Steve Hayes 
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Re: “Concert Greats

I visited the list to see how many shows I'd been to. I actually was at 2 of the 3 shows on Ben's list and would be hard pressed to leave either off my top 3. Was in 4th row on the floor for Neil Young, up front in the pit for the Beasties/Rollins show. Add Wilco at the Vogue in 1999 (tail end of Summerteeth tour - Tweedy intro'd the band by saying "We're Wilco, and we're at the end of our rope" - then they destroyed the set) and there's my 3.

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Posted by Steve Hayes on 08/12/2015 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Mix Master Dave

I was at 3 of the 4 shows Dave cites above and have to agree with each.

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Posted by Steve Hayes on 10/23/2013 at 10:55 AM

Re: “State of the Music II

Points to your points:

1. I've certainly heard my share of things that didn't tickle my ears. And I think there's a role for unbiased critics pointing out the good and bad in anything. But I wonder what good it does. I've not known many artists of any medium reading criticism and saying "my god, they're right - I must heed their advice." More than anything, a critic serves potential audiences more than the artist, separating chaff from wheat as the case were. And locally produced art of any sort is a hard enough sell. It pains me to see someone do a lot of work then someone else say "this isn't worth your time." Since 90% (probably more like 99.9%) of locally created music rarely finds audience beyond the artist's immediate community, I'm never sure there's a point in ruining anyone's fun. There will always be good, there will always be bad, and it won't be the same on anyone's ears. If I wanted to get really honest, I could probably name about a half dozen critically acclaimed local acts that I just never "got" and as many that never got a bit of press that I thought were terrific.

2. Agreed. Friends and I talked about how there need to be true "nightclubs" that cater to the late crowd. I think an interesting model is to do live music in the early evening then turn the late night over to DJs. I've always liked having a drink or two to a familiar soundtrack after a live show.

3. I think the bigger problem is bands and promoters that are too flexible or wishy washy. The announce a show to start at 9 PM, the first band goes on at 10:30. I like people that have a plan and stick to it. The show starts at this time, here are the bands, here's what time each starts, here's what time each finishes, here's how long you have to get on and off the stage, etc. Make the plan, know the plan, communicate the plan, and stick to the plan. I know it's not very rock & roll, but it's the solution to the problem.

4. Some people are good at this, some aren't - but everybody tries. Honestly I think #1 and #4 could be solved with some videotaping - people need to see and hear what they look/sound like on stage. I kind of liked the Michael Penn/Aimee Mann idea of taking a comic on stage and letting them handle the between song chatter.

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Posted by Steve Hayes on 08/14/2013 at 12:50 PM

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