Great post Nowarezman!
Up here we have a few little scenes but all the genres are well-worn, there is nothing new (yet).
Of course Bellingham is mostly known for Death Cab for Cutie but that train left the station a long time ago.
This is a college town but one thing that makes creating a scene here more difficult is that the Uni and the Technical college (2 of the 4 colleges here), don't have significant summer classes.
So lots of students go home (or somewhere) during the busiest season for music.