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Re: “It's Time to Make a Clean Break With Ronny's

There may be other bars whose owner's/manager's would say they would have been happy to book the bands that played at Ronny's for the past two years but they didn't. While it may be time for Ronny's to quit the music business, awesome shows took place there during a period where most other venues couldn't get me in the door. It's not that the booking/production staff at Ronny's deserves street cred for operating out of a dirty dive – they deserve credit for rubbing two sticks together and creating fire. It's been said, and maybe it's the same argument used to defend sweat shops, but many bands had a place to play in Chicago at Ronny's during what was likely the worst decade for touring bands in a while. I'm sure most would prefer to play the Empty Bottle, that place seems to have the magical balance of polish and passion. Perhaps musicians need to be better at business or be able judge whether they're any good or not before booking shows and hitting the road. I thought taking risks and hating business was part of the appeal of the musical arts.

Posted by dietrichmuller on 11/04/2010 at 12:32 PM

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