TWEEHOUSE #7: Winston Bongo, Kristina Camille, B33T JU1C3, and Tender Cruncher
After our last show, I wanted to continue booking artists that wouldn't necessarily make sense in a tiny apartment. I decided it'd be cute to try to have an all-night dance party. For reasons I should have anticipated, this ended up being kind of a nightmare, but it taught me a lot of valuable lessons:
- Does every single act you've booked depend on plugging in a lot of equipment? Is there only one grounded outlet available to your performers? Have you not given yourself enough time to test the sound equipment you're borrowing beforehand? Well hey, maybe this is a super bad idea!
- If any of your musicians plan on playing a drum kit, ask them to play with brushes, to throw some t-shirts or a blanket over their drums, or to otherwise dampen the noise of their set. If any of your musicians plans on playing very loudly (like, "these would be normal levels at a Real Actual Show" loudly), make sure you're polite and close every single window and door to your apartment. (We were really lucky our neighbors came over just threatening to call the cops instead of actually calling the cops.)
- Make it extremely clear that kids and alcohol aren't allowed to mix, especially not at your loud, crowded house party that's attracting too much attention and is almost certainly a fire hazard. Draw X's on hands, make the show 21+, declare the night a dry show—whatever. Probably the last thing you want to have to deal with in your house is a group of drunk teenagers you've never met.
All of our performers did an excellent job, but I was frankly too stressed and anxious putting out fires most of the night to enjoy myself. Lessons learned.