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In my ongoing campaign to air the strategies and tactics of some local venues’ owners and operating agents—who so clearly prey on the career aspirations of the professional and amateur independent musicians who want to play in their halls—I’ve received a steady stream of encouragement to continue uncovering what, in my opinion, is a threat to our music community’s nurturing and development.

Via my man E.L. Copeland, the consummate sound engineer for all occasions and a legend of D.C.’s indie community for 30 years, comes a YouTube video expressing the level of bullshit some venues’ booking agents and promoters have been successfully peddling for years to unsuspecting, aspiring, and, in many cases, desperate musicians.

The video is so on point in nailing every bit of the obnoxious behaviors so many us have encountered that it’s actually funny! Family, if you or someone you know has been a victim of a similar scenario, you owe it to yourself, and them, to spread the word. Pass this link along!