News Pete Greenberg Quits the Croc
posted by November 29 at 14:34 PMon
The grapevine is abuzz, the rumor mill is churning: Several people have reported receiving a text message from Pete Greenberg, booker at the Crocodile, saying he just quit, effective immediately.
Emails to Greenberg have been unreturned as of four minutes ago. We’ll let you know details as we receive them.
Update: Assistant booker Eli Anderson just confirmed that Greenberg’s departure occurred yesterday during a staff meeting. Anderson is now interim booker and in charge of running the Croc. “Everything is going on as scheduled,” Anderson said. “We’re just running at half-speed.”
Further update: “If you don’t like it, you don’t have to work here.”
Those words—allegedly spoken by Crocodile owner Stephanie Dorgan—were the final straw, Greenberg told me. He and Dorgan were arguing over a catering contract for an upcoming music industry party during a weekly staff meeting yesterday. The argument soon devolved into an all-too-familiar battle of wills. This time, Greenberg decided he had enough. He gave Dorgan his keys and walked out.
“She and I never got along,” Greenberg said. “The respect isnít there—I donít respect her, she doesnít respect me. With the exception of not having a paycheck, it feels good. I don’t regret the decision.”
Dorgan has owned the Crocodile since its opening in 1991. Greenberg has booked bands there for almost four years. He called the venue Dorgan’s “vanity project,” though he suggested she doesn’t see it that way. “She doesnít take any money away from it, but I see the amount of effort she puts in, which is negligible. She doesnít understand how her business operates, but she doesnít want to discuss it, either. I donít want say ‘You donít get it,” because I donít want be difficult. All im asking for her is to talk to me and respect me. She doesnít understand the position; she wants what she wants.”
“When you operate from a reactive postion instead of proactive, you’re gonna run into these problems,” he continued. “And these problems were there before me. I spent months last year with every paycheck bouncing, and I’m not the only one who had their paycheck bounce.” Greenberg was unequivocal about the Crocodile’s future. “She’s not making the right decisions for the business,” he said. “[Shutting down] probably is not too far off.”
As of 3:30, Dorgan hasn’t returned requests for comment. Keep checking back for updates.