Hello Again

Hello friends,

It’s been such a crazy week that we forgot to spam your news feed yesterday with Wednesday’s recap and our upcoming weekend event.

First off, Chris Pureka kicked ass, as predicted. We got to open the show and then spend the rest of the evening listening to great music from a great performer. Special thanks to Tony Malandro, Sean Howard, The Brown Hotel, and Placid Promotions for coordinating an excellent Wednesday evening. And Chris Pureka, we hope you’ll stop by again the next time you’re passing through.

Next up: Don’t forget this Saturday is Round 2 of Best of the West-Central PA singer-songwriter acoustic competition. The event starts at 8 PM and ends at 10 at the Around the Corner Bar in Johnstown, PA. The judging also includes crowd response, so we could use your support! Contact James or Chelsea for further details.

Hope to see you soon…

Your buddy,
Melville Walbeck

Busy Week

Dear friends,

Much news on the Melville Walbeck front, but first we wanted to remind you about this Wednesday’s show with Chris Pureka. This one is not to miss…great performer, great location, and a great time will be had by all. The show starts at 8 p.m. with Melville Walbeck as the opener. Chris will take the stage around 9. We hope to see you there! Contact James or Chelsea if you have any questions or need more info.

Also, remember our last post about the singer-songwriter competition that happened over the weekend? Well, we made it to the second round, so after we complete Wednesday’s show, we will immediately prepare for another one this coming Saturday, April 12. Look for an update on our website on Thursday that has all of the necessary details. You can also read more about it on Placid Promotion’s web site, who did a great job at coordinating this event and providing an evening full of acoustic music for everyone to hear.

Until then, we hope to see you a couple of times this week. Stay tuned…

Melville Walbeck Opening for Chris Pureka

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If you would have approached us a couple years ago and said: “In 2014 you’ll be opening up for an act to the caliber of Chris Pureka” we would of laughed in your face.  If you would have followed that up with saying it would be in Indiana, PA, we would have looked at you in utter disbelief, and slapped some sense into you through your face.  But this is no joke.  Indiana, PA is for real. The things that are happening at The Brown Hotel are amazing, and we are honored to have such a good opportunity in our own backyard. If you’re in the area on Wednesday April 9th you owe it to yourself to stop by, have a pint, and see what a special singer songwriter Chris Pureka really is. Of course, big thanks to Placid Promotions, and of course Tone 724 for the chance to be the opener.

Last Night’s Show and Why We’ll Never Be Back to the Coventry Inn

Friends, 

Thanks for making it out last evening and barring the storm.  The 20-30 people who attended really made it a great evening of music for us.  We appreciate all your support.  Again, good beers, good food, and good music made it a great evening.

Now onto the title of this post.  I have contemplated writing a post to this degree most of the night, but when I feel our dedication and motivation as a band has been questioned I need to respond.

When we were asked to play at the Coventry Inn it was for a set price for 3 hours of music.  This is usually how restaurant/bar gigs work.  Pretty simple really.  However, please be aware that this post has nothing to do about money. We are not that kind of band, this is not our livelihood.  We play because we enjoy doing so.

We began our 1st set at 9:15 then, at 11pm, due to the increasing accumulation of ice and snow, and for the safety of our fans, decided to call it quits.  I was made aware that other acts scheduled to play at nearby establishments had canceled due to weather. The Coventry Inn was the only establishment to have live music and certainly benefited from this, not to mention our dedicated fans who stayed to eat, drink and enjoy the evening.  

Upon packing-up the owner of the Coventry Inn approached us, at this point I realize that our agreement stated we should play for 3 hours, and I expect since we cut our time by a third, that our pay should reflect that.  This is how it should be, and this would be a decision I would wholeheartedly respect, and understand.  However, when the owner came over with our 2 hour payment he stated that the dock in pay was because “Our hearts were not in it.”  

Our hearts were not in it. Deep breath. Ok, now onto my point of this post. I realize he was not aware of our tenure as a duo; our weekly practices; time spent away from family and friends to make shows like this happen. But I am certain that he was aware of the dangerous conditions it took to get there and filling his establishment with patrons who took the time out of their schedules to support a local business by purchasing food and beverages and come out to hear us play.  Chelsea and I decided out of principal and personal insult, that we would return the payment to the owner. We would chalk the show up as a free show for our friends. After events like this, we are certain of one thing, we will NOT do business with anyone that will EVER question whether or not our hearts were in any type of performance.  

And this, friends and listeners is ‘why we will never be back to the Coventry Inn.’