Awhile back I unknowingly had my email addresses added to the distribution list for a petition set up by IFI Music, an organization whose primary goal would appear to be preventing Live Nation from opening the Fillmore in Silver Spring. After I started getting the same email over and over again from dozens of people, I eventually just filtered them out. On a whim, I happened to read a few of the old emails for kicks, and came across the petition submitted by Ken Wingate, the founder and president of IFI. (He's on "The MySpace".)
Amazingly, he put forward Dan Snyder as an example of successful local ownership!!!!
Consider Daniel Snyder, the local boy done good, that fought for the chance to own the Washington Redskins. He had to pull all of his resources together to come up with the finances to make the NFL feel comfortable enough to accept his offer. Now he owns the richest and most financially successful NFL team in the whole league. You cannot nor should you ever close any doors that might allow that same success story to be built and established here in the Montgomery County music community. [Emphasis mine.]This is the same Daniel M. Snyder who has run the once-proud Redskins franchise into the ground, a couple back door playoff berths notwithstanding. The same Daniel M. Snyder whose Six Flags has tanked since he bought it. The Redskins were a lot better off when they were owned by Jack Kent Cooke - a Canadian. Local does not mean good - it only means they live nearby.
Would they be okay with any owner provided they were local, even if they didn't know the first thing about running a music club? Maybe they should approach Dan Snyder as a potential owner. Vinnie Cerrato could book the acts. They'd pay huge appearance fees to has-been acts and charge everyone $100+ admission... for obstructed view seats at the back of the theater. If they had one popular act, they'd immediately raise ticket prices for the next show. Parking would be $30 and be in South Silver Spring. You would not be able to use public streets to walk from there to the theater. I could go on.