Why oh why? It makes my head spin that for two months there are precious few national acts, and then on one night we"ve got to pick from three. We have a wealth of smaller venues, all of which do their best to showcase local and emerging national acts. We are, however, sadly lacking in medium-sized venues able to accommodate national touring acts who are not yet arena acts, but more in the range of 500-2,000 people. The Murat houses two of those stages and the Vogue is the other. The trouble is that the main stage at the Murat is too large a house for the likes of Common, or, say, The Roots (in this city at least). The Vogue, while having great acoustics, is only available for shows four nights a week, with Wednesday, Friday and Saturday occupied by the more lucrative Club nights. I am not asking the Vogue to give up their cash cows, or the Murat to bear the burden of all the national acts. I leave it up to the concertgoers to support all of the acts and support the venues, so that other stages of some capacity might open and avail us of another place to book these acts as opposed to cramming them all into one Tuesday night. I must commend Birdy"s and the Patio, who are able to score some great acts that are on the road to fame. Hopefully, the music industry will stop whining about CD sales long enough to see that they need to get their good artists out on the road and into cities like Indianapolis so we can see them and buy their records. In the meantime, we as cultural consumers need to take an evening and go see a show, even if we have to send our head to one venue and our shakin" booties to another.

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