Brigid Kaelin, the well-known alt-country Louisville musician, has seen her fair share of music scenes—Louisville’s of course, but she has also lived in Nashville and Scotland. Kaelin has noticed a striking characteristic in the music of each place: time.
No, not the time that’s in the composition of the music, but actually the time of the night that music is played.
In Nashville, because of the sheer volume of musicians and venues, there are early shows that might start at 6 or 7 p.m. The area of Scotland Kaelin lived in had a restriction that live music must end at 11 p.m.
Louisville’s bars and music venues though have much later curfews for live music, some until 4 a.m.
Kaelin would like to push for shows that start earlier here in Louisville. “There’s a lot of talent out there and plenty of good venues, but I would really like to see people doing more early shows so it’s not weird,” Kaelin said.
Kaelin continues, “There’s clearly an audience who wants them [shows that start later], but I think there’s this gap in people’s lives where they just don’t want to stay up that late.”
The gap she is referring to is a demographic she recently became a member of: parents. Even before then, though, she realized late shows “isolate a big part of the community.”
Kaelin does understand though that this turns into an economic issue. Kaelin elaborates, “I know Louisville has a 4 a.m. alcohol license and I think that’s awesome, but that’s the thing that pushes the shows late.” Kaelin realizes that with an earlier start could mean less age restrictions, and that could have an effect on profit from alcohol sales.
Kaelin does point out that parents are usually the ones willing to financially support both the venue and the musician. “Those are the people who actually, from a musician standpoint, have a disposable income and can buy CDs,” Kaelin said.
Her upcoming show on July 12 at Great Flood Brewing Co. is a free, all-ages event that starts at 6:30. (“My fans know I start on time!” Kaelin says.) She encourages those that attend her show to patronize the venue so early shows can keep happening.
While everything may seem possible to artists and their fans, in the end, money wins. If you find a way to make club owners money by starting shows earlier, tell Brigid Kaelin, because while she knows she doesn’t have a flawless solution, she definitely has the credibility and capabilities to make her case.
“There’s a whole demographic of people that don’t go see live music because it doesn’t start until 10 p.m.” says Kaelin.
You can see Brigid Kaelin perform at Great Flood Brewing Co. Saturday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to all ages.