While I was in Lawrence last night, I swung by Liberty Hall to check on the turnout for a concert promoting the book You’re Welcome, aka Ho’ Huntin’ and Bitch Bangin’, Wurd, which basically encourages men to use alcohol and deception to get women into bed. I don’t think authors Clay Perkins and Devin Lawrence liked the Night & Day blurb I wrote about them in the August 23 issue of the Pitch very much, especially after it inspired local band Pendergast to pull out of the show.
The Pitch and Pendergast probably can’t take all of the credit for last night’s failure, though. I’m guessing the rest of the line-up – unknowns Justin Hopkins of Los Angeles and Nick Pagliari from Memphis – probably figured in there, too, along with the event’s $10.50 ticket price. My friend Lisa and I encountered Lawrence and Hopkins in front of the Liberty Hall at about 9:30 p.m. Hopkins, whose name was on the marquee, said there was “no one” inside. Lawrence, all spiffed up for a night carousing as his alter ego Ash Nightshade, shoved fliers at us. He winked and said they had decided to make the show free “for all the ladies of Lawrence” (the city).
Yeah, we just kept walking.
-- Crystal K. Wiebe