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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 02:17 AM
A post in another thread started me wondering: What was the lowest turnout of fans at a show that you attended?


Mine was a Jamie Mclean Band show in Narragansett, RI, late last spring. It was a cold weekday night during finals week and the show was poorly advertised at best. I had seen Jamie open for Mule in Raleigh the day after Wanee and was favorably impressed.

I had never never to the venue before and showed up hours early to check out the whole ocean side scene. I hung around the bar with a few commercial lobster fishermen and some card playing locals, went to eat some great seafood down the street, and returned to an almost empty bar...

It was just me, the bartender and the kitchen guy when the bands got in. The sound board guy came in shortly thereafter. The opening act (Jesse Dee, from Boston) got set up and did a sound check. Jamies' band did their sound check and then both bands came over to the bar side of the venue and chilled. I did a little fanboy chatting and then let them have their privacy.

By showtime it was still just me and the bartender, the kitchen guy (on door duty) and the guy who did the sound!

Even though the turnout was so low, both bands did killer sets, just as though the room was packed. Jesse Dee did a great soul-flavored set, his band was tight and his voice was pretty amazing. To look at this guy you could never imagine the quality of his pipes!

The Jamie Mclean Band took over and played with fantastic energy and style. They did a lot of Jamies' originals, some well chosen covers, and a great time was had by all...

Total paying audience; myself and some guy in a red ball cap that came in, had one beer while listening to the band, then left.


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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 04:06 AM
I saw Alvin Lee in Middlesbrough, UK play to 9 people in the early 80's and he was freakin' awesome. Steppenwolf played at the same venue to not too many more.
 

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 06:13 AM
Jimi Hendrix. Downtown Newark, NJ a week or so after MLK was shot. My friends girlfriends father handed us a gun as we walked out to go to the show...we didn't take it.
At Newark Symphony Hall,big place, maybe the first 15 rows full of fans, otherwise empty.

Jimi commented thatw e were in the minority that night.

Saw lots of tanks and troops that night.

 

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 07:00 AM
I saw the Yonrico Scott Band in Oct. 04 at the Visulite in Charloote and they probably didn't have 25 people there with some being family members. It was a Thursday night, not really advertised. It was a great show, though! Also, seeing Honeytribe in Columbia, SC last year with about a dozen of us, another great show!

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 07:05 AM
Rose Hill Drive- about two years ago here in Greenville, SC. I brought 2 friends with me that had never heard of them before, besides that there may have been a total of 20 people there. Sick show though.

 

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 07:10 AM



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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 07:30 AM
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Jimi Hendrix. Downtown Newark, NJ a week or so after MLK was shot. My friends girlfriends father handed us a gun as we walked out to go to the show...we didn't take it.
At Newark Symphony Hall,big place, maybe the first 15 rows full of fans, otherwise empty.

Jimi commented thatw e were in the minority that night.

Saw lots of tanks and troops that night.


I might have taken the gun!!! I live very close to that area now. You must have REALLY wanted to see Jimi that night because that was a serious risk at the time. The Newark riots were serious, and the scars of that riot are still visible today. It must have been an awesome show. Did you take any pictures?? I'm glad you lived to tell about it!!

Didn't think to bring a camera, Soft Machine opened..great show. I was working downtown at the time for NJ Bell. so I was familiar with the area. Being 19 at the time also helped with the stupidity factor of going.

 

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 07:56 AM
Hard to say - the size of the hall and its relative emptiness make it tough to judge.

About 4 weeks after the ABB played Birmingham in 2002, the Derek Trucks Band played at the Alabama Theater. Maybe it was just too soon (for the crowd) after seeing Derek with the Brothers, but the theater was very sparsely filled. You could sling a dead cat in most any direction and not hit anybody.

Or maybe it was that Derek was the opening act for Karl Denson. Does billing have that much effect on attendance?

Either way, it was a great show! Great sets by both acts.

As it has turned out (so far?), this was the last appearance by the Derek Trucks Band in Birmingham. I do hope they return. soon!

The Randall Bramblett Band played to a near empty WorkPlay Theater a couple of years ago. I just don't think that people had heard them yet. They have since played at City Stages (fairly large crowd there) and Randall opened (solo) for Aejandro Escoveda recently. Randall's song writing partner, Jason Slatton now lives here. I think that has and will continue to promote Randall's music here. I'm looking forward to more shows soon!

 

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 08:02 AM
The Police at the Shaboo Inn in 1978. My friend and I went there for a night out and we were in the room outside the stage where there was a bar and pool table. We thought the band sounded pretty good so we bought a ticket ( $1) and went in. Yes it cost one dollar and the place was empty. I remember counting and I think there were about ten of us. Shoot Suzi Quatro had more people.
 

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 08:11 AM
I saw the ABB at Steel Pier in Atlantic City. July of '71, a daytime show. Hardly anybody there, maybe a few hundred, tops. I was able to walk right up to the stage. I remember thinking how skinny they all were, and of course how HOT the music was. Feel really lucky to have seen the original band 3 times.
 

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 08:23 AM
Kevn Kinney And the sun Tangled angel revival. An unadvertised show, to my knowledge. There was about 50 people in a place big enough for about two hundred or so, an acoutic show that I still look for even though I knonw a trade copy does not exist!


I saw Pinkard and Bowden at the comedy house in Columbia and there first joke was "We been travelin around and have a cult following that has been touring with us dressed up as Empty F*cking Seats!"

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 08:23 AM
I went to the House of Blues to see dTb and the Mule in Orlando. At first the place had a pretty good crowd of people, but 99% of them were Disney tourists and they had their sunburnt red faced children with them. After dTb played their set I looked around and the place was close to empty. There might have been 30 or so there. Still it was a darn great show as Derek and some of his band joined the Mule for the last three songs of the night.

 

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 08:29 AM
The Yonrico Scott band at the Canal Club in Richmond.

I know it was March and also the opening night of a Beacon run for the ABB.
It might have been 2004, since I wasn't at the Beacon because of the bith of our last kid (March 10, 2004)

Holt and I were there, as were the opening local band and their friends....probably no more thann 7 people at any given time!
YSB still played as if it were a sold out show, way late into the night.....

 
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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 08:30 AM
Probably around 15-30 people to see Robert Randolph @ the Beachland Ballroom (Cleveland, OH) the summer before grammy performance.
 

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 08:31 AM
....another one was Dave Mason at URI, probably in 1988(?)

Notice I suck with remembering dates?

Jonathon Edwards opened to a fairly decent size crowd, but most folks left right after he finished.
Probably less than 50 people stayed for Dave Mason.
He put on a great show....and I remember he complained about not having a record deal....

 
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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 09:01 AM
Van Morrison at the Capital Theater, Portchester, NY 1971 or so.
Sat in the 5th row and no one was behind us. Maybe 40 people.

 

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 09:08 AM
Frogwings at the TLA in Philly when McCain sang with the band.

There was maybe 20 people there, and the box office was giving
the tickets away. So it was basically a free show.

And a good show to boot as well

 

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 09:10 AM
a tie between Honeytribe and the Bottlerockets both shows only had a few people

 

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 09:23 AM
The Jamgrass Festival at Jones Beach a few years back starring David Grisman, Sam Bush and other acoustic musicians. It was the last concert at the venue for that season.
The entire theatre was empty except for the front rows. The music was good but the turnout was pretty bad. I've never sat so close at Jones Beach before.

There was also another show at Jones Beach with Ratdog, Keller Williams and Dark Star Orchestra that had slightly larger draw than the abovementioned show. That show also had me sitting near the front.

 

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 09:26 AM
For me it would be an unadvertised show by blues singer, Lady Bianca (http://www.ladybianca.com). There were four of us there, me, the club owner & his wife and the bartender. Still great music! It was great, she talked to us and played things that maybe she wouldn't in a normal show like some of here favorite gospel numbers.

My first ABB show was pretty sparse and probably unbelievable to many in this forum. It had to have been in 1969 though I'm still not positive on the date. I found a 1971 date for P'cola Beach but that would have been too late. It was in a small bar on Pensacola Beach on a Sunday afternoon. It was an all-ages show, I was underage at the time. There were maybe 20 people there. The band played material primarily from the first album. The warm up band was Susy (Suzi?) Storm & the Laymen. Duane was amazing and two of my friends who trying to learn slide guitar sat there with their mouths hanging open the whole time. The reason I think the date was 1969 was that I quit hanging around those friends around 1970. I don't think the first album was out yet.

 

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 09:31 AM
About 5 yrs ago went to see Leon Russell, he canceled......

Rick Derringer replaced him at last minute......might have been 10 people including staff...

Check the Derek fourm for the thread Derek 6/18/93..... there is a pic from then with about 25 or so.... no one up front but me & another dude....

Pat Travers & Black Oak...... Travers tore it up..... Then Jim Dandy w/ a country type backing band that were real drunks.........run everybody off ....it was sad......Jim & a drunk on the front row kept fighting over Jims drink...... it was real sad.....
I have seen him since & BOA is on much better track now.....

Blind Melon with about 30..... before No Rain.......

 

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 09:33 AM
Well back in late Feb/early March, 1971 the Allman Brothers did a show at Cumberland County Auditorium (not Arena) in Fayetteville, NC. The show wasn't very well advertisted, and consequently there probably wasn't more that 400 people (maybe less) in attendance. The crowd was so sparse that at one point Duane told the crowd "All of y'all come on down front so we can we you". In any case, the Allman Brothers delivered one of the best (if not the best) performance I've ever seen the band do (btw, THIS particular show is my STANDARD for judging all the other ABB performances, that's how good was). They did ALL the material that would eventually be recorded at the Fillmore, and even some songs that didn't even make any of the Fillmore recordings (I remember Berry Oakley doing a great "Hoochie Coo Man" My guess on why they played this show, and didn't advertise it a great deal was that they knew that they were going to be recording the Fillmore shows and they wanted to do a "dress rehersal" in a theater size enviroment.
 

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Frogwings at the TLA in Philly when McCain sang with the band.

There was maybe 20 people there, and the box office was giving
the tickets away. So it was basically a free show
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And a good show to boot as well




What do you mean basically a free show? That is as free as it gets.

 

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 09:44 AM
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a tie between Honeytribe and the Bottlerockets both shows only had a few people

My buddy PecheyPetewi and I went to see the Honeytribe at Shank Hall in Milwaukee a few years ago. Shank Hall off course was the venue made famous in Spinal Tap. Anyway, Devon and his tribe busted their butts to get there from Iowa through a snow storm to play in front of 40 people. Total lack of promoting the show by the venue. You could not tell if there were 40 or 4000 people there based on their effort though. Great show.
Another one was Dickey Betts at what was called "Riders Ranch" during Harleys 100th year anniversary celebration in 03'. The big acts were booked on the lake front on the Summerfest grounds in downtown Milwaukee. The main act was supposed to be a surprise. There were rumors of the Stones and U2. Who did the "big surprise" turn out to be? Elton John. There were a lot of very unhappy bikers, many of whom would have loved to have been with the 150 or so that saw Dickey put on a great show before our sparse crowd in Waukesha. Dickey should have been booked to play on the lake front.

 

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 10:02 AM
Right after 9/11 I saw Eric Burdon and the New Animals with Anysley Dunbar on the drum kit. Great Show.

maybe 10 paying customers. People were just afraid to come out.

 

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