Maybe you’ve heard that we’re playing at the Buzzbin Music Shop in downtown Canton. It’s true! I thought I’d take the opportunity to tell you why I love to play in Canton. Buzzbin and The Auricle are great music venues with a cool vibe, great drink selections, and run by people who give a shit. This last part really comes through when you play at either of these venues. They are a pleasure to deal with booking wise, they both have good sounding rooms with properly executed sound, and qualified sound engineers. If we stopped the list here these venues would already be far and away two of the best we’ve played. Not to mention that both places seem to book strictly good music. All that aside, the single greatest thing both venues have going for them is the aggressively enthusiastic Canton youth.
When we play in Canton we consistently reach listeners who came to the venue, not because they knew we were going to be there, but because Buzzbin Music Shop and The Auricle are both known for booking good music. This is an artist’s dream. To have an audience who is interested in the thing you do conceptually, and is willing to go somewhere that serves up that thing, and consume it. This is both what I want as an artist, and how I prefer to take in entertainment.
I like to think about it like this: if I go to a restaurant, I find a thing that sounds generally appealing and I order it. I don’t get all specific about how I want it cooked. I trust that the person preparing the food has some intention in mind, and that by meddling with their design I can only limit my experience. I eat the food and I enjoy it. Chances are the chef will prepare the food with some flare or subtlety that I’ve never experienced before and I will have a unique reaction. The same principles apply to music, comedy, really any kind of artistic presentation. When you go to a venue that strictly books acts that live up to their sensibilities, it doesn’t matter what the show is. You’ll probably have an experience that you never could have never conceived of. Now you’re in uncharted territory. You’ve discovered something new! Isn’t that a great feeling?
My wife and I lived in Los Angeles for a short time. The stand up comedy and long-form improv communities both shined with this concept. You could go to just about any show and see someone with a unique point of view, and undeniably great comedic sensibility. I think musicians in Northeast Ohio have that same level of talent. You could go out any night of the week and discover something interesting that is at least as good as any nationally touring act. The Canton youth have a special thirst for this though. The hip young people are flourishing, craving something artistic, something special they can call their own. A local arts scene fills just that desire. They can discover a band with less than 100 fans. They can strike up a conversation after the show. A band and their listeners can easily become part of each others experience in an organic way. It’s a beautiful thing. It’s why I love to play music in Canton. If you occasionally feel jaded about independent art, like I do, check out any show at The Auricle or The Buzzbin Music Shop. Take the opportunity at Buzzbin on Wednesday, July 9th! Come see The Singular, along with Cody J. Martin, opening for touring musician The Saturday Giant. This is a phenomenal lineup. You won’t be disappointed. Plus you’ll get to see something truly novel: a group of concertgoers giving their attention to entertainers, reveling in what is being created for them in that moment.