Elliot Seng: Local over Mainstream
Steamboat Lake State Park — For a lot of folks here in the Yampa Valley, attending a concert may be on the schedule every once in a while. We can picture the typical grandiose image. A stadium, massive, filled with thousands of fans and a band internationally renown. It’s the feeling we reminisce about when the lights drop out and a crowd explodes in pandemonium.
Why do we hold the bar so high to large-scale, mainstream acts and attractions? Is it the American in us saying bigger is better and swaying with what the radio dictates we listen to? This is a deeper level of thought meant for a greater discussion, but why do I feel that most people never appreciate what’s right in front of them? The benefits of seeing local music acts as opposed to mainstream acts may be more evident and exciting than you think.
To start, let’s take cost out of the conversation. When you live within minutes of a bar, restaurant or small stage offering music — just like Steamboat — it’s pretty easy math to see the difference in hundreds of dollars as opposed to $20 to $50 for a night out. Ride a bike, take a walk or carpool with your friends to the show. You don’t have to break the bank to see talented musicians here.
Secondly, what could be better than checking out your favorite bar, only to catch a band you truly like but had never heard of before? The experience of seeing and hearing an act for the first time, live, can be quite the experience. In fact, this is one of the primary reasons I’ll spend the $200 on a multiple day music festival. Catching wave of new tunes is reminiscent of a light bulb going off upstairs. This is the best way — that I know of — to find new music. What’s better than testing a band’s juju than hearing them live? Nada.
Support, support, support your live music scene here in northern Colorado. I can’t say it enough. There is a wealth of talent all around this area. From rock, blues, country, jam, bluegrass and folk styles, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Unless you hate all things musical, you have no reason to refrain from sampling the local music around Steamboat and beyond.
This weekend you can check out acts all over town. It’ll be fun. I promise.
Elliot Seng can tell a few stories. Especially the type where music takes the stage. His story started in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania back in 1987. At 27 years old, and residing in Steamboat Springs for the past five years, his dedication to music is more alive than ever. Whether at home in a robe harmonizing to a favorite vocalist or standing next to you at the weekend’s top gig dancing like a ninny, he cannot be ignored. In his short time on earth he’s a proven music junkie, and totally broke from it.
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