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Re: “A New Bird at Birdland

FINALLY! A club that truly represents the artists for who they are and what they amazing music!!! The Bay Area is in dire need of support for musicians who are struggling and being taken advantage of by venue owners who do not value what they do. Michael from Birdland is different. He understands and appreciates the music AND the musicians. This unique music venue deserves all the support it can get because without places like this music and art will just die and eventually disappear. Just because this country is heading down the wrong path of no culture, it doesn't mean the Bay Area has to follow! Keep live music alive!

Posted by bassistheplace on 07/13/2011 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Jazz Musicians Sing the Blues

One thing I want to make clear is that we are not trying to wage a war against venue owners. It is simply a matter of working together to find a fair wage that won't break the clubs but also won't exploit the musicians. Right now it is skewed to benefit the venue owners at the expense of the musicians. They don't realize the time that musicians put in outside of the actual "gig" so therefore they don't consider any of that in the pay. Bottom line is that they depend on us as much as we depend on them so it only makes sense to sit at the table with us to discuss this further and try negotiating a wage that works for everyone.

Posted by bassistheplace on 06/19/2011 at 3:58 PM

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