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Monday, July 03, 2006

What the people want! Live MUSIC!

We have to keep this conservative, sleepy town board on its toes. The method: blogging. We have entered a blogalitious age and need to tap into tecnology's resources to put pressure on policy makers and legislators in this small town that could be quite hip but is not quite on the right track.

So, what is one thing that we residents want? More LIVE MUSIC!! I'm talking about Jazz, Flamenco, Samba, Cumbia, Rumba, Salsa, Bhangara, North African, West African, South African, Calypso, Indian (just to mention a few), and all of the astounding musical traditions that are connected to our great international student body. That means more venues, more festivals (ok, even ONE festival would be nice), more support via town funding, and a re-evaluation of how we are using public space in the non-winter period (The Common, Mill River Park, Puffers Pond area, and, of course, UMass and Amherst College).

Why is binge drinking such a craze among college students in the area? Look at the options they have in town: Irish bar with bad music, Irish bar with worse music, wanna be trendy bar with bad music (except for Thursday that draws a borderline music- oriented crowd for hip-hop night), and that is it!! Amherst Coffee is leading the movement towards a new stlye of venue and, with live Jazz on Fridays, is certainly heading in the right direction. But we need more.

5 Comments:

  • At 1:13 PM , Blogger Amherst Life said...

    I forgot to mention that Northampton residents had to boil there water before even brushing there teeth for several months last year: maybe you should check into that before tearing down trees and investing in sidewaks...

     
  • At 1:13 PM , Blogger Amherst Life said...

    And make Smith College pay for parking lots! They have the money.

     
  • At 7:11 PM , Blogger Taina said...

    I think you mean by "we" you. Amherst is the way it is because the a large amount of people there want it that way. The "we" does not sound good to me because what you want it is not what everyone wants. Look around outside your home, in the streets, in the stores. Do you think those people want what you want? Gime a break!!!

     
  • At 8:47 PM , Blogger Amherst Life said...

    Change is always possible, Taina. Sometimes we need to change the infrastructure before people can really get involved in shaping and creating what they want. I think there is a small, growing, and active community that does want to see Amherst move in some positive directions (especially with regards to arts programs). Evidence is the renovation of Amherst Cinema...

     
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