Discussion:
Vote For Live Music
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Andrew Schulman
2012-06-06 20:30:52 UTC
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I have been playing classical guitar (including a LOT of Bach)
Wednesdays and Fridays since July 2010 at place called Alouette in New
York City. They feature jazz guitar on Tuesdays. Here is the lineup:

http://www.alouettenyc.com/Coming_Events.html

Alouette has been struggling for the past two years trying to stay
afloat. These hard economic times are affecting everyone, especially
small businesses.

They do good business, often every table taken, but high interest
loans, high rent, and annual taxes which have more than tripled in the
last two years have forced them to file for Chapter 11
(reorganization).

You may have read about this: LivingSocial and Chase have teamed up
with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to launch Mission: Small Business,
which will award $250,000 grants to each of up to a dozen small firms
across the country.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/chase-and-livingsocial-launch-mission-small-business-grant-program-2012-05-07

Alouette has applied for one of the grants thru https://www.missionsmallbusiness.com/
- however, in order to even be considered they need to get a minimum
of 250 votes at that site. If you go to that link you write in -
Alouette - under the *City* tab you have to choose "New York" and it's
New York State. This grant would help them get out of Ch. 11 and stay
in business.

Alouette is a wonderful place on the Upper West Side of New York. We
see locals and also people from all over the world. Many musicians,
theater people, and music and arts lovers live nearby and are
regulars.

My fellow guitarists who play at Alouette agree with me that the
owners, Jon and Mayra Pardo, husband and wife, are great people to
work for. Both born in Cuba and raised in the U.S. (Cubans owning a
French restaurant? very New York!), they grew up with guitar music and
love having live music at Alouette. I'm sure you all know that steady
live music gigs are vanishing, everywhere. I've had some great steady
gigs in NY over the years; Alouette is the one I've enjoyed the most.

We would greatly appreciate it if you would vote for Alouette, a vote
for them is also a vote for live music!

Thank you,

Andrew Schulman
http://www.abacaproductions.com/
Andrew Schulman
2012-06-20 03:36:56 UTC
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Even easier, just found out since Alouette is the only business with
that name entered you don't have to put in State or City, just enter
the name Alouette and click to vote.

Thanks to everyone who voted and helped us.

Andrew

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