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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by charlie chitlin, Jan 19, 2021.
What's the best place to see, or be in, a Blues band?
I'm looking for a change of scenery.
From a philosophical perspective for the largest slice of visitors?
Probably Las Vegas
Probably Chicago or St. Louis.
On Highway 61 .
We went to Vegas (admittedly at least a decade ago) and I had a chance to talk to some musicians one afternoon, and they said Vegas is a miserable place for blues musicians...all top 40 stuff with horn sections. It was a limited sample, but there it is. I also got to chat with a rhythm section from one of Phillys premier party bands (also about 12 years ago) and they said that blues is pretty off-the-scene, as Charlie knows all too well.
I know Nashville is a great scene, music all day long, but it's a small circuit and pretty country-fried.
Now, I've never been, but have always hoped that Memphis is a blues version of Nashville.
I got some airplay in Memphis, which led me to believe it to be a discerning Blues town.
Early 60's London? You'll need a time machine tho
Not Atlanta, that's for sure...but then again, I'm glad its not overplayed or beaten to death.
Like many cities, there is a niche for it...mostly smaller clubs like the Northside Tavern and such.
Its alive, just not mainstream with kids today, OBVIOUSLY.
Clarksdale, MS, has a pretty good number of blues clubs. Rather touristy, though.
Portland, OR is pretty good for blues.
I was going to ask what's the best city in Europe for blues, but, ah, no time machines allowed.
Here, here! I personally would head south, but It probably depends on the type of blues you want to play. Since the OP says "band", they might be thinking Chicago blues.
Portland > Chicago for livability.
Chicago > Portland for Blues bands.
You might find that cities known for music with an active scene are difficult to break into. Wherever there's a 'scene' there are lots of hungry people on the fringes trying to make it, and it's not always because they aren't really trying or lack talent.
Now if you're just looking to jam, see shows, hang out and have fun... well the options are nearly endless.
Cleveland’s as good as anywhere these days. When the gigs come back.
For the time being it’s still really cheap to live here compared to many other cities, but that’s changing. In 10-15 years we’ll cost as much as anywhere else.
I’ve traveled all over the country playing music. I have been places that have more venues and bands. Many places have more venues and bands. But we’ve got a lot. And our gigs all pay. At least all the ones I do always have.
Lots of good stuff besides playing music, too. Incredible theatre, one of the best orchestras on earth. Great food and drink scene. Any kind of bar you want. From neighborhood blue color joints with a band playing classic country, to breweries, to high end boutique cocktail lounges. Fabulous art and history museums. And the lake. OMG the lake. One of Cleveland’s nicknames is the North Coast. During big storms, people even surf here.
Laid back, friendly, cheap, and fun. There is nothing you can get in any other major city that you can’t get here at half the price and none of the traffic.
Dunno about playing the blues, but I know a few places that GIVE me the blues.
Go to the crossroads, wait, someone will appear, ask him.
Miami or Tokyo.
I'd think any tourist stop town along any nice coast would have plenty of folks playing in bars with plenty of blues mixed in.