Honestly, this isn't doing anything to change the minds of "yuppies" or non-art types. It's self-promotion and nothing more. The people who are interested in it were already aware of Andy and already go to shows and support art. If I were unaware and saw Andy and co. banging on drums and making dolphin noises or what have you it would be an interesting moment, I might take a picture, but it wouldn't make me immediately Google art galleries and music venues in Charlotte. There are better ways to promote art and creativity, if that is actually the purpose of this, which I don't think it is.
I still don't understand the purpose of this other than it is a means of creating a "movement" to advertise Andy the Doorbum and his own art. The face and body paint is nothing but cultural appropriation in an effort to be shocking and weird and attract attention. If you can't attract attention to a cause without being a white man dressed like an idiot, then maybe you don't have a clear cause in the first place.
Damn "Some Guy" just stole my beat. +1. I have been trying to book shows everywhere in town and all they clubs are like "maybe by summer we will have some dates." It is hard as hell to get out there and get booked even if you are great at what you do. There is no shortage of talent. There are a shortage of venues.
@ Chris O'Neill, wow you really have very polarized view things. In your world you are either a hipster or a square. There is no possible way someone could be a connoisseur of the arts, work a white collar job, jam out to underground music, etc. I get it. As for the mindset that art and music must be forced onto people less they won't discover it otherwise (Pretty laughable and misguided at best). Even the most yuppied out snobs that only go to bar Charlotte and listen to top 40 commercialized shit music still know about food truck Friday's and gallery crawls at South End, and that cool place the Milestone that is soooo edgy. I don't buy the premise that everyone lives under rocks and needs their minds blown by some self righteous overlord that will enlighten them to some cool underground scene. Artists and Musicians do not deserve anything beyond what their own market value earns them. Just because they play or paint doesn't entitle them to notoriety or success, this will be achieved only when the market determines that they have value to stand out among the thousands of others that do the same thing. There are tons of bands that are trying to get on the 6 month long waiting list just to play snug harbor on a Monday night, but this guy cuts in line and gets a full months of gigs. I mean more power to him, he has good connections and all, but it's not like he the only one trying to do this. None of this is anything new. I don't see the point frankly. Artists, musicians and anyone trying to make it should go through the proper channels, master their craft, be better than their competitors book shows, promote, etc.. and then let the public decide if they deserve attention, success, financial gains or not.
Umm, Andy is trying, I believe, to make the typical generic clubbers and beer garden types aware that there is more to Charlotte culture than top 40 music and cover bands... It is both amazing to me, that the uptown crowd will stand in line to get into a crappy place like Bar Charlotte, when something truly awesome is happening just feet away in Spirit Square, or the Uptowners, slumming at Soul, are completely oblivious to the best band they've never heard of, playing next door at Snug Harbor... Or that So many folks, have no clue about the amazing visual artists, living and working in our area... Now, of course, Leslie, Artists work just as hard as you do at the bank.... Should they not be able to earn a living? Most artists, like bankers, go to college, many for Post grad degrees, you feel you deserve to be paid highly for your education, why shouldn't they? Here's a thought, Leslie, next weekend, don't dance on the Bar at Bar Charlotte, lay off the "craft" beer and check out some art!
Question, I believe you are missing the point of performance art (and most art in general) by searching for an ulterior motive here other than the statement he's already made.
As someone that both works in uptown and does not know Andy personally I will still try to play devils advocate on this one.... Okay, you've got my attention, I will bring an open mind, now what? What are you looking to gain from being the center of attention? Are you looking to monetize this art experience you are forcing on unsuspecting people, promote your band, sell merch, etc?. What exactly is your end game. None of this really lays out any specifics, it all seems rather vague. People don't go to this length of trouble to be the center of attention for no specific reason, but that seems to be all I can get out of this.
Andy is a great guy, I've known him for over a decade now. I'm very proud of him for making a way to follow his art and dreams, as well as opening doors for others.
THAT is compassion, something that is sometimes lost when we don't express it or ourselves.
Rock on Andy.
I have a real job where I work for wonderful human beings that love and support both myself and the community. All my bills are paid and I have never been in debt in my entire life. This probably does nothing to comfort you. <3 See you in the streets <3
Bank man is so cliche it just HAS to be a troll.
Love you, Roxy! We'll be Delighted to see you shine. XOXO
HAHAHAHAHA YEAH! Go take a SHOWER! YA HIPPIE! Mr. Bank Man......... "Pretentious?" Pfffffffffffff!!! "Pretentious (adj): attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed." Read it again. "These aren't really even my concepts anymore. I just wanted to be the catalyst to get other artists doing stuff like this." "I didn't necessarily want to be the ring leader." The man is trying to START something. To open doors of opportunity for artists to embrace their community and unify in expression outside, in the open! THAT'S not pretentious! Didn't you learn that at Bank School? He certainly isn't trying to impress, although he IS affecting greater importance and culture by bringing others into the mix, once again, to unify the community in creative expression. So I guess you were half right.
Best wishes - you will be missed.
Andy is awesome. We need a lot more Andys and a lot less Banks.
Bank man...My son is a good friend of Andy's and I have known him for years. You should wish that you have the heart & soul of this young man who is truly bringing something new & unique to the city of Charlotte. Shame on you.
Bonny Boswell, age 61
Proud to know Andy the Doorbum
Hey, Mr. Bank Man, he also has - by your definition - a "real" job. That comment is no surprise coming from someone who calls himself Bank Man though. People sure do love banks these days.
pretentious. take a shower and get a real job.
Whoa, our bad Michael. Tis fixed!
The article is correct, but the headline is not: SYLVIA is an Appalachian Creative Theatre production, not Three Bone Theatre.
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