Just last night, the University of Portland held its second annual “Rock the Bluff” event. The main act was “Boys Like Girls” and while this post is not about a review or anything, it was a pretty standard rock show with a crowded arena, loud bass-heavy sub-woofing speakers, and some crazy dancing (onstage which may be not so typical). The thing I found quite amusing was observing those in attendance rocking out in nostalgic appreciation to the music that we all used to listen to around freshman year of high school.
That got me thinking about how much the concept of “old’ in today’s music industry effects the musicians. I wonder, to give a very clear example, how many shows our featured act has got booked this year in 2013. I wonder because today’s pop music scene changes so quickly because consumers seem to be so phase-driven. (i.e. a band is the “biggest thing” for a short while, but listeners soon get over them, move onto the next biggest thing and the band which was not so long ago big, is forgotten or even ridiculed in the cases of some…) But is it the band or is it the consumer? Because it seems that long-gone are the days of the perennial artist.