Saturday, October 23, 2010
friday, oct22, 2010: the night ronny's was busted by the fuzz
i have to say, no one was surprised. that place is a world class dump. but still, kind of a bummer.
so, here's what happened. the spend was playing, dave and i were writing out our setlist. a couple cops came in and started taking pictures. my first thought was that one of the cops must be the spend's dad--how sweet, proud father taking pictures of his musical son! nope.
more and more cops showed up, it was a very strange vibe. not hostile by any stretch, just strange....no one knew exactly what was going on. i mean, we got the idea, but it wasn't clear whether the place was actually being shut down or whether tickets and fines were just being issued.
so anyway, the spend wrapped it up, the police came in and announced that ronny's didn't have any permits whatsoever for the garage/music room section of the bar, nor did they have permits as a live music venue, the front bar room smelled like natural gas, and a bunch of other not-up-to-code-by-a-longshot issues. so the place was closed down. no rock falls performance, no callers performance.
my "aww shit" face:
matt from the spend--the cops could've given all of us musicians tickets for being accessories, but they were very cool about the whole thing--just takin' matt's info since he was the only musician actually being seen performing:
frankly, the whole scene was relatively pleasant, all things considered. all of the cops were absolutely nothing but nice. they weren't pushy or assholic in any way. they were respectful and sympathetic.
it goes without saying that dave and i are really unhappy that the performance we rehearsed for, prepared for, and were looking fwd to was cancelled. and i'm so sorry for all of you who came out to see the show that never happened, but i'm so grateful for your being there in the first place. apparently, we are now a part of local history....?
ps--i sure hope i got my facts straight. i probably didn't.