Occasional RFT freelancer D.X. Ferris has a long feature in this week's Cleveland Scene about Gorilla Productions, a company that self-describes as "a concert productions company that specializes in working with and developing unsigned talent across the country." Although Gorilla is based in Cleveland, it holds battle of the bands and "takeovers" in mamy cities, including St. Louis. (It's sponsoring a battle of the bands at Fubar this Sunday, August 1.) The article highlight the positives and negatives about the company, its associates and its booking/promoting practices. There's no shortage of controversy in the piece, especially because, well, there are plenty of lawsuits and ill will swirling around Gorilla. But after reading the (balanced) piece, it's clear that its supporters are as vocal as its detractors.
So I'm curious: St. Louis musicians, how has your experience with Gorilla Productions been? Good? Bad? Neutral? Have the shows you've played helped you? Hurt you? Speak up in the comments.