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I'm actually glad this was posted here, as I was about to start a new thread. I don't have a twitter account and it's not really worth creating one for the sake of responding to a poll. First, a question: surely you're gauging the interest for MusicFest 2017
, right? I mean, the con is coming up, in the word of the housing registration post, "soon." I just hope that this doesn't reflect any specific difficulties regarding this year's 'fest, as it's the concerts and swap meet that primarily keep me interested in Fanime these last few years.
To leave some more constructive comments here, I wouldn't mind seeing local bands appear at Fanime, but I'd rather they get a chance to perform on Stage Zero or at most as an opening act to a headliner from Japan. They should at least cover popular Japanese songs or sing their own songs in Japanese. And even then, I'd really hope there's some kind of vetting process used to see if a performer or group are actually capable of putting on a show. There are plenty of talented musicians who like to play and sing around the con, and there's the usual karaoke scene, but I wouldn't necessarily want to go out of my way to catch them on stage. I remember from a few years ago seeing Lemon Drop Kick at Fanime. I had no clue who they were, but they put on a really awesome show. They may be based in LA, but I'd still consider them a j-rock group and I'm really glad I got a chance to check them out. They'd be my ideal example of someone "local" coming to perform.
As an even better alternative, I wouldn't mind checking out indie bands from Japan. There's a certain sense of pride in knowing that it's the Bay Area where a band may have gotten their first taste of the international scene. Or maybe not, but it's still a cool thought. I recall reading through that thread detailing one longtime staffer's experiences, and seeing that we were this
close to having Babymetal perform here. You never know who the next big group is going to be or where they're going to come from.
If I was still restricted to the two choices in the poll, though, I think local bands are definitely a second in favor of bands that are actually from Japan, but they don't always
have to be a huge marquee headliner. If staff is able to snag a hugely popular group that performs all the hottest anime op's, well, that'd be dandy too.