This has been quite a year not ending nearly as badly as some had predicted. The local band Sugartown Alley sang their song Mayan Calendar at multiple shows throughout the year including The Woodshed on 12/21/12. Regretfully the video of that performance is lost to history along with the page two stone of the original calendar. At the same show Christian Coleman and Blue Zen didn’t want it all to end without playing Muddy Waters one last time. Float the Boat was also on hand making for a full evening of music to end all if it had come to that.
The local music scene is alive and well. Bands, individual artists, venues, DJs, sound techs, music stores, teachers and radio are all supporting and contributing to musical successes. It also takes coffee shops, bars and restaurants as well as churches and schools to provide the introduction to that scary place we call a stage. One local man is set on making the local scene even bigger. John (Johnny Cat) Farmer of Utah Musicians and American Musicians Radio is feeling the growing pains and loving it. One young Utah woman has navigated the difficult course of coffee shop to right coast to left coast and touring and recording in between. She is now living her dream as a recording artist and performer in Los Angeles, CA. One examiner is forever grateful to Tina Ferguson for her encouragement.
There were some sad moments. Loved ones passed on. Families struggled. A few bands broke up. The Garage on Beck was nearly destroyed by fire. Acoustic Music was robbed at Christmas time.
Somewhere a kid got an entry-level guitar for Christmas. The dream of playing, performing or just being cool is perpetuated. Rock and roll is here to stay. So are blues, jazz, pop and country.