Posted: Mar 31, 2010 6:02 pm
it seems each part of town thinks they are cooler than the other part...just an observation
I don't feel like this is the case at all. Most "midtown" bands play in midtown because they live in midtown as well as their friends/fans. I'll go out on a limb here and say that a lot of music fans like to drink. To drive from midtown to Raleigh and back after a night of drinking is kind of risky. As someone who grew up in Raleigh, I would love to see some of my favorite midtown bands play at the Stage Stop... but probably only once for the novelty aspect.<--I've actually tried to make this happen a few times and would still want to. In a totally non-biased way, I would like to ask the question why the Hi-tone gets brought up all the time? They have the most diverse booking this town has ever seen. The most obvious reasons that bands play where they lay is they have already established a name for themselves in that area after working for it. As far as the mentioned clubs go, they probably book things the way they do after years of taking it up the butt. They probably figured out what works best for them and stick to it in order to keep the lights on. That's why the above mentioned clubs are all still open for business and others are not.
The invisible border your probably trying to point at is a musical genre division. The music scene here has become sooooooooooo segregated. People feel they have to rep one thing, stick to it, and piss on the rest. One "scene" hates on another scene if they get any kind of attention/press. Attention makes a portion of the demographic who can't think for themselves flock to the praised scene. This is where the term "hipster" should really hold up. Now days a lot of people let the internet/facebook decide what bands they "like" and what shows they will attend instead of their own two ears. Folks 30+ years old still let what kind of music they enjoy determine what kind of clothes they put on their backs. Sometimes I have to take shit from friends and people around me for openly admitting I like a certain Memphis band. That's pretty sad for a town that considers itself to be such a musical wonderland. If people would start to think for themselves and stray from the flock occasionally, they might find something their own scene is missing. If a band from one scene plays with a band from another scene, hopefully fans from both will attend the show. Some might think to themselves "You know what, I like this other band!" But out of fear that their friends will tease them for thinking out of the box, most won't admit it. Sad. The music scene here seems like a great big junior high sometimes. We would all profit from more diverse shows. Music should be treated like travel. Who wants to stay in the same place when the is so much to see? Sure you might not enjoy every place you visit, but at least you can say you went.