Post Number: 33
Posted From: 188.8.131.52
|Posted on Friday, August 13, 2004 - 8:00 pm: || |
For a short time in the early 1990's there was a club in Toronto called the Bermuda Onion which specialized in old Soul, R+B and Jazz. Every seat was a great seat so ticket prices were extremely expensive (it probably held 250 max.)but another perk was there was no backstage. The artist and band could perform and then leave or mingle with the crowd.
I paid for a few shows but managed to be quite dishonest and lie my way into others which is something of which I am not proud-I pretended to be new staff to the club or staff to the artists performing. I watched and then met Eddie Floyd, Jr. Walker, Lavern Baker, William Bell, Blind Boys of Alabama, Staples Singers, Otis Clay, Ruth Brown, Oscar Peterson, The Persuasions and a few others. What made the club great was the fact that any other performers in town would then go to the Bermuda Onion to listen to some incredible music and have the same treatment as everyone else. I was there a few times when a few 'big names' came in and then tried to get gold status but it did not happen. After the show, they were fans just like the rest of us.
Sadly, the Bermuda Onion had to close it's doors after a year but their concept of having a group perform and then leave or meet people is unique to me. Do any of you know of any place like this?