I remember back in the early 2000's when Assif Tshar/Susie Ibarra duo played at the old Eyedrum. I asked (then Eyedrum partner) Marshall Avett to see if the sax/drums duo of myself and Adam Overton could open up for them. They were horrified at the idea of a local group playing with them. Marshall booked us in the basement of the old ED anyway directly after their set. I later discussed the same thing (a local group opening for an out of town group) with Ken Vandermark in the mid 2000 and he had much the same reaction ("I don't think it will work.") I feel that the whole "free scene" is wanting to be legitimized in a climate where even the most straight ahead groups are no longer respected. They are shooting themselves in the foot and complaining about it. Great that people show up in Athens but the fact that people don't show up in a major city isn't indicative of a problem with that city... or the venue. How is it that the Drunken Unicorn sometimes pack out their venue to very avant garde rock groups (shit, Randy is the one that used to do it.)....and I hate to say it but: I've seen Peter Brotzmann once...three separate times...with Ken Vandermark. Stop Blaming the city.
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