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This article is a bit too late, and overall, won't change anything in the Cleveland music scene. Being part of a local act for 8 years, released 4 CD's, the last one lead us to a signing with an Indie Label. We've played the Fest's, opened for numerous national acts and dealt with Gorilla, Hardcore Markt. and Peabody's. We've done the ticket selling and honestly bought tickets to secure us better time slots. This selling tickets for time slots idea is not honest, and the battle of the bands hurt the actual talented bands vs. mom bought all the tickets. We stopped dealing with these promoters because we didn't want the lies/promises. We went directly to bookers for shows, proved ourselves as a drawing band and played our asses off.
How's the Cleveland local music scene these days? (cricket...cricket)
Actually when was the last time you saw a good local act that wasn't your own band? Also, the concert patrons in Cleveland. Arms crossed 20ft. from the stage and you're lucky to get a "woot" or clap. Clevelanders don't go to shows just to listen and enjoy locals. They go see their friends play, then leave. How dare they show interest in other bands that night....(laughable.)
I'm glad this article was written, but this "scam" (cough) promotion has been going on for at least 5-10 years now and there's huge damage to the local scene because of it. When tickets sales and money, out-weigh actual talent I have a huge problem with that.
That doesn't mean local acts are let off the hook. If you don't promote yourself, don't practice your ass off, learn as much as you can about the industry, have good songs and perform like a pro, then why would a venue want deal with you? They deal with you because you can sell tickets. CHA-CHING!
If a band has it's wits about them, then you make it happen for yourself. Prove to everyone else that the music is worth their attention. Rent venues yourself and put on your own shows. You might want to try that out.
Just like A&R reps say, "If I haven't already heard of you, why do I care?"
Over and over and over, this "entertainment mag" confirms something for me. Cry about Cleveland, and bitch when someone wants to make it better. I loathe the majority of Scene writers. Jaded stories pretty much on every topic, music, art, politics, etc.
Ever wonder why most, now famous, people leave Cleveland to get any recognition? No local media support, unless it's trendy or anti-trendy just to be argumentative.
I'd like to know some other opinions, but from my point of view Cleveland-ites are bitchy, opinionated, whoa-is-me, snobbish pricks. I have been known to show these traits as well.
I've never cared for Drew's comedy, but at least appreciate that he got out of Cleveland and made a name/career for himself.
Cleveland needs all the help it can get. Who cares where it comes from. In a town of "oh so many creative people," very rarely is a plan ever followed through with.
I can't wait for the next "Flats" proposal to get everyone huffy/excited then cry when the plans fall in the shredder. How's that ghost town, down there? Whaaaaa Cleveland... whaaaaaaaa.
The death of another venue for locals. Just wonderful. Why don't you just have bands perform using Rockband and a big screen. Ohhh wait.... I just gave you an idea.... dammit.
Amazing how they can take credit from someone else's submitted artist proposal, push out that artist and claim their event as their own idea. Great job Levin, you don't have a creative bone in your body, just a glorified sheeps' clothing salesman.
You know... I'm really not sad about this at all. I just hope if this place finally shuts down (cross my fingers) that it isn't glorified just for being a concert venue for this long. It's been sucking the life force of local music and high beer prices for far too many years already.
There is no fight to be fought. Cleveland music scene has been dead for years and no one really cares. Sure.. "you gotta do it underground," get the bands together... bring the scene back. Blah blah blah. When it comes down to it, every band or musician is out for themselves, to make their "career" and it just won't be happening in Cleveland.
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