I used to photograph and attend a lot of house shows in my sophomore and junior years of college. However, I'm in my senior year of college now and people's pettiness and personal issues are having such a large impact on the house show scene here that it's no longer enjoyable to me. It used to be something I loved, but after receiving a lifetime ban from the Campbell Club and Lorax Manner (in which I was never told what I did to deserve the ban and wasn't given any way to appeal the decision), I've realized the majority (keyword: MAJORITY) of this music scene just cares about pettiness.
Bars, on the other hand, don't give a f*ck about pettiness as long as you're 21.
1. Bars have live music, too
Considering all house shows charge a "suggested donation" that really isn't a suggestion at all, who cares about paying a cover charge at a bar?
2. Bars have better bathrooms
I mean, this isn't a huge selling point considering how sh*tty some house show bathrooms are, BUT there's usually more than one toilet accessible to the public which is pretty dope.
4. Bars almost always have an outdoor area where you can smoke
Of course, you can't rip your bong in this outside area, but you could smoke a cigarette.
5. I like going to a place where I actually won't get kicked out unless I do something wrong
I literally got a lifetime ban from two house show venues here when I spent the whole night completely minding my own business and either dancing with my friends inside or smoking outside. Doesn't really seem worthy of a ban, does it? A bar would never do something like that without a DAMN good reason (that they would tell you).
6. There are so many different bars
Each and every bar has their own vibe and aesthetic. In a city like Eugene, you're bound to find one bar that fits your style.