Lost our session venue…. again….(sympathy and suggestions welcome)
I was just looking for a little sympathy here…..
Our Tucson (AZ) session just lost our 5th session venue in 18 months. There was a nominally Irish pub here for about 10 years, but after it closed, we haven’t been able to find a place that is interested in hosting us. We just can’t compete with the (American) football on Sunday afternoons. Our current pub is willing to give us an outside patio space but it won’t work in the winter, and it’s still very hot and dry through October. They’d be willing to give us indoor space again after football season is over. (In February!).
I’ve just been turned down by another pub- one that doesn’t even have the NFL ticket subscription, and another that won’t host live music because the ASCAP and BMI associations shake them down for too much money. It probably won’t help to tell them we play music that is mainly in the public domain. And to be honest, it would be hard to enforce keeping the public domain repertoire that all the time - lot of people don’t even know which tunes are recently composed.
So now I’m checking out pizza places…. and hotel lounges. Wish me luck. We’ve had an open, public session in Tucson for about 25 years now and it’s discouraging to have to keep moving and finding new places.
Thanks for listening.