Local Talent Needs Place To Play


I just interviewed Kimber Lanning, owner of Stinkweeds and founder of Local First Arizona, because my next article is about supporting local musicians and how doing so creates community involvement.

Interestingly enough, what I went in to ask about got shelved some when after talking to her, it became more a question of why don’t the people of Phoenix and the ‘burbs attend local musical events more.

I speculate it’s because we Phonecians and the like don’t know about such events and venues, Lanning thinks it’s because parenthood takes over.

Either way, there aren’t enough medium sized venues for said local talent to play. Places that new talent can sell about 300 to 500 seats.

So, I wonder…

“If they¬†build it, will we come?”

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