Last night I remembered why I don't see live music more often: Because the headlining band often doesn't play until 11:30pm. I'm sorry, but can someone tell me HOW this became the stupid standard of the music industry? In most cases, the thought of traveling across town for the show and back again to get home after 1am on a weeknight really does NOT appeal to me. Not to mention that I'm so tired by the time the band I'm there to see comes on that I can't enjoy it.
Take last night. I went to see a funk band at a venue conveniently only a short walk from my apartment. Since the flyer said the show started at 9, I got there a little before then, but then proceeded to sit in an empty dark club for an hour. The DJs playing were good and I thought about dancing, but wanted to save my energy for the real thing. It was too loud to chat, so there wasn't really anything to do but just sit there bored out of our minds. Finally, I found out the headlining band wasn't coming on till 11. So I walked back home where I could actually pass the time pleasantly. But by the time I returned to the show at 11, then still had to wait, as the band didn't come on till 11:30, I only stayed for 3 songs and then left because at that point the whole experience of the night and being drunk and tired had just dragged me down. What a disappointment.
Anyone else think it's insane that headliner bands don't play until 10, 11, or 12 at night?