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Big Time  :  Could you give us an example of what "Not Fade Away Cafe" is, and it's difference from other bars, since it is not a bar ?
 
 
NFAC  :  YEP, that's the thing, it's not a bar, no alcohol is served here at all.  We get a younger crowd, usually around eighteen or over.  A whole bunch of different bands play here; from Bluegrass Bands we have Acoustic Acts, we have Thrash Metal bands, Rock and Roll, and Punk.  We have all different kinds of music here.  We try not to discriminate in any way because there is something to be taken from all kinds of music.
 
 
Big Time  :  What does a band actually have to do to get booked at this cafe?
 
 
NFAC  :  Well, what we like to do is get a call from them to show their interest.  Then I usually give them the "low down" on what we use on equipment here, and what they have to bring.  Usually we like to have a Demo Tape and a small press kit; even if it is just a page of a biography of the band.  That's pretty much it.  We see if they will go over well here, try to match them up with a band that they will go over well with, and maybe open for a band that brings certain people in that are in a similar vein to their style of music.  Then maybe next time we will give them a head liner show.  We do music three days a week right now: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and on Wednesday night, we have drum circle night.  This is where anybody can come to bring their bongos, congas, or anything, and we provide some drums.  Everyone has a blast when they go beating on stuff cause it's really quite fun.
 
 
Big Time  :  Now we just heard Mark, the drummer for Wild Oats, state:  "At other clubs, the main focus is the alcohol.  Because there is no alcohol here, the music is the main attraction.  The band is what brings the people here.  People come here to see the band and not the bottom of the glass."  Do you have any comments to add to that?
 
 
NFAC  :  Sometimes people who are over 21 will go to other clubs to have a few drinks and then come to the cafe to enjoy the music.  It's kind of cool because the Crazy River Club has a couple of bands over there sometimes, too.  Most usually everybody ends up over here.  It used to be the Upstairs-Downstairs Club, which is right next door, that recently reopened.  That has actually helped our business especially since we are open from 3 PM to 3 AM.  After the last call at the bar you know everybody is like "oh, I don't want to go home" so they come down here and listen to really good bands late at night.
 
 
Big Time  :  Now you mentioned before that this place doesn't get violent at shows.  Would you like to tell our readers how safe of an atmosphere this is?  This is because it seems really mellow just being here right now.
 
 
NFAC  :  Oh yes, it's really mellow.  There are lots of people who come here including hippies and those that like to listen to heavy music.  Most seem to get along very well, though occasionally, someone may have a little spat.  Our security is tight so we have never had any fights or brawls here.
 
 
Big Time  :  My next question is about pay.  Again, Mark, the drummer for Wild Oats, said:  "You guys pay pretty much the same pay as the clubs in the Portland area."
 
 
NFAC  :  Well, right now it depends on the band and the following they bring in.  If your band is not well known, has never played here before, and we don't know what your band sounds like, we ask that you play for free the first time out.  We try to help out bands that are just starting out by hooking them up with larger bands that have good following so they can be heard and have a better chance at creating a good following for themselves.  We have only been open for two months and have a house band that plays Thursday nights called DPT.  They are from Colby and are just starting out.  They play for free a couple times and since have opened for some larger, better known bands such as, Lazy Lighting, Resine 8, and Smoked Salmon.  We charge a $5.00 cover charge and since we don't serve alcohol, the bands get paid according to what is brought in at the door.  This is the only non-alcoholic club in the area with Waterville being the next closest.  Augusta really needed a place like this for the kids to go.
 
 
Big Time  :  I understand that you have to be 18 to smoke cigarettes, but it's pretty much an all ages place?
 
 
NFAC  :  That's right, it is an all ages place but if you are under 18 and get caught smoking cigarettes, you automatically get kicked out for the rest of the evening.  You may come back on another evening as long as you don't smoke.
 
 
Big Time  : Do you think that it's possible that some band can come in here with their own audio equipment and record a video in this place?  This could give you some extra advertising in the video.
 
 
NFAC  :  Absolutely!  We have  a good light show with lots of cool lights.  There are black lights everywhere and on some weekends we have a face paint booth and everybody gets crazy.  We have all the body paints, stencils, and hi-lighting markers.  Everybody runs around all glowing and having a great time.
 
 
Big Time  :  Are there a lot of  "Dry Spells,"  that you guy's don't know business wise what's going to happen?
 
 
NFAC  :  For opening up at the end of February, we've done all right.  One night we had a show during a blizzard with zero visibility and we still had about 40 people here.  A local band called, "Pog Soldier" was playing that night.  As the weather gets better, we have seen more and more new faces each week.
 
 
Big Time  :  If business pick's up alot, will there be an expansion, as far as the band shows go?
 
 
NFAC  :  We are already working on a drum riser on wheels or something like that.  We would actually like to get a whole bunch of blocks for the stage in different sizes so people can either put their amps on them or stand on them.  Sort of like huge building blocks so we can rebuild the stage to fit what ever band comes in.
 
 
Big Time  :  Where do you see the future of Augusta or Maine as far as the music is concerned?
 
 
NFAC  :  I would like it to be a cultural melting pot.  I want what I call, the heavy gut people with leather jackets and the boots, the Hippies with the hair raps and flower dresses.  I want a place where all those folks can go and not get hassled for who they are or what they believe in.


Big Time  :  What do you think is inhibiting or slowing that down?
 
 
NFAC  :  I think that it is happening right now.  What is slowing it down?  Well there is no place like this before.  There was no melting pot.  Now this place is acting as a melting pot, and all sorts of different folks are getting drawn down here.  You are bound to meet some one that you didn't know before.
 
 
Big Time music would like to thank the guys at Not Fade Away Cafe for their time, to sit down with us.  So when you are sitting home trying to tune the damn radio, shut it off and keep "trucking"  down toward the not Fade Away Cafe for a caffeine buzz with a twist of homegrown music.  Here at Big Time Music, we have seen alot of clubs over our travels, but the Not Fade Away Cafe is unique and an added attraction to Central Maine.  Come in and let the musician in you out or listen to the next "Nirvana" of talent of Maine.
 
 
NFAC  :  Oh sure yea.  Since we opened we've already bought a monitor.  It ended up being ripped and broken because somebody stepped on it.  Well It will be back in a month or so because we sent it off to be fixed.  We are always buying more microphones and stuff.
 
 
Big Time  :  Do you think that this place will be an enclave for the Portland bands to come up here and play more?
 
 
NFAC  :  I think we are going to get a lot more Portland bands to come here and play this summer, especially.  It is a personal goal of mine to get Rustic overtones and Twisted Roots here.  Whenever they want to play, they can play.  We listen to their albums here all the time.  They are two Maine bands that have really put a staple in saying "we're from Maine and we can still get down to rock and go somewhere with it."  I really want those guys really bad.
 
 
Big Time  :  For the readers outside of Augusta there is alot of parking outside right?
 
 
NFAC  :  Yup,  yup, yup.  There is a good sized parking lot right across the street, one the the right of the building and this place will probably get filled up before the parking runs out.  Water Street is a long street and I'm sure you can find a place to park.
 
 
Big Time  :  Do you think that someday enough equipment will be bought so that all a musician has to do is come in with their instruments, plug right in and a drummer with just his sticks and plays ?  The band gets paid by the door so there might not be a reduction in their pay.  Do you think that something like that might be feasible in a year or two?

NFAC :  Oh yes.  Oh Yes.  I'm sure that within a year we will have everything that a band needs to come in with their guitars and amps and plug in to be all right.  Alot of clubs don't have their own PA system.  The band has to bring their whole entire PA.  Like right now, the only thinkg we are lacking is the monitor system and I told you about that.
 
 
Big Time  :  You folks open at 3 PM and close at 3 AM.  Do you have a set schedule for the bands or do you lock up the place and let the bands play more?
 
 
NFAC  :  Usually the way it works, the show starts at 9 PM.  The opening band plays for about an hour and a half, that puts us at 10:30 PM.  It usually takes an hour to set up the next band and they start around 11:30 PM.  They usually play a couple of hours and take a twenty minute break and then start up again and play until close or 2:30 AM.
 
 
Big Time  :  What are the future plans for the Cafe's stage?
 
 
NFAC  :  Oh Yeah!   We want to grow as big as we can getting bands like Rustic Overtones, Twisted Roots, down here.  Rustic Overtones is starting to get National Air Play and they're from "Little Old Maine."  We definitely want to hook up with those guys.
 
 
Big Time  :  What do you think about day time concerts this summer?  The cafe opens up at 3 PM, is something like this possible?
 
 
NFAC  :  Well, we've had a couple of idea's but we want to stick to the night time.  July 4th we plan on having bands all day and all night.  We want to be open 24 hours and just, "Go Nuts!"
 
 
Big Time  :  When you get a demo tape from a band, what are some of the things that you listen for?  Has there ever been a band that you turned your thumbs down on?  Do you think there will ever be a band you will turn your thumbs down on?
 
 
NFAC  :  We have never turned our thumbs down at a band.  Instead we try to hook up bands with other bands.  There are three categories, heavy, funky, and hippie bands.  We won't put a heavy and a hippie band together but we will put a heavy and funky band together or we could put a funky and hippie band together.
 
 
Big Time  :  So any band that is starting up, this is definitely the thing to have in their books, to have a site to hit?
 
 
NFAC  :  I say that to any band at all.  Get us a tape.  When I listen to a tape I don't really listen to the quality, it can be made in your basement or whatever.  You can tell tell alot, like I got a tape from a new band the other day called Roma.  The quality of their tape was terrible, but I could tell the songs and performance was really good.  They will be here with Super Violator, who used to be Nipple Violator on April 25th.  I like to keep bookings a month to a month and a half in advance because bands call me all the time and say that they can't make it for such and such a reason.  I have to find replacements so there is no use to look for bands too far in advance. *
 
 
 
 
 
 
*  This interview was conducted with the Manager of the now closed Not Fade Away Cafe Kris Bridges.  This is exactly how it appeared in Big Time Music Trade Magazine, with the error of part of the interview pasted in the wrong order before we went to print.  Kris Bridges also drove Doug Papa all over the four counties to drop off stacks of 25 newspapers to practically every resturant, gas station and etc..  It was nerve racking for Kris, because almost every time at the last minute Doug would decide to drop off a stack while Kris was driving.  So Doug was like, "Stop HERE!" When Kris was like almost half way past the place. (Because Doug had no clue where he was going to drop off the magazines, and he was going on a Map as to what the routes where.  The area covered somehting like 600 miles and took days.) Helping with the delievery of the next two issues was done with the help of Bart Powers of the Grunts.  (Whom also saved Doug, by giving him a ride to the printers for this issue, when he say Doug running up the road by one of the rotaries in Augusta and the deadline was minutes away.)  Read the Grunts interview in Issue 2.


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