I asked Glenn Crytzer if I could re-post his awesome article on supporting live music because I too want you to support the artists that make this world wonderful.
Hi Jazz Fans,
So often I hear people say “we’ve got to support live music.” Dance instructors often tell their students to support live music by coming out to venues when there’s a band playing, organizers worry about people coming out to “support the band”.
Every effort is appreciated of course, but I think where this phrase misses the mark is that people want to go dancing to enjoy themselves, not to support a something. Telling people to support live music by showing up sends the message “go out dancing to a DJ to have fun, come hear a band to support the scene.” Of course no one MEANS it that way, but it somehow comes across to people as such.
So what CAN you actively do to support live music and share their passion for dancing to a live band with other people? Here are some talking points that you might find helpful:
1. Tell people why you like to dance to live music better than recorded music. The majority of experienced dancers prefer dancing to a live band over dancing to recordings. These are also folks who have a tremendous passion for dancing. Share your passion for this with others. Your students, friends, new dancers, etc. Tell them honestly why it matters to you and why you like it better. People’s authentic passion is a better motivator than anything else.
2. Talk to people about the correlation between improvisation in dancing and improvisation in jazz.
3. Talk about how the band feeds off the dancers energy and the dancers feed off the band. There’s not any interplay like this with a recording.
4. Talk about dancing as the whole experience of dancing, music, fashion and vintage culture rolled together. There’s a reason you own vintage clothes!!
5. Some people are history buffs. Talk about the historical accuracy of dancing to live music.
6. Some people are kinesthetic. Talk about how it FEELS different to dance to real instruments vibrating than it does to a speaker.
7. Tell your audiophile friends that no matter how good a recording is, it’s not the real thing.
8. Tell people that live music nights are THE nights to be out. They’re not just dance practice, they’re social events where you can expect everyone to be out!
9. Tell people it’s what all the cool kids are doing.
In addition to sharing your ideas about why you love to dance to live music, there’s some other great ways to be a supporter.
1. Start a thread or a message about dressing up when there’s a band. People looking sharp means it’s more special when a band plays.
2. Introduce people to the musicians. People are more involved if they know the folks making the music.
3.Be there. Stay home one DJ’d night that week and spend that extra $5 to see a band!
4. Suggest bands’ facebook groups to friends or post a link to a bands’ page as your status every now and then. Facebook lets you send a page suggestion to anyone you want. If you know some dancers not on a fan page of a band you like, suggest it to them. A couple kids at the Century this week were SHOCKED to learn that my band was on facebook. The more folks on our pages the more people who will know about our shows.
5. Side by side with number 4 is inviting more people to a band’s show. Facebook lets you invite people on your friend list to events you’re attending. Spread the word.
6. Read this blog (and others like it!) and learn about music. Re-post stuff you find interesting for others to see too!
Remember, supporting live music is about telling people how much it kicks ass, not about telling them to support it.
The movement is growing!! Viva live jazz!