Ramblin’ Man Fair Treats Musicians Like Garbage

If there’s one thing I can’t stand it’s when venues treat musicians like garbage. I’ve never been afraid to call anybody out for their lack of professionalism. This story comes from something brought to my attention by the band Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics, who played at Ramblin’ Man recently. While they had a good time playing they did not like how the venue staff treated them. Aaron is someone I know for a fact is one of the nicest people in the music business. He’s not one to say anything bad about anybody but he sent out his feelings on the fact that his band was treated like garbage when they played at Ramblin’ Man and I’ll go into detail and give you guys my thoughts.

“No food or water was supplied to the musicians”. If you’re gonna have a band play at your location you better treat them like gold because bad publicity is not something you want. Also, do you really wanna run out of musicians that will be willing to perform at a venue that treats them poorly? If this is how you do business Ramblin’ Man than you guys are absolute garbage. Obviously you only treat the lesser known bands like dirt because you think you can get away with it.

“There was a fee for a merch stand that as far as we were informed had nobody manning it, we chose to meet, greet and sell over the barrier”. So not only is Ramblin’ Man not giving food and water to musicians but they charge them to set up a merch stand. Which normally wouldn’t be a problem. Merch fees are sometimes a common thing but any normal venue would give something in return. Food, water, etc. You can’t just take money from a band and give them nothing in return to make them feel welcome.

“One vehicle pass between ALL the bands on that stage meaning getting gear back and forth was very testing, no safe place for our equipment.” and thus Ramblin’ Man gives zero fucks about the musicians equipment. All they want is the money that the band owes them. No relationships with the musicians at all. How the fuck do you expect bands to come back and play for you without building a relationship with them? I don’t understand these clowns.

“To put this into perspective the stage manager wanted to charge us concession on selling a few CD’s – we didn’t even use their merch desk!” this one actually made me laugh out loud. Sometimes I see regular people who live in my city play at a local Starbucks to get their name out there. They are given free coffee. They are treated a million times better at a random coffee shop with 0 experience as a musician than some of the biggest musicians in the world at a MUSIC FESTIVAL. I don’t understand this.

Also one of my good friends also played at that festival. Jessica Lynn who we interviewed on this website. I haven’t asked her how she was treated because we’re both busy people but I just wanna say…..do you know what happens….to companies who treat my fellow musicians and friends like garbage? Do you know what happens?…..Ramblin’ Man…..YOU JUST MADE THE LIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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