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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Recap: "The State of the Music Scene" Discussion at the Luminary Center for the Arts

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The panelists all had their own opinions about what is the best thing St. Louis has going for it right now: Strom: "Something that's inherently difficult about music scenes and creative scenes, and large groups of people doing things, that are exciting and also economically viable is that artists aren't business people. It's almost mutually exclusive, being an artist and knowing how to make a lot of money. Something that's really exciting in St. Louis there's enough people that are artists who are civic- and business-minded. A lot of these artists who know how to get a grant and know how to put on a show that makes money, they know how to sell their CD, they know you have to sell your CD instead of giving it away. There are more and more people all the time that actually take it seriously, and they don't put up that stupid facade of art for art's sake." Art for art's sake, Strom continued, is pointless if it's turning people off.

Wasoba: "I think the most exciting thing happening in St. Louis right now -- weekdays. From the perspective of being in a band, every single time we played a bad show, someone said, 'Oh, you should have been here on a Friday'...We're a weeknight destination...That, I think, is rarer than people realize."

Zaleski: "I think the excitement of going out to see live music in general, in the past couple years it's definitely increased. people seem more willing to go out and see live music and spend money, it makes for a better experience."

Cracchiolo: "If you had asked me this in 2007, hands-down, I would say I was most excited about the bands, because at that time, I thought the local bands here were really just killing it. They worked really hard, there was a lot of talent, but more than anything, there was a lot of drive and enthusiasm. We had a dry spell for a couple of years, we're seeing that come back now.

"This time, I feel like the vital energy of St. Louis, as far as having nightlife, is now the purview of the promoters, the bookers, the DJs," he continued. "I can't remember a time when there were this many cool things happening in St. Louis and thriving in St. Louis, and it's really because there's a demand for it, people want to go out and see these things, they want to see things in cool spaces, they want to see bands that haven't been here for eight years because the Creepy Crawl burned them the last time they were in town.

"Now, there's a completely new crowd of people going out and making that stuff happen. There's an incredible, incredible selection of things to do on any given night."

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