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Ok, in our last blog we talked about the possibilities of having live entertainment specifically offered by a club during the DAY.  If you didn’t catch it, read it HERE   And now read some of the replies we got on this subject:

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In Nashville there are several clubs that open at noon. Musicians play 12:00-4:00, go home for dinner and go play a gig at 6:00-9:00, or 10:00-2:00. They actually make a living! Seriously! Any place where there are lots of tourists during the day: Hollywood, Santa Monica pier etc. Live music would bring people into their club/restaurants to buy food/drinks etc. New Orleans has the same scene. Lots of clubs do a "Lunch Show". Even if it's a single gig or duo it pays!

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Could work. People who are older don’t like to go out at night. They still like music. They don’t like it loud any more. Hmmm. Some clubs/restaurants have entertainment during happy hour (around 4 to 6 or so), why not a few hours earlier? When I visited Washington DC there were small jazz bands playing in the restaurants at lunch time.

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The main reason it works in Nashville is we are one of the largest tourist destinations in the US and it’s known as “Music City” so people come here expecting it. To be honest though, what happens with live music in downtown Nashville at least goes 7 days a week and starts at around 11am until 2am but it’s really a tourist facade that is designed to cater to the tourism. It’s not really an accurate representation of the real Nashville. I think in most other cities though there just isn’t enough demand for Live music in the day time…although I have done lunch hour performances at a few places in the past

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Isn’t that what The Beatles were doing at the Cavern Club in 1961 and 62 ?

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Many day gigs on the weekends in LA. I will not say where or those rooms will be flooded ..I like to keep some gigs private….I’m gigging about 5 days a week.

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Sorry, I don’t think that the day club idea will work, simply, because now there will be thousands of more Professional race car drivers on the road with no regard to the traffic laws, rushing to get to the nearest club for Even More Drinks than they currently Are Under the Influence of.

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My best venues are daytime gigs. I see a trend to early evening as well for some clubs. I worked the 4 -4.5 hour gigs 9-1:30AM for over 25 years. It was brutal especially as the DUI rates started climbing. People started leaving at 12 or 12:30 to avoid the cops, so you played to no one while the bartenders stacked chairs and cleaned tables. The pay hasn’t changed in 35 years so at least now we play fewer hours and to better sober crowds.

******************Not crazy. We do Sunday Brunches from 12:00 to 2:00, Why not have happy hour with entertainment during the week starting at 2:00-4:00 pm?

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Well, you would think if just ONE club did this where no other place was doing it, and it was even halfway successful, neighboring clubs would take note and do the same thing and…TA DA!…a war to get the best bands would ensue.

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Some club owners might fear that if their place got to be too popular in the day, they might start losing business at night. So then they might just become open ONLY during the day, but then again, what’s wrong with that? It might make the club “unique”.

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Why doesn’t some ex-musician turned current millionaire, (yes they are out there), open a chain of daytime clubs – show some guts!