This program aims to help withthis but also to help get audiences out to these shows, develop the local music economy and grow the following of bands and performers. Every city has its own sort of "vibe"--not to sound like a hippie but it is true. Even bands playing within the same genres have vaguely differing sounds based on a city or a region. Programs like this that help stir the pot are great for everyone.
This year Asheville (NC), Chico (CA), Denver, Fort Collins (CO), Lafayette (LA), Madison (WI), Nashville, Tenn. and Portland (OR) all participated. Next time out? even more cities will be involved. The program is even looking into going international.