By Mike Romero
Provo Mayor Michelle Kaufusi recently shared a bit of news on her blog. Apparently, CubeSmart Self Storage compiled a list of cities that are ideal for musicians for various reasons. Some of these reasons include low cost of living, quality music venues, and supportive communities.
It may not be a shoutout from a prestigious music publication like Rolling Stone (CubeSmart Self Storage is a real estate investment trust that owns storage units nationwide, not a music publication), but it is nice to see Provo end up on this list.
Mayor Kaufusi was ecstatic. “I feel very blessed to be the mayor of a city ripe with artistic talent,” she wrote. “I find this a point of pride as much as any business acquisition or stats on the newest poll. I get to sprinkle my days with trips to gallery openings, ribbon cuttings of fashion projects and locally-produced concerts. I’ve been invited to plays and productions, exhibits, tastings and installations that exceed my expectations and make me a huge believer in the progress of Provo. After all, a city is only as good as the art it produces.”
The list praised Provo’s all-ages scene, and venues like Velour Live Music Gallery, ABG’s Libation Emporium, and events like Rooftop Concert Series. Their notable artists include Lindsey Sterling and The Moth & The Flame. Reach Provo even got a shoutout for spotlighting music in the area. You can read the entire list here.
Let’s celebrate by digging on this track from The Moth & The Flame. Check out “The New Great Depression” below!