Saturday 2006.09.30, 12:22 PM CST.
Retro Night CANCELLED.
to Saffron Coffee's inability to be open during a very clearly
prearranged time Friday evening for the setup of equipment for
Saturday night's "Saffron Retro Night" DJ event, as well
as the inability of the Saffron staff to inform me in advance that
they were closing down for the evening, I am hereby cancelling
the "Saffron Retro Night" event, and am not planning
on performing at Saffron at any point in the future
want to apologize to those of you who were genuinely looking forward
to it. I was, too. However, when I spend a lot of time, effort,
money and pain to create an event and promote it for a location,
I expect them to be open when I show up at a pre-arranged time
to set up my equipment. Last night, since they didn't bother to
stay open, and didn't bother to CONTACT me to let me know (that
was what cheesed me off the most), I had to go through a lot of
trouble that I shouldn't have. I'm sorry, but when someone does
that to me, I'm not going to go out of my way to help promote them
anymore. It's a crappy way for them to treat someone who's trying
to bring them MORE business.
much as I have enjoyed the food and atmosphere at Saffron, they
have gotten into a rather irritating habit of closing earlier than
their regularly posted hours. While usually, this would not
be an issue (there are other coffee shops around - Gypsy, Shades
Brown, etc.), it DOES become a MAJOR issue when Saffron closes
down on a night that I've already pre-arranged with the owner (whom
I won't name here out of respect for her privacy) that I'm going
to show up there.
few weeks back, I arranged with DJ TMJ to meet at Saffron on a
Saturday night. He'd never been there before, and I wanted him
to see the overall layout of the place in preparation for Saffron
Retro Night. Well, it turned out that he couldn't make it that
night (and apologized), but over a cell phone call while I was
still there, we arranged to meet there the following Tuesday evening. I made sure with the owner of Saffron, right there in person, that
there wasn't anything "big" (like a live performance)
happening at Saffron the following Tuesday night. I told her that
TMJ and I would be coming by on Tuesday, and she said that would
Tuesday, TMJ (who usually has a pretty restrictive schedule) and
I got together around 5:30 PM and headed straight out to Saffron. The
sign on the door stated that they were closed... so that the owner
could go to a birthday party. That's right. A freakin' birthday
party. As you can imagine, that got me pretty good and torqued
off, but I decided to let it slide, and I finally got to show Saffron
to TMJ a while later.
the owner of Saffron and I have usually gotten along extremely
well, last night really made me understand how little I really
meant as a performer and customer. After using my evening to take
the equipment out of storage and showing up to find Saffron closed
due to "technical difficulties," I came home, unloaded
the equipment into my living room (I couldn't take it back to the
storage facility, which had closed at 9:00), and wrote the following
letter, which I then printed up, sealed in an envelope, and taped
to Saffron's front door:
evening, at approximately 9:00 PM, I came by and found that Saffron
had already closed for the night.
you and I had very clearly discussed in person yesterday, and
earlier this month as well, I had just gone by the storage facility
to pick up thousands of dollars (and hundreds of pounds) of sound
and light equipment to set up prior to tomorrow evening's “Saffron
Retro Night” event.
when I arrived at Saffron tonight, I found it to be locked up,
with a note on the door stating, “Sorry! Technical Difficulties...
Thanx.” Although you had locked up and turned off
the main lights, it was obvious from the few lights still shining
(from the kitchen area, etc.) that the electricity was running,
so I'm not sure what the “difficulties” were. (I
will note that it's quite a coincidence that this is the first
weekend of the Tulsa State Fair, but that's just an observation.)
I am sure of, though, is that you had been clearly informed that
I was going to be showing up this evening to set up part of the
sound and light equipment for the event, and that I had given
you my personal cell phone number in advance, so
you very easily could have informed me in advance about any “technical
is the third time in a month that I have come by Saffron to find
that you have closed early, and the second time in that month
that I've come by for purposes prearranged with you, specifically
concerning Saffron Retro Night. (The first time, incidentally,
was the night that I brought DJ TMJ out to see Saffron, after
arranging it with you a few days before, and then found a note
stating that you had decided to close to attend a birthday party.)
the storage facility that I use closes at 9:00, I could not immediately
return the equipment there. I wasn't about to leave that much
expensive equipment in my complex's parking lot all night, so
I then needed to unload all of that equipment into my living
room. Tomorrow morning, I will load it all back up and return
it to the storage facility.
I was not able to set up part of the show this evening and I
had to go to so much trouble as a result, I am cancelling Saffron
Retro Night. If you had technical difficulties, you should have
at least had the decency to call me and let me know so that I
wouldn't have wasted so much time and effort this evening. I
have already contacted DJ TMJ, as well as the videographer that
I had arranged, to let them know that the event has been cancelled.
note that I had not only planned this event in order to have
fun and promote myself, but also as a special promotion for Saffron. I
had spent a decent chunk of money on promotional flyers for the
event, and spent countless hours developing a website for
it and spreading the word around. All of this, of course,
was being offered for absolutely no charge. However,
if you're not going to bother to be open during the prearranged
time that I
take the trouble to bring up my equipment, and you're not going
to bother to call me and let me know what's going on, then I'm
not going to bother performing at your establishment tonight,
nor in the future.
please enjoy your Saturday evening. Perhaps you can shut
down early and go do something fun.
taping the letter to Saffron's door, I headed out to Gypsy (still
quite open for business and very interested in my presence and
my money), and bought something there.
one thing about the Gypsy... Yeah, I might have had some bad experiences
the last time I DJed there, but at least they were open for me
to set up my equipment, and the one time that Bradley (the Gypsy
owner) had concerns about something, I got a phone call so that
we could talk about it. I seriously wouldn't have been all that
upset if I'd just received a phone call from Saffron saying, "Hey,
Badger, I'm sorry, but we're having such-and-such technical problem,
and we're going to have to shut down for tonight, but you can bring
all the stuff by early tomorrow." Instead, I got to haul around
a couple of heavy amps and a metric buttload of lights for absolutely
no reason. YAY for being treated like dog crap.
wasting so much time trying to build this up and make it a really
special event, it really sickens me that Saffron chose to treat
me this way. So, as of this point, they've lost my business; for
coffee, I'll head to Gypsy or one of the other local coffee houses,
and if I want really good hummus (the main thing that I'll miss
at Saffron by far), I know that I can still get great hummus at
Desi Wok out near 41st Street.
be a while before I try to set up another DJ event, but I'll post
details here when they become available. Again, I'm terribly sorry
to anyone else who was excited about this event. I was, too.