I am going to post this here as we are about to lose another great Music Venue for good, The New Crawdaddy Blues Club.
This is a section from the weekly Email all subscribers received and I know Paul won’t mind me sharing this as it’s so important to the future of music as we all complain about the lateness of new releases, one day, there won’t be many decent new releases.
And so, here we are, the final Friday gig at the New Crawdaddy Blues Club after 20 years!
Friday 29th November 2019 is ‘Black Friday’ when around the world we are tantalized with ‘amazing’ bargain prices for things we never realised we wanted let alone needed!
But for blues lovers and all the supporters of the New Crawdaddy Blues Club, this ‘black Friday’ takes on a totally different significance. Because this truly is the end! This is the last time ever that there will be a New Crawdaddy Blues Club gig on a Friday and this is the last time that a guest band will be headlining! Twenty years of history brought to an end!
Last week I talked of the parlous state of live music in the UK and I am probably going to upset a few people with what I now say. But do you know what? I don’t care! It needs saying.
There are some 634 people on this mailing list and week in week out for the last umpteen years there has been a Newsletter sent out to each and every one of you telling you what is going on at the Club etc. On average, less than 37% of you even open the Newsletter. That is around 234 of the 634 subscribers. Sometimes I do wonder why we bother!
As you know, the Club has been struggling with audience numbers and yet, if just 15% of the subscribers to this list supported the Club each week, that would have made the difference!
I wonder how many people really appreciate the work that goes into running a Club like the Crawdaddy. Not just on gig nights although that is more than enough, but also the other days sorting out bands, finding last minute replacements, dealing with the literally hundreds of inquiries from bands wanting to play, listening to new bands and artists to see whether they would be right for the Club, making sure that there are enough team member to put on the gig, dealing with outrageous rider demands, assuaging egos etc. etc.
Believe me, it is tantamount to a full time job and it is unpaid! Indeed, like so much of what people do to support and promote blues, it costs them money as well as time!
As I said last week and I do not apologise for repeating myself, the only people who can help turn this around are the people who go out and listen to and enjoy live music. Whilst it may be a bit early for New Year’s Resolutions, we won’t be around in January 2020 so why not make it your resolution to attend at least one gig a week or if that is too much at least one gig more a month than you did this year?
You could make the difference.
Your support, could be what helps a venue survive