Re: [Harp-L] Do Blues Jams turn the public off?

Most places that host jams do not charge cover. So people come out to listen or play without charge. The same people will NOT pay a cover to see some of the best Atlanta has to offer. 
My band is the host band for the Best 100% Blues jam in town. We packem in. That being said, when we have a weekend gig its difficult to get folks to attend. The lesson here is, if people can see your outfit once a week for free they will NOT pay a cover to see your entire show.
This is more of a complaint than anything else.   

Maurice Nazzaro

On Oct 13, 2011, at 9:16 AM, Bill Hines <billhines4@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hey don't blame the problem on us blues jam hacks! In Harrisburg, PA our jam
> is a celebration of the blues, a very cooperative situation where the big
> guns light up the crowd and often act as mentors to the folks who are just
> coming up (which leads to them being entertaining, crowd pleasing big guns
> later someday too!). We get a pretty huge crowd at our jam, normally host 8+
> sets of *pure* jam (no host band). sometimes it's magical, sometimes not,but
> it's always entertaining. Now if we could get all those people to show up at
> the regular band bar gigs, but we have a core group that does. I agree with
> whomever said earlier that a jam doesn't have to suck, it's all on who is
> running it and how.
> Bill Hines
> On Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 1:21 PM, david robbins
> <drobbins5658@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>wrote:
>> That's a really good point. The public doesnt know any better. They think
>> the blues jam is the best the blues has to offer and they do not make the
>> effort to support the legit blues act on the weekend.

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