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Smoke Free Venues

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Humblerumble, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. Humblerumble


    Feb 22, 2004
    I don't know if anyone else has had this issue. My band has decided that we will not play in smoke filled environments. First off we are all non-smokers and I'm not crazy about thousands of dollars worth of gear getting smoke infested. But the main reason for this decision is that one of our guitarists had a lung transplant about 10 years ago, and the rest of us decided to never put him in that situation. We typically play outside events and private parties and a few smokeless restaurant type gigs. We replaced our singer last year with a much better singer and would really like to play more but am kinda stumpted with fall and winter approaching. Anyone else been in this situation or have any advice or ideas. We play a mix of top 40/ classic rock and CCM and are all 40ish or better and have no big plans to be rock stars :D
  2. It would be easy if you lived near madison wisconsin. Its a smoke free city by law. Any uber liberal cities in your area?
  3. liberalism or "uber liberal" laws have nothing to do with it.
    I live in Utah, the bastien cradle of conservatism, and smoking is illegal in darn near every public place. that includes bars, clubs, parks, cafe patios, outdoor malls, you name it.
  4. Most Canadian cities are smoke-free now (bars, restaurants).

    Not that helps in your situation but I can sympathize.
  5. mrokern

    mrokern TB's resident Rush freak

    Jul 20, 2007
    Minneapolis, MN
    Minneapolis is smoke-free as well. You definitely should check local laws; often it is banned at a county level.

    Barring that, it's a tough call. I sympathize; I certainly haven't had anything as severe as a lung transplant, but I can only stand so much before my eyes water and turn red, etc. Allergy, anyone?

    I've gotten to the point where unless I have a show at a place that allows smoking, I won't patronize any business that isn't non-smoking.

  6. peterbright


    Jan 23, 2007
    On The Bayou
    The times...they are a changing! Thank Goodness!
  7. jomahu


    Dec 15, 2004
    Bos, MA
    you're in VA? seems unlikely that a smoking ban will happen in tobacco country.
    MA is smoke free. even tho' i smoke, i love the ban and support it.

    good for y'all, tho'. smoking really sucks.
  8. badstonebass


    Jun 7, 2006
    The whole state of OHIO is smoke free indoors. You can still smoke on uncovered patios though.
  9. Humblerumble


    Feb 22, 2004
    Yes I am in VA and the attempted smoking ban failed. I envy you guys/gals that have the smoke free places to play. We have played some gigs for churches that were having fundraisers and such because we play some CCM, but the majority is rock and blues and sometimes that gets weird. ;)
  10. Good point.
  11. The whole of the UK is now smoke free...thanks goodness!
    My guess is that it wont be long before your area follows the rest of the world. Not a solution but a light in tunnel...
  12. lpdeluxe

    lpdeluxe Still rockin'

    Nov 22, 2004
    Deep E Texas
    I wish our venues were smoke-free. I had a project studio with a large sign on the wall: NO SMOKING (all that tar does exactly the same thing to electronic gear that it does to lungs). So all the smokers would congregate outside the door, and the driveway started looking like the place everybody dumped their ash trays.:spit:

    I play a '51 Precision RI and a '50s P, and for each I got a Fender tweed case. Very pretty...but that cotton tweed soaks up the tobacco smoke in a club, and after a gig my car smells like an ash tray.

    Speed the day when nobody smokes!:hyper:
  13. distrot


    Mar 26, 2007
    move up to toronto....the whole province is smoke free
  14. nastyn8c


    Feb 7, 2005
    Tampa, FL
    You guys will all think I'm weird, but I rather enjoy the smell of smoke. I think that when an instrument smells like smoke, it makes it seem well-used. When I come home from playing a smoky bar, I smell my shirt and remember what a great gig it was. :)
  15. Ed Goode

    Ed Goode Jersey to Georgia Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2004
    Acworth, GA
    Endorsing Artist: FBB Bass Works
    I have no pearls of wisdom at all for you :meh: If smoking is allowed in bars and restaurants in your area, you're probably out of luck trying to get new venues. But I applaude you guys sticking with your band mate and keeping him healthy :cool:

    Fortunately, NJ is now smoke free and I've never been happier :D
  16. rockwarnick


    Jul 29, 2006
    Rockville, MD
    how far from DC are you? they have smoke free bars/clubs now. im glad too, now i can enjoy the 9:30 club wiuthout my throat feeling terrible the next day.
  17. Move to NJ!

    Almost the whole State in indoors smoke free. The Casinos in AC fought it hard but even they have been reduced to having "smoking zones".

    I hated coming home and smelling like smoke! I'd have to take a shower no matter how late it was. Now it's nice. You can even check out the hot babes all the way at the other end of the bar without the smoke haze!

    Of course being NJ, it's kind of ironic to ban smoking with all the chemical plants and refineries! "It's O.K. as long as you stay inside with your windows and doors shut".

    When the ban was first put in place the bars were all hurting. Now that most if not all of them have built outdoor smoking lounges the smoking patrons have returned.
  18. all venues are smoke free here by law, is great!
  19. I support the smoking ban, but I have noticed, without the smell of smoke to cover it up, all bars/pubs smell of stale beer, farts and that unmistakable smell of vomit that's been cleaned up with disinfectant... I think I preferred the smell of smoke! :D
  20. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.

    I quit smoking a year ago and no bars in Ontario permit smoking by law.

    I don't miss the puff of smoke reek that my 15" Ampeg speaker blows at me every time I hit a low note either. Even when I smoked, the smell disgusted me.

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