Wednesday, January 10, 2007

The Not-So-New Year's Eve

Everyone loves New Year's Eve. We all get a kick out of losing our inhibitions. We all savor the combination champagne and New Year's Eve kisses. But as is the case with miscellaneous holiday parties, it's unfortunate that club owners and promoters take advantage of us during such an enjoyable time. Looking through the list of New Year's Eve events was quite painful this year. And we're sorry to say that we failed to attend the one event which actually caught our attention. Let's take a look back at the last happenings of last year, and see what all the fuss was about.

We're still not entirely sure why such large covers are in place on Dec 31st. Surely, it cant be the added cost of cheap champagne in plastic champagne glasses. It also can't be due to the DJs or entertainment, considering the same talent is found at the clubs on a weekly basis. Maybe it's the added cost of advertising? No. The same places buy the same amount of ad space week after week. In fact, around the holidays promoters get plenty of additional sponsorship dollars that they don't see during the year. This leaves us with one last potential expense, which apparently is being passed off to the public- food.

Mon Jin Lau and Mosaic are the two names that come to mind when I think of the various restaurants I saw posted on flyers. They're both very fine places, and serve fairly good food. But $40 for an assortment of finger food that has been sitting out all night under a bunch of bumbling drunk people? I don't think so. We think a private booth with a waitress who brings us our favorite selections from a thinned out menu is a bit more appropriate. Sadly, I don't think that scenario happened anywhere on New Year's Eve in Detroit.

While it's been over a week since our last post, we aren't accepting any fault in the matter. Our shock and widespread disappointment with promoters in the area has had us out of commission for some time. Perhaps had we attended the "Detroit Legends of Electronic Music" at The Max (Downtown), we wouldn't have been in such a sad state. While we can't comment on the event's success or failure, we do think that ringing in the new year with Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May, and Carl Craig is worth $60. At least we know we would be paying for the talent.