The press releases about the Penn Brewery changing hands upon Tom Pastorius' retirement failed to mention a most important side effect. Member Paul Cosentino leader of the Boilermaker Jazz Band has circulated an email from which I quote:
"After 20 years in the beer business, Tom Pastorious, founder of Penn Brewery, is retiring. The Brewery has been sold to a corporate conglomerate, and as is so often the case, they have decided that presenting local live bands in not in their business plan.
So after Oktoberfest, there will no longer be live music at this wonderful venue on the North Side.
The Boilermaker Jazz Band started playing at the Brewery shortly after it opened in 1988, and performed at their First Anniversary Party in Sept. of 1989, as well as for numerous Mardi Gras nights and other memorable evenings over the last 20 years. It has been a great run, and we are sad to see it end." ---Paul Cosentino
Many of us have either played or enjoyed the live music at the Penn Brewery which has provided much employment for musicians over the past 20 years. We lament this change of policy but we must be cognizant of the trends locally and nationwide that affect the live music marketplace. We can't protest or go on strike but we can make our voices and opinions know through this and other similar networks. It only takes one cigarette to start a forest fire and it only takes one statement to start a buzz on the grapevine that live music is most important and not to be ignored or taken for granted.
We wish Tom & Maryann Pastorius the best on their future and we thank them for the employment and the opportunity to entertain and meet myriads of wonderful people in the process. Farewell and God Speed!
Please add your comments to this discussion. The press seems to be
only interested in the beer.