Music is a tough business. The trials of being a musician — all the training and time spent perfecting a skill, and seeing what's out there and trying to do better — usually happens during hours that can also be applied to making immediate money. Musicians eventually do make money, but day to day, they bet on themselves to succeed.
A big gamble needs a big payoff. While most gigs don't pay very well at all, the difference between the price of a ticket and the price to hire the band can be fairly large, which means it's a gamble for the performance venue to host the band, too.
Through my experiences producing the Second Story Garage music video series for the Colorado Daily, I've developed an immense respect for the brave souls willing to make music their only profession. And speaking of Second Story Garage, the project itself is on hold until we can figure out how to pay the bills.
Music is just a tough business, which is why you tend to see a lot of turnover in venues and bands alike. Not all can hack the headaches involved with the music scene.
It's a gamble for everyone, so we concertgoers in the Front Range should be encouraged to see so many people and businesses willing to take that leap and play or host music. It means we've developed a scene that draws musicians from other areas to take their gamble in a less risky environment.
I think we need to respect and nurture that environment. Go out and witness live music!
The point here is that if you love a band or a music venue, take full advantage. As the song goes, you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone.
A great example of what I'm talking about can be seen with the Kaleidoscope concert series at the Center for Musical Arts (CMA) in Lafayette.
The series is a change from the normal classical fare hosted by the Colorado Music Festival (CMF). The CMF and Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts merged in 2009, and the Kaleidoscope series became a cool side project that featured local bands and occasional artist workshops.
After the leader of the series left the association in 2015, Kaleidoscope went quiet for a while, much like Second Story Garage. But new enthusiasm for the series is afoot, and there are plans to bring it right back to its former glory. Normally, the series offers three shows in the spring and three in the fall, bookending the summer CMF concert series.
On Saturday night, you can see the rebirth of a great music event and catch some of the best bluegrass in Boulder at the same time. Recent Rockygrass band competition winner Masontown will head the bill, and the grass/folk/'abilly duo everyone loves, Bonnie and Taylor Sims, will open.
The concert is held at CMA headquarters, at 200 E. Baseline in Lafayette. Tickets are $15, and the show will start at 7:30. The venue is an old church, so just know that the sound will be killer! See ya there.