HPMA Audience Members Sound Off On What They Saw

Aftermath is pretty familiar with local music fans these days, so on Saturday at the HPMAs, we tried to talk only to people we had never seen at shows before to get a feel for who was enjoying what and what the showcase should try to do next year (besides not set the stages 20-something blocks apart, of course) and this is what we came up with.

Chad Sawyer and John Jordan - above, with their girlfriends - came to see the Sideshow Tramps and, when we talked to them at about 4 p.m.; they had seen Plump, Satin Hooks and Runaway Sun. We received an emphatic "Hell yeah!" when we asked if they were having a good time, and they shared with us their thoughts on Houston's music scene.

"There's not enough of it," said Sawyer (left). "Well, there is, but it's just concentrated in too few areas."

"I lived inside the Loop for about ten years, and now I live way out in the fucking suburbs," Sawyer said. "So I don't make it out to near as many shows as I did when I lived in the Heights."

"There's a little bit of everything here, if you know where to look," said Jordan, a 36-year-old Houston native, whose one complaint with Saturday's show was the lack of AC. But hey, that's Houston.

"That'd be my one bitch," he added with a laugh.

Jordan feels that our music scene doesn't get the credit it deserves, and told us he's tired of hearing about how much better Austin's music scene is.

"I think there's more cool shit in Houston; you've just got to know where to look," he said.

Both Sawyer and Jordan hope to see The Mighty Orq, Trey Clark and John Evans next year.

Monica Rogers and Katy Viele, whom we ran into at Kobain, came to see Jonathan Tyler and Matt & Kim. Viele just moved to Houston last week, so she was a bit too unfamiliar to comment on the local music scene, but we were glad to see that she was taking an interest so early after her arrival here.

So far, the two had seen Espantapajaros, though they couldn't pronounce the band's name (but to be fair, neither could we).

"I like the variety of music in Houston," said Rogers, who hopes to see Eleven Finger Charlie next year.

"It's not all the same stuff."

Rogers' friend Ryan, who wouldn't give us his last name, came to see Matt & Kim and wasn't too familiar with local bands, but enjoyed the showcase's festival atmosphere.

"I don't know any of them," Ryan said of the local acts. "It surprised me, because I thought I would know quite a bit of them, but apparently not."

Ryan told us he likes the feel of live shows and isn't too worried about the genre of music being played or how famous the performers are. If it's a live show, he told us he'll do his best to get there.

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Matt is a regular contributor to the Houston Press’ music section. He graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in print journalism and global business. Matt first began writing for the Press as an intern, having accidentally sent his resume to the publication's music editor instead of the news chief. After half a decade of attending concerts and interviewing musicians, he has credited this fortuitous mistake to divine intervention.
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