In my opinion it depends on the area. I'm from Macon, GA. Macon has a really rich musical history. Allman Bros., Otis Redding, Little Richard, Capricorn Records, etc. However, there are very few music venues here. Times have changed and people wanna here what's on the radio. Unfortunately most of that stuff isn't played in bands!! Haha. It's a shame too because we have a large talent pool of great players and groups. But hardly anyone shows up for a band these days.
On the other hand I've been to cities where bands are THE draw for a club or bar. I have friends working in different cities that gig 4-5 nights a week. So it really depends on where you're at.
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