There’s something about local music that really refreshes your soul, especially since it has this quality of being very real and grounded. Local music has the ability to speak to you, and to make you see the world from the point of view of the musician. It’s like expressing in a song a whole philosophy, which you can access only because you listened to the song.
What’s sad is that people today are more likely to listen to foreign music instead of local ones, mainly because it’s the foreign music that is usually more popular. With the emphasis on chart-topping music, it’s no longer a surprise that many people aren’t that excited for the concert of a local artist than for the concert of Justin Bieber for instance. People are more likely to shop online for concert tickets of these popular artists, while making sure that they secure a good discount from vouchers and coupons. Not many people line up for local concerts, local music shows. And again, that’s a very sad story.
But of course, like all things, all hope is not lost. There is still a glimmer of hope to save your local music scene, and you can begin by doing these steps.
Steps to Help the Local Music Scene
First, extend the effort to go to local shows. Make sure to see bands you love, and more importantly, also see bands you've never heard of. This is a good way to expand your musical taste-buds. You see, your attendance alone helps make that show just a little more awesome. The experience of being with strangers just enjoying music that locally made is one that’s enough to captivate you forever.
Second, you can also help to promote local shows. It’s important to remember that attendance is only part of supporting the music. Everyone has had that experience of being in a show before where the lack of audience was just really embarrassing compared to the amazing energy of the performers. It can be rather awkward and downright disheartening. True, it's usually the responsibility of either the venue, the performer, or some promoter to help get the buzz out about the event, but sometimes it just does not happen. So if there's a show you're particularly excited about, talk about it. You can share the event on Facebook, tweet about it, even talk about it in random conversations. Every little thing helps.
Third, you can also attend local music festivals. There’s nothing more exciting in getting to know the local music scene than to attend community-organized music festivals. In these music festivals, you get to witness and experience so many things, and it’s no longer limited to just music. Music festivals usually feature food, drink, and good company as well, so you might want to invest in that. Being part of these local music festivals will really hype you and pump you up, so much so that you’ll defintely feel that you’re part of the community.