Copyright 2010 by Teofilo Colon Jr
Interview with Jackie Flores — SUN 2/14/10 Nemos Seafood Place
Garifuna Party Promoter JACKELINE FLORES
I am particularly sensitive to the plight of entrepreneurs. People who, inspired by their own ideas (and dreams of a bigger payday to say the least), risk their money on some legal venture. In light of recent controversies of Garifuna bands getting disrespected or mishandled at certain gigs in New York City, I thought it might be helpful to chat with a promoter and try to get some perspective on what it takes to promote and profit on a Garifuna party. There is NEVER an excuse for a promoter behaving badly but I am hoping that Garifuna musicians/artists reading this will come to a better understanding as to the promoter’s point-of-view and that that will help prevent future drama at upcoming gigs.
We can all learn a little something from this interview. Having a clear understanding as to what a promoter needs and wants from a band (HINT: It is NOT just about money in many cases) might help bands as they prepare and hone their act for future shows and also let patrons understand why certain things happen at clubs (like police raids).
Below is an interview with Jackeline “Jackie-O” Flores. A young Garifuna-American Party Promoter. In late Fall of 2009, she got in touch with me through Facebook regarding hiring me to take photos at a party that she was planning. Knowing of my outreach to the Garinagu community on Facebook, she had a VERY strong interest in having me help her document and show just what the Garifuna community in her part of the country is like.