Going to a Jay-Z concert does not count as supporting local talent.  Going to a dive bar in Midtown to watch a guitarist play a couple sets does.  Despite being a no frills, grungy, dated dive, SANCTUARY BAR on W. 39th St btw 8/9th Ave has one of the best local talents around.  JOHNNY KIRA performs live every Wednesday from 8PMish - Midnight.   He covers legendary hits and also performs original music.  No cover and drinks are $8 or less.

If you don't live in NYC, find a bar near you and support the local talent!