Local Instagram account welcomes newcomers to Arizona’s music scene
Meet “thegoodshowsaz” – an account that works to make Arizona’s music scene more inclusive and safer
Meet “thegoodshowsaz” – the elder siblings protectors of the Arizona music scene.
The account aims to disrupt the music industry‘s lack of diversity and its tendency to promote problematic artists while providing a safe space for marginalized musicians and audience members in the local music community.
Led by Bailey Pyritz, a junior studying digital culture, and Ryan Avery, a longtime member of the Phoenix music community, the account is the successor to a website of the same name.
Avery previously co-ran a website focused on Arizona ska shows and launched The Good Shows website in 2004 to attract a larger audience.
The original blog lost ground in the early 2010s with the arrival of Facebook Events, and even now the new Instagram account is reluctant to post more shows amid growing concern over the coronavirus pandemic. .
As such, the account shifted gears to provide advice on how to avoid COVID-19 at music events and advice on managing home locations during a pandemic.
Avery found inspiration to restart the site after speaking with a friend.
Recalling the conversation, Avery said that as an older member of the community, they are now “responsible for providing space for a young generation of weirdos.”
There are three requirements that make “thegoodshowsaz” true to its name. To be accessible, each show had to cost less than $ 15, be open to all ages, and something worth going to.
For Pyritz, having shows open to all ages is a big priority.
“A lot of venues are over 21, and they have punk shows there, and that kind of kills the scene, because what really brings the scene to life is the kids and young people,” Pyritz said. .
This iteration of the project, which was renewed in July, maintains its original goal of creating a safe and welcoming space for newcomers and veterans, with a greater emphasis on security.
Ava Fox, a sustainability student, as well as a band member and spectator, said the stage should support artists, not people using her bands as a tool of social weight.
“thegoodshowsaz” tries to promote only artists without a history of misconduct or fanaticism. Groups that threaten the safety of the scene are not being promoted on the site, Pyritz said.
“Space was created for white males, by white males, and I just think it’s something that needs to go,” Pyritz said.
They want to bring more activism to the project by creating a space where the account audience can celebrate art without fear of encountering racism, homophobia and misogyny.
“It’s good to stand up for yourself, and it’s good to stand up for what you believe in and the changes you want to see,” Pyritz said.
Neither Fox nor Pyritz condone anyone with a history of misconduct at an event. Both are committed to making everyone aware of their presence on stage – for Pyritz, through the story, and for Fox, on stage as a performer.
Fox said that in order to promote bands that deserve attention, the community needs to self-regulate.
She said she supports “thegoodshowsaz” as she believes it highlights the beneficial aspects of the stage so that young people and those from marginalized communities can safely interact with their favorite artists.
Fox said it is essential to create a safe environment in the first place, rather than monitoring future events for harmful actions. “To help a community, you do something first,” Fox said.
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