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iamthedoor
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West Coast love?

#24362 3 years, 3 months ago
Just curious if anyone knows the reason why most jambands, or bands that jam, tend to stay back East most of the year?
I can see that all the states are closer together so it's easier to hit more venues, i.e. more $, But the weather and the laws don't hold a flame to Cali and the coast! Maybe I'm naive or I just need someone else to say it out loud but I feel like except for summer, we're pretty much stuck to listening to archive and reading the reviews of all the sick shows 3,000 miles away. When we do get a band coming in they usually make a quick LA,SF,and if you're lucky 1 or 2 OR and WA run. Any ideas about why San Diego is off the map?
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Re: West Coast love?

#24366 3 years, 3 months ago
I don't like to be cynical, but today ya gotta fill seats,the overhead is huge and it is a business. Furthur brings a wonderful product!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: West Coast love?

#24370 3 years, 3 months ago
well there are a number of reasons but I think the biggest is that the people just dont come out, just look at Furthur Shoreline, they didn't even sell out the seats, you can still get decent 200s today. Of course there is also gas prices, longer travel distance between cities ect ect. The east side fans are more willing to shell out the cash so they get more shows...
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Re: West Coast love?

#24382 3 years, 3 months ago
People in the Northwest often wait til late in sales to buy tickets to events. That might leave uncertainty about meeting guarantees or providing operating funds.
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lostsailor
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Re: West Coast love?

#24413 3 years, 3 months ago
I do think the west coasters don't show up as much. That said, I don't think it is fair to use Shoreline's not selling out seats fair because I certainly prefer the lawn to the seats. We don't know the total tickets sold.

I think the other issue is that the west coat is spread out and very very mountainous. For example, to get into Los Angeles you have to go throguh the "grapevine" (the I-5 north of L.A. is pretty treacherous for big rigs, especially in winter) and there are very few choices to get out of it- like you have to play Vegas to make it worth while- but Vegas is 5 hours away at a minimum.

So they have few ticket sales, for cheaper than places in the east, and it's a pain to get here. That adds up to me having to go to them.
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illuminaughty
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Re: West Coast love?

#24424 3 years, 3 months ago
i have no idea what you guys are talking about. there are GREAT SHOWS on the west coast ALL THE TIME. uhh wavys B-day, the bob and marrin thing, devil makes 3, bobs building a studio out here, and phils building a venue? wheres the love? I feel the west coast love from the boys(specially bob) xpand your horizens. there are tons of killa jamband, world music, reggae, folk, etc. fest all over.
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iamthedoor
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Re: West Coast love?

#24822 3 years, 3 months ago
Definitely not saying we don't get anything out here (I've seen the best shows of my life out here) . Its just that it seems that a majority of a jambands time is spent back east an I was curious to why that was. As far as festies I think its safe to say we lose out on that spectrum too, especially with Las tortugas out of the picture (sad face). To be even more specific I know the boys show love up north but being that tri studios an Phil's landing are just coming to fruition I haven't considered them as venues for shows fully as of yet. An as far as shows not sell in out as much out here I agree to an extent but depends on band as always. Maybe its all the hipsters we got out here in la, basterds
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sjfgreenman
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Re: West Coast love?

#24825 3 years, 3 months ago
A larger concentration of college kids and dense population (#s not mindset) in the Northeast make it easier to tour there for many bands playing more shows with less miles and hitting a young market. The larger distances in the west make it tough to tie shows on a tour together for a band in a bus. We still get our share in SF, luckily bands make it a point to play here and we are overstocked with more local bands than you could ever hope to see. Much of the music is free or cheap or free.

We have these small places like the Fox Theatre in Oakland where great local jambands like Furthur play often..Fox Theatre...Furthur...sigh
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Re: West Coast love?

#24826 3 years, 3 months ago
all I know is Ohio ain't getting any love at all
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sjfgreenman
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Re: West Coast love?

#24832 3 years, 3 months ago
You have Nelson Ledges, that beats anything in the Bay Area IMHO. I dream about going to that place some weekend. Evan seems like a really cool cat.
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