Friday, May 1, 2009

Pet Peeve: Late Night Music

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?


  1. Dude, you sound like me. I used to love midweek late nights, made me feel like such a rebel (how sad am I?), but now I get tired and grumpy and am a bit of beyotch at work the next day.

    Couldn't really comment on the music industry per se though - I live in the middle of nowheresville and it's practically impossible to go to gigs if I'm not on holiday. And then I don't care. But I feel your pain.

  2. I'm with you on that. And what about Thursday night venues all together? Why do the best djs come to town on Thursdays instead of Fri. or Sat.? I dunno. It sucks. Even the best drag-racing events around here happen on Thursday.
    Thanks for the input on my post. I love hearing from you and eveyone else out there who bothers commenting.

  3. miz november - ugh that is annoying that everything happens on thursday nights. and comments are what it's all about, it makes us feel like we're not just writing out into a void.

    agirl, agreed, i'm tired and grumpy every morning, so anything i can do to lessen that is a good thing.

  4. I 100% agree....and now I'm relieved that I am not the only one who feels that way! :)

    Great blog by the way!

  5. nina, thanks for stopping by and lending a sympathetic ear!