News Neumo’s to Book Chop Suey
posted by June 19 at 12:05 PMon
The entirety of a just-arrived press release:
Chop Suey is proud to announce that, in addition to booking for Neumo’s, Steven Severin and Jason Lajeunesse will take on our national booking. Kris Kierulff will continue booking all local shows.
That’s the news. Here’s the editorial.
WTF? This announcement reveals the bullshit that Chop Suey has been flinging at the press for the past two weeks, since the dismissal of Colin Johnson as booker. I have a hard time believing this arrangement wasn’t in the works before Johnson was fired; the potentially bullshit “bottom-line” rationale, as well as the certifiably bullshit “community relevance” rationale were stall tactics.
The move itself is also not good. I support Severin and think he does great work at Neumo’s. But the last thing Capitol Hill needs—the last thing Seattle needs, in fact—is more consolidation. Johnson brought bands and DJs and booked events that Severin wouldn’t or couldn’t, period. They were different and edgy as well as highly successful. Now those events are gonna happen at Nectar while Chop Suey becomes Neumo’s Jr.
There aren’t enough quality venues in this town to afford this kind of reacharound. Variety makes for a healthy scene. Consolidation makes for fewer people making more money.
Hopefully Severin et al will prove me wrong and continue with the killer electro/hiphop/indie stuff that Johnson worked so well at Chop Suey, maintaining its own unique vibe, while continuing to do what they do well at Neumo’s.