I was just nosing around the Band Management & Performance section and got an impression that music scenes in a lot of major cities are changing, or have already changed- usually in a worse or more difficult direction for bands. When I was playing in bands in Miami, FL a few years ago (1999-2003) a lot of older venues- all of the all-ages venues for live music- had shut down and the scene had basically deteriorated pretty badly. I rememer kids renting out hotel ballrooms to arrange their own "fests." I no longer live down there, but friends tell me to get booked anywhere nowadays you basically have to be a national act. So, what does it look like in your city? Are there flourishing scenes for original music, or are the clubs/venues shutting down or becoming less accessible for up and coming bands? How are laws/trends effecting all ages venues?