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Entertainment

December 16, 2012

Deep Grooves: Looking back on a year of music in Goshen

GOSHEN — Editor’s note: This column is the first of two parts. The second will run in next Sunday’s edition.

Simply put, it’s been a great year for live music in the Maple City.

When you consider a town the size of Goshen has five local outlets for fans of live music to enjoy local, regional and national touring bands, one could take this fact for granted. Sure, we’ve had live performances in town for years, but nothing compares to the incredibly talented and diverse line-up of 2012.

My hope is that we don’t become spoiled or simply assume the music will always be here. Live music needs our support if the artists are not just to survive but thrive in Goshen.

YOU COULD TRAVEL a great distance to enjoy the same quality of performer. Go on, hop in your car; it’s only 125 miles to Chicago or 150 to Indianapolis. Ann Arbor has a great music scene too; just remember that’s a 320-mile round trip to see a show. Detroit? Two hundred miles one way; even Grand Rapids is over 100 miles from home. Goshen might not have the seemingly endless array of artistic choices as do larger cities, but for our size nobody does it better.

Part of what I do, both officially and unofficially, is to help bring bands to town and offer support through 91.1 The Globe. When I’m on the phone with promoters or managers from Nashville and Los Angeles who want to know how they can help their bands get a gig in Goshen or exchanging emails with Madison Avenue talent agencies that keep offices in New York, L.A. and London who write, “We love Goshen,” I know we’ve got a great thing.

By all rights Goshen should not have the quality of live music that we do filling up venues, bars, theaters, coffee houses, streets and courtyards nearly every weekend. Seriously. Other towns are jealous. I promise you.

Many of you enjoyed several concerts over the past year. Thanks for supporting live music. December seems like a natural time to look back on some of the shows we saw together and a few we missed. Credit to Constant Spring, Downtown Goshen’s First Fridays, Goshen College Performing Arts Series, Goshen Theater and Ignition Garage and their dozens of employees and volunteers who do the work to make sure quality music comes to Goshen.

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