Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Concert-goers in Dallas should shut up and listen
Have some respect for the band and fans who are there for the music.
Live music venues are interesting places. Part bar, part concert hall, it sometimes seems like they’re undergoing a constant identity crisis. This theme carries over to show attendees too – some miss the “music” memo, preferring to just pay attention to the “bar” part.
Look, we’re not after some super quiet opera experience. It would just be nice to listen to a band without that constant buzz in the background that sounds like some weird combination of power lines and a horde of gnats.
If you find it too difficult to not spend 99.8% of the time you’re at a concert talking, and prefer to pay for the privilege of standing around and talking to everyone in the immediate vicinity, we can help. Below is our simple three-step process to shutting up during concerts:
1. Shut up
The best way to stop talking is to never start in the first place. This is especially important if you’re at a show where harmony and lyrics are fundamental to a band’s signature sounds. I just saw Fox and the Bird (much love) at Sons of Hermann Hall, and the dynamic duo of not-great acoustics combined with OMG LET’S GET MORE PBR completely drowned out their magical sounds. People who were standing at the back of that show, you know who you are, and don’t forget – karma’s a bitch.
2. Find a better place to talk
Keeping the Sons of Hermann example in mind, let’s come up with a few alternative locations for philosophical discussions on the meaning of life, or whatever the hell random banter goes on during a concert:
- Outside: Unless it’s that one week in February where it’s 20 degrees outside, Dallas is the perfect place to get some fresh air and unload your life’s problems on your best friend. Some venues even have patios designed specifically for this purpose or, in the case of Sons, are perfectly OK if you need to borrow some real estate on their stoop. Not a fan of the outdoors? Onto our next option...
- A bar: We’re very lucky that so many of our local music venues have realized the importance (and profitability) of a multiple bar situation. At venues like Sons of Hermann and the Granada, this has resulted in bars that aren’t even in the same room as the stage, giving you a great space to squee with your girlfriends (seriously, what octave is that sound made at?)
- Far away: I’m serious. Why are you paying a cover if you’re not paying attention?
If these don’t work for you, we have one last drastic measure:
3. Seriously, shut up.
Maybe you don’t know you’re doing it. Maybe you’re reading this post and thinking, “What the hell is Sissyphis talking about? I’ve never had a problem with this!” That’s probably because the problem is YOU. You’re not in your apartment listening to last.fm. You’re in a venue with dozens or hundreds of other people, at least half of which spent a good part of that day excited about the show that night. Have some respect and seriously, shut up.
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