Most often, when we think about a music scene we describe it in terms of artists, promoters, venues and labels. Certain inputs into the economics of local music can't be described so easily, like well-directed community institutions, supportive journalists, or a record store employee with persuasive taste. They're often unexpected, but they amplify everyone else's efforts and create greater vitality in the process.
March can be a bit of a quiet month for music in town, as the combination of SXSW in Austin and the WMC in Miami pulls a lot of tours south of the border before they swing back up north. Nevertheless, there are so many great parties on March 14 alone that this whole list could have been just for events that day, and Bassweek is bringing in more drum'n'bass talent than many cities see all year.