9-Jul-2010 (Fri)
Wherein Busta does little Rhyming.

Photos are up of the David J & Jill Tracy show, and also what was to have been the Busta Rhymes show.

Oh boy.

So, the promoter of that show apparently signed a contract with Busta Rhymes for a "meet & greet", not an actual performance. Then they promoted it as a live show, charged people fifty bucks to get in... and apparently just kind of hoped that once Busta was in the building, he'd play for free.

No, really. I'm not sure how they expected that to go.

This could have ended very badly, but Busta Rhymes handled it with class. He came out and made a long speech about how he didn't like disappointing his fans, but on the other hand, this was his job, and nobody likes to work for free. A few folks captured this on video.

Then, he hung around for a long time and chatted with and shook the hands of literally every person in the building.

In political news, you may have noticed that I haven't had any stories to tell lately about police harassment -- that's because, for the last several months, they've been leaving us alone! (And there was much rejoicing.) I assume all the recent press and public backlash has caused them to back off. Here's a recent article on the latest "Nighttime Safety Summit":

Truce talks: Police, party promoters, and politicians seek a detente in the War on Fun

If the incidents Chiu described represent a black eye for San Francisco's entertainment industry, the ABC and SFPD aren't necessarily squeaky clean either. "I sat down with [ABC director] Steve Hardy and told him that where the state was focusing efforts in San Francisco was completely misguided," Chiu said at the CMAC luncheon. "And I've spoken to [California Senator] Mark Leno to try to move them in the right direction."

The break in the crackdowns of 2009, mostly attributed to severe tactics employed by SFPD Officer Larry Bertrand and ABC agent Michelle Ott, followed a widespread backlash to the sometimes brutal treatment legitimate business owners were receiving in the name of public safety. Back-to-back over stories in the Guardian and the SF Weekly, calls to the ABC from city officials, the formation of CMAC, and a RICO suit filed against San Francisco and the rogue officers spurred officials to rein in Ott and Bertrand.

Hardy told the Guardian that Ott is no longer assigned to alcohol enforcement in San Francisco. Bertrand has traded in his plain-clothes for a uniform and hasn't been seen busting into clubs, beating up the help, or confiscating DJ equipment for several months.


9 Responses:

  1. icis_machine says:

    I was wondering why on the archives I couldn't find any Busta.. anywhere during quick scans of the night.

    I was starting to wonder if he was pulling a Q-Bert thing.

  2. revglenn says:

    as i'm sure anyone reading this is well aware, in the music industry the artist gets fucked about 98% of the time. a big reason for that is because of a history of artists so desperate to "make it" that they sell themselves insanely short just to undercut the competition.... all the way to the ludicrous concept of "pay to play".

    THIS is how you handle a bad situation in this industry. he kept his dignity while still pleasing his fans. i can't think of any better course of action. i'm sure with many other artist, it would have been a disaster of epic proportions.

    props to him.

    had you ever worked with this promoter before?

    • jwz says:

      No, we hadn't.

      • dasht says:

        That Mr. Rhymes reacted to the circumstance as he did suggests that, not only he, but also some of the club management showed some class.

      • netsharc says:

        So, what happens in a situation like this? Do you tell the guests to "call the promoter to get your money back", do you give them their money back and send the bill to the promoter? (if so, sorry about your financial loss there).

        Best solution would be to get the promoter's home address beforehand, and have pitchforks, torches and directions to hand out...

        • jwz says:

          Generally, the promoter pays us rent, we keep the bar income, and they keep the door income. (For pre-sales, they get the ticket price and we get the service charge, to cover operating costs of the store and credit card processing.) So a situation like this is financially pretty much the same as if the promoter just sucked at promoting and nobody showed up in the first place. Generally we try to avoid that, but shit happens. That's why promoters we haven't worked with before pay a higher rent than promoters we know and trust.

  3. elusis says:

    That's some pretty great news about Bertrand and Ott, though the media still seems incapable of distinguishing "War on Fun/Not Enough Mexican Food" from "People Getting Shot."

    I saw Bertrand name-checked by the Juggalo Science Fair people as being particularly helpful when the ICP security got stroppy with them, and was scratching my head, wondering why he wasn't hassling the Warfield for changing their operating hours.

  4. fantasygoat says:

    As an aside, your favorite officer gets a shout-out in this video.

    Stuck doing crowd control of retards.