4/12/09: Matt Lenny @ Rockwood Music Hall (80/100)

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Let me start off by admitting that yes, this was an easy day. But I needed an easy one today. I had too much shit to do and I have to get up at 6am on Monday to go to Bristol, CT for work all day, so whatever. Sometimes you just need to knock one out. I do want the last 20 bands to all be as high a caliber as I can make them, but I still gave myself a pass today.

That’s not to say Matt Lenny was bad. He was fine. Ok, the songwriting wasn’t great, but he’s a great blues guitar player. But I couldn’t really hear or get into his songs because the fucking audience were so rude, and talked through his entire set. Which is what today’s post is going to be about:

Manners.

Seriously people. You should be ashamed of yourself. Rockwood Music Hall isn’t a huge venue. There were about 25-30 people in the venue today, and that’s almost full. It’s a tiny place. And Matt was standing up there solo, just him and an acoustic guitar, so when you think you’re little whispering that you’re doing, with your back turned to him (some people), isn’t going to be noticeable – think again.

He didn’t seem to care, at least, he didn’t let off that he did. But I cared, and you are all on my shit list now. I don’t even know you, and you don’t know me, but you’re still on my shit list. Show some manners. There’s a guy on stage in a tiny room, and you’re talking through the whole thing. I don’t care if you showed up to hear the band before and don’t care about this guy. You still have to listen. It’s common courtesy. Hell, Rockwood doesn’t charge a cover. So you’re not even paying for the show! They do pass a hat around for band donations, and I didn’t see a ton of you ponying up, either. Fuckers.

Shut up, drink your drink, and wait until he’s done singing to talk. Or just leave. Go to a coffee shop, or a bar. Hell, there’s a bar in the back, attached to the music room. Go back there.

Sure, Matt doesn’t have the most powerful voice that would demand you pay attention. But he’s on stage and you dipshits are not. In fact, most of you probably have zero musical ability, and don’t know how to write a song. But you certainly know how to ignore someone who does.

Ok. I’m done now. Sorry, but I had to say what Matt probably wanted to, but was professional enough not to. Instead he stood up there and played his songs. And I sat there and listened, while trying to drown you rude fuckers out. If any of you are reading this, watch this video below. Fuckers.


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