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Brad Willis

Brad Willis is a writer based in Greenville, South Carolina. Willis spent a decade as an award-winning broadcast journalist. He has worked as a freelance writer, columnist, and professional blogger since 2005. He has also served as a commentator and guest on a wide variety of television, radio, and internet shows.

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  1. I don’t think there’s a market for a Handlebar here anymore—–if we can’t fill up the venues we have in spite of high quality local, regional and touring music, I don’t know why someone would invest hundreds of thousands into a space like that.
    We have enormous support for all the arts. We don’t have a market for any of them, though. Still, music has more of a market here than any of the rest.

  2. KenP says:

    Goodness, you were misquoted in the media.

    Gotta be a first. 🙂

  3. Da Goddess says:

    Just taking a walk through the blogisphere to catch up with people I enjoy reading and saw this.

    I, too, have been misquoted and misrepresented in media and it takes a lot of talking… and listening to clear up the mess. I am so glad you didn’t just wait for things to blow over as it DOES stick with people from the moment they read it. They might temporarily forget, but it’s there the next time they see you. So speaking up and clearing the air quickly is the best way to reshape the way others see you. I’m sure those with whom you spoke hold you in high esteem for having the difficult and uncomfortable conversation.

    Regarding the state of smaller/mid-sized music venues — in Greenville or anywhere else — the sad fact is that while they offer up great entertainment, fewer people are going out to catch live shows. Venues either have to broaden their rosters, open only once or twice a week, open only when ticket pre-sales warrant it, or all of the above. And based on those parameters, you’d have to have deep pockets to keep the place running. Most venue owners aren’t in that position.

    This is happening all across the country. Artists aren’t getting paid enough to travel to gigs in these places, and if they do make the effort, there’s no guarantee of an audience. It’s extremely disheartening for them, the venue owners, as well as music fans.

    It’s a shame to have to say goodbye to the venues we love and it would be wonderful if we never had to. That’s just not the world in which we live any longer. Until something changes to make owning a venue becomes more affordable, we have to continue to support those still in operation and maybe say a prayer or two they stay afloat for everyone’s sake.

    Fingers crossed that you get your wish and have another Handlebar in your life sometime soon.

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