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Hear that? Sacramento has the nation’s fastest-growing live music scene, report says

A crowd of teenaged girls cheer for Halsey, before she performs at the City of Trees Summer of Concert event at Gibson Ranch on Aug. 15, 2015.
A crowd of teenaged girls cheer for Halsey, before she performs at the City of Trees Summer of Concert event at Gibson Ranch on Aug. 15, 2015. apayne@sacbee.com

Go west, young troubadour. Sacramento is the fastest-growing city in the nation for live music – according to one online ticket broker.

Eventbrite made the distinction this month, based on the number of tickets to live music events processed on its site from 2015 to 2016. Sacramento saw a 177-percent increase, according to the website, edging out Pittsburgh (176 percent).

In its report, title “5 Unexpected Cities Experiencing a Live Music Renaissance,” Eventbrite wrote that Sacramento “has a rich arts community, and the music scene has a prominent indie vibe, particularly when it comes to metal and punk.” (It also lauded the capital for being more affordable than San Francisco and “sunny year round.”)

The description of its music scene shouldn’t surprise a city whose notable alumni include Cake, Deftones, Death Grips, etc. Still, there have been questions about the strength of the city’s music scene given the closing of some higher-profile venues in recent years.

Starlite Lounge in midtown closed its doors in June. Shortly after, Naked Lounge coffee shop announced it would no longer host live music. Eventbrite lists both places as “favorite indie venues in Sacramento” – along with Holy Diver, the all-ages music venue from the owners of Ace of Spades that’s set to open this fall in the old Starlite building.

The report, though, also makes mention of Sacramento’s music festivals – such as the upcoming HOF Day – and free live music events such as Concerts in the Park and the Farm to Fork Festival, which features a deep lineup of indie folk bands this year.

The science may be inexact, given that it only accounts for tickets passing through Eventbrite. Anyway, it’s a pleasant departure for a city that also harbors the country’s worst drivers and second-ugliest population.

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