As much as I love many of the popular artists of today, I also love many lesser-known bands, and so do many of my friends. Just as there are benefits to loving huge artists like Bruno Mars and Luke Bryan, there are benefits to loving small artists as well.
1. Concert tickets are usually less than $20
Because small bands generally play small venues the tickets are usually pretty cheap.
2. The venues they play are really small and intimate
Small venues are the best. They're standing room only, and people push to get up to the front of the stage.
3. You'll usually get to meet the band before or after the show
Because they aren't uber-famous (yet), they'll probably hang out in the main part of the venue before or after the show.
4. Having the band members follow you back on Twitter/Instagram
They aren't crazy popular so a lot of the time they'll follow you back, or reply to your tweets about them.
5. The look that people give you when you tell them what you're listening to
6. The music itself it cheaper
Whether you buy records, CDs or you purchase the music from iTunes or Bandcamp, the music of smaller bands is usually a little bit cheaper to purchase than say, Beyonce.
7. You're supporting talented and passionate artists
These people write and produce all their own music, find gigs, and spend hours upon hours preparing sets to play. You're supporting people who have a passion is music and you may make it big one day.
8. You get a 2-for-1 (or like 5-for-1)
Lots of small bands don't have enough songs or enough experience to play for a long time on their own, so they'll invite other small artists to play with them.
9. You just might get to see them make it big one day, and say that you were there from the beginning
Some artists blow up eventually, some steadily gain popularity and then essentially disappear after a while. Either way, it's cool to say that you were a fan before everyone knew their name.