Not that most of the peopel in bands here would ever play at this club but I feel the need to vent and to pass on knowledge.
Ok, here's the dealio. There is a club in Springfield VA that goes by the name JAXX. The owner is a scumbag, unprofessional FUCK! I "manage" a band from the DC area called Audio Terror Regime (www.myspace.com/audioxterrorxregime). We were booked to play at JAXX's this Friday with OVERKILL. As part of getting to play we were expected to sell tickets in advance (shitty practice I know). So yesterday afternoon I get a call from someone at JAXX asking how many tickets we have sold. Being as how I divided the 50 tix we had amongst myself and the 4 band members, I could not give an accurate accounting. As such I told the douche that I didn't know how many we had sold, maybe 5 or 10 (which is what I personally could account for) but that I would get back to him within 24 hours with an accurate asssessment. All well and good. well this morning Jay Nedry (Jaxx's owner) calls me screaming in my ear. Bitching and threatening. I couldn't get a word in basically. He also called me " a lying piece of shit" because we had not sold all of our tickets. As a matter of fact we hadn't sold any. Why? Well $23 a ticket is a bit steep to see a 20 year old thrash band that wasn't much of a headline draw in the 80's, the show is 21 and over only and we have a number of tickets that are held ie: people would pay us and pick them up day of show. Ah well, ya know it kind of sucks when you try and work with a shitty system (pay for play) and the individuals who implement and continue to perpetrate it not only act unprofessional but are assholes on top of it, Ah well.
P.S: For all the bands who think that JAXX and their system of pay for play might be worth it (getting to play with a national band) it isn't. There are far better clubs and club owners in the MD/DC/VA area. SUPPORT them not Jay Nedry.
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