There are hundreds of incredible bands in your backyard that want to play live music for you, but they’re having a hard time getting your attention. Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Tumblr, Bandcamp, Reverb Nation, Spotify, Rhapsody, Songza, GrooveShark and dozens more awesome services help millions discover music. But there is still too much shouting and not enough listening.
Larger social networks have a ton of things going on that have nothing to do with music, which is amazing in so many ways and for so many reasons. But they aren’t necessarily the best for finding new music experiences. We don’t have anything against any of the websites and streaming music services listed above. Heck, we use and love many of them ourselves. We just think it could be easier for fans and bands to find each other.
We’re not here to throw stones while we’re just getting the crystal framing up for our glass house. And we don’t think we’ve cracked a code or that we’re better than anyone. We’re here to help you listen.
Based in Seattle, WA, Showgo is made up of music-lovers who want to bring the live portion of our industry into the 21st century. Finding and attending better-known national and superstar arena acts is easy. But discovering new artists in a live setting can be tiresome and, ultimately, a crapshoot. Considering all of the unbelievable things we use the internet for – sharing world events instantly, the Internet of things, 3D printing, Bitcoin, Craig’s List, the list goes on – it’s surprising to us that local and independent live music isn’t easier to discover and engage with on your first try.
Currently, information is spread all over the place. For example, you can browse upcoming shows in the Seattle area using a variety of websites, but if you want to hear the music of one or all of the bands on a bill, you have to visit their respective web pages (or Facebook pages, or Reverb Nation pages, or Bandcamp pages…). That’s the first problem we’re tackling with discovershowgo.com. Live music fans can visit our website and search upcoming shows using our interactive show map. By selecting the day you and your friends want to go out you can view and listen to music from every band on the bill.
Today is our official “launch,” but we still have a lot of work to do. We’d like to share Showgo all across the country, provide fans with mobile Apps and continue to expand our features. You can sign up for news and updates here to stay in the know and contribute ideas, questions and concerns here.
Thank you for checking us out. We hope you’ll enjoy using Showgo and that we can help you find and go see the amazing live music that’s all around you.
– all of us at Showgo