Audience behaves poorly

The worst part of the whole thing for me is what it says of music culture in Nelson.

The Ziggy Marley concert last week was possibly great, but for me the opening act was both embarrassing and humiliating. I left the Capitol (concert hall?) after about four songs because even after moving up to the stage, I could not hear him with any clarity.

The people drinking on the mezzanine never lowered their conversations at all when he began playing, and his music was inaudible to me while I was sitting at the back and although slightly less overburdened with loud chatter at the front, still impossible to enjoy.

Tickets to this show cost $56. I had not come for loud conversations. I came to hear music and dance. In a bar, drinking people are gonna talk during performances. I’m almost over it. But this was  the Capitol. Normally a wonderful place for musicians to play and for music loving people to hear. Even though everyone was there for Ziggy, they could have shown some respect for the opening act.  Sorry — not.

As far as I’m concerned the fact that the organizers did nothing to quiet the buzzing crowd on the mezzanine  during this opening act   shows that any professional musician is at risk of being drowned out by crowd noise playing one of their gigs. It would have been easy for someone from the organizers’ side to come on stage, ask the crowd to take their seats,  and allow this young ukulele player to be heard, known,  and probably appreciated. It never happened.

The worst part of the whole thing for me is what it says of music culture in Nelson. The people talking in back were outnumbered by people sitting in the seats. The latter probably would have appreciated hearing the performer on stage, but the talkers were having none of it and chatted on without pause. The message? It’s ok to conduct yourself cluelessly at a music venue in Nelson — even in the Capitol Theatre. We may get great acts coming here to perform, but don’t count on being able to hear them.

Earl Hamilton

Nelson

 

Just Posted

October is Plastic Free Month in Nelson

City will examine its own plastic use and encourage public to do the same

Don Currie, local athletes win medal haul at 55-plus B.C. Games

Slocan’s Currie took home seven gold medals in track and field

Local runners tackle Toad Mountain

The 25 kilometre and 50 km event took runners over the top of Toad Mountain

Leafs fall 5-1 to Thunder Cats

Nelson is winless through its first two games

Disability employment awareness month: open house and inclusive employer award

Events take place in Nelson and Castlegar this week

VIDEO: Liberals make child care pledge, Greens unveil platform on Day 6 of campaign

Green party leader Elizabeth May unveils her party’s platform in Toronto

Winnipeg student, killed in bus crash, remembered as passionate, kind

University of Victoria student Emma Machado, 18, was killed in the bus crash near Bamfield on Friday

Boy overdosed on illicit anti-anxiety drug found on Kelowna classroom floor, RCMP say

Noah Mills, 8, ingested a pink powdery substance off his Kelowna classroom floor

20 day search for missing Labradoodle in Princeton, B.C. ends with tears of joy

The search brought out bloodhounds, and groups hoping to find Mordy

Fewer trees, higher costs blamed for devastating downturn in B.C. forestry

Largest driving factor is the province’s complex stumpage system that results in high fees, expert says

Canucks sign Brock Boeser to three-year, US$17.6-million deal

Young sniper will be in Vancouver Tuesday

B.C. forest industry looks to a high-technology future

Restructuring similar to Europe 15 years ago, executive says

RCMP conclude investigation into 2017 Elephant Hill wildfire

Files have been turned over to BC Prosecution Service

Most Read