Friday, June 29, 2012
Now's the Time: Quasimodo
The grand (re)opening of the retooled Quasimodo takes place this weekend. The new promotional video for the southern Johnson County establishment serves as a microcosm of the actual status jazz holds in the community. Of the 21 acts booked on its July calendar, there's one true jazz group (Chris Hazelton's organ trio) and a fine jump blues act (Grand Marquis). Otherwise, there's an assortment of post-Stevie Ray Vaughan blues acts, dance-oriented blues ensembles and classic rock cover bands. In its previous incarnation, the venue booked a higher ratio of jazz musicians. I doubt that Quasimodo's management holds an institutional bias against jazz. They probably found that the non-jazz acts simply attract larger crowds that spend more money. Please- tell me I'm wrong.