Why Would You Pay $13 Just To Have a High-Volume Conversation?
The topic of talking at concerts certainly isn't a new one, but you can't help but bring it up every once in a while. Last night I attended a show that made me need to bring it up.
I'm not a hardliner. I don't feel that concertgoers need to take a vow of silence before stepping into a venue - it's a concert, not a worship service. If you feel the need to say something, then say it. Just do it with some tact. Lean in close to the person you're talking to, wait until between songs, go stand in the back of the room if you must have an extended conversation. Those are my basic rules.
A group of three young women blatantly broke every one of those rules last night at Iota. It was one of those situations where I just couldn't understand why they were there at all. They sat at the bar (in the middle of the room, for those not familiar with Iota) for the entire performance, engaged in what must have been an enthralling conversation, because they didn't turn to look at the stage even once. They laughed and carried on at a high volume, even at quieter moments during the performance by Mirah and Specratone International. They stayed for entire show, too.
I just don't understand why anyone would pay a $13 cover to do all of what I described above. My only theory, at least in this case, was that some people are simply used to paying a $10 or so to get into a bar and this evening was treated as just another bar outing, not a show. Y'know, even though it was clear that every single other person there was there to see the band. A few people shot the group some dirty and incredulous looks, but they were too wrapped up in themselves to even notice and continued to yap away. I was originally standing near them but quickly moved to the other side of the club. That only made things worse. Now I couldn't even hear what they were talking about, so it was pure distraction.
So there's my rant for the day. Anyone out there have any especially bad concert chatter stories to share?
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