Thanks to everyone who took the time to complete the Silver Spring live music survey I posted earlier this week. There have been over 200 responses and counting. Earlier today I decided I had enough responses to get a good read on people's concert-going behavior and music preferences to make the comparisons I wanted to make, so I went ahead and crunched the numbers...
A vast majority of survey responses came from residents of the 20910 and 20901 ZIP codes, followed by Wheaton and some SSINO areas.
|Rank||Performer||Percent Selected||Venue Played|
|1||They Might Be Giants||36.7%||9:30 Club|
|2||Lewis Black||31.1%||The Fillmore|
|3||The Smashing Pumpkins||30.6%||9:30 Club|
|4||The Roots||26.0%||The Fillmore|
|6||The Cranberries||19.9%||9:30 Club|
|6||Aimee Mann||19.9%||The Birchmere|
|8||Foster the People||19.4%||9:30 Club|
|10||The Magnetic Fields||18.9%||9:30 Club|
|11||Cyndi Lauper & Dr. John||18.4%||9:30 Club|
|11||George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic||18.4%||9:30 Club|
|13||Band of Horses||17.3%||9:30 Club|
|13||Thievery Corporation||17.3%||9:30 Club|
|16||The Mighty Mighty Bosstones||16.8%||9:30 Club|
|16||The Ting Tings||16.8%||9:30 Club|
|18||Ben Harper||16.3%||9:30 Club|
|18||Snow Patrol||16.3%||9:30 Club|
|18||Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group||16.3%||The Birchmere|
|22||The Psychedelic Furs & Tom Tom Club||15.8%||The Fillmore|
|24||Ziggy Marley||15.3%||The Fillmore|
|24||Drive-By Truckers||15.3%||9:30 Club|
|24||Jane's Addiction||15.3%||9:30 Club|
|24||Portlandia The Tour||15.3%||9:30 Club|
Who knew They Might Be Giants was so popular? I thought they just did children's music these days. And the Cranberries... clearly a lot of people are nostalgic for 1993.* Interestingly, Levon Helm just missed the cut, and he's deceased.
While 3 of the top 5 acts performed at the Fillmore, overwhelmingly the acts represented on this list were booked at the 9:30 club (70%) , followed by the Fillmore (22%) and the Birchmere (11%). Matthew Sweet performed at both 9:30 and Birchmere, hence the total percent exceeding 100%.
So what, if any, conclusions can we arrive at using this data? Let's just assume for the purposes of discussion that this is at least somewhat representative of the opinions of concert-goers residing in Silver Spring.
The Fillmore pulls from all over the region, so it's not like it's dependent on Silver Springers for business. That said, the results of this survey indicate that locals are significantly more likely to deal with the hassle of going to the 9:30 Club than make the short drive or walk over to the Fillmore, due to the former booking acts that are preferable to the ones performing locally. Perhaps Live Nation could adjust their mix of bookings a little. I would think that many of the bands on the list above that performed at the 9:30 Club aren't outside of the Fillmore's wheelhouse. Of course, if they're doing well with what they have, why would they bother to change? Some of their bigger artists who had sold-out shows weren't near the top of the list, including Guns 'N Roses (#37, just below Fountains of Wayne) and Mary J. Blige (#84).
The results would also seem to show that the Birchmere Silver Spring that never was would likely have been significantly less preferable than what we ended up with.
Would the slate of shows an IMP-run venue be preferable to the one we've gotten at the Fillmore? Tough to say. Would they have kept all their prime bookings for 9:30 and assign their second-tier acts to Silver Spring? It's not like they don't already book shows in the 'burbs, though. IMP booked Metric (who I'd like to see) for a show at the Strathmore tonight, even though Live Nation booked them at three other Fillmores this month. Why not this one?
Anyway, take from this what you will. If there's any interest, I can post the detailed results on Google Docs.
*Admittedly, I checked this box too...