I got an e-mail today from Jimmey Sykes, at Sharkey’s, Radford. They’ve been trying over there to get a live music thing happening on Thursdays, and they’ve had some good bands. Former Champions will be there tonight. Tobacco Apache was there a couple of weeks back, and so on.
But Tobacco Apache’s drummer, Mason Jennelle, told me recently that controlling volume is extremely tough in that room, and that the nice dinner crowd that was in the room when the band started quickly dissipated by the time the band was into its first set.
This was what Sharkey’s management found, too, according to Sykes’ e-mail.
“We put in some acoustical treatments last year but it only helped slightly and we have been getting lots of complaints each week,” he wrote. ” The tin ceiling, hard floors, and open space are a bad combo. Thursday is also a tough night to build for live music fans who prefer Friday or Saturday shows, but those nights don’t work for us because on the weekend we really need the area where the stage is.”
Sharkey’s plans to renovate its upstairs area and tailor it to live music, Sykes wrote. But after September, that’s all for now, folks.