How much did your last concert cost?
Sure I was there, it was amazing. The concert was on your bucket list. Was the ticket price a good value? Could you get a good view of the musicians or were you up in the balcony?When you buy a concert ticket you pay for the band, sound engineer, booking agent, advertisements, rental equipment, travel costs, ticket printing, lodging, meals, snacks and drinks for a large crew of people. That $175 ticket to see Billy Joel gets spread out to many people. I was there, it was the amazing concert we expected. I remember back when $50 for a concert ticket was crazy. A great concert can be a good experience, especially those of aging rock legends who might not be touring much longer. Now compare the value of a local music venue to a large venue. Front row seats, low cover cost, excellent music, original songs, and you can meet the band during the night and get a CD signed without a long line.
|Sandy Hathaway 2000|
Local music is low cost or free entertainment that provides an up close and personal experience one cannot experience at a large arena. I started playing venues in Arizona in 2000 and back then there were so many venues and fewer musicians. In the past decade I have seen an increased interest in local music in the valley. The ones who get it keep coming back for more. This is a unique experience; listening to a musician you know who was sitting at your table just ten minutes earlier. Now he or she transports you to that special place in your mind that remembers feelings and thoughts from the past, maybe the smell of pine trees and emotions you haven't felt in a long time.
Fifteen years ago there were so many coffee shops in Arizona that would hire musicians to sing for three hours for the rate of $50 per hour. Today most coffee shops in Arizona pay $50 but there are fewer coffee venues that have live music. Full-time local musicians could make a living by playing coffee shops and wine rooms. Full story here.
|Willow House-Phoenix, AZ|
One of the best things about coffeehouse venues is that when the coffee grinder is not running you actually hear the musician singing to the room as well as the sound system. He or she may even look at you and ask you a question or spin off into a special story that leads into a song.
Some of my favorite local musicians in Arizona are:
Mrs. Lincoln has been busy booking shows so you should be able to catch a local show almost every weekend.
Annrenée Jones on vocals and guitar, Marconias on guitar, vocals, harmonica and mandolin, Gram Benike on lead and slide guitar Chad Standlea: Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica, David Wells playing Bass and Dobro, and Glade Wilson playing Percussion.
I took some time to see Robby Roberson Quartet play at the old Sail Inn location this year. Small venues are a great opportunity to really hear the music, get some good photos and meet with the musicians.
Robby Roberson on vocals and multiple string instruments, Jim Banister on drums and percussion, Michael Mulryan on violin and Eddie Garnero on bass.
Both of these bands are well worth the cover you might pay and you will get a lot more entertainment for your hard-earned dollars
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I am a Singer Songwriter, recording artist and performer who has over four hours of songs in her cover songbook. The venues I play at are coffee shops, wine rooms, festivals, weddings, corporate events and parties.
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