Point taken but doesn't generally happen in the paid parking area. And generally speaking if that happens at a commercial venue on their property generally speaking they take a liability to pay for it. A way of saying, 'sorry for the inconvenience but we hope you come again.'Brian wrote:I personally know at least 3 people who have had their windows smashed/car broken into/etc at the Masquerade. That shit happens all over Atlanta.
As for 'DIY' vs. a commercial venue being more beneficial to the scene that is debatable as each is operated by different standards if you will.
When you pay $20 for a show or that extra buck 50 for that drink you're paying for the Masquerade to be able to pay the bands so they can tour. You're paying for the rent/mortgage, electric, water and other utilities. You're paying salaries of the people who work there. You're paying for the promotion so you actually know about the show. Those CL ads and radio spots aren't free. Your ticket pays for the 'rider' of the bands which is food/beer for the entire crew the band is traveling with, in some cases hotel rooms so they aren't sleeping on the floor of a cramped apartment.
The reason you don't pay that much at a DIY spot is they don't employ anybody, they don't pay taxes, insurance fees, license fees, maintenance fees to keep the building up to city codes, plus other county health codes. And they barely scrap up 10 bucks to let you know about a show. They don't go that extra mile with hospitality for the band.
DIY spots also don't think beyond their current show unless it's a non-profit like Wonder Root or Eyedrum and whom for the most part are supported through membership dues, grants, donations and other sponsorships so in that case some one has pretty much paid part of what you should pay for you in a socialist sort of way.
585 was a good 'party' spot that occasionally brought some bigger bands in but the reality has proved there was either no long term planning from the start or those kids really had no clue so not all 'DIY' venues have a long term positive effect on the scene.
Masq, DU, The EARL are all businesses the commonality is they all provide a place for live music not strictly punk or metal. DU and Masq are for the most part strictly music venues and you don't go there for really anything else. But for the most part because they have some sort of business plan they generally stay in business longer than a 'DIY' spot so based on the fact the Masquerade has been open over 20 years suggest they are actually more valuable to the scene growing than say 585 or Archive or that random house venue that springs up from time to time that is not even making a tangent commitment to either bands or music fans.
But 'DIY' spots like Wonder Root and Eyedrum I'll give them their due because they give any band a starting point. And Wonder Root does give artists and musicians the resources they need such as use of studio space, use of a dark room, and media space. But I consider them more of a community space than 'DIY' space. The only downside is because they are run on a volunteer basis they have a tendency to more often than not overbook a night and usually it's the awesome Punk or Metal band that gets axed because people that run them aren't inclined to be Punk or Metal fans.