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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Beer Fest Weekend and Swollen Members

Beer Fest was at the Exhibition tonight and Swollen Members played the Blarney Stone. Knowing where people were and where they were likely going definitely helped the bottom line for me.

Reviews of the Beer Fest were mixed. The drunker people were the more they seemed to enjoy the event. About 50 percent of the people I spoke with that attended the event were dissatisfied and most of the dissatisfied people were soberish (my new word) and had felt they had been mislead by the advertising.

Most people had assumed that once they paid the $10 admission price that they would be able to sample as many beers as they wanted. That was not the case and from what I read in the newspaper once the admission was paid tickets were for sale for $.50 a piece and different vendors required different amounts of tickets to sample their beer. Much like a county fair.

The Swollen Members played the Blarney Stone tonight, also with mixed review. Apparently they were to start at about 8 or 9 pm. After the opening acts were through SM did not start until 12:30 am. Some people were upset and left before hearing the main event.

I know you folks spent on average $25 per ticket but that is how bars operate, they draw you in early so you buy drinks and spend money. 12:30 is reasonable in my opinion for the main event to begin. Remember when Method Man and Redman played at Suede? They did not come on until after 1:30am.

Suede is no longer in business.

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