Why Sound shakes up the Logan
By Adam Christensen
May 6, 2009 | Picture Logan's nightlife. There's bowling,
the Fun Park and too many restaurants. Oh, and don't
forget Logan's unique music scene.
If you haven't yet, you ought to take a stroll down
Federal Avenue and take a look. You'll find Why Sound
Studios, owned by sound engineer Tim Moes, who has been
giving local acts a stage for a year now.
Moes moved to Logan from New York, where he had worked
in a recording studio for 6 years. He said he had some
idea of what the Logan music scene would be like but
really didn't know what he would find.
"I was surprised with the level of talent I found
when I got here," said Moes. "There are a lot of great
bands and really excellent musicians."
Over the past year Why Sound has hosted various local
groups and bands on tour from all over the U.S. and
even from Japan and Austria, offering Logan music lovers
a chance to listen to anything from world music and
sitars to heavy metal bands.
Sinar Guzman, a Loganite from Nicaragua said she was
excited when she found Why Sound.
"I love it. In my country, I would go to concerts
like this all the time, but when I got to Logan there
was nothing. It was so boring before I found this place."
Why Sound has also connected with community through
USU, holding a battle of the bands, and sponsoring three
shows on campus in 2009. Why Sound has also hosted USU's
Jazz Night giving USU jazz players a place to play off
Moes said it was always his plan to start his own
professional recording studio when he got to Logan.
After he got a place and saw the layout, he decided
he could do some shows in the front and have the studio
upstairs. Moes later met Robert Linton; a local musician
who became Why Sound's booking manager.
"Robert and I just hit it off, and I invited him to
play at Why Sound," said Moes. "After that we started
talking about doing more shows and it all came together
According to Benjamin Deck, a musician that has played
at Why Sound, the shows vary in size, but a lot of musicians
like to play to a smaller crowd that they can interact
"Sometimes we'll have around 80 different people come
in one night, but never have more than 40 in the building
at one time," said Moes.
Moes said that Why Sound has been able to keep doing
shows consistently ever since they started booking bands
in April last year. They currently have shows scheduled
four months out, but they're never completely booked
because they're open to local bands all the time.
"That's what we're here for. It feels like we're doing
something important by contributing to the local scene,"
Cover charges for the shows at Why Sound are usually
just $5, so if you haven't been, go check out Why Sound
at 30 Federal Ave. You can find scheduled events or
get in touch with Why Sound to book your own show on
Why Sound's MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/whysound.