princess genevieve

jeudi, janvier 25, 2007

Joshua Radin

Rachael & I went last night to hear Joshua Radin. It was a great show. It was in this small place called Jammin' Java, which is in Virginia. Luckily Rachael was able to drive us - I don't know how we would have gotten there otherwise. It's got a little stage, and then they set up a bunch of chairs in rows for you to sit and watch the show. If you get there late, you get to stand around the back and sides. They also sell food. The food we had was good, but a little difficult to eat in the crowded chair rows.

My complaint? TOO MUCH TALKING! Rachael & I were sitting in the back row, and the couple behind us kept talking. We each kept sending them patented death glares but to no avail. They did not shut up the entire time!

What do you do when people around you keep talking during stuff like this? It's live music. It's very rude to the artist to talk through their set, not to mention it's rude to the people sitting around you. Should I say something next time?

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At 1/25/2007 1:18 PM, Blogger Malady said...

Okay, this is one of my hot button issues.

I think it depends on the artist and the venue. Some concerts, you expect people to sing along, dance around and get a little rowdy. Especially if you are sitting on the grass. But...

I went to a Tori Amos concert at an intimate theater venue. My friend had gotten us third row seats. They were so great!

Well, two people behind us got really drunk and were falling over on top of us, screaming and singing along and standing up when no one else was. Several of us complained to security about it. One of them even fell over on top of my friend and me. I went over to the security guard next to us to complain. He couldn't hear me so I ducked my head behind the curtain covering a door so he could hear me. The guy grabbed my arm and wrestled me out the door and was really rude. The offending people weren't removed until the end of the concert. It made me so mad. The security people made the people who complained feel like THEY were the culprits. When I spoke to HOUSE OF BLUES about it, the guy told me I was being unreasonable and I should expect that kind of behavior at a concert. I was so pissed that I haven't been to a HOB production since.

At 1/25/2007 1:23 PM, Blogger Genevieve said...

In general, I like the singing, dancing along. I dislike venues that are too quiet for this kind of behavior, because I think it subtracts from the overall experience. It's the talking over the music that really bugs me! You're not at home with a CD!

Falling over drunk on other patrons is NEVER acceptable. I can't believe teh House of Blues would tell you that's acceptable. Ridiculous. I haven't been to the House of Blues since I left New Orleans...

At 1/25/2007 4:57 PM, Anonymous Amanda said...

What do you do in the movies? I went to a movie yesterday, and the couple behind me kept talking! It's so annoying, and I usually say something. But, I was the youngest person there (by probably 30 years!) and I think the guy couldn't hear, so he had to keep asking what was said. So, I kept my complaint to myself, because he can't help not being able to hear. At a concert like that, I would have said something either to the people talking, or to the security guards.

At 1/25/2007 5:54 PM, Blogger Genevieve said...

I usually say something in the movies, too, but keep in mind, most of the movies i see are free screenings. People don't usually talk through those because they are generally movie buffs and disdain talking in movies anyways.

I don't think there was a security guard at this concert - it wasn't really a club, more like a coffee shop. but that is good to remember for next time because it does happen a lot, especially if I am there to see the opening band and not the headliner.

At 1/25/2007 7:38 PM, Blogger Malady said...

You know, I actually did try to reason with those loud drunk people but they wouldn't listen. I love singing along and dancing at concerts, too, but you generally go along with the feeling of the crowd. You know?

I was at a movie the other day where these women next to me were talking about the film in normal voices. One had gone to the bathroom for 15 minutes so the other lady got her "caught up." They kept talking and talking and finally I just got up and moved.

I sound like a real grump, huh?

At 1/26/2007 4:17 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

i was in a theater once where at the end when everyone was filing out some dude was loudly complaining to the entire theater how rude it was that someone else kept making such loud noises. well it turns out the guy he was complaining about had tourettes. boy did he feel like an a$$ after that.

but in general i'm too wimpy to say anything to someone else although i get so angry that i can't enjoy the movie/show etc. i find this is the same for loud people but also people who are wearing way to much perfume/cologne and making me gag.

At 1/26/2007 4:20 PM, Blogger Genevieve said...

Malady, yeah, of course, it totally depends on the vibe of the show.

Sarah, that is sort of hilarious. Although of course there's no way you could know someone has tourette's unless you asked them to quiet down and they told you they couldn't?


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