From the road: Purple Velvet International Female Hip-Hop Tour Diary, Vol. 5 | Music
Music
INDY Week's music blog

Archives | RSS

Thursday, June 12, 2014

From the road: Purple Velvet International Female Hip-Hop Tour Diary, Vol. 5

Posted by on Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 10:02 AM

We’ve also received housing at each stop. Sometimes it’s a hotel or hostel, but quite often, it’s a band apartment situated atop the venue. The flyest of these accommodations was in Munich, at a spot called Feierwerk. The apartment, like most of the band housing, was outfitted with multiple beds in each room, a kitchen (where the snacks greeted us on gallery-type exhibition), and a bathroom outfitted with a shower. There was a sitting room with a view of outside where folks waited before doors opened. There was also a spiraling staircase that spat us out right at the stage. The entire space was clean and cozy. We felt as if our effort at offering a solid performance was paralleled by the curation of a pacific environment where we could prep and chill.
click to enlarge A graffiti-decorated venue entrance in Leipzig, Germany. - COURTESY OF SHIRLETTE AMMONS
  • Courtesy of Shirlette Ammons
  • A graffiti-decorated venue entrance in Leipzig, Germany.

Housing and nourishment seem so basic that I am now wondering why such staples aren’t generally extended by venues in the states. According to Tour Manager Anna, housing is provided for bands in Germany no matter their acclaim. In terms of promoting the health and well-being of individual artists and the music "scene" as a whole, overnight shelter and food seem less of a luxury and more an inalienable right. How often do bands arrive at a venue road-weary and hungry, having to negotiate gas money and fast food? How often do bands over-drink their prescribed delineation of PBR and end up reimbursing the club for a dank-ass beer for which the venue pays pennies on the dollar? How often do bands hit the road after finishing a show at 2am, a few too many drinks consumed, en route to a cheap hotel or rest stop with the least drunk person at the helm? How dope would it be if US venues, in their construction, considered including a band apartment as a non-negotiable part of their blueprints? These ramblings surface as I steer the wheel.

Equally unique to this tour is the eclectic design of the performance spaces. Germany appears to overtly embrace graffiti culture despite its illegality. Beyond that, some of these venues have certainly lived multiple lives and are now revived, repurposed, and reincarnated (with thumping sound systems to boot). There’s an ‘alternative’ house in Greifswald whose frame is transformed into a mosaic replica of a pirate ship and a former train station in Jena completely outfitted with graffiti and street art. There’s an urban "island" in Leipzig where the tagged door of the venue replicates a gaping mouth with a missing front tooth (pictured above). Each club is a unique trough made provocative and perverse by the castaways and ragamuffins who gather there. Seldom have I felt so accommodated and inspired by venues I’ve encountered on the road. 

Tags: , ,

Pin It

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Music



Twitter Activity

Comments

Too bad! You don't know who you are talking about. People these days have become so judgmental and eager to …

by Jennifer Pendur on Heading to Biff Rose Tonight? You Might Want to Check His Website. (Music)

Biff Rose is a sad old bore.

Thank you for protecting people from him.

Just kidding, he …

by Merkley on Heading to Biff Rose Tonight? You Might Want to Check His Website. (Music)

Most Read

Most Recent Comments

Too bad! You don't know who you are talking about. People these days have become so judgmental and eager to …

by Jennifer Pendur on Heading to Biff Rose Tonight? You Might Want to Check His Website. (Music)

Biff Rose is a sad old bore.

Thank you for protecting people from him.

Just kidding, he …

by Merkley on Heading to Biff Rose Tonight? You Might Want to Check His Website. (Music)

I know that the owners of Neptune's embrace diversity and abhor bigotry. A mistake made? I am sure they think …

by Lisa Lewis on Heading to Biff Rose Tonight? You Might Want to Check His Website. (Music)

yaah this is good posting article feeeling …

by Health Care Guide For Men & Women on Live: Top-Notch Bluegrass from the Soggy Bottom Boys in O Brother Mode (Music)

© 2017 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation