I hate to sound cynical, but when people name a couple venues that have bands....it's not really a music scene for *working* or writing musicians per se. (As opposed to an area that has a unique characteristic or sound or standards of performance, Nashville for example). For the sake of answering Free_Bass_Player, I don't think there is a flourishing scene or even a buzz. The usual flow of top-40 bands and the sort, but if you are looking for variety, I think it's more of just luck of the draw. Since the advent of soundcloud and the like, for writing, that may be the way to go. However, I think it would be a nice add to this site where serious musicians can try to network here and assist newbies. live near Boston and think about moving to FSP just to be near people who are not zombies but I can't leave my music work because it's my bread and butter.