On live support

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Let's say your friend's band-that's-actually-pretty-good finally gets a real paying gig at a real bar. To show support, you and your pals head down to said bar to ensure Ellen James' Tongue (that's the name of your friend's band) has an audience. That's real nice! Keep in mind, though, that your friend's band needs more than your attendance if they're to survive past their honeymoon stage. The bar owner doesn't give a dick about how edgy and talented Dorien and the guys are. The owner likely hates them. And one doesn't pay rent solely by charging cover. So when you and the rest of the fan club switch to water after ordering one glass of the bar's cheapest beer, your friend's band is very unlikely to be booked there again. Great work, gang! You've ruined your friend's chance of getting a regular gig at one of the few bars left in town that pays bands! All this applies to anyone claiming to support live music. Make an investment if you give a shit. Not by simply attending, but by spending. Show bars that good bands are worth hiring. Otherwise you'll find it harder and harder to see a decent show in a bar. Because it's less costly to pay a guy with a cool shirt and a laptop than a group of of skilled workers. —These Are Dark Times

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