Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Saying it loud.

It seems like you guys aren't really capitalizing on your potential. There are so many good/great bands that come to Salt Lake City that are relegated to playing at dives like In The Venue or Avalon or Salt Air and other falling-apart venues of that ilk, when you guys are prime. Iron & Wine playing at The Depot would have been fan-freaking-tastic. And, yet, it seems the shows that do happen there are pretty hit-or-miss. I'm not sure why this is the case, whether it's because you're not well-known enough to the musicians/bands passing through or whoever does your publicity isn't really doing his job all that well. I've been tied to the music industry for years now (reviews and PR and what-not), but that part of it remains a mystery to me. I just think Salt Lake fans deserve better and The Depot can be one of the ways to make it so.

Am I hitting home here? I certainly hope so.

Thanks, Dainon M.



Hi Dainon,

Thanks for your email. I will forward this on to our booking department. I as well would love to see Iron & Wine at the Depot. :) The sad story is that a lot of these venues get acts like Iron & Wine, because those bands will only play all ages. We miss out on a lot of great shows because of this. More times than not, we are in a bidding war with the other venues around town for the same bands. The people who book for the Depot have been in the business for 30+ years, so the agents definitely know who we are. On the plus side, we do get some great acts BECAUSE we are 21+. I really do appreciate your enthusiasm, please feel free to forward any band requests to this email and I can send it on to booking. We love to know what bands people want to see.

Thanks,

Krystal Barnard
Director of Marketing
The Depot / Baxter's American Restaurant
www.depotslc.com

7 comments:

anon said...

if i wanted to call you, but lost your number, how would i go about doing so? i also lost your email. we were friends once.

Dainon. said...

You could always go to via my blogger profile and e-mail me there. It's what all my other crazy online stalkers do.

h.justin said...

The director of marketing really used : ) ? How did the Zephyr get such great acts and survive for so long?

If In The Venue would put a little more money into cleaning up its facilities and a little less into the "bidding wars" it wouldn't such a crummy venue.

Kbar said...

The Zephyr did have some great shows. The Depot has had some great shows as well. We have been very lucky to have such amazing artists play at our venue. Some shows just end up going to other venues, because they are a better fit...be it all ages, etc. It is what it is.

P.S. Iron and Wine makes me smile.

aisy said...

way to be proactive dainon...

Dainon. said...

Yeah, the Depot has great sound, but its shows are so hit 'n miss, it doesn't have the following that the Zephyr had. To be able to go a few blocks away, pay less than $10 for a cover and catch some amazing music inside? That was quality. I loved everything about that place. Salt Lake lost part of its musical identity when they closed it, defaced it and left it to be an eyesore for passerby.

tim & brandi said...

Leaving Salt Lake for Vegas has been heart breaking from a music perspective. Oh yeah, and having a lil' one. We get very few respectable shows here and the crowds at the few ones we do get are usually just there because it's something to do and talk though the show. But we can see Bette Midler every day of the week...

t.