So yeah, the Animal Collective show sold out in under two minutes. Man oh man. I mean, it’s only 300 tickets, what can you do?
Thanks for your patience and understanding. All of our “big” shows – AC, Arcade Fire, Catpower, etc – sell out super-fast, you can imagine. Just do the math. But there’s good news: these “big” shows comprise of, like, 15% of our total shows. Most of you know know this, but some of you may not.
In addition to these “big” shows, we have lots of smaller, equally-cool things, like Wednesday open mic (in the summer), our international film fest (Thursdays in the summer), and tons of “mid-size” events. Check out the awful pie graph, entitled “Composition of Cool Stuff at the Henry Miller Memorial Library,” below, if you don’t believe me:Pie graphs don’t lie!!!
Trust us: the yellow stuff is the “big” shows; the pink is all the other stuff. And those of us who work here will testify: many times, the “mid-size” events are far superior than the super-big show. Frank Black, for example, played to like, 100 people. John Doe, also another intimate affair. In these settings, there’s more room, the lines for the bathroom are shorter, and the wait for coffee is minutes, rather than weeks.
Our point: The Henry Miller Memorial Library is far more than just these blockbuster gigs. In fact, without boring you on the sketchy finances, as a non-profit, it’s these smaller events that help us pay for the bigger events. It’s called “micro-events.” That’s showbiz baby!
So do keep us in mind for your future plans. Yes, a lot of the action is from May 15-Oct 15th, but not always. For example, we got Levi Strom and Kath Bloom this Monday, the 31st, and the brilliant Cache Valley Drifters on March 3rd – two rare, intimate, and amazing winter shows. Be our friend on Facebook, sign our mailing list, and don’t be strangers!
And thanks for not sulking over the sold-out shoot; we consider ourselves blessed to have the most emotionally sophisticated fans in the industry.