(Went to a show instead of a panel about saving SF live music. In the rain. On a weeknight. And I paid. Here ends the lesson.)
Was that for the SF Weekly article? They had a full table of club owners, bookers (um ... "talent purchasing agents"), and musicians already though would have been interesting to read your words too.
er ... ignore that. I see that the panel and Ume show was yesterday and occurred after the Weekly published the story. So there's more than one panel about the future of the SF live music scene then.
It was the panel that SF Weekly put together. By all the accounts I've heard, it was as useless an act of navel-gazing as anyone who thought about it for ten seconds would have expected it to be.
Hmmmm.... Maybe there were two panels then. The article I read was from a couple of weeks ago though it does match your description. I came away knowing no more about the subject than before reading it. The article was basically independent quips from the panelists saying things like ~The music scene is dying and moving to Portland~ ... and then ... ~I see no problems with the viability of the city's the music scene~
It would have been informative if the opposing views duked it out on specific observations. Maybe music is surging in one place/genre/crowd and dying in another?