I read on another forum that many believe that local live music is dead or at the very least dying. They stated in comparison to 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, etc. that the function of live music is greatly reduced or non existent. In my area, I feel like things have reduced and adjusted. There are gigs out there, but not like it used to be. Original bands are essentially playing for free. Lots of venues are doing open mic/fools on stools for free/tips avenue. Bar/Cover bands are playing all night for $300-$500 a night. A-List bands/Wedding bands are playing a tight, competitive market for $1000-$1500 a show. DJs and Karaoke seem to draw more patrons on average than bands for the most part and many venues are dropping bands in exchange for these. What do you think the state of local live music is in your area?