Baltimore Swing Dance
Baltimore Swing Dance

A plea: Do not forget the locals

In my town, and many others throughout the nation, on any given night there are dozens upon dozens of Bands body and ascending steps, from the darkest corner of the divi cash to the blinding lights of an arena gig. The venues are scattered throughout the city, and some are even the legendary Grand, opulent ballrooms, theaters and renowned dim but handsome punk clubs. The city was host to many a pioneering act first U.S. stop Viewed and a large number of bands singing their swan song. From all over the world, the artists each night dive to us with unprecedented entertainment. It's awesome. I think ensure that no one takes it for granted.

The downside of all this vast and varied music coming through the city is that it actually affected the local music community. While it brings us together every night lures us from our homes to see dinosaur bands unite the 80s again or a hugely successful venue ensemble grace the stage for a week-long stay, this high-profile concerts are all distractions. The music scene is busy and bursting at the seams, but our local acts get overshadowed by this caliber of live music?

Many large cities seem that "Dilemma share" the small, local bands who are in need, the support of the community do not get because the number of bands and artists that these cities to make an obvious stop on their tour. Sure, these local actions have a large number of venues, on the play, which is indisputably a good thing. CD release parties in abundance. There is live music seven nights a week. Most of the active music community is well aware of the bands that cover their local network, but whether they spend their time, night after night, supports these boys and girls who are in real need, and trust in the community to her back, Well … that's where I'm not so sure. Because there are only so many nights in a week, that even, most of us spend a passionate live music will be seen.

I have lived as elsewhere in the city that I found today. The small town in Virginia, that was my home for five years had very few great bands come through the city. There are simply not many places to play for them. As a result of the few really solid effect that the inhabitants of the area had been massive support behind local them. Almost all of their shows were well attended. They would play the biggest event in the city one night and the next in the basement or backyard of a house party. Each scholarship was in the same circle, we would pass out flyers for their shows or sit at the merch table. And they were, for the most part, good bands, and our community was clearly 100% behind them.

It was a very successful band in the Community, first radio play on major stations in DC and Baltimore and position on many nationwide tours. Extends our site in stickers and flyers, was her name known far and wide in the truck-stop town, were simply due to exposure to push down our throats. So even if they weren'ta someone with taste, especially in the band was, they were local celebrities. And we were not unhappy for them even though we are not fans of their music. It was a local commitment behind our church, and the bands were of course essential. We appreciate it at all costs. The few great actions, would swing through the city would book local bands as support acts, and it would only increase their draw. I have no doubt this is the case in many small towns in the U.S. and beyond.

Now live in a city that for decades were the subject of the most influential cultural movements and waves of new sounds in rock 'n' roll, I feel that we are not musically by the material, which is attached to our network, as we have proven in the past be. Sure, there are good bands come from the region and certainly many of them have active fan bases. But I feel like they make on the way to get the attention they are not available, get in their hometown. We can have, at times, to valuing the little boys and girls, because honestly, we feel like we have. The cities, I speak, are premier stops for the best bands in the world. If you catch a massively influential band on a Sunday night with a 500-person capacity venue see the lead singer of the band very popular with a small theater the next dance to a world-class DJ in a British U-Club in the night after, range, a buzzing new Austin band from LA or the following … What are the fairly well, low profile, new to the scene, local bands in a position to compete with this seemingly ubiquitous dominance?

I am safe to say that is not San Francisco the only city with this kind of dichotomy-a cosmopolitan city that is known as a music city, but not necessarily partially current on their own community. There is but one of the major U.S. cities, which is on every live band on the agenda, and we get inundated with live music. This is the land of the mighty Fillmore Auditorium and bands cross the Atlantic on its hallowed stage play. This is the home of the Bottom of the Hill, a tiny, 350-person club, that the hosts all of Modest Mouse to the White Stripes to Pavement. If there's one thing that residents of large cities usually have in common, there is considerable respect and Admiration for culture and creativity. And sing of those who like to immerse and to … but shows how the masses, I can not help thinking, however, skeptical that if you are just a periodic visitor shows, it is likely those who are really exciting. Our eyes skim down the page a listings guide only on the fact caught that so and so played their first show together in years and blah blah blah plays a very small place for a band of their caliber. Whether people love and care Music and art is not even the question, it depends on the fact that most people simply do not, well … depend on the locals for entertainment, as in the small Cities.

It is without doubt a collective passion and energy that has made this city bred, and will continue to grow, strong resonance Bands. Today there are dozens of local acts gaining momentum, and thus, a respected following, they make great albums, they are always people together to play to see them. It is not as easy as it could be, as it should be, for them the reason is also due to the fact that there is a region where artists, Writers, critics and music fans alike are drawn, and in this great pool of talent, it is created for every action and from their musical Colleagues difficult. On the other hand, they are awarded with a built-in audience of people who are involved mostly with music and I think every young band, the value for money.

So, wherever there is live that you can not neglect to support your local musicians. Mark one more night to see in your calendar, a Show and make it act to a local. Give them the care and support to continue that every young band needs. Pay the five-dollar cover in the back room gets to see who's playing. Buy your CD. Each of us has the good fortune to all that creativity and artistry of our town have a driving role in the musical world's great and simply by living in a place that we are a part of this community.

I remember many times that it is indeed a gloomy existence without local artists, because after all they are providing the adhesive bonds of each scene. It is the shared cultural city to a place that defines a city and drives a community, and that ultimately have an impact on the rest of the world.

About the Author

I am an editor at Crawdaddy! Magazine, the first magazine of rock journalism that was brought back to life online in May 2007. I grew up in Maryland, moved to San Francisco after college, and have found my sanctuary incorporating my passion into my profession.

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