- Countdown Entry #47
- 8:45 PM, Friday, June 25th,
- What a week, booked a gig at Fats
Monday and now one for Shorty's tonight. I'll start
- Went in on the 17th and gave the
package to the bartender, since cameron, the manager
wasnt there. She was very nice. Id been to
this place before...ITS PERFECT. I thought
"Cameron has got to dig the tape. This would rock."
Called him back on Monday...and he did.
out of nowhere! I cant believe it.
He said he dug it. He offered me $150 to play
Thursday, August 12th (which is the try-out night) and
then if it goes well
we go on to Fridays
which is double. $300!!! Giddy-up. I gotta keep in
touch with him though. For my own sake, August is a
long way away. AWESOME. Ill put a flyer up next
month. SHorty's however was a bit more difficult. Take
a gander at my phone log (face-to-face meetings in
- 6/11/99 2:30 PM bartender said to call
and ask for Chuck after 4 PM. Will do
- 6/11/99 4:10 PM I called and asked for
chuck..uhm..he left he wont be back until the
- 6/11/99 7:30 PM still isnt back.
evening is a relative term. Ill call Chucky
Monday at 4 PM.
- 6/14/99 1:00 PM chuck isnt in
until 3:00 PM. Ill try to call him after my
meeting with tim at lennox.
- 6/14/99 4:30 PM finally got ahold of
chuck and he said hed be there all night, so
Ill stop by around 8:30 or 9 and give him a
- 6/14/99 8:45 PM - chuck was very cool. older
guy-and the place was dead...but it had a stage! it
was exactly where i should play. it is perfect. i
hope he has the forsight to see that. he said
hed get back to me...but i doubt it will be
before me. another wednesday call back and i really
want this one..its just too perfect....
- 6/16/99 4:00 PM asked for chuck. she put
the phone down
for 10 MINUTES. good god. kept
calling back for another 15
finally got back
around 4:45 and he had left
she said call back
in an hour. will do.
- 6/16/99 5:30 PM - got a hold of chuck. he said
he hadnt looked at the tape yet, and then he
said: "what are you asking?" Completely took me
aback and I just said "$200" he said "ok" and
Ill call him tomorrow. i may just try to go
see him after work. how strange.
- 6/17/99 7:15 PM - GODDAMNIT... "No,
shit...chuck aint in until Midnight." You
know my dad owned a bar, and was in at the same
time, and left at the same time. Jesus. It sucked
even more because there was no benefit. The
bartender didnt know who I was, and I
wasnt gonna say "Tell Chuck the 4TVs guy came
in..." It was just a bust...like the Easton Champps
day. But at least I found some restaurants on my
way there. Christ Chuck.
- 6/18/99 12:45 PM he just left
said try back around 5 PM.
- 6/18/99 7:00 PM hell be in at
8:30. Fuckin A.
- 6/19/99 2:30 PM I was at gabbys,
thought Id see if he was there
- 6/21/99 4:15 PM wont be in until
no idea when. Jesus. This is over. I
just know it. Try back again tomorrow. Im so
busy after work today (doin 2 new sets)
Ill never have time to call him back.
Tomorrow afternoon AGAIN.
- 6/22/99 4:30 PM set up a meeting for
Friday at 3 PM!!1 wow
I got a hold of him!
Amazing. I bet I can finagle at least one gig. Wish
- 6/24/99 3:30 PM since this is so out of
my way, I want to confirm hell be there. he
wasnt now, he should be at 5:30.
- 6/24/99 5:30 PM - he confirmed. cool.
lets cross our fingers.
- 6/25/99 3:00 PM - and finagle a gig i did.
Sunday, July 18th. More nights depending on the
crowd that night. I can deal with that. a REAL nice
guy. Sat and talked for awhile, he said his Sunday
and Monday nights are the worst. Well see
what I can do with em. 9-12. Shit. I need
more sets. I will have to do 2 more in a bout 10
days. WHEW. That will still be cutting it close.
Thats...well, thatll be ok. 3 sets of 3
sets....thatll be cool. Anyway, Im also
gonna make legit posters. For ALL the gigs. GIDDY
UP! $200. Hopefully by the end of July, every place
will be $250. Ill give him the poster next
- See, it's a little more work than
you'd expect huh? Shorty's is an anomally, every other
place has been like this. Been talking to one place,
Brian Boru's, and I've visited 2 times and called 11
times and still haven't talked to the manager. You
really have to hustle, but it's payin' off. Some other
big developments too:
- Jori Sorensen, an intern at CD101
and her parents own Ritz Catering company. They
constantly get asked for referrals on entertainment.
For business gatherings, weddings, and everything.
This could be the goldmine. This is where 4TVS will
work the best: a captive audience. This exactly what
I was looking for. And lookee what happened
- 6/23/99 4:45 so we know where one
.HOLY SHIT. Way to go Ritz
Catering for passing this along for me! Mike leaves
a message saying hes "VERY interested" and
wants to talk to me ASAP. AHHH!!! I called back but
he was gone
left a voicemail..and will call
him IMMEDIATELY tomorrow. SUNUVABITCH! This is
huge, they could book me in some big places for a
lot of moolah, and more importantly EXPOSURE.!!!
Im not gonna be able to sleep ever again.
1999 is gonna be amazing.
- 6/24/99 10:00 AM talked with mike for
about 20 minutes. He used to listen to me on WTVN.
Small world aint it. He is very excited. He
thinks he can book me at many different corporate
events. First one starting July 24th at a golf
course. I would net $300. That works for me. Now
that should be a Champps night, but maybe I can
finagle trying a different night
maybe I could
do a Sunday
who knows. But this is more money,
and Champps hasnt given me a contract. So
there. Im dropping off an extra package to
Mike for the golf place this afternoon.
- 6/24/99 2:00 PM dropped it off and
shook his hand. about all I could do. hope to hear
from him soon.
- So big. Can't wait. Of course it
hasn't been all good. They loved it at Buckeye Hall of
Fame Cafe, but wants to wait until the act is more
established. That's understandable I guess. But
some people... man I can't believe they're even in
positions to book entertainment. This guy at Polaris
Grille actually said (after I dropped off the
tape and talked to him), he couldn't watch the 6
minute video presentation: "I apologize, I dont
have time, I dont THINK Im interested, I
do apologize..." That is a direct quote. And that is a
direct quote from a moron. Im sorry. But if you
run a business, and you dont have the foresight
to look at a 6
presentation for your
entertainment...youre a moron. Thats all I