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Different Music Venues: Where have you enjoyed listening to live music?

  • 4 August 2019
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It is such an enjoyable experience to attend a live concert. There are so many choices as to where you might find one. Many parks hold free concerts for example, but you can also attend a concert in a formal concert hall.

One of the most special places I have gone to since childhood has been to Tanglewood, Massachusetts. ( This is a video that talks about it and shows you how beautiful it is.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QO9UhZ753JY

Tanglewood is where the Boston Symphony Orchestra performs in the summers. It is located in one of the most beautiful places, on top of a mountain. The air is always crisp and pure. The surrounding trees are magnificent. Some are tall Northern Pine trees. There are some trees whose roots are sticking out from the ground and who have tangled themselves with another tree's roots.I always thought it resembled trees holding hands in friendship. I'm not sure if this is how the place got its name, but this is what I always thought. There is an expansive lawn where many bring picnics and sit to listen to the music. I have heard amazing concerts here.

As a musician, I have performed in many bands in many parks. It is so satisfying to make people happy by performing.But not everyone enjoys outdoor concerts. Some prefer to listen to music in a special cafe, or small indoor venue. Last year, a friend invited a group of musicians to perform at his house. It was such a good setting to hear and watch the music up close.

Do you have a concert hall you have enjoyed attending? Do you enjoy listening to music at Festival? Or perhaps you enjoy a good street musician?
Where do you like to listen to music? Please share this with us.

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My favorite place for a concert is The Palace Theatre in Greeensburg PA. It is an hour drive from our house but I would rather go to concerts there than in downtown Pittsburgh. Beautiful place and not a bad seat in the house. https://www.thepalacetheatre.org/
@playfulcat , not to have a “bad seat in the house “ is so important. So are having good acoustics.
Growing up in New York City, we always treasured Carnegie Hall. When Lincoln Center was built the classical music scene moved there.After spending millions of dollars to build this beautiful facility, people were outraged by the horrible acoustics. It shut down for restructuring. I don’t think it ever sounded as good as Carnegie Hall.

It is exciting to be able to visit other concert halls.Thank you for sharing this. I hope we get many other venues to “visit”.
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We have a lovely outdoor amphitheater up in Salt Lake City at the Red Butte Botanical gardens. It is one of the few mid-sized venues in SLC. All summer long they run concerts up there, from all walks of music. I have seen Ry Cooder and Ricky Skaggs, Bonnie Rait, Etta James, The Cowboy Junkies, Buddy Guy, Mavis Staples and many others play up there. I don't think is is as large a venue as the more famous Red Rocks amphitheater in Colorado, though being in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains and high above the valley floor it is probably at about the same elevation. You bring a blanket or a low rise chair and sit on the grass and you can bring your own cooler with dinner and refreshments, including beer and wine if you are so inclined, to sustain you through the show. Or, in more recent years they have added a couple of vendors selling food and drink if you don mind their prices. It may be the last venue of any size in the US to allow festival seating, as far as I know, and once you have staked out your turf you can stroll the beautiful gardens for an hour or so before the show starts, which is worthy of its own day trip, if you can make the time. Tickets to this wonder-venue vary by artist but run cheap -$35 to about $75 generally. You get a slight discount on the tickets if you are a garden member, as well as a few days advance purchase right to the shows before they go on sale to the general public. Below is the best pic I could find of the gardens from Wikipedia. Atribution for the image is as follows: By No machine-readable author provided. C.Maylett assumed (based on copyright claims). - No machine-readable source provided. Own work assumed (based on copyright claims)., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=248678
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The oddest venue in SLC is The Heavy Metal Shop, over on Exchange Place in the heart of downtown. Believe it or not, despite the name which is his main stock in trade, he gets a lot of the smaller Americana acts through to do a free show, sometimes before their full set at one of the local clubs. I have seen Justin Townes Earle, Scott H Biram and Austin Lucas there, and the neat thing is that it is such a small capacity place that you usually get to meet the artists, as well, buy a record and get them to sign it and such. Pretty cool place. Oh, yeah, and Ie got one of those Heavy Metal shop tees, too
The video below is Utah's own singer/songwriter Sammy Brue, who performs there sometimes,as well. I think he was about 15-16 in this video.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VQjVXeUz7uI
I grew up in the 60’s. Sundays in Greenwich Village’s Washington Square Park was the most amazing place to hear music. All around the giant fountain musicians gathered. You would go from place to place listening. This is an interesting clip that describes the incredible folk music scene of that time period. A little after 5 minutes, you will see the example of the fountain where music was played. The many cafes also played music, but the most exciting scene and place to listen to music was around the huge fountain.
@Halla , your strange venue video reminded me of those Greenwich Village days of my past, so I quickly found and posted my above video and memory.
What an amazing place that looks like! I really enjoyed the music too, didn’t sound heavy metal though! Wish I could hang out there sometime.

The photo of the amphitheater is breathtaking! The flowers are gorgeous...looks so exotic, needs a Native Flute Musician to
perform there, to compliment the environment. Festival seating, how fabulous...I would bring a huge cooler of food and so spend the day. Have you attendee many concerts there?
Can you just go to hang out on a day when there is no music?
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There is a fee for admission to the garden itself, but it is well worth it. Wear comfortable shoes and if needed bring a walking stick, it is the mouth of Red Butte Canyon so it can climb pretty steeply in places. You are also at about 5,700 feet at the high point of the slope, so if you have problems with elevation, take is very slow. I live at about 5,800 feet, so I don feel it but if you are not used to it you might. You also want to bring a sweatshirt and windbreaker, the canyon winds are brisk in the evening even when the daytime temps were near 100 F.
I have probably been to at least a dozen shows there over the years, maybe more.
I am glad you like the Heavy Metal shop. Its owner and i are about the same age, so the place wasn't around when I was in my metal phase in my teens, unfortunately. He gets a lot of Americana acts through the place, as well as metal bands. Sammy Brue is local to SLC. I won't tell you what I was doing at 15, but it sure wasn't writing my own songs and making my first album. He is a lot of fun.
How wonderful to have a local music shop to hang out in and to discuss music as well as hear music. Visiting a music store is still one of my favorite things to do on a rainy day. You always meet interesting people, and can always sample the instruments!

Yikes! I would get an altitude headache if I visited the Canyon venue, but it looks so beautiful!

So what were you doing at age 15? ( couldn't resist asking, but you don't need to tell, LOL!)

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