Thursday, August 12, 2010

Problems That White People Have

Urbana-Champaign's Pygmalion Music Festival -- to be held at the end of September -- posted its schedule today.

The first problem with the festival is that it's the same weekend as the C-U Folk and Roots Festival. Now, I'm guessing that the audience overlap is relatively slight, but this is Champaign-Urbana, so the audience is also relatively slight in general, so it might have been better for someone to catch on to this fact and have these on different weekends.

But more to the point, the Pygmalion Festival has scheduled two of its headliners in opposition with one another. On Wednesday night -- the opening night of the festival, which does not conflict with the C-U Folk and Roots Festival -- Janelle Monae and Of Montreal will be playing at The Canopy Club, while a little ways away, Built to Spill will be playing at the Highdive (where I recently went to a show for the first time).

Down in the comments section of the announcement, an early poster questioned this decision:
Could someone please explain why on earth they would overlap two of the headliners on a f*cking Wednesday?!
To which the next poster replied:
Perhaps their touring schedules only permitted them to play on Wednesday night, and it would be silly to put them on the same bill as they both deserve a headlining spot. It sucks, but this is totally a white person’s problem.
I don't even know what that means, yet I somehow think that he is right.

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