Tick, Tick, Tick...

Now that's funny!!!!
— September 21, 2009 1:21 a.m.

Tick, Tick, Tick...

First of all I enjoyed working at the Jumping Turtle for the 2-3 years I was there and have nothing negative to say about Matt Hall or Joe Troutman. I think Joe does a great job and knows his market better than I did. I brought a lot of great shows to the room and showed them how to book national acts and how a security team is ran by bringing in Brick by Brick's old head of security. I mean the guards there didn't even have proper security shirts. They looked like patrons. I did have problems with some shows but we all do at times. The reason I stopped doing shows there was due to the fact that they weren't working out there anymore and I wanted to focus on just booking Brick by Brick full time. When Ken quoted me I was being honest. The Jumping Turtle is a club with so much potential and I am proud of what Joe and Matt have done but the club has and always will continue to have problems and I blame it on poor managing mainly due to the security. Security is the most important thing in maintaining your crowd. I put a lot of effort into my shows. I brought in stage managers for my big shows and a door guy to run the door so ofcourse I seemed like I was lazy and doing nothing. I have been doing this for 8 years and I shouldn't have to do those tasks anymore. Yeah I couldn't always meet a guarantee and that is why I stopped doing independent shows as I couldn't finance my losses anymore. I do not hide behind Max at Brick by Brick. I have to book almost 30 shows a month or try to find other promoters to fill in nights and I do a great job of that. I hate to say it but without the all ages factor the Jumping Turtle will just be another ordinary venue. The all ages and 21 combo is great but very deadly at the same time. Once again I have nothing personal against the Turtle and it's staff. I wish them the best of luck.
— May 15, 2009 8:13 p.m.

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