Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Sacramento Music Scene on the Downside

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Sacramento's live music scene falling flat

Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 6:02am PST - Last Modified: Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 7:32am PST

Mark Anderson
Staff Writer - Sacramento Business Journal
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Sacramento's once vibrant live music scene is facing some struggles as there are far fewer venues and increasingly fewer people in the audience.
That's the takeaway from a panel discussion Sunday at the Sacramento Living Library presentation at Time Tested Books.
Local music promoters Brian McKennaJerry PerryRick EleOlivia Coelho and Mindy Gilesdiscussed the state of live music in Sacramento.
Several of the larger venues that for decades featured touring acts have closed over the years, and they have not been replaced.
In fact, there are just fewer venues of any size that can feature live music.
In the city of Sacramento, some venues have closed down as a result of increasing fees. A two-year live music permit is now $1,400 and it is going up to $4,000, which makes operating a venue difficult.
There is nothing available in the range of between the Crest Theatre's 975 seats and the nearly 4,000 seats at Sacramento Memorial Auditorium.
On the other side of the equation, the people who used to make up the strong audiences that attended Sacramento's live events don't seem to show up as much anymore.
Promoter McKenna, owner of Abstract Entertainment, says he often hears from people at his shows that they have seen the bands before. He asks where, and they say YouTube.
"That's just a box inside a box," McKenna said.
Mark Anderson covers banking, finance, accounting, technology, telecom, venture capital, hospitality, tourism and restaurants for the Sacramento Business Journal.

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