Where does the $5 cover go to ?
It goes to a lot !! While I don't "live" off the money from
Tuesday nights it does help to pay some of the bills like a roof over
my head, insurance (medical, auto, instructor), taxes, gas, new Zydeco
CD's ($150/ this yr), blank CD's to burn, New CD's to give away each
night ($600/yr), buying videos, making copies for flyers and newsletters,
giving to the Bon Temps, advertisements in papers when needed.
The cover charge also pays for my time... The time to do Tuesdays
has grown a lot since it started and to give you an idea of where
its at currently ....
Time to research and buy new music
- Create & burn new mixes of music each week
Organize what is going to be taught for the lesson
- Update and print flyers and newsletters to give away
- Load the equipment & drive to Tio Leo's
- Setup & test the sound & video
- Do the lesson & DJ the night
- Tear down the equipment and haul it back
- Update the web site with any additional info
- Research and update new info for the newsletter
- Research, breakdown and document new dance steps
- Create and send in advertisements
- And that's just some of time required to put it on.
How is Tio Leo's Tuesdays event related to the Bon Temps club events
The Tio Leo's event isn't a Bon Temps club event although it is hosted
by a Bon Temps club member and there are many folks on any given night
that maybe members.
Temps is a club in San Diego that supports Louisiana music and dance
and they have their own events they hold including a 2nd Saturday
dance with a live band. If you would like to know a little more about
the club including membership info please check out their web site
What donations have gone to the club ?
Currently when the Bon Temps club hosts Tio Leo's night, after expenses the host donates the rest to the club to help cover costs of traveling bands etc..
Why are New CD's given away each week ?
This was started a while back as a way for the music to get into the
hands of the new folks who were not familiar with some of the major
artists in the Zydeco world and to help money get back to the artists.
Also Tio Leo's pays BMI and
ASCAP (music companys that supports
thousands of artists) licence fees which allows them to play artists
music instead of contacting each artist and getting permission. Anyone
who hosts a public CD dance legally needs to pay license fees to these
organizations to play their artists music.
The CD give away ensures that at least 50 CD's a year are being purchased
which also gets a higher percentage of the money back to the artists
compared to license fees from BMI
Its getting crowded, any plans to deal with that issue ?
Yes, I would like to have added a bigger wood floor but the owners
poo-poo'd that Idea so I will start moving all the tables west of
the dance floor off the floor so we should get another 200 square
feet or so. If we out grow this place and the owners won't put up
the extra funds for a larger floor then it maybe time to look for
a new spot.
Why isn't more Cajun music played ?
I kind of play the style of music from what you would hear if you
walked into a Zydeco bar in Layfayette Louisiana and the lineup was
Keith Frank, Beau Jocque, Step Rideau and other great names in the
Zydeco world that will Never ever all play together. I also try and
mix in a few great Cajun style tunes as well because everyone loves
moving to these !
I first started getting addicted to the music and dance I didn't know
who some of the big names in Zydeco were like Keith Frank or Beau
Jocque. I learned the Zydeco dance to Cajun music like DL Menard &
Steve Riley. And the Zydeco dance does work with Cajun style music.