I started to read last week’s “In Review” (Nov. 5) with some excitement, hoping that Andrew Goff would address the cause of the catastrophe that was the Mos Def show at Nocturnum on Oct. 29. I have been searching for answers as to why I paid $25 for a performer who showed up at 1:30 a.m. and was only able to play a few songs before the night ended. I asked the management at the show, my friends, and even searched the Web for a reason, but was unable to get a solid answer.
So when I saw that Andrew Goff had reviewed the show, I was interested to see what he had concluded. It came as a shock to find out that he was not given any reason from People Productions and was left to his own conclusions. They mismanaged the show so severely, yet are not held accountable for it and even praised by Goff for attempting to get Mos Def here to begin with. I don’t think that making promises that you can’t deliver is praiseworthy.
Also, Goff might want to rethink his argument that those folks who were upset about getting ripped off should “get over feeling sorry for yourself for not getting to spend more time looking at a celebrity, try to find that empathetic bone in your body and feel ... bad for all parties involved ...” Almost everyone there went to hear the music, not see a celebrity, and we are not going to be satisfied with 20 minutes for $25. Also, empathy goes out the window when you get paid good money to do what you do and you don’t deliver. That goes for all parties involved.
I won’t be supporting Mos Def or People Productions again for a long time, and I hope that the next time Goff reviews a People Productions show, he can be more of an impartial judge and less of a cheerleader for Carol Bruno.
Sarah Hughes, McKinleyville