Big-time bummer news for the local noise/punk/experimental scene: Blogger
, performer, booker, longtime Betty's Bar and Grill
employee and "de facto center of Nashville's experimental music scene"
Leslie Keffer is ending her tenure at the heretofore beloved haunt. According to Keffer, the Betty's proprietor (that would be, um, Betty) doesn't think rock shows are "working out" monetarily for her any longer, and she instead hopes to book "singer-songwriters," "country bands" and "blues" acts. "She believes there is this 50-plus-year-old crowd that will come back if all us freaky deeks aren't hanging around," says Keffer.* "They are changing things, and my thing isn't fitting in with the future of Betty's, which is still up in the air."
Tomorrow night, Betty's is hosting a show with local lo-fi legend R. Stevie Moore and married indie-rock duo Action! (the latter of whom is also playing at Local Honey earlier that day). Keffer says the show will be her last as a Betty's employee, so she'd love to have all the friends and regulars stop by to see her off. So stop by, throw a couple back and pour one out for Leslie "Noisebloid" Keffer.
Now, who's in the market for a local experimental music booker?
* Personal note from the author: Freaky deeks tend to buy a lot of beer. Selling beer is good for bars.