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The live music choices in Colorado Springs seem to get better all the time, but there are still some hurdles to overcome.

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Michael Smith of Fountain works for the county

Do you go out to see live music? If it's good.

In your opinion, what's good? I'm from Texas, so I like Americana country — a cross between rock and country.

What's your favorite concert memory? There's a bunch. The Judds were great because they have a lot of audience interaction. When I saw Bob Seger, the sax player had a harness on, got up on top of the speakers, jumped off and did flips during "Night Moves." And when I saw the Rolling Stones in Dallas in the early '80s, ZZ Top opened for them.

How important is a strong music scene locally? It would be really good for bringing in tourists and revenue. The city needs to get into the culture of doing that, especially outside with street dances and block parties.

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Janet Carlisle of downtown is retired

Do you like to go out to see live music? If it's available.

What's the last concert you attended? It was just two days ago. I saw the Dunwells at Studio Bee. It was excellent, very fun, in a small, intimate venue.

What's one band or performer you'd like to see play the Springs? The Dave Matthews Band.

How important is a strong music scene to a city? Very important. In a city this size, we need more music, arts and culture. But the local scene is starting to pick up.

What do you think is the biggest challenge to promoters? Probably lack of venue; there's nothing big enough. And then if someone really good but up-and-coming comes here, no one goes. Maybe better marketing would help.

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Michael Koehler of the west side is a cook, student and musician

Do you go out very often to see live music? Yes, I especially like to support local shows.

Who have you seen recently? I went to Rawkus to see Claymore Disco, the Knightbeats and Murder Hat.

Who would you like to see come to the Springs? Anti-Flag, or Of Mice and Men.

How important is it for a city to have a strong music scene? Very important. There's a lot of wasted potential here, and in Denver. Churchill from Denver has gone international. The potential is going out the door.

What would help the local music scene? The musicians need to network more, for more unity and sharing of ideas.

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