new venue and to tell them they made an amazing choice for their performer for the opening night. I expressed the hope that it would be the type venue where the main purpose was to LISTEN to the entertainment, rather than chat with one another during the show. I was told that it was the intent of the venue to be exactly that. They higher priced tables were placed in the front, thinking people would be there to sit and LISTEN. The management thought the General Admission area In the back of the venue would be where most drinkers/social people would gather... thereby ensuring the more expensive seats would not be bothered by other sounds. IT DID NOT WORK!
Personally, I don't believe you can set up a venue and expect a certain behavior from the guests without making it clear from the beginning what you expect FROM them. I encourage the management/owners to go to some website of LISTENING VENUES and check out their websites. Of course, the Bluebird Cafe comes to mind immediately. You will find it is called A LISTENING ROOM!!!!!!!!!! Get it? You go there to LISTEN to the artists. The people who perform at the Bluebird are ARTISTS... more than merely PERFORMERS. That's MY take... so take it for what it is worth. When I tried to tell someone there about that during the show, their reaction was, "you can't MAKE a crowd listen..." Oh, yes, you can! Again, go to the website mentioned above. You'll see comments throughout like this:
The Bluebird has received much press attention throughout its 30 years; from live interviews with Barbara Walters and Katie Couric to our recent story in Southwest Spirit magazine.
In any given week, we have film crews, national photographers and celebrity visits, but it is always the music that people remember and the songs that keep Bluebird devotees sssshhhushed.
Read further, and you'll find it is a RULE in the venue that when the artist is singing/playing, you hush. You can hear a pin drop. I don't know this, but I'd bet you can go to YouTube and easily find a performance there. LISTEN.
BECAUSE the venue guarantees that the artists will be HEARD, it is often visited by record executives. I've heard that Garth was discovered there, as well as Taylor Swift. How amazing to have a venue where the up-and-coming performers have a chance to be heard and even discovered there by people who can change their careers!
BECAUSE the Bluebird Cafe is a LISTENING ROOM, they have a "past artists" list that would knock your sox off.:) Yes, go to the site and read. EDWIN McCAIN IS ON THE LIST. He was awesome in a Songwriters in the Round type performance. HINT: Talented artists want to perform where they can be heard and appreciated!
Lastly, I heard one irate lady say, "He's an ass." She was standing by the bus after the show... one of about ten people who came out to the tour bus... NOT TO GET TO TALK WITH EDWIN AND THE BAND... BUT SHE WANTED AN AUTOGRAPH. We exchanged a few comments, but then I realized what Edwin felt up on that stage. I tried to talk with her about his obvious frustration, and how he probably wasn't going to rush out after the show and be available for a meet-n-greet. I've seen some of this over a lot of years... but this was the worst. It's as though she thought that buying a ticket ENTITLED her to full access to the band after the show. When I tried to explain about how the crowd acted, her reaction was . But >>I<< didnt do that. Why is he punishing ME when I was listening? EXCUSE ME???
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