The inspriration for this place came from a problem that I, in some ways, encountered personally: touring bands and fans deserve a better solution when traveling. Their needs are not being met when they have to worry about their gear getting stolen in the parking lot outside of the hotel, which, in many cases is miles away from the venue or studio. Their needs are not being met when they don’t have a place to rehearse before the show or studio session, or in the case of fans- a place to freely jam into the night.
I started to understand this problem back in 2007, while in LA. All of us in the St. Louis crew out there would get together for late night jam sessions after seeing a show or going out on the town. In that experience, we learned that, in our house, that meant walking on pins and needles to keep the neighbor happy. Eventually we found ourselves in the furthest side of the house from the neighbor, crammed in a 80 square foot “bedroom”, where the drum kit was located. There might be 15 people crammed into that room in a given night with overflow standing in the hallway, shaking whatever noisemakers they could find. We prevailed however, and had our “jam room”. It was my room and I gladly accommodated because I loved how it brought everyone together. Today, I hope that The Pocket will accommodate musical travelers with a sweet spot to rest their head and play some tunes!