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Opinion

More local bands

June 11th, 2014 9:15 am by DAVE PALMER

More local bands

Congratulations to the organizers, vendors, volunteers and all others who were connected with putting on another fine Blue Plum Festival. I would like to suggest organizers consider the broad base of bands and musicians that are scattered throughout our area and give them a chance next year to appear in front of the large crowds that don’t usually get to hear them because most of these bands make a living doing the late-night bar scene.
As a retired musician, I know what it is like to perform in a large area in front of thousands of people. The response and energy that you get from such an atmosphere can be amazing. And I am sure if you opened the door for some of these folks, it could change their lives or at least make it a little better for being a musician (which is no easy lifestyle).
And consider we have several national acts from the Tri-Cities area and hundreds if not thousands of young and old people alike who are constantly forming good groups.
I feel that the stages could be put to better use by categorizing the type of music to be offered so that the performances can be followed by the people who like that type of music. The exposure of these bands would bring recognition that local musicians seek and provide them with a desire to succeed.
In turn, the local bars would also see a boost in their sales when the bands that have made new fans can now be seen at their favorite watering holes. It would benefit the entire area long after the Blue Plum Festival is over. And remember we have Kenny Chesney and The Band Perry, along with others from this area, making a lasting and powerful mark on the national music scene.
DAVE PALMER
Johnson City

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