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a note from Truewill, The Engine Room

[as posted on http://www.tallahasseeshows.org]

-Just a little info for everyone...

I don't know how to say it other than to just say it, so here it is.

Tallahassee. I have been here for 15 years, and I don't plan on leaving.

Why does everyone leave this town? I think a big part of it is the "lack".

Lack of people that care in the position to make things better?
Lack of a "scene"? Lack of any good shows? Lack of people that care in general?
Lack of effort from the right people?

Every club I have ever worked in or played in had one thing in common. One bad thing.

The owner was money hungry, and didn't care about anything but that.
Didn't care about the scene, only how it affected the money. Didn't care about people, only the money they bring.
Didn't care about the quality of the music, only whether people would come.
This is a business, and there are always bills to pay, but making money isn't the point. Making things better for everyone is.
Making things better for the bands that play here, making things better for the people that come here, making things better for the people who live in Tallahassee.

The reason I got involved in the beta bar in the first place was because I wanted there to be something in this town that really mattered. Not that it does. But it could.

I have a problem though. I am not one of you. What I listen to, and what I care about isn't the same.

So, that being said, how do I make this place something for everyone? Where everyone is comfortable, everyone has a say, and everyone gets to see and hear what they want? You can't make everyone happy all the time, but you can try. There are a lot of people that don't like the changes that have happened, but the point was to make the room better for every type of show that comes through. The small punk shows and folk shows, and the sold out mainstream pop shit.

I need some input. From all of you guys.
Ouikut helps, and so do a few others, but what about the rest of you?
This thread is for you guys to let me, and the rest up here, know what you want.

What bands do you guys want us to get in here?
What changes do you want to see happen?
What would make this place better to/for you?

Hate mail is also accepted. But doesn't really help much.



( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 9th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
I suggested so many bands.
Oct. 9th, 2008 06:51 pm (UTC)
1) Get a liquor license.
2) Turn the volume down so I don't have to yell at my friends.
3) Don't listen to me. I don't particular like clubs and live concerts.

Oct. 9th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
They had a liquor license for a bit and it wasn't worth it. Do you know how hard they are to get and how much they cost around here unless it's more of a restaurant than a bar? That's why so many bars are just beer and wine.
Oct. 9th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
Personally, I think that the renovation looks great, the improved beer selection really helps, and it's far more comfortable than it has been at the Railroad location. I'm definitely not leaving because the scene is lacking, or Tallahassee is at all a bad place, but because I've got an Itch and that means I have to go.

However, above all, it seems that it might take time for The Engine Room to gain its speed. Filling off nights with local DJ parties (Family Affair, Craig/Truewill DJ Matchups, Sean Michael's old gig [what happened there?]) is still a good idea if the overhead isn't too much, as well as booking smaller shows (like the fucking Captains-- $5, and an awesome band is time well spent,) seems like a solid plan.

Also, what happened to the great fliers that they were putting out? There are lots of ways to market (and market cheaply) the stuff that goes down there. That's the thing I notice most that might be symptomatic of decreased crowds-- I've seen a lot less advertising.
Oct. 9th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
(And Ian Beverly is the shit. He should play again!)
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