Why Live Music is Important
As we enter our third year as the Arts + Entertainment District, understanding who we are and what we stand for is essential, much like any living thing in the process of growth and development. Among our community pillars upon which our identity as a neighborhood is founded, music plays a pivotal role in our presence. From the beginning, we have made music–particularly live music, a key part of everything we do. From unplugged concerts and intimate shows, to full lineups at our Miami Flea, we never stop taking in the sounds that generate our city’s soundtrack. But why is live music so important? In a digital age, why should we continue having physical shows of every genre?
It reminds you of the importance in doing what you love. In every realm, not just that of music, watching a professional do what they do means many things, but most importantly it’s the representation of someone’s passion and hard work getting them to where they are today. It only emphasizes the significance of having a dream and believing in it until it becomes reality. Live music is a dream come true, even for those in the audience.
On a similar note, if you don’t leave your house to see many shows, you forget just how much of that hard work is put into sounding good live–and that goes for any genre, even electronic. Seeing a band perform live whether opener or headliner, you can see the literal beads of sweat, the dance of timing and key, all of which make live performance into a balancing act. Getting close enough to see musicians in action is a reality check into craftsmanship.
Live music is a bonding agent in its own right. Sure, buying albums or streaming your favorite artist’s work helps drive their numbers and expand their audience, but how are you connecting with fellow fans outside of the digital world? When it comes to watching a performer live, there’s nothing comparable to the feeling of connection to the people around you. Without knowing it, you and every member in the audience have something (huge) in common: a love for music. A love strong enough that it pulled you off the couch. Watching live music reminds you that you’re not alone.
Finally, and our favorite point, making the effort to see a show is the only true way you can support artists and their artistry. The way things are today, bands and acts survive off of touring and bookings. Many creatives, even outside of music, need an audience to continue to perfect their craft and grow their message. That can’t be done when every fan stops at downloading a song. Going to see a live show, whether it’s local jazz at a neighborhood wine bar or a sold out show in an arena, means you’ve made the effort to tell someone you’re listening. And they can hear you, too.