Last week, I went to my first actual real concert.
To clarify- I do consider the time I sat outside of the Rolling Stones concert at Hyde Park in London my first ever concert- mainly because it was awesome. But no, I was not technically in the makeshift walls of the concert, though it was an open air concert so we could hear everything all the same.
Also, I’m not including the concerts at USC during pep rallies and whatnot, because (a) those were free for everyone, and (b) they weren’t standalone concerts.
So back to my first real concert. Harrison’s friend gave us two tickets to see The Lone Bellow (an indie-folk band with the most beautiful harmonies) at the Kessler Theater on Wednesday, and it was amazing.
I decided that small concerts are particularly awesome for ten reasons. Keep in mind that these are coming from someone who has never been to any other concerts.
Comment below and let me know what you think about small concerts!
1. The intimacy
With their incredible harmonies, The Lone Bellow made it feel even more intimate. Being in a small venue with a band who’s got soul has you connecting with the band and everyone around you!
2. The welcome feel
For example, this doorman was awesome. You can tell from this pic that this guy’s a big ‘ol ham. He was so friendly and welcoming.
3. Lesser-known bands generate a dedicated audience
The people around us were singing every word, and you could tell that they were so psyched to be seeing one of their favorite bands live. True, this probably happens with Justin Bieber concerts, but with big concerts you reel in all kinds of people and groups. There’s just something about smaller bands that has the crowd singing a different kind of tune.
4. The opener is someone with true talent you’ve never heard of before
Cody Huggins and Bee Caves opened for The Lone Bellow, and there was such raw talent that it drove the crowd crazy. Talk about singing with soul.
5. On that note, you can support local artists
Bee Caves is an Austin- based band, and small concerts like these help local artists get their talent out there.
6. The artists get to interact with the audience
The Lone Bellow divided the crowd into two groups to sing different parts of a song with them. There were also mini conversations between people in the audience and the band.
7. There’s a laid back vibe
Whether you are talking to the band from the audience, or hanging out in between bands, small venues offer a chill environment where you can just hang out. This is especially great for dates because you can hear each other talking during intermission.
8. You can get front row seats pretty easily
Logically, this makes sense. There are fewer people to compete with.
9. It’s usually more affordable
Besides the fact that we got these tickets for free, smaller concerts seem to be overall more affordable. Our experience: the venue prices weren’t hiked up and the tickets were reasonably priced. This even makes it so that you can afford to go to even more small concerts.
10. The sound is great
I know this has a lot to do with the sound design of the theater, but you can just hear every word from any seat. Small venues offer great views and great sounds no matter where you are.