Joseph Biaffalo | Chicago Reader

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

In response to the comments left by EventTracker, although Ronny may have taken a few steps to improve the music room it does not make up for the fact that it was a terrible place to play or see a show. Bands never get paid there, if people snuck in their own booze it was due to a really awful and over priced selection and the bartenders were obscenely rude, to a point that it was impossible to believe had you not experienced it firsthand. In fact, Ronny's wife has thrown out three different girls I know for "hitting on Ronny" over the course of the last two years. The woman clearly has mental problems. Everyone, especially bartenders, have their bad nights but excessive rudeness is a whole different story.

Being in a band myself I make it a point to see a couple shows a week. It's important to support bands and the venues which host them. That being said, I live less than a two minute walk away from Ronny's and I would purposely not see shows there, touring or local acts, simply because it was in such a horrible atmosphere. The natural gas scent is no joke. One show I went to attend was actually shut down because it was so strong.

Lastly, racial and class issues which informed the scene? Huh? We're still talking about Ronny's right? Everyone may be entitled to their own opinion, but I know I speak for MANY when I say that I'm glad Ronny's is gone, even in a time where venues seem to be getting shut down left and right.

Posted by Joseph Biaffalo on 11/02/2010 at 2:46 PM

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