It’s the end of March and I’m already working on May and heading towards June. I’ve been listening to Sunflower Bean’s Twentytwo in Blue and loving it. I also have been thinking about the festival season. When I was younger another music journalist I respected would have the same column once a year on concert etiquette. I’ve emulated him in the past with my version. This year I decided to start fresh. For anyone who has had the person talking the entire night right next to you, the drunk or high idiot who is making a fool of themselves, and the person who has to record every second of the headliner with a cell phone as opposed to experiencing it, this list is for you:
Talking – Did you come to the show to see the artist or to talk? If you’re going to talk through the entire night you’ve wasted your money and offended people around you. Go to a bar, go to a restaurant to talk. At the show more people than you WANT to hear the show.
Screaming – Why are you screaming the artist’s name? Why are you screaming song names when the artist hasn’t asked for requests? The artist knows their own name and has a set list that most likely has your favorite song in it. If the artist asked for requests, then you can scream your favorite song.
Singing – Congratulations! You know every lyric to every song that the artist is going to play. The people around you however paid to hear the artist sing them NOT you. If the artist invites you for a sing-a-long then feel free.
Filming, txting, social media – Did you pay money to see a show through a 3″ screen? I didn’t. I want to experience every note and emotion in wide screen, full life. To do that I do not need to record every second of the show, photograph every second, or txt, instagram of FB everyone I know to prove that I was there. Surprisingly neither do you. It used to be if you wore the tour t-shirt the next day at school you proved you were there. Now you can instantly make your friends jealous by sending photos, clips from your phone. Just because you can…doesn’t mean you should. Experience a show LIVE not on a 3″ screen.
Drunk/Stoned – How much of the show will you remember when you are drunk or stoned? How much will EVERYONE around you remember you if you are drunk or stoned? How many will record it and send it on social media with the quote “Look at this idiot!” Congratulations! You can get drunk or stoned anywhere. Guess what? Nobody cares. People paid money to see a show not to see you behave like an idiot.
These are a small few of the list of concert etiquette items that appear at every show, every summer. It is a funny thing that if you treat people around you with respect, they will treat you the same. If you don’t…then you can be forever immortalized on social media for being “that ass that ruined the show.” If you paid money to see a show…see a show. See, hear and experience with every sense. If not, why are you at the show at all?
The Nectars are releasing Sci-Fi Television on May 25. This New York & New Jersey band recalls early No Doubt with a fun and quick pop sound in their singles “Heaven” and “I Want It.” The band is led by Jessica Kenny’s exuberant vocals. https://www.thenectarsmusic.com/
I write this the day before Spring. Last month’s editorial I wrote the day before Vans Warped Tour announced it’s line-up. It only featured 4 female acts out of 60+. In the past Warped Tour has featured double digits. As this is the last year of the tour they will not have time to remedy it. This month we feature Sharptooth who is one of the four playing the tour.
In March we also saw the first caucuses and primaries of the political season. We expect to follow the political season closely this year as there are over 300 women candidates running in the US. This is a year of change and we want to reflect that.
March is also Spring Break and we are finding concerts filled with kids celebrating. It is a sign of the summer to come.
It is now April and we begin the festival season with our first local festival, FoCoMX. May is already overflowing with festivals we plan to preview. We are also being bombarded with new releases. That is not a bad thing. Many of the artists we like have new albums out, and many new artists who are attracting our attention are putting out new material before touring.
I’m surprising myself by reading a book or two a week now. As summer gets closer I don’t expect that to continue. This past weekend we finished Brotopia about sexism in Silicon Valley. It was enlightening and brought up many events that flew under our radar. It also continued to enforce how much work still needs to be done in all industries.
The Aces are a 4 piece pop rock band from Utah. Their album When My Heart Felt Volcanic comes out April 6 and features tracks “Lovin’ isBible”, and “”Fake Nice.” Their video for “Volcanic Love” is exciting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOlVELlP2jk
Hooray! It’s March. I can finally get back to my regular schedule of barely sleeping and being pure ADD on music. In February I was close. March begins the insanity of touring acts to and from SXSW, Treefort, and other music fests. It means summer isn’t far behind.
Last month I had an interview with Holly Miranda. When it came to my usual question of discrimination, her response was “Umm, yeah.” In the midst of the #MeToo movement, I consider the question to be one of the most important to ask. FEMMUSIC is a niche music magazine focusing on women in music. The question goes to the heart of why we’re here. Not being able to elaborate on answers to tell a history is frustrating for me personally. I’ve been asking the question for 18 years now and the answers to it are a revelation. Whenever I get a lukewarm or tepid response I wonder, again, if I should be asking the question. Can it be changed? Can it be different?
I ask the question because, since before there was FEMMUSIC, there was discrimination in the music business. It can be found in venues, studios, clubs and it may have changed over time. It has not gone away. I see value to the question. It is the “why” for us existing. Do you have thoughts on this? Please e-mail us.