Hey, We’re Talented. Really, We Are.
This past winter I was in a leadership class here in Sioux City. On one of the sessions a lady from the Chamber of Commerce got up and gave a “rah-rah” speech detailing how Sioux City was an up-and-coming area and had a lot to be proud of… “One of the ways we promote the arts and local talent here in Siouxland is through the ‘Fridays on the Promenade’ series where we showcase local bands every Friday afternoon in the summer,” she said. “We’re proud of our local artists and want to use them to revitalize the downtown district.”
As I listened to her I caught myself wondering how many local bands actually played at the Promenade the year before. I could only think of one, and if memory serves they were a last-minute substitution for an act out of Chicago or something. Her remark stuck in my mind.
I just saw the schedule for this year’s Promenade, featuring local talent to showcase the city… There’s ONE guy from the Sioux City area on the list. One local artist. The rest are from way far away and have no connection to Sioux City.
And people around here wonder why the art and music scene is dying a slow death on the vine… Local artists get no support from the community even at events promoting local art! It’s frustrating.
And before you say things like, “well, they probably got the best musicians available,” lemme tell you that some of the musicians from Sioux City ARE among the best available. I’m not saying the local talent is better than what the city hired, but the local guys truly are a lot better than people suspect.
At times I’m happy I’m not in a band any more…