Derek Cohen 
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Re: “Local audiences need a lesson in etiquette

Ok I've experienced this a few times, but at most of the quiet acoustic shows I go to people are very quiet, attentive, and respectful. Even when no ones heard of the performers and even when its free.

I've experienced the opposite problem at more energetic shows - no on effin dances or moves. Not even like a get close to the stage and head bob attitude. I don't live in Charleston but I've lived in several southern cities, including Nashville right now, and experience this every time I go to a show with a headlining touring band + openers that attracts a decent size crowd. People will pay to get in, are digging the show, and are either standing in the back with their arms crossed, or sitting down and actually doing some sort of minimal dance in their chairs. Get up! It affects the energy of the room and how good of a show the artists put on. Why pay to be somewhere, full of fans, of something you supposedly also really like, to act all apathetic and devoid of energy? I experienced the same kind of thing at shows in Raleigh/Durham and Boone, NC. I think it may actually be giving southern cities a bad name in the realm of touring music. Because I'll tell you this - when good music comes to rust belt cities and college towns in the midwest, even weird circuit bendy artsy stuff, they go freaking nuts and show their appreciation.

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Posted by Derek Cohen on April 25, 2013 at 1:40 AM
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