COAT CHECK N.Y.E. 2017

New Year ! New Energy, back to the Blog!

First of all HAPPY NEW YEAR!

It’s not todays news but a pretty first memorable moment bringing in the new year! I have to endulge in my celebrity sweet tooth especially when it’s a crash and burn.

TAH DAH ….. IT’S MARIAH! Working in this type of environment here is my 2 cents check out the video.

So I came home to this news all over the internet. It was a slow moving trainwreck from the get go. Seems like the production behind the performance had some unavoidable holes that could not be patched up.There are all kinds of blame being issued from both sides.

Kudos Mariah  She wore a coat!  She did a burlesque type of entrance with the feathers and the feather coat – here is the beginning of the mishap

Mariah probably did have a dress rehersal with this group of dancers at somepoint. My question is: Mariah did you practice with that exact coat? The reason why I bring this up is that by practicing with the garment and being familiar with how it handles. This would certainly played into the ease of the costume change. This is where the production people can see if this shit is going to work EDIT EDIT EDIT.

Notice the feather fans close, and then they open and BAM no coat. What you do notice is the dancer struggling with the removal, trying to quickly replace something. My spidey sense tells me that during the removal somthing disconnected or some thing was triggered that messed up the in ear monitor . She also comes across agigtated when being escourted down the stairs and mumbles something to her dancer on the right.

       For those who have never handled an in-ear monitor. THEY ARE FUSSY! Expect error at anytime. Pros  pay the big bucks for this shit to work right. No one working such a large gig,  wants to be on the audio crew that did Mariah’s sound that night. How embrassing. Who knows who put it on…it could have been one of her staff, or the staff of Dick Clark Productions! These are the questions we need answers too.

And by the looks of the video bring on the rest of the trainwreck.

Performing artists should always try and surround themselves with pro’s and if you are working with crews you don’t know replay back soundcheck and see where the flaws are. Big shows like these need YOU the  artist to do whatever it takes. Channel your inner James Brown, Michael Jackson, Frank Zappa, even Cyndi Lauper she will cut you if she doesn’t have her soundcheck down ( I have seen it happen). These artists were in total control of every aspect of the show; James Brown was such a perfectionist that every mistake made the musician got fined for the mistake. Mariah- Girl you got too many YES people.  

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The New Year is here, and yes I was coat checking on N.Y.E.

The weather that night was mild rain.

This year I found the crowd attending were not bogged down by the extremely heavy bulky wool coats. (which was a nice surprise) People came out with the small puffys, windbreakers, fashion furs, a few light coats. A coat checker is subject to the crowd’s fashion sense. So what does a coat checker / checkers go through on NYE. Well first off, it is one of the most important holidays of the year for a coat checker. It’s definitely going to be a night where you will checking them in and as fast as they came in, then you have the pickup so there will be straight non-stop coat checking action. Prices for coat check may fluctuate that night because of special event pricing, very comparable to world of Valet parking. And any seasoned coat checker knows that this is an “amateur” crowd. This is when the masses come out that normally don’t get out.  Multiple levels of partying experience all under one roof waiting for the balloons to drop, all being woo woo’d by the open bar. Yes, people do not mess around on this holiday they have invested a couple hundred dollars for the ticket to enter and to drink . They arrive early to take advantage of the spirits, and to get pumped! It is a night  for singles, daters, the married, the divorced, the cheaters, all walks of life partying under one roof. Everyone getting lit within a 3-4 hour span. And us coat checkers are witnessing our own version of slo motion party cam, as people get loose, and down right sloppy. All par for the course. We are the beacons of light in the sea of faded partygoers. A light to find your wallet, your party favors, your lipstick, your cigarettes, and your people, and strangers that happen to be there when you are lit and divulging your “truth= gossip”.

GIVEN: There is always one guarantee of some type of argument, and someone who ends up in tears.

Stats: 1 set of tears reported

I ended up packing up around last call and all my hard work paid off. People were very cool and tipped which made my night. Tips are not mandatory but if you really did get someone who is super cool and awesome and got you what you needed droppin’ a little something in the tip jar is always a nice gesture. Cheers to my fellow COAT CHECKERS, may your TIP buckets run a plenty in 2017!

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PSA

It’s been cold, I hope everyone out there knows how to get a coat in your neck of the woods. For those people out there who have bought new duds.. Awesome! Be mindful and if you keeping or discarding your coats do the right thing and donate to your gently used coats to a worthy organization in your local community.

http://www.salvationarmy.org/

http://outofthecloset.org/

http://www.onewarmcoat.org/

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Who doesn’t love a gift bag!

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Hey All,
January has started out with a 2 week break and, so I added this into my coat check blog. It’s normal for shows and touring bands to slow down around the beginning of the year. It gives us working people some time to do normal things, and take those needed vacations.
Also, this is the time where company’s who can’t squeeze in a Christmas party, they do them in January.
I actually worked one last night. A very large corporate party, for a well-known business. They had picked San Francisco as their destination so there were a lot of people nationwide flying in for this party/convention/awards ceremony. And from what I understand there was more than one location.
I happened to be working the coat check in one location. And upon my arrival, the production was fairly big.
There was the greeters, the check-in desk with 5 checkers, the caterers, wait staff prepared with white and red wine, and ME!
And I knew this was a fancy event when the pipe organ player arrived! Yes, the location had a pipe organ. And there are very few people who know how to play them. What a gig! I was quite excited about that.
I walked into the coat check room and was greeted by fancy gift bags…gold and blue gift bags, gold tissue paper in a nice blue bag. And there were hundreds. I was surrounded by a secret departing gift for these fancy party people. Over the course of the night, the bags got me thinking, reminiscing about when I was a kid. You would go to a birthday party, party your brains out and to top it off when you got picked up sometimes the birthday girl/boy would have a party favor for you to take home. I was reminded of of a lot of Hello Kitty from the 80’s, and Bonne Bell Lip glosses in the sliding container.
And I realized that the parting gift, depending on the host or hostess the idea and custom was there in my youth and still present to me as an adult. Who doesn’t love a gift bag! And, when you become an adult sometimes the idea gets combined in a ceremony of some sort where you are recognized and get an award or even It’s something to commemorate the event, that you can take with you that has some purpose most likely with some logo, but who cares.. I am always up to see what’s in the schwag bag and as a person of function I will take the bottle opener or pen or Rolex watch.. ha ha
The annual shows that air on television like the Oscars, Grammy’s, and the AMAs, I would venture to say that those parting gift bags are choice to have. But, I have to say Oprah Winfrey. Yes Miss O, she get’s the biggest props because with her show she was able to have shows where she was giving away gifts she liked and just to get the ultimate trump on the parting gift she told the audience..” You get a car, and you get a car, and you get a car.”
So if you never thought of it.. it’s part of the party. It’s always been one of gestures of gratitude that a host works on.. (sometimes it causes stress) , and the giftee is always surprised to get it. That is just how it works. It’s part of the social – marketing cloth that this country has woven.
Who doesn’t love a gift! I bet if you think back you’ll remember a party favor that made you say WOW!
And just to let you know I was given a bag, and it was a new JBL bluetooth wireless speaker how cool!

Until Next Time,
LGOYW