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Old 09-03-2007, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Which American cities offer the most opportunities for musicians plus lots to offer for music lovers?

New York, Austin, Nashville, St Louis, ???
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Old 09-03-2007, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Richmond
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I have to say no to Nashville as a musician. This is not because its not a great music town- it obviously is. Its because its saturated by the industry and is very very slick- almost like L.A.

New York Im not sure about

But... Washington, D.C., Austin, Texas, Asheville, NC, and Louisville, KY seem to be great places.

Also Charlottesville, VA is a very active music town.
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Old 09-03-2007, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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New York is great for a music lover but for a struggling musician, I've heard it can be brutal.
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Old 09-03-2007, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Findlay, OH
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New York is great for a music lover but for a struggling musician, I've heard it can be brutal.
As being connected at one time with the NYC Music Industry, yes, it can be.

"It's a long way to the top if you wanna rock and roll." ~ Angus Young, Malcolm Young, and Bon Scott
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Old 09-03-2007, 04:42 PM
 
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Ill second most of the nominations people have put forth on this thread. Also, Id recommend Eugene, Oregon. It probably has one of the largest music scenes, with an equally large potential number of gigs at bars, clubs and other venues for a city of its size. When I lived there I saw a bunch of different and varied shows from hip hop like Deltron, GZA, Nelly, KRS One, The Game, Living Legends and E-40 to punk and metal acts like FEAR, The Business, DOA, Opeth, Tool, local boys Floater, and In Flames. Not to mention folk, reggae, indie/low fi rock and jam bands.

It depends on what kind of music youre into and/or perform, but Eugene is generally a good town for music lovers and musicans. Not so good maybe if youre a country music lover/performer. Besides, if the shows you want to see dont come to Eugene, they will definitely come to Portland which is a two hour drive or train ride from Eugene. And if you end up a starving musican, Eugene is an easy town to be homeless or of changeable address in, with a large social service safety net.
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Old 09-03-2007, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Richmond
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New York is great for a music lover but for a struggling musician, I've heard it can be brutal.
New York is 'ol hat. Nobody goes there to "make it" anymore. They go to Nashville or Los Angeles or Austin.
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Old 09-03-2007, 06:49 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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The Midwest I would say is a pretty musical place, especially in Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, and Kansas City. New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Nashville, Memphis, Austin, Atlanta....I would say that historically, the South has always been the most musical place in the United States. Blues, Bluegrass, Country, Rock 'n Roll, etc. all originated there and then headed north to the Midwest. So I think anywhere in the South pretty much wins out as the most musical places in the United States.
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Old 09-03-2007, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Findlay, OH
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New York is 'ol hat. Nobody goes there to "make it" anymore.
No, there are plenty that still do. I remember seeing several band showcases in New York City last year for people looking to be signed to labels. The biggest problem with "do-it-yourself" record labels is that you have to do it yourself.
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Old 09-04-2007, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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I've always heard that Austin is a great town for both musicians and music lovers - just haven't experienced it myself. Has anyone else?

The greater Phoenix area is not bad if you know where to go. There also seems to be a fair number of places to gig, mostly in Tempe.
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Old 09-04-2007, 11:43 AM
 
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I have to say no to Nashville as a musician. This is not because its not a great music town- it obviously is. Its because its saturated by the industry and is very very slick- almost like L.A.

New York Im not sure about

But... Washington, D.C., Austin, Texas, Asheville, NC, and Louisville, KY seem to be great places.

Also Charlottesville, VA is a very active music town.
Isn't that the truth! I can immediately think of 5 friends that moved here thinking they'd find work in the music biz...none of them have. I've yet to find a city that has a strong representation of ALL types of music. But I do like Chicago's music scene.
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