After acting like a jerk Friday night at a Shag Frenzy-sponsored concert at Sweet Jane's and then whining on MySpace about how poorly he feels he was treated, Pela singer Billy McCarthy is trying to sabotage Hartford's nascent indie-rock scene by warning other bands against playing here.
McCarthy claims he was threatened and called a "faggot" at the Pratt Street bar, where Pela performed Friday with two other bands (neither of which reported a problem). Those are pretty serious accusations, and they would be concerning if they pointed to a pattern of behavior by the management of Sweet Jane's or the organizers of Shag Frenzy.
But there's no pattern. The truth is, McCarthy is the only musician who has ever leveled such charges, and plenty of onlookers say (in the comments here) that he was acting like an ass that night. Obviously that doesn't excuse anyone who called him a derogatory name, if in fact someone did.
Sorry you had a bad time in Hartford, Billy, but here's the thing: If you act like a professional (bring your in-ear monitors next time, chief, instead of blaming the sound guy), the people you're interacting with will probably treat you like a professional, and then you won't have to go slandering whole scenes in a childish fit of pique.