A recent trip out to New York City made me realize how much a venue can really help or harm a band. I was visiting friends near New York for a good week or so while I was taking a break from work, and I had decided that I would try to catch as much music as I possibly could. After all, I love live music and I really don’t get to feel the whole ambiance of the city often. So, I figured that I would combine two of my favorite things in this activity. It was an enjoyable experience, but also a very interesting study.
First, I knew that I wanted to check out some of the smaller scenes. I played in a band in college that frequented pubs and bars, and so this was the environment that I knew best. We were a jam band, providing ambiance for any given bar, and so we thrived when people were active, talking, drinking, and not sitting with their hands quietly folded on their laps. Continue reading Checking out the Venues in New York City