Question: where do all the fabulous, music loving folks go to pre-drink on a Saturday night? Well, the answer is simple: to Save On Meats on Hastings St., of course. That’s right folks, I said Save On Meats. The amazingly talented Adam Fink and the business savvy Jason Corbett have teamed up to present their weekly Common Courtesy series which features your favorite local bands/musicians spinning vinyl for your pleasure all night long. It runs every Saturday night from 8pm – 12am and is a great way to start off your evening. Red On Black Music recently sat down with both Adam and Jason to shed a little light on this unique project and unexpected venue.
So tell us about the Common Courtesy Series. How did it all get started?
Jason: Well, I wanted to bring in an element of community and entertainment that would be fun and supportive. I’m a vinyl record enthusiast and a musician as well, so I wanted to do a ‘records in the round’ type of night. I knew instinctively to approach Adam. He plays in several fantastic bands, loves vinyl, and is a huge supporter of live music. Doing the night together just made sense.
Adam: It all stems from the fact that I genuinely love so many of the bands in this city. If you look at my phone and check out what I listen to, it’s 90% Vancouver based bands and artists. So for me to be able to have a venue where I can get these people to come play the music that has informed the music they make, well, it’s like my birthday every Saturday. The whole thing is super selfish on my part!
The thing that I love most about the series is that because it is early (8-12), it gives us a chance to treat it like going to a friend’s house, listening to some records and having a drink before you go out for the night. I love that we can—hopefully—create a sense of community among the bands that come to play and the people that come to hang out. I really enjoy using the Facebook page to promote any other events happening that night, not that they need it but it is fun to help out. The space allows for people to actually have conversations and then get out into the night and experience what this city’s music and arts scene have to offer which, I believe, is a lot.
Save On Meats is amazing! A great local business. Your thoughts?
Jason: I’m the general manager. I knew the room would be a great place to turn the lights down, turn the music up, and get together with friends for food and drinks.
Adam: I had no connection to the place at all before I started this with Jason. Being there every week for the past couple months has been great though. It’s a super relaxed environment, the staff are amazing, and after learning about the social programs they do, and seeing first-hand how it affects the community has been great. I’m super happy to be hosting this night out of Save On!