Great resource for helping me make a choice!
Having been a gigging musician since I was 18 and going to gigs with my Dad since I was five, has given me lots of insight of what is wrong with the scene here in Charleston. First of all, bar owners, if you are going to have bands, give them a decent place to set up. Doesn't have to be a stage, but a backdrop, 4 par cans for lighting with different colored gel, or the new LED fixtures that change color....something that says " there is something that happens here" when the band is ready to perform. Please provide decent power for the bands. This means it's own circuit with no lighting on it. If a bar needs help, don't trust an opinion....talk to a pro audio consultant, Audio visual company or one who makes their living designing spaces that have live sound. Musicians, if you are being payed to play....then play...What is up with bars only paying $100 per player. I was getting this 20 years ago! If you can't pay the bands decently and you keep getting crappy bands who don't promote or bring a crowd, then charge a cover or find a way to come off with a bit more money. The musicians will thank you, and I bet you get a better crowd and drinking patron. We as musicians are there to entertain your patrons, keep em drinking, and most importantly keep them at your establishment. The downtown scene used to be the shizzle.....seems like N. Chas, West Ashley, and Mt. P are the places to be.......I miss going to five different bars and seeing five really kick ass bands. Come on downtown! Drummers.....cause I am one.....if you are in a small venue with hard surfaces....concrete floor, glass all around.....please play with smaller sticks, and be conscious of your playing volume......If you are loud, the bassist and lead guitar will turn theirs up and the vloume wars begin! Nobody likes music that is painful....you will run off the patrons, and thus no gig for you. Musicians, if you play in a band on a regular basis, please wear some sort of hearing protection. You will need your ears for the rest of your life. I ruptured an eardrum this year and it really made me appreciate what I have. Bands that have a good beginnings and endings, patrons can tell when you have practiced these.
All in all, Charleston is the best place in the whole world for music to me......I have seen bands in bars in other towns....no one holds a candle to the talent and fun we have here.....See you from the stage....Anthony Constantine
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