0227: /blues

blues

What’s that sound?  Someone is playing the blues.

Where can you hear the blues in your town?  Go ahead, google it.  You will find some club dates, maybe a festival in a few months.  But there is much more blues playing going on below the surface.

The blues are being played in garages, basements, schools and small bars and coffee shops.  Places that don’t have an official booking, or a website, or an affiliation with Ticket Master.

Every bad situation is a blues song waiting to happen.                 -Amy Winehouse

Just lost your job?  Well now you have a blues song.  Grab your guitar and head out to the park and start playing the blues.  But also post to localweb.is/blues.   People who are looking for the blues will be following that slash and you might attract a few fellow musicians.

It doesn’t always have to be so spontaneous though.  Is your local high school putting on a blues show with some great young talent?  It’s going to be hard to get the attention of the typical music gatekeepers in your city.  Just post to /blues.  When you are at the event, take a photo and it post to /blues.  The activity will cause /blues to rise to the top of the directory at localweb.is.  Others in the area will see it, and because they are all local, and this is their high school, it has more value to them then some blues show they have to plan a whole evening around.

Of course, if you live in a city where the blues is played quite often, you can just keep an eye on /blues to see what shows are really hopping that evening.  Who are the people exited to see that may be flying under the radar of local publications?

The local web removes the traditional gatekeepers from local knowledge and events.  What’s going on right now, to the minute, within walking distance?  That’s what the local web will answer.

And if there is nothing going on and the place is totally dead…. well then you have another blues song.  Post to /blues.

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