"We probably spent $400 promoting an event that never happened," says Agave drummer Chris Flores of the band's scheduled October 13 CD-release party at PB's Longboard Grill. "We were aware that they already had a cover band playing that evening, but we proposed to the manager Felipe that we'd wrap up by 9 p.m."
Flores says his band began setting up at around 4:30 in the afternoon.
"Felipe then informed us that because they were the official Boston Red Sox headquarters and there was a playoff game about to start, we would need to wait until it ended before they allowed us to go onstage. We had no choice but to comply because, upon looking inside the place, what is usually a ghost town during that time slot was wall-to-wall people there, all wearing Red Sox paraphernalia."
"We then had to sit through five tedious hours of very slow baseball, as well as tell all our friends and fans who had come from San Diego, Los Angeles, and even Colorado, that we would go on after the game. Felipe kept telling us it wouldn't be a problem." The playoff game didn't end until around 10:30 p.m., too late for Agave to play.
Says Flores, "Funny how a bar on Garnet Avenue in Pacific Beach called Longboard Grill -- with all the San Diego and beach-lifestyle decor -- is the official Boston Red Sox headquarters. What ever happened to staying loyal to the home teams? What ever happened to helping local artists who play original music?"
Agave's postponed release party will be November 3 at the Tiki House.