When last we spoke, dear readers, I was plugging the opening of my clients' opening night and, by that, I meant this Friday night, January 21st at 610 Bangs Avenue, i.e., Asbury Blues. I was excited that my consulting company, Indie Solutions, had been working with great people and we were ready for the launch, and there would be a parade, and the snow would melt and life would be grand, or something like that.
Well, no sooner did I post my last blog about all of that did the snag come in. "The Snag" you ask? Yes, the SNAG. Snag, jut say it out loud to yourself. The snag comes in that there were still some permits and little issues to be sorted out, so a Friday opening... not going to happen. I was devastated! To those of you in your own businesses, if you have ever had a speed bump, a roadblock, or a "snag," something that stalls you or just keeps things from happening the way you see them in your mind, or the way you dreamed and pictured it, or just makes you feel like the control is not in your hands, well, then you know how emotional things can be.
Well, as hard as it has been, having to backtrack to all these people, shift some acts around, inform what press could be informed, and try to save face, the good news is that we had a little "soft opening". You know, get some friends and family into the place, line up the bartenders, the servers and the kitchen staff, get some food and drink into the people. Guitarist and singer, Gary Wright, and I, armed with a bag of harmonicas, tested out the stage, the lights and the sound system, and basically, we all did a big dress rehearsal of the place for a couple hours. I got to tell you... I am excited! The food is great. I had the pulled pork AND and plate of ribs, beans, corn bread and mac and cheese. People were digging on the signature cocktails and I think, overall, we've got a good thing going.
So, it's ALMOST opening night for Asbury Blues. We are looking at next week, so keep tabs on it over at www.asburyblues.net or look for it on Facebook.
If you have some questions or comments, or if you've got a blues band looking to play, give me a shout at [email protected].