Showing posts with label music. Show all posts
Showing posts with label music. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

In which I offer friendly advice to the good people at Headliners Music Hall.

If the question is, "How does the locally owned and operated Headliners Music Hall compete against Live Nation-owned and -operated Mercury Ballroom?", then the answer is this:

Headliners needs to be MORE local than Mercury.

Not that Headliners isn't locally oriented already. In many ways, it is. The point, and my not necessarily unbiased advice: Be even more so. As much as possible. And rub the corporate entity's nose in it.

Restricting the focus to beer: Every multinational starter beer being served at Headliners negates the venue's argument v.v. Mercury's corporate advantages. Yes, of course the Headliners bar must make the customers happy and reap the mark-up whirlwind. But karma can be quite the bitch, and we've seen from our temporary experience with Houndmouth beer at Houndmouth's show that local products can compete. Craft beer, craft music. Forecastle can't or won't do it; Headliners should.

Some Headliners loyalists apprehensive over opening of the new Mercury Ballroom music venue, by Michael Tierney (Insider Louisville)

Developer Bill Weyland‘s CITY Properties Group and Live Nation have teamed up in Louisville to open the Mercury Ballroom. Though the new music venue isn’t set to open until April, its concert calendar has already sparked concern over how the locally owned Headliners Music Hall will be affected.

Jeffery Smith runs Crash Avenue, a locally owned media and management company with offices in Louisville and New York City. Last week Smith posed this question on Facebook, stirring the pot in the Louisville music scene:

Do you boycott Mercury Ballroom because they’re going to be in direct competition with our locally owned / local fave Headliners Music Hall? Understand, they’re going to be competing for the same talent coming through Louisville… but Live Nation has the money to essentially throw at the talent until they drown out the competition. If you’re going to be diligent about eating locally, should you not be diligent about extending where you choose to take in your smaller national acts?

Insider Louisville interviewed Smith, who claims Live Nation — the publicly traded (NYSE, LYV), Los Angeles-based entertainment company — may snatch a market that Billy Hardison built.

Hardison owns Headliners and is a partner in the local talent-buying agency Production Simple, alongside Joe Agabrite III, John Grantz, and Lizi Hagan ...

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Houndmouth, alternative label and video.

I'm getting into the habit of posting at the revamped NABC web site, and directing traffic from here.

Houndmouth, alternative label and video

You’ve already seen the Houndmouth beer specs.
Now NABC’s graphics department (Tony Beard) is developing a second label design that perhaps better represent the band’s vibe. Currently Houndmouth is on the road down South, and you can keep up with the group via Facebook.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Preview: Fringe Fest 2011.

NABC's fourth Fringe Fest will take place on Thursday, October 6 through Saturday, October 8 at Bank Street Brewhouse. For the unitiated, this is the same time as New Albany's Harvest Homecoming, which attracts thousands to downtown New Albany. From its inception, our aim with Fringe Fest has been to offer a more thoughtful, craft-beer-fueled alternative to the nearby bedlam. This year, we're tweaking the concept.

Music will be on the side patio, with no main stage outdoors. The current parking lot will be the licensed temporary beer sales area, to be occupied by arts, crafts and vendors. Chefs Matt, Bernie and the kitchen team will prepare their special Fringe Fest menu in the existing kitchen, and beer will be served like always inside BSB and on the patios in addition to the temporary area. The annual batch of Wet Knob Harvest Hop Ale will be ready for pouring, alongside the usual suspects and perhaps a surprise or two.

We hope it will be a reoriented and yet familiar Fringe Fest -- diverse like always, but more intimate, and with NABC's hugely weather-dependent risk lessened. As information arrives, I'll update Fringe fest in future postings. Meanwhile, to tip things off, here are the music bookings.

Thursday, October 6

6:00 p.m.
Misha Feigin

7:15 p.m.
Irish Session w/John Woodard

9:30 p.m.
Ben Traughber


Friday, October 7

6:00 p.m.

7:15 p.m.
Jerry & Simon

8:30 p.m.
St. James Hotel

10:00 p.m.
Roz Tate w/Chris Shireman


Saturday, October 8

6:00 p.m.
Thunder Wrane

7:15 p.m.

8:30 p.m.

10:00 p.m.
Bear’s Choice