“The manager (of Modest Mouse) and I are quite good friends,” said Smalls.
He said that he and his company are very selective about the kinds of acts that they bring to Brewery Ommegang, and that both Modest Mouse and Brand New fit into the vibe of the kinds of shows that they are trying to promote.
“Modest Mouse fits perfectly with the mentality: small, perfect show,” said Smalls. “That’s how they (Brewery Ommegang) feel about their beer and that’s how we feel about our events.”
The show selling out has led to some to some frustrations from fans, with complaints about scalping having shown up on the event’s Facebook page. While the tickets for the concert sold for $45, some people on the page said that they’ve seen tickets retailing on StubHub for over $100.
“Unfortunately you can’t stop all scalpers,” said Capozza. “What we recommend is that you just don’t support those people (scalpers).”
“We had a four-ticket limit,” said Smalls, who said that he didn’t think there was an organized effort to buy up the tickets by scalpers.
He also pointed out that reselling tickets is legal in New York and, like Capozza, encouraged people not to support those doing so.
Tickets for the May 23 Modest Mouse with special guest Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls show will go on sale at dansmallspresents.com on March 14 at 10 a.m. Tickets will also go on sale at the brewery on that date.
Frank Turner is an English folk/punk singer-songwriter.
Smalls said that being able to do a second show had not been expected, and that interest in the May 24 show motivated them to set up the earlier date.
“We always try to facilitate everyone (interested in) seeing a band within reason,” said Smalls.