I feel the need to inform Phog-goers, the few of you who read this, about the change in scheduling (in general) for entertainment.
We have, for three years, done our best to bring the best product to the stage here at Phog, and we intend to tweak that tradition a little, while keeping the value high.
This month of November will be over-run with bands the first couple of weeks. It seems that we have said yes to too many bands, too many performers, without the vigor and excitement for these bands from all of the independant music fans.
So many shows, so few patrons. We hoped for, expected, assumed that if we brought the bands, the show-going public would come.
What has happened, is that we have gotten a clearer picture of how many customers we indeed have, and how difficult it is to light a fire under the rear-ends of music lovers.
Maybe it’s because we have too much to choose from. Maybe we over-supplied our lovely patrons with musicians.
No matter what the reason, we do not have the ability, or the heart, to keep bringing in bands from across Canada with the frequency we now do, thanks to less-than-stellar attendance.
We intend to deliver high quality bands and performers on fewer nights.
No more 6 shows per week. No more 5 shows per week. Stronger acts, less of the time, yet still often.
In the meantime, we are going to do our best to grow our audience, as we think there are many people within our 210,000-population-city who can help us do better than 20 people at a show.
Unique partnerships with arts groups and other venues may be the answer. We’ll see.
We look forward to this opportunity to invigorate the local music scene even more than we have already.
As always, we are welcome to the suggestions of others in regards to growing this community beyond the walls of Phog and other arts-related businesses.
With the talent we have access to, we want to eliminate the reason for our shows not being better attended on a regular basis.
Keep your eyes peeled for a strong November line-up. Will you be there? We don’t know…but you might want to try to enjoy an event-jammed month before the frequncy of shows is tailored.
Thanks to everyone.