AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 36 YEARS
Pain Relief Beyond Belief
In our very tenuous economic times, I'm not sure how a private club can have the audacity to "charge" a venue to host weekly live music offerings rather than the converse. As an outsider looking in this sounds very much like a "pay to play" or "protection" scam. I've performed in the previous iterations of James Street and the owners were always very gracious toward musicians and went out of their way to promote and support established and young acts most days of the week. Though I've been away from the venerable Pittsburgh music scene I doubt that Mr. Mowod speaks for the populace of jazz lovers and certainly not for jazz musicians. I think most musicians and most audiences care most that the musicians are compensated and treated well and that all agree to mutually support each other regardless of what the Society decides to do. The Society should not continue to pursue young business owners with the sense of entitlement to largesse at the expense of owners, businesses and audiences who will all lose if the business does not prosper.
In it's early stages I recall the Society using the Oakland Holiday Inn to host Sunday evening shows. I've learned that in more recent times the society used the Rivers Casino as it's home base. I sincerely doubt that those businesses reimbursed the Society for the privilege of having concerts on their premises.
Best of luck to the owners of James Street Gastropub and hats off to you for supporting LIVE JAZZ.