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    Do you know of any venues (any kind of show or concert) where the doors are closed and there is "no admission after such-and-such time?"

    In intimate settings, every time someone opens the door, it interrupts the ambience.
    :::

    Bill

  • #2
    Only the Nursing classes at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. Some sort of psychotic quirk, I guess....

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    • #3
      I have been to acoustic folk shows where something like this is the norm. You are not prevented from exiting in the middle of a song but you are prevented from entering in the middle-- have to wait until between songs.

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      • #4
        it's quite common in classical music and broadway shows to restrict the late-comers until the first piece/first scene is over.
        Dave Martin
        Nashville, TN
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        • #5
          it is standard, in my area, for opera.
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          • #6
            As others note, it's de rigeur for so-called serious music (symphonic, chamber, opera, etc). And, of course, theatre. I've seen it done in jazz once or twice, I think.

            I think it's a great idea for folk music, too -- although it's something you'd want to make clear to fans (and visiting artists) as the policy if there were long periods where the fans couldn't enter.

            I've watched a piano concerto from the very back of the hall at my local symphony before. It's small price to pay for not having to stumble across a bunch of innocent people in the dark who are just trying to watch some serious music they paid a considerable amount of money to see.
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            • #7
              I believe this is the norm at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. It's a very small writers oriented venue in Nashville.
              Mudcat007, AKA Mudcat at Musicplayer.


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              • #8
                I believe this is the norm at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.


                Yup.
                Music, thoughts, stuff, and... I guess that's all

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                • #9
                  I believe this is the norm at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. It's a very small writers oriented venue in Nashville.


                  Which is yet another reason I dislike the Bluebird so much.
                  Dave Martin
                  Nashville, TN
                  Java Jive Studio

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                  • #10
                    I liked it! It really seemed focused on the music rather than the entertainment.
                    Music, thoughts, stuff, and... I guess that's all

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                    • #11
                      I liked it! It really seemed focused on the music rather than the entertainment.


                      At first glance, sure... But the concept of a popular music venue (remember that the goal for 90% of the writers who play the bluebird is to get a cut that gets played on the radio and makes 'em money) where you aren't allowed to talk? C'mon - if your songs suck so bad that people have to be FORCED to listen to them rather than drawing listeners into them, you shouldn't be doing them on stage. I mean, really - it ain't a church, it's a hole in the wall bar.

                      And that doesn't even discuss the stupidity of 'writers in the round' - at least, the way it's developed at the Bluebird....
                      Dave Martin
                      Nashville, TN
                      Java Jive Studio

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                      • #12
                        I hear that, Dave. Good point.
                        Music, thoughts, stuff, and... I guess that's all

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                        • #13
                          A CD that I own and love is a live recording of Guy Clark, Towns Van Zandt and Steve Earle at the Bluebird.

                          Didn't seem particularly precious on that night
                          [tumbleweed . . . bell tolls . . .]

                          I'll get me coat.

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                          • #14
                            At first glance, sure... But the concept of a popular music venue (remember that the goal for 90% of the writers who play the bluebird is to get a cut that gets played on the radio and makes 'em money) where you aren't allowed to talk? C'mon - if your songs suck so bad that people have to be FORCED to listen to them rather than drawing listeners into them, you shouldn't be doing them on stage. I mean, really - it ain't a church, it's a hole in the wall bar.

                            And that doesn't even discuss the stupidity of 'writers in the round' - at least, the way it's developed at the Bluebird....


                            Could you expand please?

                            They serve booze, right? It's a venue focused on one thing -- the song. Kinda like folk music. If people talk a little, they will talk a lot.

                            I'd think they're doing something right; they're still in business after many years.

                            I'm interested in why you feel the way you do. You've seen too many no-name writers there who suck or what?

                            How strict are they on not talking. I mean, you can't whisper a sentence to your honey or what?
                            :::

                            Bill

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