After looking over all my reviews of the night there are some overarching things I noticed. Since this was an event hosted by a record label I called it a showcase, and that may be a misnomer on my part. I’m not sure this was an actual showcase. If it was a showcase it wasn’t featured as such and was definitely meant to be more of a concert. Here are some further thoughts on the night.
Most of the bands this night didn’t introduce themselves. There wasn’t even so much of a hello or any acknowledgement of others unless it was for other bands or some merch plug for many performing. I understand most of the audience is probably familiar with the bands playing, but it never hurts to provide an introduction within the first song or so. It could even be as simple as, “Hiya, we’re Anal Sex Horror Stories, and boy are we gonna rock that anus tonight!” The fact it was a common occurrence leads me to believe either bands didn’t want to play or there was supposed to be a host introducing them. If it was the latter it certainly fell through and could have been easily resolved. If it was the former that can be solved with a reality check.
Lots of Afterthoughts and Haphazard Planning
It seemed to be while everything started on schedule (an unexpected but welcome phenomenon) there was not too much effort into other set ups. The merch tables were on one side of the house, and inexplicably on the other side of the house a table for local organizations sparsely set up. These could have been combined with the merch table or perhaps set up in the unused bar outside the house doors. Honestly I’m not sure I would have included them at all. It wasn’t a charity concert, it wasn’t something completely sold as a general local event, and while featured mostly local bands from a local label not cohesive to the theme of the night…whatever that may be.
The reason I thought it was a showcase is because it was billed as a concert hosted by the label. It seems like most, if not all, of the bands playing were signed to said label. However when I looked at the event on facebook it was not billed as a showcase, but “An Evening with The Company.” If this was a showcase more planning should have been put in to it. Consider the purpose and the audience. If it was intended to be a concert more consideration should have been invokved anyway, especially because…
Long, Long Soundchecks
I get soundchecks and set up can take time. I get that soundchecks are also done when the house is full. What I don’t get is why this ran for so long. Soundchecks with a full house are usually brief to make adjustments for the amount of people. I suspect there wasn’t an initial soundcheck and that’s why it took so long.
A Positive Note
I personally appreciated the warning about strobe and flashing lights outside the venue. I know folks love them, but I personally dislike them. I find them disorienting and headache inducing. That warning allowed me to better prepare myself and minimize the headache.
I have no idea what went on during the show to end up with these issues. I can only imagine what happened behind the scenes. If my theatre experience taught me anything it’s how if the audience can tell something’s up it must be chaotic behind the scenes.