As we get older, we tend to stop finding new music. There’s study after study about musical taste kicking off in your teens and ending around 30 years old. But we’re here to help. And this time, we’re not going to just tell you to start up your favorite streaming service and wait for the algorithms to feed you songs (even though their algorithms are incredible).
If you’re going to see a band you already know and love, you may not think that you can leave with any new music for later. Let me be the first to tell you that you’re wrong. There are a plethora of ways to get new music.
It’s as simple as paying attention when the openers go on. Depending on the show, you’ve got anywhere from one to four new bands to listen to when you leave. And the best part about it is, every time you listen to them in the future, you can remember seeing the passion they left on stage that first night.
The Calendar of Events
Definitely not the most exciting of ways to discover new music but a definite possibility. Usually near the restrooms or in front of the venue is the calendar of events. Read through who’s coming, who’s opening, and jot down any that sound fun or are just up your alley.
Your New Friends
Because you’re such an outgoing, attractive person, you’re going to make a bunch of new friends at the show. Talk about music! Ask them who they’ve seen at the venue. Who’s their favorite? You’re a spy and your mission is to fill your musical database ASAP.
Not all bars but a lot of bars have live music throughout the month. Talk to the bartender, check out the website, and find the smallest of artists and bands who are playing at your local dive.
3. Open Mics
You may find a little more slam poetry than live music in this one, but every once in a while, you’re going to find gold. A lot of singers and songwriters step away from the band to test out their solo material at open mics throughout their area. If you’re lucky, you may just hear the next big band or singer before anyone else knows anything.
Here’s another one that might surprise you. Universities have recitals, shows, music, and performances for and by students all the time. A lot of them are completely free as well. Look them up on the school’s website and see what these true up-and-comers are capable of. “School of rock” will have a whole new meaning for you after checking a few of these shows out.
This is the most straight-forward music finding event you can be a part of. If you’re heading out to a festival, you most likely already love a few of the bands, but there are so many more than just the ones you love. Don’t forget to take risks and head to the tiny side stage in the middle of the day to hear about bands only on their way to the top.
No matter how you do it, don’t let your age or brain stop you from discovering new music. There are too many bands out there for you to not keep the search going. So head out. Find new bands. Start changing your playlist like you change your shirts (as long as you change your shirt every day).