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We ask scenesters: Why do you go to local shows?

Misty Reign
Misty Reign
Tom MonahanBuy Photo
Tom Monahan
Steven Matview
Steven Matview
Maggie Leon
Maggie Leon

STEVEN MATVIEW

I started going to shows when I was 14 (first show: Foo Fighters at the Huntridge) and it really changed my life. I was a pretty lonely and depressed kid, and for the first time I found a place where I felt like I could fit in and be accepted. I’ve met all of my closest friends, including my wife, through shows in Vegas. I’m pushing 30, so I’m pretty much the old guy at most shows I go to. But I still have a blast, and it calms me and gives me something amazing and fun to look forward to.

MISTY REIGN

I snuck into an underground hip-hop show when I was 17 and immediately went out and got a fake ID to go to more. I had been to plenty of punk shows, but this felt different. I was hooked, not on being a part of a cool crowd or anything so juvenile as my otherwise high-school mentality would allow, but because I finally felt at home. I was in a room full of people who shared my same love … I firmly believe that certain personality types are attracted to specific music, so to be in a room full of what resonates most true in my heart is like being a room full of family members I have yet to meet.

TOM MONAHAN

I care because it’s something that I am passionate about. I’ve been going to shows regularly, both local and national acts, since I was about 13. It’s important to me, discovering new music and also supporting the artists responsible. The past few years, the influx of great local groups in the city made it easier to justify staying out late on a weekday to catch a great show by Twin Brother, The Mad Caps, Crowd, etc. Granted, going to so many shows, I became friends with a good amount of the local musicians, which made it even easier to support, because I like supporting people who I knew were in it for the right reasons. But even if that didn’t happen, I would still go support good music, because it’s something that is important to me.

MAGGIE LEON

I first started going to shows in high school. I went to The Huntridge, The Median, Balcony Lights, Cafe Roma. I go to shows for many different reasons. I love music and discovering new bands, whether they’re local or touring. Also, [I go] to support my friends who are in bands, and to meet new people. I’m not a homebody and I’m not a club girl. I’m drawn to the arts. I love creativity.