Celtic Diva's Blue Oasis: Million-dollar "Anchorage Market & Festival" STILL not paying musicians - editorial by Patti Greene (followed by Diva commentary)

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Million-dollar "Anchorage Market & Festival" STILL not paying musicians - editorial by Patti Greene (followed by Diva commentary)

"Gear Junkies" is the free, premier weekly newsletter sent via email to the Alaska music community. In each issue, the Goddess of the Anchorage Music Scene, Patti Greene, writes an editorial on "music politics" and we post it here!

I'm a day late on this one - she sent it out yesterday.

It's That Time Again: Let's beat this dead horse again, shall we?

The Anchorage Market is featured on the cover of this morning's Anchorage Daily News' Play section, and in the featured article, ADN restaurant reviewer Spencer Shroyer
sshroyer@adn.com writes,

"... the market also has a roster of performing entertainers. Although I've heard some jams and seen a funny break-dancing team or two, the sound of a woman singing 'Mr. Roboto' karaoke-style on a headset mic still haunts me. Ditto for that Nickelback-covering band."
While my first impulse is to ask why a food critic is writing about entertainment, the larger and more obvious point is that the Market gets what it pays for.

Which, for those of you just joining the discussion, is zip-nada.

The Market has enough money to pay for the production/distribution of a 24-page insert in the Daily News [also in today's paper] but they can't budget a dime for local players??

Let's not belabor this point any further. Do not play the Market until you are paid for your time and talents. If you need to get your music ya-yas out, get thee to a jam night or learn how to book your band for folding money. (Don't know how? Ask me.) Do not play for free, Gear Heads, unless it's for a cause that you wholeheartedly support. We may be the poorest of the starving artists but what we are not is a non-profit organization.

Happy Mothers Day to my mama, to sista Mary, to Miz Dee and Miz Linda and Miz Sandy and you, too, J.C., and all you splendid human beings who have taken the time to raise the worlds' young'uns with tender, loving care -- and often without help. --- patti

If you are interested in recieving a weekly "Gear Junkies" of your very own, contact Patti at sparkle@alaska.net

From Celtic: I am a local-grown-food-freak and make it a point in the summer time to hit the Farmer's Markets.

NOT the "Anchorage Downtown Market & Festival".

I was just at the "Anchorage Farmer's Market" at 15th and Cordova today and bought some oysters for $12.00/doz just off the truck from Homer. Soon, the Farmer's Markets will be full of everything from veggies to seafood to fresh fruit to jams and jellies to honey, etc...Here's the listing of Alaska's 2008 Farmer's Markets across the state (note that the big advertiser is the top one - skip on down).

We can support local agriculture and REFUSE TO SUPPORT those who don't respect other hard-working Alaskan professionals.


Blogger Myster said...

I hear unpleasant things in general about the management of the Downtown Market & Festival (or whatever it is they're calling it these days). I like the 15th & Cordova market, too.

Although Patti's remark about why a food critic is writing about music seems a little off-target. It's not his fault the market management doesn't value musicians. (Full disclosure: Spencer is a friend of mine. He's also a local DJ.)

5/12/2008 12:01 PM  
Blogger CelticDiva said...

Ahhhh..the Daily News should have identified himself as such. I know they were having him approach the article from the food angle, but he was actually more of a "festival critic."

5/12/2008 12:20 PM  
Blogger CelticDiva said...

P.S. - is it your birthday?

5/12/2008 12:20 PM  
Blogger Myster said...

Nope -- December 20.

5/12/2008 12:32 PM  

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