Wow, $15?!

Hey all!

Those of you who read my last post know that last night was concert night at one of the places I work! We had Taylor Branch and The Lone Star Ramblers open up for Kody West, and we had a packed house! We also featured a raffle for a free pair of Hey Dude shoes given to us by one of the local retail venues in town. That being said, we had several people at the door showing a decent amount of shock when we announced to them how much the cover charge is. I would like to address some of my favorite questions that I’ve had come through the doors on concert nights.

“Ten dollars? Are you serious? Why’s it so much?”
“Three dollars for a Budweiser? Well I’ll never make that mistake again.” (do you mean paying the three dollars for it, or choosing Budweiser? Because ew.)
“Wow, twelve dollars? For real?” *insert exasperated sigh while reaching in the wallet*
“You have to have my ID? I’m not even drinking.”
“You’re really gonna make me go all the way out to my car and grab my ID?”
“You’re still gonna charge us each $12? There’s only like 20 minutes left of the show.”

The thing is, there are so may people out there who are so quick to throw away hundreds of dollars to go see concerts for artists and bands who tour all over the nation and all over the world. People that aren’t going to have the time to sit and talk to you after the show, unless you spend another arm and another leg to get backstage passes, and even then, good luck with that line. But for local artists? And even artists who have toured all over Texas? Why so expensive?

My answers to these questions:

-This was from one of the band members of a headliner once, who came to me to purchase tickets for his kids who were coming to see the show. The band receives a cut of the door, and this particular artist holds more talent in his pinky finger alone than what ten dollars could justify. The people that were complaining about the price to me that night were quickly informed of the talent of the band and the worth of the tickets.
-Seriously…Budweiser? (Serious note though, the kitchen is closed now and the venue has to make some money, too)
-Yes, twelve dollars. You have an acoustic artist that traveled three hours to be here, to open up for the Season 6 runner up on The Voice. You’ll be getting your money’s worth, don’t worry.
-Yes, TABC requires me to see your ID since we do have a bar.
-Yes, TABC requires me to see your ID since we do have a bar.
-Yes, I’m still going to charge you a total of $24 for two people even though you decided to show up 20 minutes before the show is over. That is not in my control, nor is it my fault that you decided to show up this late. If you’d showed up earlier and seen both bands, you might have a better understanding of why we’re charging $12 a head.
-Yes, $15. Think of it this way-$5 to see the opener (who kicks ass), $5 to see the headliner (with 8.1k likes on Facebook alone), and $5 to enter a raffle for a FREE pair of shoes. Not to mention the great night out making memories with friends? Priceless.

In all seriousness, these musicians put in a lot of time and effort. Several of these artists and bands have to work a main job to earn a living–partially because there are so many people that aren’t willing to shell out $10-$15 to see some live music. The artists that are playing sold out shows in giant amphitheaters and huge venues aren’t relying as heavily on one single person. There are people that would rather spend hundreds of dollars to drive several hours to see someone live that either they won’t get to meet, or probably won’t remember them the next day. Not because these big artists are terrible people or anything, but because they meet so many people and have so much going on. Meanwhile, these same people don’t want to spend $15 to see a local artist fifteen minutes from where they live, where the members are some of the easiest people to talk to, and they have excellent memories and recollections of who they met and what they talked about at each concert. We’re too busy maintaining our support for people who don’t really need it, to start building up people we see on a daily basis to the point where they can get recognized and they can eventually work their way up to the sold out venues and amphitheaters.

That’s my biggest rant for working the concerts at the restaurant (second biggest being the few people that act as though they’re better than you because they get to have fun at a concert while you’re stuck waiting on them and getting them beer–I’m not only getting into the concert for free, but I’m also earning money while I do it, so who’s the real winner?). We always have incredible shows and the turnouts get better and better every week. Overall, I really love my job and as a musician, I love getting to meet and talk to all of the different artists that come through. Though sometimes the ignorance/arrogance gets pretty frustrating, I really am kind of a winner at the end of each concert night.

With all that off my chest, please be sure to keep an open mind at the shows you go to or consider going to. The bartenders/door people don’t set the prices and we don’t make the rules, we’re just trying to do our jobs so that a) the band is able to leave each night with the money they’ve earned, and b) if TABC should happen to walk through and started checking for IDs, our venue doesn’t get shut down because we decided to let you through knowing that you didn’t have yours on you. The artists aren’t trying to be greedy, they’re trying to make their money’s worth after all a) the time spent rehearsing, loading in, loading out, and traveling, and b) the money spent on equipment used to entertain the crowds, gas, food, and still making a profit. And last but not least, the venue is not trying to screw you out of all your money, they’re trying to a) make enough money to keep providing the restaurant with great food, the bar with great drinks, and the venue with great music, and b) build and maintain a comfortable and relaxing environment to keep our regular customers, and still build our following and spread the word about our great place to other locals and potential future regular customers.

Thanks for reading, and remember: treat your bartenders, your local musicians, and your local venues with respect. With a narrow mind, it may seem expensive or unnecessary. But if you can look at the big picture, we only do what we do to make our customers, our clients, and our audiences as happy as possible!


P.S. Taylor Branch and Kody West ROCKED last night!!!!! 😉

“Fun”-Filled Fridays!

Good evening, y’all!

As I’m sitting here waiting for my second shift of the day to start, I’ve been trying to figure out what to write about, so shout-out to my other half-who probably won’t read this ;)-for giving me a topic idea for tonight’s post! My weeks usually go something like this:

Monday-Wednesday– 8-5 job, evenings are used for homework and/or practice, sometimes video-posting on my Facebook music page *cough* Bailey Shea Music *cough*. (This is what evenings are used for if I’m not working one of my other side jobs)
Thursdays– 8-5 job, 6:30-whenever: shows at one of my side jobs.
Fridays– 8-5 job, 6-midnight or later: working at whatever concert is playing at my other side job.
Saturdays and Sundays are usually used for family time (if I’m not working), and/or homework, IF the family time isn’t interrupted by pressing due dates for assignments that I didn’t have a chance to get to during the week.

This week has looked a little like this:

Monday: Work 8-5, read about a half of one out of four chapters I needed to read for this week’s school because “I still have the rest of the week, it’s only Monday!”
Tuesday: Work 8-5 (with a Hot Pocket followed by a totally necessary nap on my lunch break), re-read that first half of the chapter because “I forgot what I read.”
Wednesday: Work 8-5, with a Lions Club meeting on lunch (there went a chance to get some homework knocked out, but nonetheless I much preferred the meeting), then practice from 6:30-about 10:30(ish?) with a band of our friends that Kory (my S/O) has been playing with recently (knocked out about a chapter and a half while they were practicing-and yes, that includes re-re-reading the first half of the first chapter).
Thursday: Work 8-5, my weekly gig at 6:30, immediately followed by a mad dash to another band practice about 20 minutes away.
Tonight: Work 8-5, ran home to grab my homework, followed by yet another mad dash (accompanied by some SERIOUS road rage) to my other job for tonight’s concert, which consists of Taylor Branch and The Lone Star Ramblers (the band Kory has been playing with-always a great time to see my dude onstage doing what he loves!) opening up for Kody West! Oh, and did I mention I’ll be doing a bit of harmony with Taylor tonight? No? Because it should be a pretty damn good time.

With everything that goes on, it gets a little hard sometimes with working a full time job, 1-2 side jobs, trying to maintain and build a following for my music and my photography venture, and doing online school, which usually includes about 2 hours worth of required live chats at different times throughout the week (usually when I’m at work, or sometimes a show). Oh, and what’s that other thing…I think they call it sleep? I try to keep a decent balance of that too.

Ideally, online school sounds like a dream for a busy life. And in reality, it is. However, it does get a little difficult when you realize that basically, you have to teach yourself a big part of that. As in you have to have enough self-discipline to basically tell yourself on a daily basis, “Quit binge-watching The Office and get your sh*t done.”

With all this going on, Kory thought it would be an interesting post to talk about how I manage to get it all done every week! This is how:

I usually don’t. I’m terrible at adulting. I’m also accepting tips on how to maintain a busy life. Help a girl out?

Thanks for listening to my ranting (as if it’s different from every other day)!