by Brad Roberts
Well, here it is, the sixth anniversary of my taking over the L.A. Show Low Down from founder, Joe Fielder. March 23rd, 2009 was the day I stepped off the ledge and willing plunged into the commitment of a weekly column. It was scary and exhilarating, and the knowledge that I have met the deadline on all but one week in those six years continues to be a real source of pride and spurs me on to keep going.
I had no experience, save for having started my own blog, Feed Your Head, a year before, but I had no training nor any confidence in my journalistic abilities. You never know where life will lead if you open yourself up to it.
A big thanks to all the regular readers out there and to the ones that come up to me at shows and in clubs and tell me how helpful it is. That's all I need to know. I've seen a lot of changes and growth and even bruises that come in this constantly evolving landscape of creativity. It's all stimulating. And as important as the music and the live performance of that music is, it is the people that I have come to know that make the whole enterprise worthwhile. Here's to the next six years.
This turns out to be a week of accelerating returns. The highly-touted Year & Years are are fresh from SXSW to play a few shows here in L.A. On Monday they are set for the "School Night!" event which had to be moved downstairs from Bardot to the much larger Avalon, and adding a second show to accommodate demand. Both shows are sold out! Then on Wednesday they sell out The Troubadour. Monday and Tuesday are easy, but things get complicated on Friday.