So you ask, just what is this Kulak’s… Woodshed?
Well, lemme tell ya’ll a story.
I had a crazy dream one night…
“Kulak’s… Music… So n’ So”… hmmm….? Nah, I figured. Go back to sleep, you’ll forget about it by lunch time. But I couldn’t shake it. (That was 1997) I kept thinkin’… what if I opened a live performance/video webcast kinda place for singer/songwriters/musicians lookin’ to get their stuff out into the world… kinda…. thang?
So in 1999 I found a space to rent. A retail store front fixer-upper on Laurel Canyon Blvd in North Hollywood, California.
I thought I’d only be open once or twice a week but to my surprise we became very popular with artists and before long I was open most nights. But it was too much for me to handle and I was nearly forced to close in 2001 because I could not pay the rent and operating bills.
Amazingly the artists stepped up and started passing a donation bucket and volunteers came forward to help me with operations.
The problem that still dogs me is it’s very hard for the Woodshed to get an audience to come here unless the artists heavily promote to their fan base. Perhaps because we serve no food or alcohol, I’m not sure but as long as the artists want the Woodshed to remain open I’ll keep doing it but y’all need to bring in the audience.
There are many ways we could–and need–to generate income, and hopefully that will evolve. All eventual profits (if that ever happens) will be recycled back into a kind of “Kulak’s Woodshed Artist’s Fund” to benefit the L.A. area’s singer/songwriter/musicians.
I tend to harp on the fact that Music was NOT created as a vehicle to use in order to gain access to the Show Biz Aristocracy. Music was here a long time before BUSINESS came along, and it’s gonna be here long after it’s gone.
We celebrate the ESSENCE of what MUSIC is really all about, and the people who simply gotta do it, just … BECAUSE!!! I’m talkin’ about singer/songwriters and music lovers who wanna be around each other. Folks who might strive for success in the music business, but also LOVE THE ART FORM, and appreciate its incredible HISTORY.
Who knew it would become the wonderful community it is today? Just an idea that turned out cooler than anyone ever imagined.
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