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July 8, 2008

Will the scene lose steam?

How much longer can the Baltimore music scene keep expanding like it is now?

I was talking to Government Names blogger and City Paper writer Al Shipley yesterday. He's been covering the scene here for a few more years than I have, and we agreed: As far as the number of clubs and quality of bands, Baltimore's music community has grown by leaps and bounds lately.

Heck, in the past couple years, two clubs have opened for every one that's closed (don't quote me on that statistic, but if it's not exact, it's close). ...

Look at Station North, where several spots like the Windup Space (pictured) have opened in the past couple years alone.

But can Baltimore's scene keep growing like this? 

Doesn't it have to slow down or regress at some point? Or will we continue to see the city grow musically in the coming years?

(Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Sun Photographer) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 11:16 AM | | Comments (6)
Categories: Local music


Yeah, it will. But it will be better than it was prior.

Why do things always have to turn negative? It is sort of a typical B-More thing that happens when things get good. I’ve lived in the city for eight years and every year has been better then the one before so why the negativity?

I wouldn't say it's negativity so much as it's me asking a question. As a reporter, I do that a lot.

Baltimore has a thriving music scene that still gets passed up on national tour routes due to lack of venues amongst other things. I am constantly having to tell bands that I can not accommodate a certain date because I am booked. Then I take a look at other venues calendars to see if I can point them another direction and those calendars are full as well. So the more the better in my opinion. Having only 5 or so venues can make a music scene stagnant. .

I'm not trying to be negative I'm just saying won't be the buzz spot forever. It's not like Rolling Stone is going to do a second article on it. So it won't have as much national attention but it will still be way better than it was 8, 10 years ago.

Like everything else, it will ebb and flow with the audience that will vote their feet and dollars to support it.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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