I think we've come to the conclusion that there is no easy way to answer why more people don't go out to shows.
I honestly feel that most of the shows I've been to in the last couple weeks have been jam-packed:
The Sun/ Flaming Lips
The Honey's /Eric Wrong
Shesus /Gypsy Witch
- Biggest crowd I've ever seen at The Factory (in the Lounge) There must have been 250 people at this show on a Sunday night. Jam packed from the front of the stage to at least the middle of the bar.
Gil Mantera's Dream Party
Sunday night 100+ people
I fully expect The Melvin's show to be packed. (can't wait!) How about Beck, Sonic Youth, Jack Johnson and Ben Harper (sold out)? I am sure these crowds will be great.
I bet even with three choices in late night shows this upcoming Saturday night- the Fruit Bats at The Factory, Cringe CD release at Skully's, and the Jive Turkey's CD release at Lil Bro's- all 3 shows will have good crowds. If one of these shows is going to suffer it will be the Fruit Bats- b/c so many of the local musicians, frequent concert goers, scensters, rockers, music lovers -who on a regular night would be the ones in attendance- will be at the two local shows- b/c that is where all their friends will be and where their loyalty lies.
And the local shows these days are really doing a good job of putting all of the bands that I want to see, together in one place on Saturday night:
Go Evil Shiki playing the Jive Turkey's show.
Bush League All-Stars, The Husher, Classical Ass, The Evil Queens at Skully's for Cringe release
and of Course the early show at Promowest (5:00 till 11:00) with Townsmen, The Honey's, The Sun, X-rated Cowboys, Thee Invaders, Hex on Wheels, thestoryof (Athens band), Tcondo, Watershed.
I have only seen Townsmen, The Honey's and the Sun in this group- but I've been dying to check out Thee Invaders, Hex, and thestoryof.
So if there are BIG LOCAL shows going on- The Final Sovine's show
vs. Caitlin Cary, Cringe &/or Jive Turkeys
or The Fruit Bats (which I would LOVE to see) ... well I guess we'll see on Saturday.