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Re: “A local strip club adapts to a changing economy

Hey seagurl, there was a place downtown where the waiters serve sans pants. I'm not sure but believe it is was called Dick's Hang Out. But then who knows. I just figured out the symbolism of the pole dance after all these years.

Thing is there is an old adage in advertising that sex sells. Unfortunately for the economy, politically correct marketing does not. Catering to certain ethnic and sexually oriented segments of the population who are in the minority means that ads do not focus on the mainstream consumers. Time for the Madison Avenue crowd to wake up and smell the masses.

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Posted by Antifoniq on March 31, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Re: “A local strip club adapts to a changing economy

If this club and others like it want to make more money in a poor economy or any other time, they should consider adding male strippers to their revue, one or two nights a week. Bachelorette parties are going to book continuously.
In another un named state, there is a cub that has been there for 30 years. It is advertised as a male strip club but has female stripping at lunchtime and all during the week. The males are the main headliners. Their costumes are imaginative and sometimes funny (think firemen with big hoses, policemen with big guns, etc.) and every weekend the parking lot is full. No men are allowed in until after 11. At 11 all the smart men in town flood into the club to reap the benefits of the drunken assed, pre-warmed up women who are a lot friendlier now than a few hours ago. They have an attached liquor store, a cover charge and their own specialty (high dollar)drinks. Of course their dancers are real performers not just guys with speedos, but with all of the weddings in Chas., it would work. Give us females the chance to be the sexist pigs we really are !!!! Open a male stip club !

Posted by seagurl on March 31, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Re: “A local strip club adapts to a changing economy

The article is about the club and about booking national or regional touring acts. There will be other opportunities to get press about local bands.

Trust me on that.

Posted by mat catastrophe on March 31, 2011 at 4:56 AM

Re: “A local strip club adapts to a changing economy

On another note..... Carpe noctem is not the first booking agent to bring acts to the belle.... FYI everyone.

Posted by musicgal on March 31, 2011 at 1:36 AM

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Porichman, I completely disagree with you. Bubba is a HAS BEEN, most of the people that night were there to support the local acts.. I know because majority of the people in the crowd were personal friends that EOD and Left Asthetic brought. It doesnt really matter who brought what crowd, the fact remains that if you are a local "city paper" you really should support your "local CITY scene"

Posted by musicgal on March 31, 2011 at 1:34 AM

Re: “A local strip club adapts to a changing economy

The bands being added into the clubs has been an ever growing popularity with club owners. We have started to see clubs in Chicago begin the same style of promotion, including Atlantis in Ford Heights, IL. It has started to work out well, but does this drive away the regulars that spend money because they just want the usual entertainment instead of the foreign?

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Posted by MoJo on March 31, 2011 at 1:10 AM

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To each his own. I personally think it's great what Megan, Jeff and Carpe Noctem are doing. "entertainment complex" sums it up. It's a rebirth of fun and business. If it's not your thing, for whatever your reasons, smoke, strip club stigma, etc, then don't go, no one is forcing you to, but to those who are looking for a night of fun in all kinds of different ways, even going to the point of offering a comedy night w/o dancers to appeal to their customers, then it's a great way to change up the scene and keep the business in the area flowing. Raising money for a good cause doesn't hurt either! Very cool

Posted by MJJ on March 30, 2011 at 10:40 PM

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I really don't understand why you felt the need to completely overlook the bands that opened for Sparxxx.
You don't even mention the name of the two opening acts, and then to add insult to injury you give the impression that everyone who was there was only there to see the main act.
You must hold a special place in your heart for "Ms. New Booty" because you sure do give a lot of undeserving credit to Mr. Sparxxx.

I can assure you that a majority of people in attendance were there for the sole purpose of supporting one of the two local bands performing that night.
In fact most people, including myself, would normally never step foot in that type of establishment unless a friend asked me to come out and support his band.
Do a better job next time you decide to tackle an article regarding music in the local area and support your local bands please!!!!!!!

Posted by tracyn on March 30, 2011 at 10:13 PM

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musicgal, come on now. I'm a supporter of local acts trying to make it, but your statement that EOD "brought in more people than Bubba himself" is a grossly incorrect statement. They had a solid crowd, but the crowd more than doubled, probably tripled when Bubba took the stage. If they truly could sell more tickets than a national act like Bubba, they wouldn't be local anymore. They would be getting paid the 5-10k that he's getting per show. Not trying to sound like an ass, just stating the truth. Best of luck to EOD

Posted by porichman on March 30, 2011 at 7:15 PM

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"Believe it or not, there's a lot of people that've never been in a club around here. I guess it's the stigma that it's dirty, that it's a trashy place,"

Maybe people won't go there because the place is a health hazard due to the tobacco smoke.

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Posted by TROLLSLAYER on March 30, 2011 at 3:14 PM

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This was a very good article and it's make a serious point. The Belle is an untapped source of entertainment that has virtually dried up in Charleston. With places like the Plex vanishing from the scene several years ago a real venue for real music has seemed as non existent as the clothes on the girls at the Belle. Now comes the Belle again. Bravo Jeff and Meg the push that you're doing is going to pay off eventually. The farm is floundering since the new owners took over and all the belle needs to do is bide it's time and before you know it you'll become the powerhouse that Charleston is in need of resurrecting.

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Posted by Tom Bolt on March 30, 2011 at 2:30 PM

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More sluts in the news. And now a band on stage while there are sluts around. Surprise, surprise. Yeah, that's just huge news.

I just wish the news referred to them as sluts rather than "ladies"--talk about an abuse of the word.

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Posted by Perskaya01 on March 30, 2011 at 2:11 PM

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WOW, I am SHOCKED that there is NO LOVE for the openers! I really thought Charleston City Paper was more of a supporter of the "Local Scene". I was at the show from start to finish, and I have to disagree with the statement "Around 10:30 p.m., the Bubba Sparxxx show officially gets going. A nu-metal band plays first, pumping up the audience of about 100. A local rap group is next, but people are really just waiting for the main act." The "nu-metal" band EOD, brought in more people than Bubba himself. Come on chick, show love for your homegrown music scene. We are the ones, after all, that read the City Paper.. SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by musicgal on March 30, 2011 at 1:48 PM

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WTG Miss Megan!!! I always knew you had it in you!! Very proud of you and Jeff "The King of The Tittie Bars" knows his s..t! Love ya both, T Ray

Posted by CosmoTini21 on March 30, 2011 at 1:40 PM

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That should be "Carpe NoctEM". Just sayin'.

Posted by pugnax on March 30, 2011 at 12:12 PM

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EOD was the "Nu-metal" band. Much more worth writing about than Sparxx and I had never seen them before.

Left Aesthetic was the hip-hop band and one of their guys got an invitation to be on BET's 106& Park.

Posted by KJDERRICK on March 30, 2011 at 11:42 AM

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Susan, you could have given the guys in Left Aesthetic (who opened for Bubba Sparxx) some credit and exposure by adding two words to the article. What gives? I thought CP was all about supporting local music.
-Harper

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