house shows have been criticized by some as scene-ruining, venue-closing, and illegitimate, but if you know someone who runs a home venue, you know that’s just not the case. the people who run these places are some of the most caring, interesting, and locally interested people i know. their agenda is not to compete with local venues, which they themselves frequent, but to provide another outlet for smaller scale acts to entertain in an intimate setting. not every band can fill a 1000-person venue, but they deserve to be heard. if someone is kind enough to open their homes for those acts to play, then they should be praised, not criticized. often times these shows come at a cost to the homeowners, who usually give the show’s profits to touring bands… does that sound like a profitable and competitive business strategy? hardly. aside from all of that, some of the best shows in town are played in houses right now, but no one is writing about them…
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