@ZackTeibloom Going to a Neiliyo show on my day off at the venue I’ve crashed the most was a given. I’ve crashed The Mohawk twice using the backdoor slider method and once when I pretended I was Neiliyo. The idea there is to go in the side door which is rarely guarded. This would have been a perfect technique during that all-girl cover band when the indoor stage was packed, but in between the LCD Soundsystem cover band and Octopus Project’s sets, the room was empty and it would have been painfully obvious if I tried to walk in. I got in line w/ $10 in my hand. Yeah, I was that close to paying. I pulled a move I’m going to now refer to as The Scoot Inn*. I first used it at The Flight of the Conchords show in Austin. It’s incredibly simple. You stand in line like everyone else. When you get to the front, you wait for the moment where the bouncer has his eyes on the ID in his hand and the guy stamping hands is mid-stamp. Your window won’t be too big, so you have to take it as soon as you feel it. Any hesitation and the guy will be chasing you down. And that’s awkward. I found my little window and scooted in, weaving my way through the crowd as if someone was chasing me, which they weren’t. It never hurts to blend in with the crowd immediately after getting in. Just in case.
(Sorry about not paying for another show, Neiliyo. Hope this makes up for it. I also bought an Octopus Project button.)
*Ironically I’ve never used this move at The Scoot Inn. I think I’ve paid there every time, even after 1 a.m., which is pretty bogus.