I book hardcore shows in Philadelphia.
I am a Cement Mason Local 592 Philadelphia
I am a Freemason (William L. Elkins #271)
I am a fighter in the SCA. (not a LARPer )
The rest you'll read about eventually.
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The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, its the rise and fall that makes a man humble and wise. Right around 2007 Terror hadn’t played any hc shows and were on alot of the mixed bill packages that didn’t make for an all hc crowd etc. I wanted to change that and had got Terror to come out for a show. Then they decided to come out for a short run.
Maximum Penalty had just the new demo and I was hoping them on a Terror show would boost their name with the younger kids. Add Ringworm and War Hungry and I thought- boom - slam dunk…
Well that was until weather projected snow which jammed up a few of their other dates. Ringworm was snowed out and not making the show and although we didn’t get hit with the snow, we got hit with a nasty cold sunday where them fuckin’ eagles were in the playoffs.. All of which spelled disaster for the turnout.
You’d look at this bill, the cool flyer and think- its a great show in the making and honestly thats where it was left. There was about 200 persons total. At the end of the night, I had to sit down with the man himself, Tim Borror and work out a payment plan as I only had $600 in backup money. Tim being like an older brother/mentor to me, gave me a pass that I don’t think many would receive from him.
It was really hard to swallow the end of that show. Alot of things sucked at that time for me and that show bombing and owing money really just added to the suck ass ness of the whole thing. It was a hard financial loss deeper then what my pockets could allow and that makes it the worse loss I’ve had up to that time. Better then some promoters but my first big loss was a motherfucker to my confidence and what I was doing.
A couple cool things came from the show. Terror having Patrick Kitzel on the run with them, and with him running Reaper records got the Maximum Penalty the life of times CD in the works. From meeting up with Tim and hanging out when I was paying off the debt, I’d mentioned that 4 band tour packages were no longer interesting and that hardcore needed something bigger to get people talking. A few months later he’d CC’d on an email with Paul Conroy about their plan to make that idea a reality with 10 for 10 tour. Although I was a bit down and feeling out, a month later we started doing barbary shows (day #3) and an era of packed small club shows in Philly came back into the fold.
As this was 6 years ago, I’ve learned alot and have only had a handful of losses and taught myself to roll with the punches through the good and the bad. I’m lucky that I’ve worked hard on my end to gain a reputation that allows people to accept things when they don’t work out. I’ve had some shows that just didn’t make breakeven and 2 bombs since Terror, but the bands that have been a part of those shows never took it personally and remained loyal friends who came back to Philly and worked with me again.
As with all promoter stories, what is promoter month if we just talk about shows where everything went perfect and life was easy?? We know thats never the case, and even the best shows with a packed house are more hectic then the slow nights…
big shoutouts to Juicy Joel for the flyer - email@example.com
To say that I was bummed in March of 97 when OLC didn’t return to the church after Robby had successfully brought them out the year before was an understatement.
Despite an insane brawl outside of my apartment that put me in the hospital overnight, I still managed to make it to the FU church just to see IhateYou and Comin Correct and no OLC…..
You love them or you hate them. Or you don’t know them, but you hate them because you’re a lemming- but OLC or One Life Crew’s infamy was dying off at a time when Richie Mancuso had put me and Tony Chubbz-bikestyles Pines in touch with each other.
After deciding for myself that despite all the retarded shit talk that got chubbz in the hot water he was in for so long, he was just mildly retarded and completely harmless and I wanted to book OLC.
The local antiracists that don’t come to any punk or hardcore shows, let alone fight any nazis around the area threw a hissy fit.
I guess if they don’t pretend to go to shows, then they have no recruiting grounds, but it was fucked up that they got told— no OLC isn’t white power and we’re still doing the show so they began bashing the first unitarian church and its pastor. they contacted other churchs and really made Rev. Nate Walker feel bad. Eventually we talked and I caved and decided to move the show to the barbary.
Funny that people who don’t pay or support shows at the church nearly eliminated the chance for any shows at the church all because I said “no” when they told me what to do.
They are more fascist then the fascists and taught me that the other side of any coin is just as bad as the people they are against…
I still felt bad for Nate who even after talking to us and Chubbs, never even got a polite- sorry from the people who trashed him and the FU church.
But thats business as usual for people who need the internet to do what they can’t with their hands…
Ok- scene politic rant over-
One Life Crew plays the barbary.
The street is full of people outside. Ive got my boy the ice cream man outside, I’ve got some pop up tents and I even had some cheesesteaks for the OLC boys. Robby did a photoshoot with OLC around the corner and the show was off to a great start. It was hotter then usual and the place was packed. Again, the barbary always sounded great, the bands had everyone in an uproar and even the old faces popped in for Strength for a Reason.
When OLC got on stage, there was alot of tension, people didn’t know what to expect. then the samples came on and it was a boom of energy.
Front to back of the club, old and young - the place was getting out of control fast.
No fights, no unhappy faces, but alot of aggression.
35 minutes later- show was over. All the drama, all the phone calls and headaches- zero regrets on doing the show despite the stupidity.
The band played everything great, everyone was so happy and I was in a sea of my friends enjoying a band we didn’t think we’d ever see.
I don’t regret why I did what I did when I was young, but now that I’m old, it sickens me to think that we work hard for good shows, and there are people acting like they are a part of our world, when really they are just as bad as the fascists they claim to be against and are more willing and more likely to ruin shows then the nazis would today.
I had a blast, I have a great friend in Chubbs. Despite his constant pleas to play TIHC, we maintain a good friendship and he really is one of the funniest dudes and I have hope that OLC will get a shot at TIHC sometime in the future.
I like being the black sheep, or supporting the underdog. I learned alot about public scrutiny and public opinion vs. making up your own mind on dealing with the OLC show.
I’ve booked some wild shows since, but this was the most controversial and thus why it was #1.