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you should have asked Alex Omez for advice. HE can throw a party

Another important point is that musicians attending the MMF are not been paid, can not have guests, the people in-charge are not paying for music check (that is probably why the sound was so bad). However, someone is making money along the way. Let's cut the BS that major record executives are attending the shows (that's the catch).

Correction: Should have read as follows...Suenalo, who don't need the promotion but play a lot at Transit Lounge and recorded their last album live there, showed up for their 11pm gig at the miami.com hyped to play and found the "backline" was missing a bass amp. Rule, you can't have a funky fusion dance band without bass.
;)

I played MMF with my band. I also went on days I did not play to support my other local artists. For The Record, let me say that Eric Vick kicked ass. Unfortunately, the sound guy that came in halfway through his set and jumped on stage in mid song (and began rearranging drum mics and getting feedback) while Eric was singing deserved to get shot in the leg. The sound was fine before that @#$%-hole came along. Bands had to sign contracts stating that there would be no sound check prior to performance and that whatever sound check took place was to be TO THE SOUND GUY'S LIKING, NOT THE BAND'S. (Hello?? Do we even respect these performers a tiny bit here?) Personally, I feel that allowing no time for performers to sound check is always offensive and disrespectful to a artists *(not to mention that it maximizes your chances for a bad performance- which ultimately turns off the general public to local indie live music, thereby hurting the local scene rather than helping it) but unfortunately it seems to be a disgusting condition of these types of events. They all say the same thing to the artists: "Well, South By Southwest doesnt allow sound check" or "Well, Florida Music Festival doesn't allow sound checks" and unfortunately they seem to be right. So apparently festivals are just about raping the artists and milking the cow, nothing more. If you truly care about your local music scene and you honestly want to help promote your hometown and jolt its economy through music and so on then your primary goal would be to put on good shows that will generate positive reactions and suck in more fans, NOT to stuff as many acts (like cattle) into as little time as possible not caring about how they will sound. Promotion for MMF was minimal. Most people I spoke to didn't even know it was happening. Even people I know working in local media had not heard of it. So someone pocketed money that was budgeted for promotion for sure! I personally only saw one television commercial, and it was on a cable channel at two AM. Radio promo took place almost at the last minute and was scarce. Bands were not given their performance slots until almost 2 weeks or less before the first show date, so the bands pretty much had their hands tied in how well they could promote their own slots too. Plus, since we had no links to our sites from the MMF sites, no promo for us in this at all, there was really no real reason for us to bust our butts too much anyway. We did not get paid. We had to pay for our own parking (which was a surprise when we arrived at the show) and the sound techs were told to arrive about half hour before the band and they found out after arriving that they had about 35 minutes to set up all the sound gear. The saddest part of all of this is that the main guy behind it all is the owner of one of Miami's live music venues, THE TRANSIT LOUNGE. He knows what it takes to put on a good show. He knows that bands need to sound check. He knows all of this. He just did not care. A friend of mine in another local band who is equally as pissed about MMF is trying to organize local bands into a unified organization to do something, like maybe put on our own festival. I'm attending the meeting at his house next week because I think he has some good ideas and makes a good point, we need to unite, we need to be organized, and we need to do it ourselves and do it right. In the meantime, me and a few others have decided to boycott Transit Lounge: we will not play there, we will not go there, we will not spend money there, we will not endorse them nor tell anyone to go there, and we will never again touch any event ever again that is in any way associated with Transit Lounge or their owners.

THEY BROKE THEIR OWN RULES, THE RULES OF THE FESTIVAL CLEARLY WHERE THAT YOU HAD TO BE 18+ TO PERFORM AT ANY OF THE VENUES OR EVENTS,THAT IS WHAT THEY TOLD SOME OF US AFTER WE APPLIED AND LOST OUR MONEY. NOW THIS ARTICLE SAYS THAT THEY HAD A 16 YEAR OLD DRUMMER AND A 17 YEAR OLD BASSIST? WHAT THE F@#$%^&*?? THEY STOLE OUR APPLICATION MONEY!!! WHY DID THOSE GUYS GET TO PLAY WHILE BEING UNDER 18 AND WE DIDN'T???

should have gone to all the days before you wrote this man... poor job.. the turnout aspect is true though!

I couldnt agree with your article more.
I'm in a band that was booked for all 3 nights. No pay but we said, hey its great exposure. It was a waste of time, all the hype from the festival promoters and no one on the outside knew about this festival. the venues themselves were not even promoting their locales.
Too many venues with too many bands for people to know where they want to go and who to listen to.
useless.
And we will definitely not play this event if it even returns next year.

Albert from Coffee House Gypsies band here. I was there when the sound guy you mentioned jumped on stage during Eric Vick's set, but Eric was a pro, he kept playing and he rocked regardless. The next day we played MMF in that same tent and we lucked out because the sound guy we got couldn't have been any nicer or better. Probably my only real complaint would be that performers were told they would have free parking while performing and yet we found ourselves scrambling for cash in our cars unexpectedly at the last minute to cover parking costs, and that was our food/drink money. But aside from that we had fun, we had a fair turnout despite the rain, and we got some good stuff out of it; a local Florida-based agency left a message for us after catching our set. Could it have been better organized and promoted? Yes. But hey, it was also the first one, there were bound to be some growing pains, no?

Attn: Guitarista

I want to talk to you. I am interested in knowing more about this meeting. I am Albert from the band "Coffee House Gypsies" and I too was going to organize a similar meeting in January. Lets link up and maybe we can work together. Contact me.

My review of the MMF:

http://www.wemergemag.com/forums/journalism/16747-miami-music-festival.html

ATTN: S. Florida Musicians. I too am interested in this meeting.

All of these production & promotion complaints and more are valid; I was there.

I've run Alligator Alley, a Broward County music venue in two different locations over the last 10 years and will open a new one this spring. I've had 10 bands on in 10 hours and everyone gets at least a line check. It's just the way it's done in a professional atmosphere. I'd be glad to lend my expertise and even sound equipment to an event organized by the artists.

Im interested in this meeting as well.

TRANSSIL BANNIA is ready to play.

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