I don't think the Casbah set up this series. I think they duplicated what Any Ray and Heather McEntire had started. That being said, both groups of performers are fantastic.
I love Chef Matt Prop's vegan lunch specials at 9th street bakery and will continue to patronize what he's doing. He's expanding and elevating the vegetarian food in town in a way that no one else is. However, i did have a problem with this event.
My party waited over 2 hours to be seated. This wait was created because of the way they limited the seating to very few people being served at a time. Then after the 2 hour + wait for the food it was just very average, maybe below average. The only standout was the seaweed salad. Also the server knew no information about the beverages or food being served, so more education of the staff is integral.
I would hope for future events something can be done to serve more than 20 people at once. Maybe even try the RSVP style event that Hakani used at the Cookery if the capacity is kept the same.
$36,000 per year for a 17-year old's job that did not require years of school and debt? That doesn't sound bad at all to me. I started out making $30k AFTER college and unpaid internships.
The number of venues certainly helps create the problem but I think a larger issue is the complete control of much of the good touring bands by Cat's Cradle booking. Clearly, they've run a fantastic venue for many years and deserve all the success they have. But their domination in booking really affects any other venue's success (in Chapel Hill & Durham especially). Taking the shows that they don't have the date or space for is one of the only ways to get big shows.
How can new venues ever get their footing if they can't book shows people want to come see? I don't know what the solution is to this..but clearly King's and Pinhook are having some success where the other newer venues are not.
You gave away WAY too much of the ending in this review.
Rachel Maddow makes my skin crawl. She is more smug than Olbermann.
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