Elena Como 
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Re: “Cut the Music, Bring the Noise at the Solano Stroll

CommerceKlaus, you might be interested in reading the feedback (and insightful, thoughful discussion) about the issues you mention here:

http://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/showthre…

Posted by Elena Como on 08/07/2011 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Cut the Music, Bring the Noise at the Solano Stroll

Anonymous person who loves to give me a hard time: of course I read this thoughtful article, by Rachel Swan. It inspired me to weigh in on the issue. I hope you do have a great time at the Solano Stroll, and I hope you leave lots of tips in the tip-jars of the unpaid bands.

Posted by Elena Como on 08/02/2011 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Cut the Music, Bring the Noise at the Solano Stroll

Hi there Mr/Ms Anonymous. I feel it's important to restate the obvious, because it seems that many would prefer to let the musicians "eat cake". The obvious being, of course, that a job well-done deserves proper compensation. Do you agree?

Posted by Elena Como on 07/31/2011 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Cut the Music, Bring the Noise at the Solano Stroll

Should musicians be paid for their work? Well gee, how about going to your surgeon and asking him to remove your burst appendix for "tips and CD sales"?? Shouldn't he remove your appendix because he "loves to do it?" Or perhaps to prove he's not a "sell-out"???

Posted by Elena Como on 07/30/2011 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Cut the Music, Bring the Noise at the Solano Stroll

Thank you, Rachel Swan, for calling attention to this very important issue. I believe that musicians provide a vital service to the community during the Stroll, making the event more merry, more fun. Musicians, like other service-providers, deserve to be compensated for the work that they do. To imply that "because they enjoy it, they shouldn't insist on getting paid" undervalues the real contribution that the bands of the Bay Area give to the communities of Albany and Berkeley. I believe in paying people what they deserve when they provide you with valuable services and improve your quality of life. I hope that the SAA will find it in their budget to reconsider, and pay the musicians. All of them.

Posted by Elena Como on 07/29/2011 at 3:39 PM

Re: “Cut the Music, Bring the Noise at the Solano Stroll

Excellent article, and I'm very sorry to hear that the Solano Avenue Association can't find it in their budget to offer musicians even $50 each to lug their heavy equipment up and down Solano Avenue, and provide people with the high quality, beautiful music that the communities of Albany and Berkeley and El Cerrito have come to expect. I hope that Ellis Island Band and Failure to Disperse will find more deserving and appreciateive festivals in the Bay Area. I hope that the Solano Avenue Association will reconsider it's miserable decision to stop budgeting for music at the Stroll.

Posted by Elena Como on 07/27/2011 at 10:51 AM

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