For many, the Boise music scene is lacking. Not enough shows, small crowds and no local music. What many people don’t know is that they hold the power to liven up Boise’s music scene.
Boise has a very diverse local music scene here that may continue to grow over the next couple years. There are tons of genres represented, and even local electric dance music (EDM) artists are getting quite a bit of attention. With such a small market in Boise, the future looks on the upward bound.
“The Boise local music scene has as much variety as major markets like San Francisco or Seattle,” said Kristine Simoni, the marketing & entertainment director for The Revolution concert house. “The tough part for the local scene here is there is not as much population to draw from to get the audience out to see them and fewer local establishments for them to perform in.”
It is quality, and not quantity that matters. The music fans that do come out to support our local music scene tend to engage actively in the shows. When it comes to touring shows, though, promoters need to be more weary.
“As a promoter we would all love to see every show sell out, unfortunately that is not the case,” Simoni said. “There are so many factors to consider that may come up such as weather, a competing event on the same night or maybe the band does not have as big a following in the area.”
It’s extremely difficult to determine how well a certain band or artist will do in Boise. There are a lot of reasons why some tours don’t come through Idaho. There might be issues with routing and it not making sense for a certain band to go out of the way of their other shows.
“If a bands guarantee (their fee no matter how many tickets sold) is too high promoters may not want to take the risk of bringing them here,” Simoni said. “Either there may not be enough ticket sales to cover the cost of the show, or the ticket price would be too high for the market to handle.”
Another point to factor in is that if a similar band has already played the area and didn’t draw a large crowd, there isn’t a large enough fan base in the area to bring back other acts like them. A really sore subject for many music fans is Warped Tour not coming to Boise the last few years.
“We did Warped tour for years and have had to pass on it the past couple due to declining sales and lack of radio support in that genre of music,” Simoni said.
Boise, being very isolated, does not have the same population and draw from outlying areas that larger markets have the advantage of. The more people that go out and support live music, the more tours there are to be brought through.
The solution is simple. Enjoy the music. The thing that is so special about live music is that what you are seeing right then and there is completely different from what someone will see tomorrow, or what somebody saw yesterday.
“I see people at shows all the time on Facebook or Twitter or just trying to photo or video the show instead of being there and really absorbing what is happening on stage,”Simoni said. “If more people really get into the live aspect of music, I think the scene will grow both on a local and national level.”