I need some insight on this subject. This is probably going to be a long post, so bear with me. To start, I'll give you some background: I moved to my current town about ten years ago. It's a touristy kind of town of about 11,000. Very popular with retirees, so there is money in the town, and real estate prices have stayed stable and actually risen quite a bit. There's a small college in the town as well. The surrounding area is very rural, but there's a moderately sized city about an hour away, about 75,000 in population. When I first started playing in bands here ten years ago, we would do two-nighters at a local bar, which was very much a dirty dive. We would rotate in every month or two, and on a good night there would easily be 100+ people in there, and on an off night there would be 40-60. I'm just guessing on numbers, but the point is, we had decent crowds for pretty much any live music, at least to the point where it was worth it for the bar to hire us. Sadly, I have watched the crowds slowly declining over the years, and the last five have been absolutely dismal. The last few times I've played the aforementioned bar, an outstanding night was 40 people and a bad night we would play for the bartenders and the five drunks wandering through after getting kicked out of the other bars. Since then, that bar has all but given up on having bands, and the other bar in town doing live music only has bands once a month. So I went from playing in town one or two weekends a month to playing once or twice a SEASON. It is almost pointless to try to book gigs in the bigger town an hour away, because nobody has ever cared about live bands in that town, to the point where I've often felt kind of bad that the venue even had to pay us. So.... even though the college is growing and the town is growing, our crowds for all bands across the board, regardless of genre, have been shrinking. The only bands having some degree of success are the ones playing street dances either with country or top 40 rock radio stuff. Has anyone else noticed this, or is this a unique thing to the area? Also, what can be done to lure people out to see live music again??