Saturday, August 31, 2013

Sunday's Live Music and Events
Heath Green's Stumblin' Revue @RojoBirmingham Sunday at 6:00pm Birmingham, Alabama
DeeDee Rokstar- Open Mic tonight at TP Millers, Kimberly from 7 till 11!! Awesome venue, great food, drink specials, &...

Jerome Walls- Courtyard Childersburg Solo @ 2 Come on by for a good time garon tead!  
 Jazz Brunch Sunday Oscar's At The Museum in Birmingham

Megan McMillan / Matt Herren Band / The Steam Boars Sunday @ZYDECObham

A. J. Beavers Plays Cosmo's Brunch Sunday 9/1/13 Sunday at 12:00pm @CosmosSouthside


Bici Coop Kitty Cat Ladies Alleycat and Potluck Sunday at 3:00pm Caldwell Park

Andrew Brasfield on BMR's Southbound Sunday at 7:00pm Birmingham Mountain Radio

Jazz in The Park - Les w/ KBs Technique Sunday at 8:00pm Beacon Park in Irondale


Throng of Shoggoths and D.A.M.N. @thenickrocks Sunday at 10:00pm The Nick Rocks

Bob Marston with Joe Carroll @Stillwaterpub Sunday at 10:00pm Stillwater Pub

Moonlight on the Mountain:
An EP Release Show-THE WILL YARBROUGH BAND, w/opener Bird Targett Sunday, September 1,...

Jazz Underground: Salsa Sundays 6:00 pm – 12:00 am

Sunday- Blaze Ministries presents: Encounter featuring Denita Gibbs 6:00 PM
Today's Treat:


Saturday's Live Music and Events
BFP Birmingham Blues: Via: Roger Stephenson-tonight- City Vineyard Amazing free blues slide guitar...
GASHOUSE ANNIES @ Matthews Bar & Grill Today at 10:00pm Matthew's Bar & Grill
jerome walls @rayJeromewalls -
@OutshineRox Tonight @courtyard280
George Scherer @GeorgeScherer1 2h George Scherer has a show on 08/31/2013 at 06:30 PM @ San Antonio G... in McCalla

The Heavy Hearts @TheHeavy_Hearts - The Heavy Hearts has a show on 08/31/2013 at 07:00 PM @ The Shed

Smokin Gun Returns to rock Ole Tymers!!! Today Fort Payne

South Of Blue Today Rios Bar & Grill in Helena

Rocking the Farmer's Market Today at 8:00am East Lake Market in Birmingham

Shamrock Tailgating! Today at 11:00am The Red Shamrock Pub

Gotta Get Ready!: Bama vs. Virginia Tech Today at 12:00pm "The" Egans Bar in Tuscaloosa


Alabama v. Virginia Tech at Rojo at 4:30 PM Today at 4:30pm @RojoBirmingham


Six Till Midnight at The High Note Today at 6:00pm The High Note

Sightings, Abandoned Sanctity, Dimensions, Belial, Kudzu Today at 7:00pm the end. in Florence

@EclecticTuba Music Video Shoot! / The Return of Wake and Bake Pizza Today at 7:00pm Gameboy's Ping Pong Palace...

Loveislight//mark plasma//Balcony View Today at 7:00pm The Forge in Birmingham

Tyler Navarre's End Of Summer Bash!! Today at 8:00pm Tyler Navarre's Bar & Grill in Pelham

Anarchy - Ft. Bad Robotz! & Audeo Assassin || 8.31.13 || Liquids Today at 8:00pm Liquids Club in Montgomery

Gips place backyard Party ~ Johnny No Band @GipGipson Today at 8:00pm Gips place in Bessemer, Alabama

Lucky Loyd's Birthday Blues Jam at Toms Sound Today at 8:00pm TomsSound in Birmingham

Dirty Man Blues Band at Otey's in Crestline, Today at 9:00pm @OteysTavern

Huffmans Finest at Codzilla's Today at 9:00pm Codzilla's Sports Bar in Argo

Burning Bridges Burn it Down @ Octane Today at 9:30pm @octanebarpelham

Rockett, Sean Bunn & Kenny Shirley-Courtyard Alabaster Today at 9:30pm #CourtyardAlabaster

The Joiners @ Stillwater! Today at 10:00pm @Stillwaterpub

Rain Nightclub. Hoover: Rumba Laitna Birmingham and Dj Salsa with the BEST & MOST Elegant Latin Dance Party In...

LAST SHOW EVER! Old Fashioned Rhythm Method 7-10pm/ Earthbound - Late

@TheNickBham : The Midnight Ghost Train / The Gentlemen Bastards/ When We Were Free

Margarita Grill:
8/31 Southern Addiction,Chip McCain @_MargaritaGrill

Moe's BBQ Lakeview: 8/31 Cowboy Down @MoesBBQBham

Iron Horse:
Skyler Foster @IronHorseCafeAL 10:00 PM

Oasis: Young Doctors and Lawyers

Superior Grill:
8/31 Slang

@BottletreeCafe : Dan Sartain/ Future Virgins / The Golden Monica 9:00 PM

Jazz Underground: Mose Stovall LIVE! 8:00 pm – 2:00 am

College Football Today at 2:00pm The Back Nine Clubhouse & Grille

Comedy Club:
Nephew Tommy
Today's Treat:

Friday, August 30, 2013

More Sounds from BFP Music/ Zydeco Open Mic

(scroll down to completely ignore what I'm saying and get to the sounds.)

Attention Birmingham:

Well...I should say, attention everyone!

Bfp Music has teamed up with Zydeco to bring you a unique experience. Every Tuesday night we are inviting musicians, poets, anyone who wants to stand behind the mic, anyone who wants to get up in front of the audience and share their songs, spoken word, or, if they so desire, humor. 

Hosted by the incomparable Mr. Jay Jacks, Tuesday nights at Zydeco have thus far been extremely fun and creatively productive. We capture video, audio and some still shots for distribution through our network and hosting on various BFP Music outlets. This is professionally captured, mixed and mastered live audio. You are free to do with it as you see fit. Simply request a copy of your performance and we will send it to you, free of charge. 

The content is available for viewing or hearing on our blog, on Soundcloud, Youtube, and distributed out through our social media.

We would love to have you come to Zydeco one Tuesday and let us capture something with you. Fans, please come and fill the audience and support and enjoy area musicians. 

We've had people come from other cities, counties and countries. This is what BFP Music is all about. This is something we both offer and request for you to be part of.

See you there!

-Lee Waites      

Friday's Live Music and Events 
 Out Shine 8/30 @ Pub 261!
@mattsmithlive - Matt Smith has a show on 8/30 8PM @Buffalo Wild Wings, Trussville

@Urban_Standard : FRESH GROUND COMICS! Tonight 8pm Urban Standard

Grupo Fantasma @ Lowe Mill Arts Huntsville, AL Today at 5:00pm

Stone Brewing Release Party 8/30 5pm City Vineyard @CityVineyard

Weaving The Fate at The High Note Today at 6:00pm

PINE HILL HAINTS, Serious SAM BARRETT, ADVENTURE the GREAT Today at 7:00pm 1015 Mayberry Ave., Waverly


Amberson-Baggett Band @ Ross Mtn. Adventures Today at 7:00pm Ross Mountain Adventures in Heflin

One Less Mile Benefit Concert at The End. Today at 7:30pm the end. in Florence

Kent playing at "Saw's Juke Joint" Today at 8:00pm Saw's Juke Joint


@roshambeauxlove : Roshambeaux LIVE The Nick Rocks, Friday 08/30/13 8/30 9pm @TheNickBham

Black Tomorrow at Hollywood Nights Today at 9:00pm Hollywood Nights in Jasper

Dance For Life w/ DJ COCO & The Sleep Design @BottletreeCafe 8/30 9pm Bottletree Cafe

Smokin Gun rocks Codzillas Today at 9:00pm Argo

7' Clearance @ The Station Bar and Grill Today at 9:00pm The Station Pub & Grill in Madison

242nd Day Celebration: jesse payne, feral child, mark plasma. Today at 9:00pm

Diamonds. 4520 Bessemer Super Hwy. Honkey Tonk Hustlers rocking DIAMONDS for Stacey Dabbs BDAY Today at 9:00pm

FOREIGN FRIDAYS (Free Admission before 10pm) Today at 8:00pm The Foreign Exchange Experience in Birmingham

Adam Hood (Full Band) Today at 9:30pm Bourbon St. Bar in Auburn

FACEDOWNS DEBUT AT CENTRAL CLUB , LEEDS AL. Today at 10:00pm The Central Club

Black Willis vs Golden Monica! Rock n Roll Rumble @Egansbar! 8/30 10pm Tuscaloosa "The" Egans Bar

MR. MAYHEM live @ Chestnut Station in Gadsden, AL! Today at 10:00pm

FRAMING THE RED IS BACK !!!!! Today at 10:00pm The Twisted Monkey in Montgomery

The Wild Fruit @Stillwaterpub! Today at 10:00pm Stillwater Pub in Birmingham

Atlantis Event & Entertainment Center: Tonight- Fly League Entertainment presents: A Fly Party Vol II w/ Young...

Iron Horse Cafe:
Voodoo Jones 8/30 10pm @IronHorseCafeAL @VoodooJonesRock

Dragline at Courtyard 280 Today at 10:00pm

KING BEE Live w/Special Guest Curtis Lee Putman @AlleyBARmgm 10pm Montgomery

Jessie Minor @ SandBAR Today at 10:00pm 355 Coosa Street, Montgomery

Red Clay Revival @ Gallette's 8/30 10pm @redclayrevival Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Marty's: Chris Griffin & Friends Last Show at Marty's Bar/ Jason Bailey Band - Late 7pm -?

Margarita Grill: Tonight- The Whisky Dix,Chip Mccain @_MargaritaGrill

Moonlight on the Mountain : BERTEAL, w/opener Carissa Leigh 8/30, 7:30pm, $12

@Zydecobham : All the Locals featuring Donnie n' Trill 10PM $8.00

@MoesBBQBham : 8/30 Little River Band

@ShelbysPelham : 8/30 Rob West

Oasis: 8/30 Alpha Groove

@greybar280 : 8/30 10pm Jon Elrod

Superior Grill: 8/30 Kaloc

Jazz Underground: Special Event: Frank McComb Live (Friday, August 30) 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Workplay :
Surviving Allison w/ Jess Meuse @Jessinat0r, @TheHeavy_Hearts & @EdwardHartline 7:00 PM

Stuart McNair Trio @PaleEddies! @StuartMcNair Today at 9:00pm Birmingham

@StuartMcNair : 8/30 5PM-8PM - Solo acoustic Happy Hour show @IronCityBham

Downtown Columbiana
: 8/30 7PM - The Randy Glenn Band Music on Main Street

Above Redmont : 8/30 10PM - DJ VJ and DJ On Call @AboveBirmingham

Ona's: 8/30 On Purpose w/ Dwight Houston

Cottonbox Road Today at 9:00pm The Back Nine Clubhouse
  Today's Treats: 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

More BFP Music/Zydeco Open Mic Video/Audio

Here is a sneak peek from our BFP Music/Zydeco Open Mic. We're about to release many more. But I wanted to give you a few to chew, just for today.. 

BFP Music/Zydeco Open Mic -Susannah Stuckey

BFP Music/Zydeco Open Mic -Alexa Rankin 

BFP Music/Zydeco Open Mic -Nick Arkin

Thursday's Live Music and Events
jerome walls - Wildfire Bar & Grill. 7 pm tonight. Solo (Shelby Airport Exit)
John Elrod- I'll be playing tonight at Pub 261 in Pelham 8pm. Come hang out!

The Marauders unplugged @CafeFirenze280 Today at 7:00pm Cafe Firenze

Somebody's Darling/Bonnie Whitmore/Delicate Cutters @IronCityBham 9pm Iron City Bham

ROCK n ROLL MIXER feat. NIGHTMARE BOYZZZ and PLAINS @eclipsecoffee 10pm Eclipse Coffee & Books in Montevallo


The Woggles / Muck & The Mires / Nowhere Squares Today at 9:00pm @BottletreeCafe

Papadosio w/ EarthCry Today at 9:00pm @WorkPlayBham

Tuscaloosa Amphitheater: Casting Crowns Today @ 7PM CDT

@Zydecobham : Black Flag with Good for You (Featuring Mike Vallely) Today @ 8:30PM

Martini Thursday w/ Chris Moore

Jazz Underground: Tonight: Special Event: Frank McComb Live 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Alys Stephens: Tonight: Cellist Cicely Parnas - Patty McDonald ArtPlay Parlor Series @ascbham 7 PM

Billy's English Village: TRAVIS POSEY 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Grey Bar: 9pm Jared White @greybar280

Moe's BBQ Lakeview:
River Dan @MoesBBQBham @ 8pm

Tonight Errick Smith - 7-10pm/ Jason Henley - Late Marty's closes for good in 3 days! Get there!

The Nick: Low Frequency Buzz Cover: $5 @thenickrocks

Margarita Grill:
Tonight: Jason Mayo

Moonlight on the Mountain: CAPTAIN CAPTAIN CUTIE PIE, w/opener Kara Young 7:30pm, only $7

Iron Horse: Danny and Randy 9:30 PM

Shelby's: Kolby and Jerm Show

Mike Slaten solo guitar for Huntsville's Downtown Entertainment District Today at 5:00pm The Square Downtown...

Copper Top Dive N Dine: Huntsville -Thurs. Sypsey Gypsey
Today's Treats:
From Wikipedia: Labor Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September, that celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers. It was first nationally recognized in 1894 to placate unionists following the Pullman Strike. With the decline in union membership, the holiday is generally viewed as a time for barbeques and the end of summer vacations.


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wednesday's Live Music and Events
Finney James- Open Mic w/Finney James tonight
DeeDee Rokstar- Open Mic tonight at Superbowl Lanes from 7 till 11! Had a blast last week. Let's do it again!
Early Open Mic debuts at Octane Bar (Pelham, AL) Today at 6:30pm @octanebarpelham

Stuart McNair & friends @Stillwaterpub WED!!! Today at 9:00pm Birmingham

ECT: Egan's Championship Trivia: Today at 9:00pm @Egansbar in Tuscaloosa

OPEN MIC NIGHT - Original Music Showcase Today at 8:00pm @BottletreeCafe

The Tontons with Velouria Today at 8:00pm The WorkPlay Theatre @WorkPlayBham

Beverly Owen and Friends Today at 6:00pm The WorkPlay Lounge @Workplaybham

Marty's: Tonight Errick Smith - 7-10pm/ George Scherer - Late

The Nick:
Tonight - GoodbyeMotel - @thenickrocks

Margarita Grill: tonight- Dwayne Beasley -@_MargaritaGrill

@RojoBirmingham : Tonight-Pub quiz (trivia night) with hosts Wes Frazer and John Lytle Wilson 7PM.

@ShelbysPelham : tonight - open mic

Oasis: Tonight -Todd Vickery –no cover

Superior Grill: Tonight - Outshine

SOCIAL CANCER : Psychic Blood // Deism // Gnaw 8-28-13 @ The Forge Today at 7:00pm The Forge in Birmingham

Good People Brewing:
Tonight -Open Mic @GPBrewing

@AvondaleBrewing : Tonight - Ugly Baby vs Mothra -Improv Comedy

Sound of Contact at The High Note on Wed Aug 28

TONIGHT: Hulsey Recital Hall on the campus of UAB: Fair Use and Copyright Abuse -UAB Welcomes Copyright Expert E....
Bottletree Cafe - For all you Idol fans out there, is coming to BottleTree today to...
Today's Tiny Treats:


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Just One Small Freaky Tuesday Post

Including some drops into our Soundcloud group:

Music, art expresses things in ways that it otherwise cannot be said. Sometimes we all need that. It doesn't matter whether it's a love thing, anger thing, hope or fear, music is there.

Tuesday's Live Music and Events
@FinneyJames- The Regals with guest artist Stuart McNair tonight Dave's Pub 9pm
Back Nine: tonight -Karaoke

@_MargaritaGrill : Tonight- Reese

Marty's: Laura Thurston - Late

@Zydecoham: BFP Music and Zydeco present Open Mic Tuesdays. We will be recording your sets.

Britt Johnson and Brent Crawford Jamz Bike Night! Today at 8:00pm Dejavu in Montgomery


Wine Tasting Today at 5:00pm Eclipse Coffee & Books in Montevallo

Ben Walker @BenWalkerMusic - Ben Walker has a show on 08/27/2013 at 10:00 PM @ Jupiter Bar & ... in Tuscaloosa,...

BFP Music and Zydeco present Open Mic Tuesdays - We will be recording tonight. Tracks from last week going online...
Little Treat:


Monday, August 26, 2013

Monday's Live Music and Events

August NSAI Songwriter Workshop Meeting Today at 6:30pm 8003 Benaroya Lane, Huntsville

Marty's: Steve McCullough - Late

Margarita Grill:
John Elrod

@hooverlibrary: Monday at the Movies: Jurassic Park Today @ 2:00pm

Oasis: Rick Carter -no cover


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sunday's Live Music and Events
Sassy Brown & Matt Willis Play Sunday Brunch 8/25/13 Today at 12:00pm @CosmosSouthside


East Lake in the Afternoon presents: Courage, My Soul & Let Us Journey On. Today at 2:30pm East Lake United...

2nd Annual Piggly Wiggly Craftly Beerly Bash Today at 3:00pm @JClyde_Bham

August Celtic Music Session Today at 5:30pm Black Market Bar & Grill @BlackMarketGeo


Sarah Green and Pedro Mayor last Sunday show at Martys and Sarah's Birthday! Today at 8:00pm Marty's

@thenickrocks: Glory/Milele Roots *Service Industry Night* 1/2 off ticket price if SIN!

@_MargaritaGrill: Sun,8/25 Rob West

4th Avenue North & 18th Street: Poetry in the Park, Taste of 4th Ave Jazz

@AvondaleBrewing: Shake, Rattle & Roll for a Cure! BnB, 2 Da Maxx, The...
Today's Treat:
 BFP Music! Vulcan! Right? by Birmingham on GoAnimate

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Saturday's Live Music and Events

Tag me with your events @freepressmusic or go to:
Music by Chuck King- The band will be at The Pepper Place Market August 24 from 8:30am until 11:30am.

Catalyst Red @CatalystRed - We will be playing at the Highnote Saturday night. Doors open at 7pm, so don't be late!

1st annual Randy Jam to benefit Music scholarships at the Gadsden Cultural Arts Center Saturday

Tailgate Challenge 2013 Saturday at 11:00am The Summit in Birmingham

NOI State of Alabama Prison Town Hall Convened by James Muhammad Today at 11:00am Five Points West Foot Center

STREETKAR PUBLIC EVENT this Saturday!! Bring the kids and folding chairs. Today at 12:30pm Black Creek Park in Fultondale

Eutaw Folk Roots Festival Today at 2:00pm Eutaw, Alabama

TAVERN turns 4 with DEPUTY 5 Today at 4:00pm Main Street Tavern in Montevallo

MCBS Junkyard Juke - featuring Delta Moon! Today at 4:00pm DANIELDAY GALLERY/DREAM MECCA STUDIO

2nd Annual "Put A Bird On It" Montevallo Artwalk Today at 5:00pm Main Street, Montevallo

Amberson-Baggett Band @ The Smoking Moose Today at 5:00pm in Anniston

Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival - Les w/ Foxxy Fatts & Co Today at 5:00pm The Carver Theater in Birmingham

Art Walk at Eclipse ft. Blaine Duncan & the Lookers 5pm @eclipsecoffee Eclipse in Montevallo,

Ricky Carden at The 917 Today at 6:00pm Anniston AL

@AvondaleBrewing: Beer, Bands & Bullies 6pm Avondale Brewing Company

Atticus Ave at The High Note ( @AtticusAve ) 6pm The High Note

Smokin' Gun Rocks UFO Days Today at 6:00pm Fyffe, Alabama in Fyffe

Mike Erwin @ Rocco's Today at 6:00pm Rocco's - Sandbagin at Cane Creek in Anniston

ONE LOVE * ONE LIFE Tour with Beres Hammond & Maxi Priest Today at 7:00pm Von Braun Center in Huntsville

Kris Cody & The Silver Tounges !!!!!! Today at 7:00pm Sportsters in Bessemer

Matt Owen and the Eclectic Tuba / Kyle / Persona ( @EclecticTuba ) 7pm Studio B in Gadsden

The Tent Revival @ Mellow Mushroom, Prattville Today at 7:00pm

Gips Backyard Party @GipGipson: Chas & Rus with Alabama Annie and Danny Thomas Today at 8:00pm

Phil Dudley Band @ City Vineyard 8pm @CityVineyard @SipseyRiverSTL

Red Dress Party Weekend presented by the Magic City Sisters Today at 8:00pm Our Place in Birmingham

Tag me with your shows @freepressmusic or go to:

Five Shot Jack @ Moe's in Lakeview...@MoesBBQBham 8:00pm @fiveshotjack

Outshine | Benefit for Imran | 9pm TP's Bar & Grill- Kimberly @rayJeromewalls

The Brad Cornelius Band Today at 9:00pm SomeWhere On the Lake in Guntersville

@TheTurnRocks it at Chestnut Station | Benefit For Imran | Aug 24 9pm Gadsden

Marty's : Winston Ramble - 7-10pm/ Elijah Butler Band - Late

@TheNickBham: Barricades At Night/ Soundtrust/ NEB/ Splitting Atoms Cover: $6

Margarita Grill: Spellbound,Chip McCain new patio @_MargaritaGrill

Moonlight on the Mountain:
@hopecassity, w/openers Victoria Camp, Abby Camp, and more! 7:30pm, $15

@Zydecobham: Dub Squared Presents: TURNT UP BDAY EDITION featuring ATLiens / DMFR / Brown Recluse & special guests...

Iron Horse: Fly By Radio 10:00 PM

@ShelbysPelham : Patrick Travis

Oasis: Red Mountain

Superior Grill:
Live Wire

Downtown Library: @BPL - America's Music - Broadway and Tin Pan Alley 2:00 pm (Sat)

Back Nine:
The Raygun Administration Today at 9:00pm

Jazz Underground:
Heels and Chucks 8:00 pm – 2:00 am

Ona's: Ona Watson with Champagne
 The DB Cooper Trio Today Pablo's Deck in Hoover
7StoneRiot ROCKS OUT Pub 261!!! Today at 9:30pm Pub 261
Today's Treat!
BFP We see love! by Birmingham on GoAnimate

Friday, August 23, 2013

Respect, Reputation, Character, Music

By Lee Waites

"Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing." - Abraham Lincoln

"The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear." -Socrates
The fast paced, seemingly impersonal nature of the world today might seem to contradict many age old, traditional beliefs, practices and established cultural morays. People, seemingly isolated, dash  from air conditioned box to air conditioned box. Security cameras watch us punch the codes to enter our apartment, office complex, gated communities, where we lock the world out or it locks us in. 

It is now the norm for half of the patrons of any given restaurant, bar, or for that matter, half of any people in any public place, to bury their eyes in the palm of their hands, tapping away on some form of mobile device.     

Seems like everything has changed, doesn't it? But I believe if we take a closer look, we'll see that many things, many old and valued, traditional forms of social communication and value systems are still alive and well. One of these age old and ever valuable things is a person's reputation. 

As in society as a whole, so it is in the music business. Some people panic at the pace of technology, thinking it will water down or ruin the music business. But when I look, I see something different emerging. I don't see some dire future where every kid with a couple of bucks can buy a Mac and throw together an album. Technically, yes. Technically it will become easier and easier. Already it's possible for rapid, large file transfers and inexpensive websites to mix and master and pop out an album without two people ever meeting, sitting at a board or sharing the same space. 

Booking shows, distributing your own music online, mailing lists, self promotion sites, online only fliers, programs, websites, apps, you name it, are all increasingly available. 

But how much has that really changed things? In some ways immensely and irrevocably, in other ways, not so much. 

These days, I can more quickly than ever, ignore 1000 songs that I don't like. 

I can find the great songs, the one's I love, while my kids sleep safely under my care in the next room.

In the wonderful days of yore I had to hop in the car, go to the store and scroll through the albums and tapes on the rack, hoping the idiot in front of me hadn't gotten them all out of order. (I love record stores. I wish there were more, as I do libraries and bookstores. But for each one of these that failed to also present their goods online, there is an empty building.)

The speed and convenience available for me to seek out music online is amazing. It has allowed me to find many new artists that have enriched my existence. But the knowledge of just how many great musicians are out there has also made me want to streamline my experience. For many of these musical discoveries I count on the ancient social tool...word of mouth (although perhaps text of thought is more applicable in many cases).

"A good reputation is more valuable than money." -Publilius Syrus

So what makes me seek out the next album? What makes me like an artist, a label, a magazine, merchant or venue? With all of these things, at least for me, it's quality and reputation. As someone who is constantly watching and scanning the online music scene, I will, with firm certainty state, that most other people also value personality and reputation. It is evidenced now in the form of unfollowing, unfriending and just plain ignoring. 

The spirit of any person, place or thing is the driving force, the feeling of the artist, what I thought of a server at a bar or restaurant. I perceive their personality. Yes, I don't enjoy listening to or being served by assholes. I admit it. 

The pretty girl with the crappy attitude never did a thing for me. I like the whole package. I don't want my entertainment, information, beer, food or wine served to me by someone I don't like. Most of the time I choose and react silently, by leaving the person, leaving the place or leaving whatever it is (which includes music). Most of the time I leave silently. Some particularly choice moments require that I should leave a bit more loudly. But in these moments the offending party is at least made aware of why I am doing so. It is their choice what to do with that information.    

"Concealed talent brings no reputation." -Desiderius Erasmus

I don't believe technology has changed that for the worse. In the past there were fewer numbers of people, people who worked for large news outlets, or record companies, who could spoon feed you whatever they allowed you to hear. With their high dollar promotions, or egotistical, socially monophonic reviews they could inform you of why you liked what they were telling you to like. Now artists can bypass these thought control outlets and bring their message, music and merch directly to the audience. 

But in that same instant they bring themselves. There are few people these days who have the money, or the inclination to be "handled." That is becoming a thing of the past. So quality and reputation once again become a valuable currency. 

Just like the emergence of local foodies, organic produce, craft brews and coffee too, art is returning to the people. This is evidenced by the sheer number of talented musicians, artists, actors, comedians, brewers, bakers, writers and  other people in our community. Each of these is taking a slice of the pie. And each is returning quality to the community.       

"It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that you'll do things differently" -Warren Buffet

Through BFP Music's networking for the past many years I have witnessed the struggles and failures of people who either have talent and a bad attitude, or a great idea with no commitment and/or perseverance. 

I've seen venues who might have a good location, or idea, fail to thrive, some of which can be blamed on their interpersonal skills. They build resentment, an unhappy, disloyal staff, who are likely to pass that on to the customer, or grab a 20 from the till.

I've witnessed venues and promoters who develop a reputation for not keeping their word to musicians. The end result is that good musicians keep away from these people. They know better. More often than not the complaint is simply "they weren't honest." Musicians know the score when it comes to music and money. They know who can and can't pay them and the whys and why-nots. Many times they will work with you if you are honest, forthright and display character. The late Marty Eagle comes to mind. I know many well paid musicians who played at Marty's, money not being the top issue. He developed a bond with his customers, his staff and the musicians. It was based on character. 

The bottom line is, no matter how convenient or quick it is to live and interact in the world of today, no matter how amazing and streamlined or frustrating and glitchy, it is all built or lost the same way as it has been throughout history. Big or small, simple or complicated, success or failure rides primarily on those things it always has, respect, character and a good reputation.  

As they say these days, this is all IMHO. 

Here's the treat:      


Friday's Live Music and Events

Farmer's Daughter - Tonight's the night folks! Come party with us @ Courtyard 280 out on the patio!

The Gypsy Begonias @GypsyBegonias - @freepressmusic playing at the peerless saloon in Anniston on Friday.

Moonlight on the Mountain: Fri 8/23; MIC HARRISON & KEVIN ABERNATHY, and THE HILLARY REYNOLDS BAND 7:30pm, $12

Otey's Tavern:
Elijah Butler Band 9PM @jobu2677 @OteysTavern

2013 Sidewalk Film Festival Today Birmingham, Alabama

@HartSoulAL : Gip will be performing at Hart & Soul ~ Homewood, AL 8/23 6pm

Beitthemeans, Aside Oceans, Forgotten Grey, Ensul Today at 6:00pm The High Note

Cleve Eaton at Billy's Restaurant this Friday August 23 at 7:30pm in EDT

THE TURN at Superior Grill Today at 6:30pm Superior Bar & Grill

Amit and MaryJustice at the Coffee Tree in Huntsville , Friday August 23rd 2013, 6:30pm-9

@AvondaleBrewing :Karl Denson's Tiny Universe Today at 7:00pm Avondale Brewing Company

@CafeFirenze280 ; Flyunder Entertainment Presents: Super Bob Today at 7:00pm

Seeds Coffee Presents - Handwritten Letters @seedscoffee Today at 7:00pm

@TiltedKilt280 : FRIDAY NIGHT ROCKS @ TILTED KILT 280! Today at 7:30pm


Cancerslug tour kickoff (part 1) all ages! Today at 8:00pm Excalibur Vintage and Vinyl in Decatur

Madison Alayana Wilson Today at 8:00pm Boomerang's of Clanton

MC CHRIS / DR. AWKARD / JESSE DANGEROUSLY / TRIBE ONE Today at 9:00pm Bottletree Cafe

50 Cal Syndicate, The Hard Gospel, HellBent, Paradigm and A Day Worth Dying For Today at 9:00pm The Blue Iguana; Clanton

Amberson-Baggett Band @ The Crimson Tiger Today 9pm Anniston

Kingfish Today at 9:00pm The Back Nine Clubhouse

Central Club-Dance Music Today at 9:00pm The Central Club in Leeds

The PayBacks Today at 9:00pm Gabriel's Sport Cafe


OutShine @Bar 31!!! Today at 9:30pm Bar 31 in Vestavia Hills

Downright, Callooh! Callay! Today at 10:00pm @GreenBarTtown Green Bar in Tuscaloosa

The Uri BAND in Birmingham Friday Today at 10:00pm @roguetavern

The Rocking Acoustic Show in TALLADEGA! Today at 10:00pm North Street Bar in Talladega

Sharrif Simmons and Friends Today at 10:30pm Still Water Pub

Marty's: THOMAS HENRY BAND'S LAST GIG AT MARTY'S 7pm/ Riley Green Band - Late/

@thenickrocks: Clay Evans/ Prestor Jon

Margarita Grill: Jamie&Charissa,Chip Mccain @_MargaritaGrill

@Zydecobham : Hottest Hounds 6:00 PM $10. Hottest Hounds Premiere Party is the HOTTEST party around! Humans and...

@IronHorseCafeAL : Splendid Chaos 10:00 PM

@ShelbysPelham :Brad Sellers

Oasis: The Schmohawks

@greybar280 : 10pm Earl Williams

Jazz Underground:
Special Event: Mahogany Monologues 7 9:30 The Late Show with danI – 3 am

@WorkPlayBham : Songs of Water w/ War Jacket & Adventure the Great 8:00 PM

@IronCityBham :Mark Kimbrell 5:00 PM city

Above Redmont : DJ VJ and DJ On Call

UAB Campus Green: UAB Marching Blazers Band Camp Show, 7:30 p.m.

Alys Stephens:
The Black Jacket Symphony presents The Beatles' White Album @ascbham

Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest: Rick Carter’s League of Legendary Artists, Featuring Erin Mitchell at 7:30 pm

Birmingham Yoga
: Kirtan Concert with Rahasya

Bruce Andrews:-TONIGHT 7:30 pm. 2BLU trio. Dale's Southern Grill, 5479 Hwy. 280. 2BLU trio

AL AFL-CIO Forum: Linn Park, Friday 8/23 5 p.m.
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