Advice—Handling Inebriated Guests

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Q: How do you handle an inebriated guest when playing at a gig?

—Felice Pomeranz, performer, arranger, professor of harp at Berklee College of Music, owner of the Gilded Harps, and AHS Chairman of the Board, Boston, Mass.

—Felice Pomeranz, performer, arranger, professor of harp at Berklee College of Music, owner of the Gilded Harps, and AHS Chairman of the Board, Boston, Mass.

Playing as many events as I do, I certainly see my share of strange and bizarre behavior at social and corporate functions. People love the harp, because it is upscale and refined, but the guests are not always elegant or refined, especially after a few drinks. It is a very delicate situation, since you are the entertainer and your guests want to have a good time. You want to please them without jeopardizing your safety or your harp’s safety! Here are some of the tips I’ve learned over the years:

Use humor when a drunk guest tries to help move your harp. I always tell them that I have a one-beer or alcoholic drink maximum to help move the harp, and thank them for their kindness, but tell them I am “all set!”

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