Congrats on the RFT for updating their online stuff. It's awesome and quite easy to navigate the web version now, check it out.
I remain a client of the RFT for the purpose of promoting shows at The Wolf Public House from time to time. I still must admit, though, that this west side reader tends to peruse the editorial side of things with a "what will turn my stomach most this time?" furver. I am indeed a reader, nonetheless.
I loved the blog post Buyer's Remorse: Cicero's cans its booker and publicist. It showed up this past week in the RFT's January 12th issue. I was directed to it by a couple of folks who thought the story to be..well...strange. They wanted my opinion on it.
Now, I say this without any opinion on talent buyer, Mike Cracchiolo nor (publicist) Kenny Snarzyk. Both seem to have relevant doings in the music scene in St. Louis. I don't know either of them personally and have never done business with them, so who am I to criticize, not my intent. You can find lots of stuff about them by clicking on the links, so do what I did and fill your head with some pretty significant social media placement on behalf of somebody. There, I said it. There is a huge point being made right there.
I will say that I find it strange that the duo appear in the article the way that they do. And for whatever reason, a story is told of bewilderment upon being relieved of their duties from buying (and I assume promoting) talent for Cicero's, down at the Loop. In this case I would ask if music promotion was part of the deal. Because if it was not, it should have been. Was there some sort of confusion. Snarzyk is a publicist, no?
- That there is always a tendency to focus on the top line, not the net.
- Musician loyalties are important to the venue and distancing the relationship is dangerous for the long term.