Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Wednesday's Plan of Attack

My orders have come in and I'll be covering the Austin Music Awards this evening. I haven't been to the awards in years, but with Roky Erickson and Kris Kristofferson (among others) on the bill, it should be a good show. It's nice to see Roky playing solid shows and getting his due.

After the awards show ends and I turn in my review of it, I'm going to try to get over to see the Plimsouls at Exodus at midnight since they're one of my all-time favorite bands. I'll have to write like the devil to make that happen, though.

I'm also covering a conference panel on the economics of touring this afternoon. Hopefully they'll address how road-intensive acts are handling the fact that fuel costs are rising a lot faster than door receipts. Whether drum kits and amplifiers get smaller, or more U.S. clubs install permanent backline like they have in Japan, the current "get in the van" model of touring for unknown bands isn't going to be feasible much longer without some serious tweaking.

1 comment:

Kilian said...

ooh I'd like to read about what you gleen from that touring discussion. Especially since churchbus will be hitting the road again mid-May for that looong drive down to Texas again. Hopefully by then word will have spread and all the clubs will have backlines. That's realistic right?