So.. Speaking as someone who love love loves local music … and not someone who books and works in a live music venue….
My opinions do NOT reflect the opinions of any company I work with or for… Just sayin’…
I moved to Texas just almost 6 years ago, and almost immediately I made one friend…
And this one friend knew a band ( Rustic Dog?!?) and he took me to see this band.
I got a long-term boyfriend and in turn, friends for LIFE out of the visit…
That’s not the point, but thank you, ex-boyfriend, And thank you, Friends For Life…
I also caught the love for local bands and the local music scene…
Over the past 6 years or so I have seen a lot of changes in things….
I went from being the girl who had the money to go and do whatever she wished and to see the bands she wanted to see at will…
To the girl who actually had the opportunity to book ONE show for her birthday and caught the bug….
I distinctly remember just about a year ago, saying to a close friend…”I would LOVE to be able to do this for a living….”
And a year later, here I am.
I book bands… I promote shows… I am a bartender… i am a sidekick and manager…
I LOVE WHAT I DO!!!!
I’ve had people tell me I “couldn’t”…. I’ve had people blacklist ME…. I’ve lost friends…. I’ve stopped drinking as much….I’ve become far more in tune with who I am….. I have gone through a lot of other changes…. I quit a cubicle job that left me stifled… I’ve gotten tattoos and colored my hair pink….
I HAVE FOUND MY CALLING!!!
**everyone cheer, please!**
It’s all sunshine and roses, yes??
There are bands who don’t show.
There are bands that cancel.
There are nights where things go wrong and no one knows why.
There are bands who no longer wish to have any affiliation with me.
There are individuals who wish to no longer have affiliation with me.
You know what??? That’s cool.
I still love the music I love.
I am still trying to work my schedule (seven days a week!!!) around bands I want to see… I am still doing everything i can to see local music MAKE IT…..
And now the ugly….
I see 40 bands a month on average cross our stage….
I love them all…
Do I see other bands come out to support??
Do I see a big Fort Worth following for any of them???
Do I still love to see creativity and great musicianship in performances?
I’m lucky…. But the rest of you make me a bit sad!
Where is the future of the DFW local music scene headed?????