It’s that time of year again – time to make a New Year’s resolution. Wait, no groaning! This is Blues411, so you know we’re not going to give you some lame suggestion about losing weight or exercising more, or goodness no, giving up drinking. Instead, we’d like to make a humble suggestion.
We propose that you resolve to get out and listen to live music at least once a month in 2013.
There, that didn’t hurt too much did it?
Think about it, it doesn’t matter where or what you do, live music will enrich your life and make you a better person. Plus you’ll get to see some cool bands and meet other fellow music lovers!
But wait, I just heard a few of you say “But Chefjimi, I live in a really small town and no one ever comes here”. We’ll, I admit you’ll have to try harder if you’re not lucky enough to live in a town like San Francisco with Biscuit and Blues or Chicago with B.L.U.E.S. on Halstead or Toronto with the Hughes Room or Darlington R&B Club in Darlington U.K. We’re lucky that in Rochester, NY we have Dinosaur BBQ, Abeline Bar and the new comer Sticky Lips BBQ.
So I digress. Some of you will really need to make a big effort to find live music. Here are a few good resources for you:
Blues Festival Guide - the premier site for finding festivals around the world extremely searchable and user friendly.
Pollstar - searchable by artist, band, venue (club, festival, concert) or genre
Jambase - searchable by country, state, band, venue
Even if you live in a good music town, I suggest that you pick one or two festivals in your surrounding area and put them on your calendar now, cos some of these need hotels and reservations so it’s always good to secure your spot early!
Looking back at my live music efforts this last year, I did manage to see at least one band live every month. A special thanks to Samantha Fish for appearing at the Dinosaur in April since she’s the only live band I got to see that month.
To help track your efforts to keep your New Year’s resolution, we’re including a handy-dandy form. You can download your own personal PDF ‘Support Live Music Calendar’ here: 2013_Calendar_New_Years_Resolution
Please feel free to share this idea with others, with your local blues association, with random strangers you meet at festivals, etc.
So let’s make 2013 The Year of Live Music. Share this post, be an open and active advocate of LIVE MUSIC when and wherever you can – you know the power of what it can bring, so get out there and spread the word.
If you need some suggestions or company to meet you at a music event, please carry on the conversation at FB over at blues411. We’ll try to play match-maker.
Until next time,
Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
Where Blues Thrives
Photos by: Leslie K. Joseph
At Blues411.com, our goal is to help blues music thrive. We don’t just want to “keep it alive” – we want to nurture it so that it grows vigorously and prospers.
We help blues thrive by sharing musician interviews, CD reviews, photo galleries from our blues travel, and writing whatever else the blues spirit calls upon us to share. We also spend time encouraging musicians who know how hard life is on the road and making friends with blues music lovers all over the world.
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