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On the G.I.G.'s slipping quest for relevancy

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In spite of all this, most G.I.G. veterans the Current spoke to still believe in the venue.

"This place has stood its ground and refused to intoxicate its on-goers ... but rather let them focus on what really matters," said local musician/producer Bryan Hamilton in an email. "And that is, in fact, MUSIC instead of profit."

However, some believe Garcia's sloppy promotional efforts have contributed to the current hardship. "His website could use some work, if you know what I mean," said a local singer-songwriter who wants to remain unnamed because "the guy does support the scene."

"I think he could've been more professional when representing his venue."

In a desperate plea for help, Garcia sent an email to the Current on March 14 related to the "six known G.I.G. artists/patrons that will never again set foot in G.I.G."

"One died after getting drunk and [crashed] as he slept behind the wheels of a big rig," Garcia wrote. "One died from liver disease combined with continued alcohol consumption. One died from crashing his car on the way home from a night of drinking. One died from a heroin overdose. One [was] arrested for vehicular [manslaughter] while drunk." The sixth one "died of skin cancer," and only he knows why he/she was included in the list.

As he told the Current on March 16, his position is simple: "I could never see myself as being the one who sold a drink that ultimately killed someone." •

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