A note about “the scene”

In just about every town I have played, it seems there is a group of people who genuinely love music and are always trying to build up “the scene.”

This is true for Montgomery as well.

And of course, to have a “scene” you also must have people who go to shows and support said scene.

There has always been a lot of talent in Montgomery, and there are some people here who genuinely want to see this town grow in every artistic way possible. And to give credit where it’s due, things are better than they were, say, five years ago. In recent years, we’ve seen art shows, international rock bands, celebrities and many musical performances.

I have bands contact me fairly regularly looking to play Montgomery. Many times, these are bands on tour (a recent one is from Brooklyn), especially this time of year as SXSW is happening this month in Austin, Tex.

This is the Capital City with a population of more than 200,000, not including the population of nearby Prattville, Wetumpka, Millbrook, etc. Yet, sometimes, bands perform for 20 people. For the record, 20 divided by 200,000 is 0.0001. There’s your statistic for the day.

So back to the point: instead of being able to help some of these bands secure a show and bring in some new talent to the area (with even a small audience), so many times it comes down to “sorry… this town is dead during the week.”

Try booking an original show on a Tuesday. It’s not easy. And it’s not about blaming venues – if they thought people would come out on a Tuesday and they would make some money, they would book it.

It takes people showing up.

So you can either support the things that are going on in Montgomery and support the growing number of artists and musicians, or you can stay at home complaining about how there’s nothing to do while some band down the street plays their latest rendition of “Brown Eyed Girl.”

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12 thoughts on “A note about “the scene”

  1. I like this post. I did find it slightly frustrating, however. There’s more than one type of music in Montgomery, not just rock-oriented bands who play at bars and similar venues. There’s so much beyond “the scene”, and so many musicians here who don’t play that style of music. We still count.

  2. I play a lot of different kinds, but my main thing is with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. Our audience consists mainly of the old mink-coat-and-diamond crowd and not much beyond that. People just don’t care about classical music like they used to, and it’s rare that we even come close to filling the Davis Theatre. There are few opportunities for chamber music by local groups, unless you count wedding and Christmas gigs. There are a couple of local societies like ClefWorks that aim to promote chamber music but they all bring musicians from places like New York. It would be nice if there were some local restaurants or coffee shops that wanted string quartets to play for them. It’s like we’re invisible.

    • Is there a place where I can be kept up-to-date about performances? I was invited to one of the performances recently by my friend Winfred Hawkins, but I was unable to go because we were preparing for a show that night. I would like to make it out to a performance one of these days.

      And if I know when it is, I’ll try to help promote the event. I like that kind of stuff.

  3. Go to facebook and “like” the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra page and it will post to your news feed when concerts are coming up. It will also have dates and times for chamber music recitals performed by the violinist and cellist from the MSO’s Fellowship program, most of which are at Huntington.

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