Megan Thee Stallion in Concert for Purple Bull at White Oak New music Hall.
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If you like music, Houston is just one of the worst towns in America for it.
That’s in accordance to research from Clever, a actual estate details company who analyzed info from the U.S. Census, Bureau of Economic Examination, Bureau of Labor Studies and much more. They took into account matters this kind of as Google Developments scores, pre-COVID concert ticket costs, doing the job musicians, quantity of venues and audio festivals
The outcomes? Amid the in general worst tunes metropolitan areas, Houston is third, just at the rear of Miami and Las Vegas. Houston arrives in at the leading of worst metropolitan areas for reside new music, followed by Dallas and Detroit.
“It is really very clear that people residing in these 10 metropolitan areas are not as fascinated in new music ordeals as the people of other metros,” according to the posting.
Houston has an normal of a single audio pageant within a 100-mile radius and only 1.1 small concert venues for each capita. There are 14 career musicians for each 1,000 citizens, who make an average hourly revenue of $43.60.
Information are information. But are they?
I’m a Houston native and have protected the area audio scene for a lengthy time. I know there are difficulties to both equally making the most of music and remaining a musician in the town. Operating musicians typically wrestle for neighborhood crowds and aid. Our pageant observe report is not excellent, even though the We Are A person Audio + Arts Competition was just declared for May possibly. Also numerous national touring functions however skip Houston.
But I also know how extraordinary Houston’s new music scene can be. I’ve been to stunning demonstrates in little venues. I’ve listened to albums from Houston acts that are greater than something from important labels. I’ve noticed performers onstage whose talent boggles my brain.
Houston has so many new music champions, from Kam Franklin to Mark Austin to Place Kiddettes. There is unquestionably very little, nowhere like Houston’s rap scene. And a escalating group of LGBTQ+ artists are making interesting, adventurous new music.
So perhaps the figures say we aren’t Austin or Nashville. I will just take Houston and its issues around them any day.