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Lousy service - and they do not keep their committment to the musicians and pay them what was agreed upon in email.
I do not recommend this place as I said, the owner Damon was rude - demanded I give up the table I had been holding waiting for a friends to join me for dinner - no sooner did I give up the table when my friends came in. Because I had one of my artists performing their that night and had asked several people to come out to support I could not very well leave - we wound up standing in the back eating dinner standing up at the end of the bar - when I had sufficient seating for us - just 5 mins before their arrival! I had promoted telling my friends to come out and support this new business! DO NOT SUPPORT THEM!
Damon agreed to a $10 cover for the bands I booked - and refused to charge more than $5 - I understand venues are hurting - but when you agree to something you must keep your word - I even reached a compromise and communicated with the musicians - they still did not honor their word on the compromise - he was insulting to me - insulting to the musicians - and I strongly advise not going here - the only redeemable thing about this place are the corn nuts!
Hey There Adam,
I did write an article about the rejuvenation money that came into the Fillmore and how it was appropriated - click here to read - http://urbanmusicpresents.com/Urban_Music_…
I took the facebook conversation that started on your wall Adam and I sent it to the press and sent it to the Fillmore Merchants Association - where upon musicians who were getting $75 got bumped up to $100 - however the bandleaders who do 90% of the business dealings, chart arrangements and scheduling - received lower pay due the $100 bump increase. This was per Restivo - I have talked to two bandleader on this - thus there was not added funding from Restivo - band leaders took the hit - and they do three times the work as sidemen.
There is tons of money moving around in these festivals - and if a two day festival is not within the budget to afford than have a 1 day festival - but don't have it happen at the expense of musicians -
I want to comprise a committee to review this - my survey is giving me some informative information that hopefully will help structure a process to obtaining some by-laws event producers must adhere to -
Festivals and Venues are not the same - Festivals are BIG Business and Venues are small business - there are reputable venues and sleezy venues - the reputable ones will work with the artist to promote them, actually care about music, and give percentages according to draw and / or sales. The other venues who don't do this aren't worth a damn!
Restivo is effectively creating a sleazy venue out of the Fillmore Jazz Festival - and this should not be happening -
Carnaval is pretty bad as well - but hopefully by calling this out and drawing peoples attention to the problem and the fact that it is becoming pervasive hopefully an action plan can be developed to implement change that protects musicians, serves the public and provides away for spectacular festivals to exist.
What we have now is mediocre at best - and the musicians are being paid less than insulting compensation - the Fillmore Merchant's Association and most definitely Steve Restivo should be ashamed - further Restivo talks to people as if they are the *!*t on his shoe - just is not right - that one ass can and does control 80% of the San Francisco's Street Festivals - this is real --
Please visit my website to read all the articles and take the survey I have compiled and written.
First I want to thank Kathleen and East Bay Express for helping me spread the word on this very important issue.
My focus on Restivo is because he is so aggregious with his disrespect towards our local musicians and further jazz itself. He does control a major pool of the local festivals and is driving the value and quality down with his actions - this being said - HE IS NOT THE ONLY ONE!
My goal is to go to the Entertainment Commission and the Board of Supervisors and hopefully pass a set of by-laws that legislate a minimum standard of pay event producer must adhere to - this would raise the bar - to an even playing field - prevent musicians from cutting the market on each other - and prevent unscrupulous producers like Restivo from being able to take advantage of the musicians in the name of a bad economy!
It is a shame Restivo won't consider me for booking the Fillmore Festival - as I know the music would be slammin' and the musicians would be paid equitably - If you cannot afford a 2 day festival - then don't produce one - live within your means - but don't balance the budget on the musicians backs.
If we want to keep music thriving here in the bay area - we have to create a culture of respect and value - otherwise they will leave - they will have to in order to make their ends meet.
Up and coming musicians certainly have a right to play and get their start - but not at the expense of opportunities of veteran musicians who bring an expertise - you do not underbid the market forsaking the pros for the wannabe's just because they will play for nothing - there is no integrity in that - and also the wannabe's - some of which maybe become pro - and they are only serving themselves.
This is about respect of culture, liveliehood - this is about integrity.
Thanks for your support on this important issue.
Stephanie Dalton, Urban Music Presents
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