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The local music scene is alive and well, especially in the summer. But what could make it better?

click to enlarge Jonah Quest of Fort Carson is in the military.

Jonah Quest of Fort Carson is in the military.

How would you rate the Springs' local music scene? I grew up in Long Beach, California. Compared to L.A., which is more punk and rap, it's lighter here, more laid-back, and has more of a community feel. It's more conducive to meeting people.

Describe one thing that you think would make it better. Maybe more diversity, more rap and R&B.

Have you seen a local band or musician who could hold their own against anyone from a bigger city? No, not yet; I've only been here a couple months. And I'm not sure you want that in a place like the Springs, anyway. I think you want someone local to identify with.

click to enlarge Jill Kolman of downtown is a bar manager.

Jill Kolman of downtown is a bar manager.

How would you rate the Springs' local music scene? Probably about a 6, with 10 being the best.

Describe one thing that would make it better. Denver has a lot of music in the parks, and it's in lots of parks in different areas of the city, with lots of different music. We should do that, too.

Do you think it's important for a city to have a healthy music scene? Yes, I do. It should be all genres and it should be everywhere, even in "Biblegate" and east of Powers. Right now it seems like it's all downtown or in [Old Colorado City].

What local band or musician could hold their own against anyone from a bigger city? Jake Loggins, 40oz. Freedom Fighters, and Austin Young.

click to enlarge Andy Willcox of the west side is a civil servant.

Andy Willcox of the west side is a civil servant.

Describe the last time you saw local live music. Saturday I went out to see a string band play at Meadow Muffins. It was really laid back and relaxed, with lots of people wearing flip flops and T-shirts.

How would you rate the Springs' local music scene? I think it's good; I like it. You can go out to see something almost every night of the week. I believe if lots of the bands feature an upright bass, then you're in a good town for tunes.

Describe one thing that would make it better. There should be two things. There should be more going on in the afternoon, so if you have kids you could go out and listen, and the kids could dance and play. And the dog ordinances should be relaxed, so that dogs should be allowed in bars and restaurants.

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