I've got a whole city to hold down

March 30, 2004

Rock Talk Alert

Tonight on Sound Opinions, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot lead "a panel of club owners and bookers" in a discussion of "the state of live music in Chicago."

This dovetails nicely with DeRo's Sunday feature in the Sun-Times, "Face the music," in which he asked "20 of the top people in the Chicago music industry" to forecast what "the music industry will look like five years from now."

Four club reps were included in those 20: Angie Mead of the Abbey Pub and Gunther Murphy's (which DeRogatis inexplicably described as "two of Chicago's best rock clubs"), who laments stringent new city regulations but sees clubs as integral to a local scene; Joe Shanahan of Metro and the Double Door, who wants to offer concertgoers more than just a concert; the Empty Bottle's Bruce Finkelman, who says the sky is falling; and HOB's Michael Yerke, who says everything is peachy.

We understand the city could hardly be more inhospitable to small music venues, but we hope tonight's roundtable doesn't become just another bitchin' session about oppressive government regulations on business. There are other issues, too, you know. We'd wager that listeners, who happen to also be club patrons, would like to hear about why ticket prices just seem to be going up and up and up. And things could be worse for these rockers. They could be hip-hop heads, who pretty much have to go to rock clubs, frat bars, or the plastic-corporate HOB for their live fix. Or how about some discussion of the really great things happening on the local club scene, like the Bottle's Logan Square Auditorium series, and how other, similarly creative ideas might be brought to life?