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I could write an essay on all the horrible things this club has done, but I'll try to keep it short to a few key points from my most recent trip.
I was booked to play a local music spotlight. From the second we got in there, the sound guy, Keith from Speedoo Sound, made up his mind that he didn't like us. He spoke to us in a downright condescending manner. He also was making decisions that were completely illogical. It was clear that, no matter what we did, he was going to treat us like the scum of the earth. When doors opened, someone who bought a ticket to see us went over and casually asked him one question. Keith blew up, they got in a verbal altercation, and Keith cut us 5 minutes before our set.
Yes, the sound guy cut us. Because of an altercation that he sparked with someone not even in the band. The sound guy. Not the owner or the manager. The sound guy decided that he had that authority. Turns out he did. The manager, Buddy, was too busy hanging out on the venue's patio talking to his buddies to even enter the venue and resolve the issue. We didn't know who he was until someone pointed him out an hour after we were kicked out!
We went home and looked up Keith to file a complaint. Found his Facebook, filled with nasty statuses about our band, and well as dissing so many other local bands. A middle aged man dissing a bunch of kids on Facebook. And he was posting this while we were still in the venue, a.k.a. while he was at work, getting paid. The owner, Scott, was called right away. Apparently, Keith's side of the story was that we, as a band, threatened to beat him up and were calling him horrible names. A bunch of kids. Two of us are girls. It was explained that we have a score of witnesses who saw otherwise. Scott's final word? "Well, I've known Keith for over 10 years so I'm taking his word over yours."
I wish I was making this up. I just can't believe this is a real story. The belittlement, rudeness, apathy, and ignorance were absolutely unbelievable. I can't believe they're still in business. Turns out Keith screws over a lot of local bands. The stories I've heard are just as ridiculous. But since it's a corrupt buddy system over there, nothing ever gets resolved. There are so many amazing venues in the area. This one is not worth any local band's time, especially if Keith is mixing you.
Oh yeah, one more thing - the restrooms. Flies everywhere, sticky floors, stained toilet seats, HUMAN FECES on the floor. Before anyone was even in the venue. Think about that next time you're looking for live music.