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Move Aside Austin ~ Gloucester, MA is the New Live Music Capital of the World!

Austin, TX claims to be the Live Music Capital of the World saying that they have the most music venues per capita.  Now the Austin Chronicle lists 923 Venues for a city of 790,390 people, which works out to 1 music venue for every 856 people.

I decided to check the gimmesound.com database and found 68 venues in Gloucester which have music from time to time (not every night).  Gloucester has 28,789 residents as of the 2010 census, so that works out to 1 music venue for every 423 people, which is more than TWICE the music venues per person as Austin TX, making Gloucester the true LIVE MUSIC CAPITAL OF THE WORLD!  Spread the word, folks!

This weekend alone we have over 3 dozen artists at 17 music venues — and one of those venues is a schooner — try that Austin; you’re 200 miles from the water!

See the full live music lineup here.

Now, for those of you where thinking you would defend Austin because they have SXSW, which I have to admit is pretty cool, don’t forget that on August 11 (when the average high in Austin is 96 and very humid) Gloucester is having a Blues Festival and our average temp for that day is 79.  Where would you rather be?  Wait …  don’t answer until you see this video of Lucky Peterson, who will be at the Blues Fest!

And if this doesn’t convince you, check out all the videos on this page.