Vinyl, Music, and Cocktails: Would It Work In Sedalia or Warrensburg?
If you know anything about me you know I love vinyl. So I think the concept of, for lack of a better term, a record bar would be a neat place to go hang out. Ya know, a cozy intimate bar with a great sound system, and a beautiful turn table, where you drop in to enjoy a cocktail, listen to a record, and maybe enjoy a conversation with a friend.
They're doing it in the Bay area specifically. James, my fine purveyor of vinyl from Jammin Nuggets Music here in Sedalia, sent me the link to a news story from the CBS Bay Area website that talks about an Oakland couple who had been working for Pandora and YouTube and quit their jobs to open just that kind of place.
They tell CBS Bay Area that they opened the bar to get that connection and community that was missing in their lives while working in the tech industry. It's also about giving in to the experience of the album.
That's one of the reasons I love listening to vinyl. I find it's the best way to experience the artist's intent when it comes to how they put the album together. I also find it an easier way to stay engaged with the entire work. There's the album work and liner notes. They're not squished on a cassette J-card or a compact disc package. Not to mention that you have to engage by getting up to flip the record over.
The bar's owners told CBS Bay Area that stopping into their bar with its great sound system and turntable, that cost around the price of a sports car, almost gives bar patrons a live music experience. Additionally, the bar has it's own code, which asks patrons to talk quietly so those there who are experiencing the music aren't bothered.
So could it work in Sedalia? My buddy James at Jammin Nuggets doesn't think it'd be an easy sell to Sedalians'. I somewhat agree. A bar devoted to that seven days a week, yeah, that might be a little too much in small towns like Sedalia or Warrensburg. I do think it could work in bigger cities like Kansas City or St. Louis though.
That said, once a month, or once a week, at a bar that does other things too? I think that might work, and it could be fun. Yet, the sound system needs to be good. Because the concept relies on the music being loud and foreground enough for people who want to truly listen to the album, yet not so loud, that folks can't plop down on a couch or a table in the corner and have a conversation if they want.
If you're a bar owner in the area who might be interested in exploring this kind of concept, get with me. Maybe you, James, and I can put our heads together over listening to an album and a bottle of suds at the record store and come up with something to try.