Too good to be true
I should have known better…
I had way too much fun last week. I let my guard down. I forgot to wait for the other shoe to fall!
I am not normally a pessimist. I am a fairly happy person. I almost never take off my rose colored glasses.
But I am in show business. No business like it , no business at all.
Here’s the deal: My concert on Saturday, May 2 has been on the books for months. Then, “the powers that be” (the owner’s son) canceled it. Bummer.
But then on Friday April 24th, while I was at Ebertfest, they called begging me to do Saturday night:
It’s back on!!! Please say you can do Saturday night!
I was so relieved! I called my web manager and we created two Eblasts announcing that the concert is happening and I sent them out to hundreds and hundreds of people.
The gig is this Saturday; the day after tomorrow on May 2.
I got a call today:
It’s canceled again. The owner’s son has brought in some promoter who has booked a group for Saturday night and you are out.
Can you hear the huge glass mirror crashing to the floor? That was the sound of my heart (or was it my face? ) breaking. (Okay, okay – I admit that I am being a bit dramatic right now)
It’s not the end of the world. But a lot of my fans were showing up. A fair amount were celebrating their birthdays with large groups in tow. My guys might have even made some money there for once.
I gotta work harder. I have to build a bigger following and get them to show consistently. I have too much talent and my band is too fantastic to deal with this kind of disregard and disrespect.
This is in a word: bullshit.
But in the realm of club owners and show business, it’s typical. I’ve just been lucky to have not been burnt too badly before.
The funny thing is, I love these guys (the family that owns the club) We have been friends for years. This really hurt my feelings. And it’s also raised my ire. I deserve better than this – from them.
I’ve shed some tears. I feel better now – time to move on.
That’s show biz.
Tuesday, May 5 : Come see me & my band – Lynne Jordan and the Shivers – at House of Blues in Chicago. 9pm-1am
329 N. State St., Chicago, IL
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