A Road Map For Live Music
McKinney is something of a cultural garden of Eden — the neighborhood of choice for a fabulous variety of talented creators, some of whom have been profiled in these pages. Jazz, rock, blues, and classical musicians, along with many virtuosi of the spoken word, reside, play, and shop among us.
What’s more, they occasionally perform here — in church halls or libraries or community centers, or in the worldlier environment of bars, clubs, and coffeehouses.
What the “Our Way,” plans to do is to find out where such entertaining things are happening, and keep you advised, it won’t be a substitute for the back-page calendar, but it will be a directed spotlight.
Some aging hippie types, including this columnist, are prone to nostalgia for a time when live entertainment was both easier to find and cheaper in McKinney.
But nowadays, this generation is tending to stay home, surrounded by loving families and/or home entertainment systems.
Meanwhile, Joseph Wilkinson, the founder of the 10-year-old weekly McKinney Music Series at the McKinney Ministry, has noticed that for those who do go out, “the whole focus has shifted toward hip-hop [rap dancing] and indy rock.” This draws a younger crowd away from the neighborhood, mainly to Green Valley and the South of Emery area. Both these trends, he says, have contributed to a decline in attendance at the McKinney Music Series.
To be sure, it’s hard to keep live music happening during these years and a number of clubs around the area have sunk into the morass of recession. The McKinney Music Series itself has become more expensive ($8 to $15), though the ticket price still looks decent in comparison to most cover charges for equivalent world music, jazz, and comedy. And you don’t have to worry about costly cocktails because there aren’t any —just beer.
Wilkinson points out that he offers discounts at the door for kids and seniors.