The Levoy Price Gouging

The Levoy Theatre sent out an e-mail today touting new shows on their schedule. One of them caught my eye: Melvin Seals & JGB. Melvin was the keyboardist for Jerry Garcia for a long time. I saw him a few play a few times. This show is five minutes from my house. Kewl!

I looked at ticket prices. Ouch! $27-47 each. For the Levoy?

Hmmm . . .

I went out and checked Melvin’s web site to see who was in the band at this point. Obviously, Jerry and John are not given they’re dead. At first I was really excited as I saw Mark Diomede from Solar Circus. I have very fond memories of hanging with that band. But Mark is only playing the New Year’s show.

Next I checked out what the tour looked like. Hmmm . . .

  • Friday, March 6, 2015 Brooklyn Bowl $15
  • Saturday, March 7, 2015 The Capitol Theatre $20-35
  • Tuesday, March 10, 2015 Levoy Theater $27-47
  • Wednesday, March 11, 2015 The Westcott Theater $20
  • Thursday, March 12, 2015 Putnam Den $20
  • Friday, March 13, 2015 Penn’s Peak $22.75
  • Saturday, March 14, 2015 Ardmore Music Hall $20
  • Sunday, March 15, 2015 Ides of March @ The Hamilton $15-25
  • Wednesday, March 16, 2016 The National $20

The Levoy is the most expensive venue on the tour. The Capitol Theatre is a famed location (that was recently renovated) and is significantly less expensive. The Brooklyn Bowl (NY) and the Hamilton (DC) are in real metropolitan communities and are less expensive.

The Levoy’s prices are escalated. This is a theatre in an economically depressed area and the ticket prices are more than anywhere else that this band is playing. In addition, this is a Tuesday evening show; this is not a peak date.

It is a pretty safe bet that Melvin is not charging a premium to play Millville. Rather, The Levoy is charging a premium compared to every other venue.

The theatre that is going to provide so much for the community is gouging the very people it borrowed/took money from. Nice!

I think I shall skip this event.

Dealing with Difficult Customers/Clients

I am a fan of Gary Vaynerchuk. I believe his stated approach to business is spot on.

In this video, he offers advice on how to handle difficult clients. Even for those of us who do not have clients, I think @garyvee provides valuable advice for handling difficult people. His analogy to family hammers home the point for me.

Even for those of us who are workers, not tossing folks aside is important. I have been guilty of this. I need to improve.

The Dump Runs Millville’s Economic Development?

Three years ago Millville spun off its economic development to the Millville Urban Redevelopment Corporation (MURC), a non-profit that was set up to save costs. It all sounded shady as the guy who was on Millville’s payroll doing economic development didn’t seem to really be doing a grand job. After all, Millville isn’t particularly successful. The same guy headed MURC when it was spun off. Nothing has improved.

Apparently he retired last year. It mattered so little that I didn’t even notice. So who has been running the economic development show?

The damn dump!

Ayres retired last February, however, and the Cumberland County Improvement Authority (CCIA) stepped in to run MURC.

“It’s been good getting to know the administration here, the commissioners, and things have been working out excellently,” said Jim Watson, director of economic development at the CCIA, in a phone interview.

Holy smokes!

My displeasure with the Cumberland County Improvement Authority is legendary. To me a dump collects trash. Our dump builds roads, finances theatres, etc. Because it is an authority under the county’s fiefdom, it indebts taxpayers with no oversight. It is where crooked politicians go for money and patronage.

So what the hell is it doing running a city’s economic development?

Commissioner Porreca-Compari wants to bring economic development back to city hall. I don’t know if that is the best thing. When the size of government is reduced, growing it is not good. So, in theory, I agree with Commissioner Quinn on this. But I do think CCIA needs to be ousted from MURC. The county has no business whatsoever handling the city’s business. That I am certain of!

“I've been a searcher, I've been a fool”