Sorry for the delay in posting. It’s been a crazy week. More about that below.
St. Valentine’s Gay was a MONSTROUSLY FUN party thanks to [in no particular order—everyone helped out so much]: Chef Joshua (for the yummiest food… ever!?), Margot & Totally! Mag, Kyle, Christie, Burgess, Stane, Omega, Bret, Cory, Jon, & Brittney.
The music—courtesy of Robin Williams On Fire, Macka, Alexis Gideon, Kate & Elijah (& friends), and the Pristines—was totally flipped-out and rockin’!!!!
The attendance by L.A. area music fans—including a large number of queer ones (woo-hoo!!)—was overwhelming.
It was great to see all my friends, esp. those I haven’t seen in awhile. THAT was the biggest Valentine treat.
+++A FEW ISSUES+++
Switching gears for a second…
There were some incidents that happened Monday night that are not acceptable. Everything’s cool right now—but, moving forward, know that:
-Il Corral is not a crash pad. Expecting the Il Corral people to let you crash there after a show is the ultimate faux-pas. Have an exit strategy before you arrive.
-No entry if you are already drunk and/or have an open container in your hand when you arrive at the door.
-No drinking outside. Period. Even “slip-ups” get Il Corral into trouble. There’s no second chance with the cops.
-The Il Corral renters provide chairs, tables, a sink, dishes, the roof over our heads, working plumbing, etc. If they weren’t so generous, Il Corral would just be a name and a bunch of dates on a calendar. Let’s not screw up their stuff or their space.
Although St. Valentine’s was an aesthetic and social success, after all the destruction there wasn’t anything left but a stinky pile of shattered glass. Our legacy at Il Corral has got to be something other than that.
My fundraiser instigated some of the aggro behavior, and I take responsibility for that. (Sadly, after all the aforementioned breakage, the funds raised barely covered expenses. So I’m still looking for money to take 40 BANDS! on tour. This whole thing totally came back to bite me on the ass.)
Anyhow, I was mulling over these issues as I was walking back to my apartment yesterday afternoon… And someone shot me!
The projectile only grazed the back of my arm—so I’m okay, no serious damage. I just have a bloody welt.
But this incident—on top of getting robbed at gunpoint of all my money outside of Faultline just the other night—has really bummed me out.
I realize that these events are only tangential to the Il Corral situation (the two crimes perpetrated on me were *NOT* at Il Corral, nor were they on a Monday, nor was I wasted). But they are additional reminders to cool things down a little bit. We gotta be aware when we leave the Corral, or there could be a tragedy, and I couldn’t live with that.
Anyhow, know that Monday nights will continue, though we are going to avoid the gratuitous destruction. The music is what matters, and ST. VALENTINE’S GAY proves we have a great thing going.
THIS MONDAY, February 19th: Abe Vigoda, The New Bloods (Back again! From Portland), Alexis Gideon’s Levitation #3, Querent (Brooklyn, NY) and Trandrew (Andrew from 14-Year-Old Girls!).
Starts 9:30pm / all-ages / $5
662 N. Heliotrope Dr.
OK be safe and see you on Monday.
Mar-gorgeous as ever!
Il Corral rules
Things are getting crazy
Alexis Gideon’s Levitation #2!!
Kate & Elijah & Friends
The new ish
Robin Williams On Fire
IT’S GOOD TO BE GAY