Who's got the best SCENE?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Eulogist, Nov 11, 2002.

  1. Eulogist


    Nov 3, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    Been playing in Raleigh, NC for years now and it ain't here. Metal is a big part of the scene we have, but it's all really stagnant. You'd think with NCSU, UNC, and DUKE around the corner things would be smoking. Even the few polished bands who have been playing around here 10+ years haven't made it out.

    What's your scene like, and where do you think the hotspot is now?
  2. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    I've spent a lot of time in Raleigh, and you're right; Hillsborough Street sure ain't the music capital of the world. It's worse here; there's one music club in my town, and two small ones about 20 miles from here. I'd love to check out Austin, TX-I always think of Austin as having the best music scene.
  3. Jon Burnet

    Jon Burnet

    Jan 21, 2001
    Memphis, TN
    nashville....nope nothin goin on here!;)
  4. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Brighton has always been good for music and I can walk to loads of clubs which have live music - and often do! ;)

    There are lot of places to play, but recently a large number of clubs have switched to DJs only! :(
  5. Think Raleigh is lame? You should come over to Winston sometime.

    Makes Raleigh look like Seattle '91.
  6. Austin, TX is pretty cool - I lived there for 2 years -but I have to say it gets a little too much hype. I mean, it's nice, much better than the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, where I lived when I went to school at UNC, but I do think it gets a little more credit than it deserves. This hype is probably partly due to the South by Southwest music festival (SXSW), which is amazing, but this only goes on 4 days out of the year...
    or northern ontario in general. project wyje, shania twain, one of the guys from sum 41....a bunch of stellar local bands who dont want to get big!
  8. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Hmmm. San Francisco.

    Okay, so San Francisco has every music genre known to humankind. And let's see, what kind of gigs do we have in this city:

    Bars, clubs, weddings, bar mitzvahs, corporate, small businesses, surviving dot-commers, private parties, catered events. Hmmm.

    Okay, but San Francisco is a small town, smaller than Disneyland.

    So, how about the 3 hour drive to Reno/Tahoe for all sorts of the above events, plus casinos/hotels.

    - Well, then the Marin County, (North Bay), gigs.
    - South Bay (San Jose, Monterey, Carmel, Santa Cruz, etc.)
    - East Bay (Oakland, Berkeley, Pittsburg, Antioch, Walnut Creek)
    - Wine Country (Sonoma, Napa, and all the other cities).

    Yeah, if you can't make it as a successful playing bassist here, you haven't put in the time.
  9. jondog


    Mar 14, 2002
    NYC metro area
    And right next to NYC is . . .

    New Jersey!

    The cover scene in Northern NJ is hot. The cover scene on the Jersey Shore during the summer is even hotter.

    It is competitive though. My band has tried bypassing the agencies. We're doing alright so far.

    I'm not sure about the original scene here. Those guys seem to be playing in NYC. The clubs I play at do not want original music, they want Bon Jovi and K-Rock.
  10. Eulogist


    Nov 3, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    I really hope my band doesn't have to move to New York to make it.
  11. CT used to have a quaint little scene....don't know what happened to it.
  12. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Eh. New Haven's okay, but everywhere else is seriously lacking. Way too much classic rock IMO.
  13. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    i actually really like madison's scene. lots of great bands, i could honestly listen to nothing but local music and be happy.
  14. Suburban massachusetts...just a bunch of rich, spoiled, whiny pop-punk bands that sing about their girlfriends.
  15. dprives


    Apr 22, 2002
    SF Bay Area
    I’ve got agree with Jazzbo here. I’m not sure that wedding bands and bar mitzvahs are part of it;), but SF does have a great local music scene. Lots of decent local bands. Lots of good bars with fair cover charge and beer prices(for the bay area at least). Lots of variety too. Indie rock, alt-country, jazz, blues, art bands, we got it all. I don’t know what he’s talking about the south bay though. I live between there and SF and the scene there is d-e-a-d, dead. A few bands from other parts of Ca roll in once in a while and JJ’s is good for blues but that is about it. Oh, yeah, unless you count those weddings and bar mitzvahs.

    PS I lived in LA for 4 years and if you’re looking to hear or play live music SF has it beat hands down. Who’d a thunk it?
  16. LiquidMidnight


    Dec 25, 2000
    Our scene's alright. We have about 2 or 3 bands that could seriously make it. (one almost did, twice :eek: ) We also use to have a band here called Dragonfire that made it onto Farmclub.com when it was on TV. Unfortunatley the band broke up. Main problem with our scene is the limitation. The main scene (main scene = popular club scene) has about 3 types of bands. Nu-metal, Punk/alternative, Blues/Classic rock. I'm one of the Blues/Classic rock guys. I'm glad that Country's starting to get some more recognition in this parts. (Cause we have some smokin' Country bands around here) Unfortuantley, Oldies seems dead. I really haven't heard of any Oldies bands going well. I work near Penn State, and I'm sure there's some kick ass Jazz going on there, so I should make it a point to check some out one night.
  17. Morris

    Morris Guest

    Oct 7, 2002
    Cardiff, Wales
    Hey Cardiff, Wales is really on the up with its scene. It's taken a few years but there is a good number of clubs that have original music like Clwb Ifor Bach, Sam's bar, The Toucan, The Barfly, Journeys and Rajah's. There have been a number of bands from this scene who have gone on to bigger things like the Super Furry Animals, Manic Street Preachers and RocketGoldStar.

    We have got the country's (Wales) media all based here and there are plenty of opportunities for bands within TV and radio. Now, don't get me wrong here, it is only recently that this has happened. I had to mention it as it's so easy to moan without looking around and seeing that things are improving. I think we still have some way to go but hey! its going the right way.

    I have also noticed how youngsters are going to more live gigs and less DJ clubs (Hooray!)
  18. grand rapids and detroit are pretty good... detroit is better.
  19. BassMan2000


    Sep 27, 2000
    Here in Winnipeg, Canada the music scene is great in all ends of the musical spectrum, even country :eek:

    ... However some clubs did go Dance but that hasn't effected many bands at all, mainly just a few cover bands.
  20. Eulogist


    Nov 3, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    Anyone from Chicago?

    Also, what would you say is the best city for a band with one foot in metal and the other in alternative?