Listen Up / February 2011


Grace Potter

Who to see and What to hear In February

It seems that everything has a fee attached to it these days. You order anything online and chances are you will be assessed a fee. Whether it is a shipping cost, a credit card fee or an obligatory processing fee, additional costs surround us and generally there is no escape. You see one price and pay another. And the largest absurdity of them all is the ticketing fee.

All of us have been subject to a ticketing fee at some point. You see a concert advertised for a certain price, you are prepared to pay that price and next thing you know you are spending as much as 60 to 70% more than you initially expected. Market research and common sense state that fans want to pay the advertised price for a ticket and that they are frustrated by last minute fees. However, over the last 15 to 20 years, ticket fees have grown out of control thanks to what used to be a monopoly on the ticketing industry. That monopoly is slowly fading thanks to a new way of thinking and operating with the consumer’s best interest in mind. It is a novel idea but one that will hopefully be embraced.
Last month, Birmingham ticketing company, TicketBiscuit announced the implementation of a concept that has been discussed throughout the entertainment industry for years, but rarely attempted—make the advertised price, the price. The simple idea behind the All–In Price is that the price at checkout is the same as the advertised price. Are there still costs for ticketing the show? Of course. But that cost is already included in the All–In Price, just like any other cost. So you pay one price—the advertised price. Do you see value in that? I certainly do, and I think that this could create a solution to one of the most obnoxious problems concerning the music business today: high ticket prices and outrageous ticket fees. For the industry to be successful something has to change and this might just be a step in the right direction. Follow this story on www.ticketbiscuit.com.
Now let’s look at what’s happening at a music venue near you in February…
The Civil Wars—Hailing from Nashville and Muscle Shoals, Joy Williams and John Paul White created quite a cross country buzz in 2010. After selling out their first ever West Coast run, the Civil Wars come home this month to play a slew of dates in the Southeast as well as a few East Coast shows. Expect big, big things from them in 2011 and don’t miss what could be your last chance to see them in an intimate venue.
Friday and Saturday, Feb. 4-5 – WorkPlay Theatre
Lissie—She was named best new solo artist of 2010 by Paste magazine, but has been writing and performing for years. She released her first EP in November of 2009, her first full length record in June 2010 and she has been on fire ever since. Lissie continues her tour this month in support of Catching a Tiger and is playing predominately smaller venues in the Southeast. I assume that similar to the Civil Wars, this could be your last chance to see her in a club setting. Get your tickets now if they are still available.
Monday, February 7 – the bottletree
Brad Paisley with Darius Rucker—Paisley brings his high energy show to the BJCC later on this month with unlikely country star, Darius Rucker from Hootie & the Blowfish. Expect high quality production and exceptional performances from both Paisley and Rucker and a bit more sophisticated an audience for a country show.
Friday, Feb. 11 – BJCC – www.ticketmaster.com

Kid Rock

Kid Rock with Jamey Johnson—In a remarkable contrast to the previously mentioned Paisley and Rucker, the demographic for this show will be a bit on the “dirtier” side, and I can assure you, that those in attendance will have no problem being referred to as such. Kid Rock never disappoints his faithful audience with plenty of pyro, scantily clad cage dancers, and Southern style showmanship. Throw in some noise and you have yourself a Kid Rock show.  Jamey Johnson is doing everything that he can to make country what it used to be. With plenty of songwriting accolades already to his name, this Alabama native is now doing what he dreamed of: traveling and playing country music. You’d be hard pressed to find someone as personally and professionally genuine as Johnson.  What you see is what you get and that’s refreshing in a time where the commercialization of country music continues. Johnson brings the genre back to its roots and back to earth.

Saturday, Feb. 19 – BJCC – www.ticketmaster.com
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals—One word: Hot. The music, the band, the image and most importantly the namesake, Grace Potter, are all incredibly hot. There really is no other way to describe the current state of this group. Sometimes dressed with little more than her trademark Flying V guitar and a pair of five inch heels, her live show is jaw dropping and, amazingly, the “make you blush” sexiness of the show doesn’t detract away from its credibility. It’s a good old fashioned Rock & Roll show with a great band and an incredible front woman playing intelligently crafted music.
Wednesday, Feb. 23 – WorkPlay Theatre

Todd Coder

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