A Live Music Venue Gone

I usually try to keep things positive on this blog, however, it is sad to see FAT BOYS in Milford, MA close down. This one time cool little music hall offered a venue for top blues acts such as Seymore Willie, James Montgomery, and many others. The place had a nice stage, pretty good acoustics, a good sound system, easy to load equipment in and out. I am not surprised however. Once they started drifting from R&B/Blues format, limiting bands due to draw, limiting the way bands got paid for their services, removed their sound system, started hosting open mic and jam sessions, the red flags were obvious to me. Desperate times reap desperate measures.

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3 responses to “A Live Music Venue Gone

  1. One thing I liked about that spot. They originally stuck with a genre and kept it fresh within the genre. Not many places for pro musicians to play at all these days unless they are selling to fulfill a record deal, venues that actually are brave enough to build upon good music . You can not sustain a music venue for long, in a city like Worcester, by only presenting amateur bands or those few local bands that have their own following. There is such thing as over saturation. A lot clubs seem like they have little direction their music offers are all over the place. It seems they are making their booking decisions based upon the draw of the band over the quality and type of music. The result is there is really little difference between one venue and the next. Thus the destination spot is fruitless. A music club has to build it’s own following. That’s what I think a lot of today’s club owners forget. Instead of exploiting the band’s following why not offer a variety of quality bands, whether or not they prove a draw. Let the room, service, environment and quality speak first. Customers may respect and appreciate that type of continuity. Maybe even have no problem with coming back or purchasing tickets to cover entertainment cost.

    • Well, I’m not sure my point was clear, however, I liked the place for what is was. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a great paying room as far as most professional bands would prefer. At least they offered a stage and , at one time , a good sound system. Someone, locally, did some survey work about pro music venues and it appears, sadly, that there aren’t many in the Worcester area. Of course with plenty of bands willing to play for free or a beer, rather than a flat rate, it does sort of cut the throat of “music for living” musicians. Ask anyone of the veteran professional players, I think they would agree, at least the cats I hang out with would. Loving to play music does not mean the same as loving to play music for free. Unless your a novice I guess it’s all right. As someone pointed out on another site, you do not see other professional vocations giving themselves away in such a fashion. How would the teachers feel if a group of local teachers decided they love teaching so much that they will start teaching for free. Do you think that would happen? How about policemen, doctors, administrators, etc.? Why is it that people, some musicians, seem to expect musician’s to be less valuable? I say musicians are valuable. They make it possible for many night spots attract customers and nurture the cultural milieu.
      You know that already Recks.

  2. P.S. I do agree with your approach of clubs developing their own unique following. Maybe we would see an increase of more destination type venues if that happened more often.

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