Thanks to a generous friend I and my wife had second row tickets to Yanni at SPAC last night. The tickets where paid in full no comp here and cost well over a c-note each. I like Yanni, I like a lot of diverse music from Little Wayne to Phish. Yanni gave a good show for well over two hours to a very respectable crowd on a rainy June weeknight. The following is not to be taken as a negative shot at Yanni or his band.As my friends know do to the largess of another friend I have a fully funded patrons card to SPAC, that cost a sizeable donation. The pass allows me access to rub elbows in the patron’s tent with all its free food and open bar, with the likes of failed candidate for Finance Commissioner Peter Martin and the great exploiter of injured workers Brent Wilkes. Needless to say just the presence of this philistine in the mist of these ass kissing peasants annoys them to no end.
But at Yanni there is no patron’s tent. Live Nation runs the show with their own reward program, LIVE NATION VIP. They give Live Nation VIP members a lavish buffet and open bar that puts SPAC’s measly patron’s tent to shame. In fact Marcia White, the $300,000.00+ President & Executive Director of SPAC has turned everything over to LIVE NATION.
The concessions are run by Aramark. So you can thank them for the $8 dollar 8OZ warm draft beer or the $11 can of Bud light. No coolers or outside beverages allowed, and all the profits from this go to LIVE NATION and Aramark. So you give SPAC $2,700 a year for a Patron’s cards that is as worthless as condom in Marcia White’s $2,000 Prada purse.
Then after being fucked by Aramark you wander down to your $100+ seats. Who do I find? The above mentioned Marcia White, the $300,000.00+ President & Executive Director of SPAC. I soon realize that I am sitting in enemy territory. White is there dressed in of all things a riding suit. Yes a full costumed riding suit right down to the knee high riding boots. Her face with that plastic look that one too many facelifts cause. Hugging and kissing her fan club around me it quickly becomes apparent they have all been given comped tickets by this maven of SPAC.
And that’s the rub folks. They're not her tickets to give, they're SPAC’s. She tries to convince the gullible public to donate real money to SPAC so she can enrich herself and buy herself a loyal fan base by giving away SPAC tickets to her chosen friends. That means politicians, the press and many people of power and influence in the community that can be bought off by a pat on the head and a front seat to Yanni. Shame on you all.
She gave away the store to LIVE NATION. If “Toothy” Chris Mathiesen, “MAD” Madigan and John Franck would pull their heads out off their ass’s for some air they might see what a scam this is. Oh silly me I forgot Marcia White gave you free tickets too.
At the DMB show 200 arrests were made. This will stress and cost the city court and this was only one concert. The police budget was stressed also. EMS and the fire department were stressed. The Hospital Emergency Room was a war zone. Eight SSPD officers worked overtime for the DMB. Who will pay for this? Hey.... are we sure that this concert wasn't actually on Caroline St.? 200 people getting in trouble and not one evil bar or restaurant to be seen ...surely that can't be.
And note to you John Franck. Don’t you think it’s time that you start spending some time managing your own dept. instead of telling all the small business owners in the city how to run theirs.
And to my friend who yelled at me the other day.
"You don’t like Marcia White because your jealous. Do you want Herb Chesbrough back?"You know he was making $450,000.00 a year?
Well let me tell my friend with a PhD, Whatever you and Marcia are smoking around the pool in her three-quarter of a million home it can’t change facts.
I just happen to have a copy of the state audit of SPAC's the last year of Chesbrough.
Key findings by the audit include:
Fundamental weaknesses in financial planning, including inadequate fundraising and the lack of a strategic plan; Without a sustaining endowment, SPAC is overly reliant on day-to-day ticket sales;
Flawed decision making on the ballet question was not based on complete information; The reported $900,000 deficit attached to the ballet company was not supported by SPAC financial data;
Chesbrough's annual salary and benefits valued at $315,000 was found excessive and 45 percent higher than pay for the heads of similar venues; The pay packaged approved by the SPAC board may violate state law for not-for-profit organizations;
Chesbrough's pay was not reduced when a major function of booking entertainment acts was shifted in 2000 to Clear Channel Entertainment;
Got that Sherlock? Everything that audit of Chesbrough found goes double for White.
A new Committee to save the Ballet has been formed. Anyone who donates any money to SPAC while Marcia White is in charge is a fool. A well meaning fool but still a fool.
Till next time, the Toxic environment of SPAC wants to make me vomit