16 Reasons Why You Should Support The Local Music Scene

16 Reasons Why You Should Support The Local Music Scene

The local music scene is the best scene out there.
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Supporting the local music scene is a key to artists success. Local music offers a lot more than people think. Every single big name artist out in the world has started out in the local scene. For instance, Justin Bieber used to sing in the streets of his home town, and now Justin is one of the biggest singers in the world. The local scene is the best place to find great, new music too. A perk that I personally love the most is that I'm able to say "I heard it first" before a band or a singer gets signed and turns "mainstream." Most people neglect the local music scene because it's not "mainstream" yet and they're led to believe that if the artist isn't on the radio than they're not good enough to listen to. Ask anyone who supports the local scene why they support it and they can give you a huge list.

1. The bands are pretty cool and are potential friends for life.

Excuse how terrible I look in the top photo but, that was taken in 2012. Fast forward thee to four years later here I am still supporting my friend Richie in the band States // Capitals. I started out as a fan but, after many years and many concerts later he and I have become friends. We both have changed so much over the years and I'm proud of how far he's come.

2. You watch them from the beginning to the end.

In 2011 I saw a band called Hollywood Ending for the first time, they originally had five members but through the years went down to three. They stopped being a band in August 2015, their last and final show was the most emotional concert I've been to. The boys changed for the better, their music style changed, their own fashion styles changed, it was amazing to watch them from the beginning to the end in just four years.

3. The other fans you become friends with.

This is Olivia and I. Olivia and I met in 2012 because of the band Hollywood Ending. Olivia is one of my many concert friends I have met through the years. What makes this concert friendship so special out of the other ones? We chose to go to the same college together, and we always go to local shows together and find new bands to support.

4. You are always guaranteed to meet and have a conversation with the artists.

Image curtsey of Teri Cwiek. The bands always hang around the merchandise booths before, during, and after a show so you're able to meet with them and share a laugh. They're normal people so ask them how their day was, don't just ask for a photo and leave. Local artists love having a good connection with their fans.

5. They inspire their fans to never give up on their own dreams.

6. The tickets are cheap.

The tickets usually range from $10-$20. Cheap tickets mean more money left over for more concerts!

7. HOUSE PARTIES!

Image curtesy of Becca Onimus. Bands in the local music scene usually do house parties. The prices vary depending on the band but to my knowledge the prices are usually $300 at least. It's a good deal, invite a bunch of friends over, split the costs, buy food and hang out with the bands for a few hours. They'll play music for a while then just have a cool chill session with you! It's very intimate.

8. Helps the local economy.

The bands in the local scene are a key part in supporting other local businesses. The fans help support the local venues/bars, some t-shirt companies, a local photographer such as myself, screen printing companies and much more.

9. Local shows are much more personal.

Look at it this way, would you rather be a mile away at an amphitheater or five feet away? At smaller concerts you have the best view to see the band because there's not a lot of people and it's typically a standing room only venue/bar.

10. Pride in your hometown.

Image curtesy of Brianna Williams. When you purchase and wear local merchandise, you are showing pride in your hometown.

11. Cultural and musical diversity.

When a town has a supportive musical environment, the artists have a chance to grow and expand. This is great for the artist as well as the fans because you have a wide variety of music to choose from.

12. They are just like you.

They might seem like they have it all when they're on stage but, in reality they're just like you. When they're not playing shows or making music, they have bills to pay for. By supporting local musicians you're helping them stay out of financial trouble while they chase their dreams.

13. It helps schools see the value on music education.

Numerous studies have shown that by playing music, leads to better critical thinking and problem solving. Schools tend to axe the music programs first during budget cuts. If live local music is more prevalent, school administrators may not be so quick to dismiss the music education.

14. It makes for a great date.

Why have a typical movie date when you can go to a concert? Movies are expensive, you have the tickets, the food, and the drinks. You'll spend more money at a movie than a cheap local concert. Plus it's great to bond over music together.

15. You find more local bands through the ones you listen to.

Once you start listening to one band and follow them on social media, you end up finding their friends who happen to be in other bands. It's a good thing and a bad thing. It's good because you find more amazing music, it's bad because there goes your money on all their albums. Each of the bands pictured above have their own unique sound, it would be a dream tour if all twelve were together.

16. They write their own songs.

Local music scene bands and singers write their own songs in the comfort of their own homes. Most of the time their recording studio is in their home as well! They all work hard to produce the best music they possibly can for their fans, and it's not auto-tuned like some of the big named artists.

Support your local music scene, they are just as good as big named artists. Plus who wants to go to a concert with 100,000+ people in an audience screaming when you can go to a concert with less than 200 people and just sing along and make friends? I highly suggest going to a local concert soon, who knows maybe you'll find a fantastic band and make some amazing friends while you're there. One of the bands above called "Marina City" quickly jumped to my #1 spot of a favorite band after I found them a few months ago. They're honestly all so talented and such nice guys. They stood out to me, there's something about them that makes them different from the other bands I listen to. Well? What are you waiting for? Go online and find a local concert near you! Be sure to stop by the bands merchandise tables and pick up some music and band t-shirts and possibly meet them!

Support local music.

Do it for the musicians.

Do it for the community.

Do it for you.

Bands/Artists featured in this article are: Marina City, 7 Minutes In Heaven, An Honest Year, Best Kept Secret, States // Capitals, Walkney, Take A Breath, VISTA, This Is All Now, The Millenium, Royal Street, Palm Trees & Power Lines, Hollywood Ending, Josh Morgan.

Be sure to check them out, you won't be disappointed.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.

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Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.


I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.


I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.


As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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