A Happy 2010 to all of you! Our little group (of 600+!) has gained quite a bit of momentum over the past few months: new people joining by the day, growing attendance at events and a general excitement among the people whom I've met and spoken to. As the show calendar starts to pick up again after the holidays, I wanted to reach out to everyone to solicit your ideas on what we can do to make our group even better in 2010. We have 600 people and a lot of energy...help us turn it into something fantastic. A few questions...
How can we make this group more of a community? We're all here because we love live music, but I think the majority of us joined this group to also meet like-minded (and therefore awesome) people with similar interests...but between sets at the Middle East isn't exactly conducive to socializing, is it? Pre-show drinks and more non-show events should help, but what else can we do to allow people in the group to meet and get to know one another?
What types of events would you like to see? More events of a certain type of music? More free music-related events, like at Toad in Cambridge? Would you be interested in non-music events that might appeal to people in an indie music group, like, for example, indie films or pub nights?
How can we communicate better within the group? People should be able to connect with other people going to the same shows, and to share links to the music they're listening to, but the site Message Board doesn't get much traffic as you have to make a point to log on to the site and check it. Would a Facebook group be better, allowing you to get updates in your news feed? Twitter perhaps? Other ideas?
It's going to be a great year for Indie Rock Boston, with lots of cool (and possibly overly-ambitious...) events in the works. But your humble organizers are still very new to this...so please, any and all suggestions on how we can make this group even better are always welcomed. I'm posting this as a thread on the group Message Board...please use it to share your ideas, or feel free to email me directly. Looking forward to hearing from you all...
Friend/colleague: "So what are you up to tonight?" You: "I'm headed over to [The Middle East/Brighton Music Hall/Great Scott] for a show tonight." Friend/colleague: "Oh. One of those bands you listen to. Who is it, Nervous Squirrel again?" You: "That was Frightened Rabbit. And no, I'm going to see [insert name of awesome indie band]." Friend/colleague: Blank stare.
If so, you're in the right place.
This group is for people who don't have a lot of friends who frequent indie rock – as you'll see from the range of shows we attend, we use that term very loosely – shows, who are looking to meet some avid concert-goers, or just love live music and want to see some Boston venues. Meet up for food or drinks before and after shows.
Venues that will be the most frequented:
Middle East – Cambridge Brighton Music Hall – Brighton Great Scott – Allston Paradise Rock Club (and Lounge) - Boston (near BU) Royale – Boston TT the Bears - Cambridge
This group will be an open forum for indie (and the like) shows. Rather than stick to the standard Meetup model of having a few organizers run all the events, we’d like to get everyone involved and have lots of options on the calendar. So if you’re planning on heading to a show, and you’re willing to be responsible for arranging a time and place to meet and making sure people can find you and the group when they arrive, send us a suggestion (use the big “Schedule a New Meetup” link on our page) and we’ll help you do the rest!