Weekly survey: What time should a weekday gig start?

Bands and club owners are always looking for ways to boost attendance and increase bar sales. Before the pandemic, I recall some debate about what time weekday shows (actually Sunday-Thursday) should begin. It boiled down to this: (a) Would it be better to have start times of 7:30 or 8 to make it easier for people to come straight from work and with a reasonable end time so that everyone could get some sleep? (b) Keep set times at the usual rock’n’roll times (i.e. later than 9:00) because that’s the rock lifestyle and bar/club owners need as many hours of bar service as possible. I bring this up because I was at a music showcase event in Cleveland last week where everything began at either 7 or 7:30. By the time the night wrapped up around 11, five or six bands got to play. Those who wanted to go back to the hotel did while everyone who wanted to stay at the bar stuck around. I found this arrangement to be most civilized, a nice compromise for gigs on a school night. (I had work to do in the morning, so I needed to get up early.) And I’ll be honest: Waiting for a band to hit the stage at 11:45 pm Tuesday night is NOT my thing anymore. Where you do stand on the subject? Again, we’re talking about bar and club shows, not big concerts that already start early. https://twitter.com/alancross/status/1538855844468645888

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