It's time for another edition of “Hey, Boston! You Missed the Train Again!"
For all of you who missed Wayne “The Train” Hancock this past week in Portland and Northampton, you have one more chance to see him before he heads out to tour the West Coast and Europe. But he isn't playing in Boston—or even anywhere inside I-495—but Providence.
This begs the question, “Why isn't he playing Boston?”
It’s a great question, since he can play shows in other major and second-tier cities. His management would surely have loved him to play Boston, not only because it's the major metropolitan capital of New England, but also since on the 200-mile drive between Northampton and Portland you come within 35 miles of the city. It should make sense economically, culturally and logistically.
Obviously he can’t make ends meet with Boston area venues or else he'd be here. Why is this? It has to be one or two things:
1. Crowds have not been consistently coming out to shows, making venues reluctant to give a guarantee to traveling artists.
2. Venues and promoters are only willing to have the artist play under their terms, which usually means on three to five-band bills where the artists only get a minimal amount of the door.
As we all can understand, venues need people to buy drinks and food to be able to make a profit. The more people you have at the venue, the more chance the venue will be able to pull a profit. At the same time, they need to give either a monetary guarantee or 100% of the door (minus doorperson/soundperson costs) if they want artists that will fill a room.
That being said, it is ultimately up to us fans to get to the shows and show our support, because no crowd equals no money, which eventually equals no traveling artists like Wayne Hancock.
Here is some more advice on how to get your favorite traveling artists into Boston: go to their website and contact them with a list of people who will come see them. It gives the artist’s booking agent more ammunition to get them a show in Boston. It can’t hurt!
w/ The Cobra-Matics, Cactus Attack & Filthy Still
WED 9/15/10, 8PM, $15/$18
71 Richmond St., Providence