An Occasion To Be Casually Passionate

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Localized Experiences of Indie-Rock Concerts in the Triangle Area of North Carolina


This project is organized into three thematic sections that will aid in the development and support of the thesis. The first part will situate the Triangle area’s music scene within the larger sub-culture of indie-rock by examining its geographical significance, as well as how its climate, community demographics, venue characteristics and local events serve to define its presence in that sub-culture. Finally, it will examine how both local and broader forms of promoting, collaborating, and nurturing oblige and enable the local music scene. The second part examines the perceived value of local venues to concert-goers and how each venue space impacts the experience of attending an indie-rock concert. The third section will directly discuss how indie-rock concert goers experience the entire concert as a single event. Their relationship with fellow concert-goers will be examined, including patterns of socialization. Finally, this section will situate local indie-rock concert goers as fans and discuss the various ways that their fandom is displayed.

Place – Situating the Triangle Area’s Music Scene

The Triangle area in North Carolina includes the cities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, as well as nearby and connected cities such as Cary, Carrboro, and Greensboro. It is located in the southeast region of the United States and advantageously situated between Nashville, Atlanta, Richmond, and Washington D.C. The geographical location advantageously situates the Triangle area between major cities of the east coast that are considered to be cultural centers.

Space – Perceived Value, Intimacy, Position and Their Connections
to Expectation

For local concert-goers, the historical and atmospheric character of venues serves to legitimize and situate the Triangle area’s’ music scene within the larger indie-rock subculture while also creating a local experience that’s unique for both musician and audience.

Expressions of Fandom and Solidarity

Despite the intimate setting, there is very little socialization beyond the groups that came together before, during, or after a show. The combined effect of a passion for the music combined with a casual reaction to cohorts and musicians results in a social dynamic in which the experience of the performance is greater than either a shared interest or felt adoration towards musicians. However, there are some exceptions to this dynamic in particular, and less common, kinds of fans, which offers them significant experiential advantages.

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