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Liberation Tourology with ALO #9

Good talent buyers see the bands that they book as partners and strive to create a good working relationship, regardless of the sales situation, in the hope of doing better in the future — not burning bridges.

5/25/10
Variety Playhouse
Atlanta, GA

Atlanta

ALO Tour Diary #9

Jack Johnson & Zach Gill by Dave Vann

We took a day off while Zach flew to LA to do the Ellen show with Jack (see video at the end of this post). I got a little soft on that day off. My playing went from firing on all 8 cylinders to having a clog in the fuel line. The audience was not much help. It was one of the youngest crowds I’ve ever seen at an ALO show. We hung out in the lobby after the show and, as it turns out, for many it was their first concert. They didn’t quite know what to do but they all enjoyed it. Still, the energy was not there to fire up my already cold engine.

We struggled with tempos. Everything seemed slow. A Kolomana to open the second set helped to kick things in gear. I fumbled through a drum solo on I Love Music. My cerebral cortex felt like it needed a reboot.

On top of that, the promoter wasn’t happy with us. He booked us in too big of a room, but he’s blaming us and the fact that we are coming back in August with Jack Johnson on as to why the room isn’t filled. The promoter is nowhere to be seen and we get about zero hospitality. He’s the exact opposite of the promoter in Wilmington and so is the show. Good talent buyers see the bands that they book as partners and strive to create a good working relationship, regardless of the sales situation, in the hope of doing better in the future — not burning bridges.

The talent buyer at the Belly Up in Solano Beach has the right idea. When asked how he decides whether to ask a band that played the club back he replied that he asks every band he books back regardless. Because he only books bands that he wants to have in his venue.

It’s nights like these when you have to dig a little deeper. They can’t all be like Wilmington, NC. My apologies to Atlanta. When we come back the scene will be better and so will we.

Dave Brogan

Keep up with all things Brogan, ALO or otherwise, at his official website.

Throughout 2010, ALO drummer Dave Brogan will regale us with tales from the road as Animal Liberation Orchestra travel around behind their sweet new album Man of the World, both as headliners and as primary support for Jack Johnson’s summer/fall tour.

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