Entertainment Exploiters July 4–10, 2008

Entertainment Exploiters, July 4 -- 10, 2008

[Note: See this weeks update.]

NotionsCapital presents this week’s Roll of Shame, Washington, DC area music venues that advertise “Live Music” but do not include the names of bands in their ads. You may think this is a mere quibble. Think again.

It is not just a matter of disrespect. Bands earn reputations, and omitting their names from advertising fails to capitalize on this. Since venues rate bands on the number of customers they draw, failure to list band names in ads blames bands for the venue’s own ignorance and laziness.

As one commenter says, “It’s like a restaurant implying that they serve food and then only listing the word ‘Food’ on every line of their menu.”

Bad enough that club musicians haven’t had a raise in 40 years. Bad enough that most clubs leave it to bands to send information to the free listings in the City Paper and Post. This ad stuff is plain absurd.

You can help. Let NotionsCapital know if you see a “Live Music” sign in a venue’s window that doesn’t display the name of the band. Joe’s Bar says the band schedule is on the website? You cannot click on a URL in a newspaper. Joe’s Bar claims the band is named “The Joe’s Bar Band?” I don’t think so.

Here is this week’s Roll of Shame, based on paid advertising in the current Washington City Paper and Washington Post Weekend section:

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe & Grill

Market Inn

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