Anyone feel a bit uncomfortable when there are children (for whatever reason) in a bar when you start playing? I am not talking about places that are primarily restaurants, we have done many shows like that. Usually early gigs or summer time out door patio type gigs. I mean places that- although they may serve food to 11pm the dining atmosphere is not there. (you know, with the live music and car bombs galore after 9pm)
Last night a couple (looked to be early 30s) and two of their friends came in just as were were about to start with two girls maybe 8 and 10 years old. Sat at a table right next to the dance floor. Needless to say the only ones up dancing to our 1st set were the 2 little girls. And they were dancing like crazy! Mom and dad didn't move form their table full of drinks as the little girls ran around the dance floor. You can see our crowd cautiously staying clear of the children. After mom and dad and pals slammed a few drinks down and the 1st set was over they were all gone and everything went back to normal but I couldn't help thinking this got our night off to a bad start. It could have went south fast IMO.
I was told by a bunch of girls that came out to see us they couldn't get "into it" and let loose because of the two little girls dancing around.
This wasn't too bad of an experience compared to the other one I witnessed with young kids...
A different venue a few years back. Same kind of deal, Mom, dad, two kids maybe 8 & 10- but Mom and dad got HAMMERED!!! When patrons complained the bar manager defended the parents saying they DUMPED $200 on dinner and drinks! And she won't be kicking them out!
That turned ugly as the Mom got nasty with with some of our crowd and the band stopped and the kids were in the middle of it all... Ugh. Police came and who knows what happened after that....
Just some thoughts on a Sunday morning.