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I used to play 5 nights a week in the Morgantown area. (Haven't lived there since 1985) Had my first house band gig while still in high school. (21 and over bar 3 nights a week.) I'm now living in the Denver area. Band will do up to every fri/sat. but last year the average was a little over 5 gigs a month.
I live in Western WV, near the border of Ohio and Kentucky. It's a college town,
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Don't forget Sloan (well, at least Jay from Sloan...)! Thank you, Halifax, for giving us that incredible band...maybe three of the four weren't born there, but you still had the nurturing music and art scene that made them happen. As for me, I'm in Austin, TX, so-called "Live Music Capital of the World". I guess it's absolutely true for one week of the year (SXSW), but I'm sure there are places around the world with more. Perhaps not more per capita, though - there are a TON of places that have live music, but most of them pay almost NOTHING to their acts, original or cover. There are a lot of great places for original bands to play and for that to flourish, but a very small and tight cover band scene that has maybe 10 venues scattered all around town that pay bands appropriately (at least $100/man for the night) and we LOVE those venues. A lot of bands (including mine) travel to nearby cities (even small ones) to get decent-paying gigs. We've actually done more shows in the Killeen-Belton-Temple area than anywhere else. Most A-list cover bands in the area play in Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas as much as they play here. A lot of the A-list bands that play here regularly aren't even Austin bands... Plus there's a really strong Texas Country/Red Dirt scene, with tons of venues scattered all over Texas. On that circuit, many bands are paid well to play their own music, which is pretty cool. But like I said, not much love for cover bands...venues have literally hundreds of bands that will play for free, and many will provide entertainment of that exact value, which is why live music is dying in Austin. Well, that and all the people moving here who are being complete assholes about noise, which has restricted many venues' ability to have bands anymore. I'm sure Austincowbell, Mr. Knobs, ned911 or one of the other Austin folks can fill in whatever I left out. I try not to be too cynical, but it's difficult sometimes. Brian V.
...and the birthplace of Sidney Crosby, Ellen Page, Sarah McLachlan and the Trailer Park Boys. Actually Mike "Bubbles" Smith had his own bar here "Bubbles Mansion" for a while.
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Your turn btw ;-)
Great responses everyone - thanks, and please keep 'em coming! :wave:
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Spokane, WA/ Coeur d' Alene, ID here. Lots of places to play, not a one of them wants to pay over 400/night. One venue I played in Spokane last night runs live music 4 nights a week; another I play has it 5 in the winter and 6 in the summer, both hiring different acts every weeknight and bands for the weekend. Most everywhere else has music just on weekends. There is a thriving little scene downtown in Coeur d Alene, with 7 venues within three blocks having live music of some sort on weekends. Plus we have lots of outdoor concerts in the summer, lake cruises, and events.
08-18-2011 12:07 PM
we have lots of diversity here,
and the quality of local bands and musicians are top notch.
Not sure if there is a current summer festival as per http://acapella.harmony-central.com/showthread.php
Of course we have SIR, Soundcheck, world class, techs and luthiers, tour bus companies, staging, lighting, live video (Moo TV....etc.)and production companies (Claire Brothers etc....)~ some of which can figure into the local live music scene but are mainly artist vehicles and generally don't cross paths.
08-18-2011 12:57 PM
WOW, Balmer's hipper than I thought . . . . (need a keyboard player!?)
it's awesome. I work 7 days a week, and the band makes $3k per gig! I just bought a brand new Lexus with last month's pay, and paid cash!!!! :love:
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