So our band had progressed to working now and then in small bars. We had secured an agent who was trying to push us into what we thought was the “big time”. To us that was steady work in one of the several bars that used bands five nights a week, Tuesdays through Saturdays. We were OK as a band, our agent was OK but we seemed to just be spinning our wheels. Working but not progressing.
Suddenly we got a break, while on stage at the Trophy Room, a big bar in a bowling alley, the band that was plying imploded. Their bass player punched the lead singer in the mouth and the band quit! Our agent got a emergency call from the club owner and since we weren’t working we got booked into the Trophy Room. A huge break for us and we were ready to go for it.
The first thing we had to do was impress the club owner and patrons that we were capable of doing a good job in a large, popular room. It was quite a bit different than the small bar we’d been working in. The clientele was much more into the music than the ones we’d been playing for and the owner was much more involved with the bands he’d hired. Obviously the money was better but so was the demand for professionalism. The bands that were regulars at playing The Trophy Room were for the most part solid working bands that in addition to playing the top rooms in town traveled occasionally to other top clubs in other towns. So our future was ahead of us to take advantage of.
Next week we’ll see what happened.