|From an old post. Just felt like recycling it.|
If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you'll recall the contentious debate that went on over the future of the former J.C. Penney building, now home to The Fillmore Silver Spring. Originally, the plan was to open a second Birchmere (the favorite of The Community), but that deal ultimately fell through. The county then made a deal with Live Nation to operate a venue in that space. In response, Seth Hurwitz of IMP and the 9:30 Club protested and submitted his own plan for the space, which he claimed would cost the county less money. I met with Live Nation and IMP to get their perspectives on what their plans for a Silver Spring music venue would entail. Of course, in the end the county stuck with Live Nation and we got the Fillmore, which finally opened last September.
Last year around the time of the Fillmore's opening, I performed a in-depth comparative analysis of the acts booked at the Fillmore Silver Spring vs. those at the 9:30 Club, comparing the mix of genres, age of artists, etc. to get a perspective on how the clubs differed. Now that the Fillmore has a year of performances under its belt, I thought it might be a good time to re-evaluate using a different approach. This time around I wanted to see how the two clubs compared with respect to the preferences of Silver Spring residents, at least the ones who read this blog (you).
I've compiled a list of all acts that have performed at either the Fillmore or the 9:30 Club in the twelve months since the Fillmore's grand opening on September 15th of last year. I also included all the acts booked at the Birchmere, as that venue was also in the mix at one point. Using this list, I've created a simple survey that I encourage everyone to take a moment to complete. While there are a lot of artists/events represented, the survey should still only take a few minutes - just look at the list of performers and check off each one that you would be interested in seeing. For the purposes of this exercise, don't worry about things like ticket price, schedule, etc. - just assume you got free/cheap tickets.
After a week or two, I'll compile the results and and post a comparison of the three venues based on the preferences of respondents. Granted, this isn't a ideal analysis, as there's no way to know who IMP or the Birchmere would actually book at their nonexistent Silver Spring concert venue, but it's the best I can do at this point and the results should still be interesting.
>>>FILL OUT THE SURVEY<<<