Midtown Filling Station


We attended this venue for a show by local band Barley and Hops on the night of Friday, May 21. The crowd here is almost all older than 21, mostly of a mainstream, white, middle-class background. The band was there to make money and build a reputation, as was the bar of course, but the crowd definitely enjoyed it regardless. The place was pretty packed, the music was loud and the stage was well lit.

What are the demographics of the audience? Of the musicians?

The demographics of the audience consisted with people of all ages, but mostly younger FSU college students. Surprisingly the distribution of ethnicities were almost even among white and black people and there were just as many males as females.

Author:Nick Thomson

What role does the venue play in people's [performer, audience, researcher] expectations of the musical performance and how does this particular performance meet or fail to meet those expectations?

Author: Alex Cuomo

The venue played a huge role in the expectations of the performer, audience, and even the researcher alike. From the perspective of the performer, the comfort of being surrounded by an audience on a small, yet well-lit stage assisted the performer to put on an incredible show and make a decent name for their band. From an audience point of view, the surroundings at Midtown Filling Station pay homage to old-style gasoline stations from the Midwest. A more modern graffiti-tainted wall acts as a backdrop for the stage and the dimly lit bar area provides an unequivocal ambiance insisting a good time for all. The simple, very homely set-up of the stage and surrounding area made the band’s tunes speak to the audience as an entity. With regard to the vantage point of the researcher, it was expected with a slightly more mature audience that the performance be geared in an appropriate manner. Given the band’s musical style, chosen set, and demographics of the audience it seems the performance met every expectation I had as the ethnographic researcher.

What is the role of economics in this particular musical event?

Author: Melissa Anderson

The role economics played May 21, 2011 at the Midtown Filling Station was based on Barley and Hops performance. The drink specials were there for the audience who came to see the band. The night started off for most people with a drink or two while enjoying conversation and music. As more famous hits the audience loved were being played, the faster people were drinking their drinks and buying another. As the band was feeling the audience and connecting on their level, they began to drink as well. The drive of the performance brought in more money. Whether people came with a good amount of money or not, if they were not enjoying themselves they wouldnt have kept buying drinks. The role economics played was dependent on whether the band was good or not. Becasue the band did such a good job people stayed the entire night buying drink after drink. For sure, the band and venue made money. The band sold their performance, the venue sold their drinks, and the audience kept buying.

How does the purpose of the performance overlap and differ from the emotions experienced by the audience?


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Who are the performers and what is their relationship to the audience?

Author: Kenny Phelps-McKeown

The performers were all caucasian FSU students. Two of them had the "higher" musical training of jazz music, but all were familiar with their pop repertoire like they loved it. The drummer plays in a few punk-ish bands around town, and most of the band I had seen before in various other local bands of similar styles. Their relationship to the audience was interesting, because some of the band loves playing this music while others are pretty clearly clearly unentertained by the simplicity in the music and are in it mainly for money and exposure. The audience themselves seemed to love the music though, and if there was any contempt from the musicians towards the audience, nobody picked up on it.