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  posted on 11/22/2010 at 10:07 AM
I guess it started with one of the Clapton Beck shows... I could not bring myself to pay $250 each for two tickets, plus parking, dinner, etc for my wife and for me. I have always gone to as many local ABB shows as time and money allowed, but this fall, I passed on all of them.

Instead, I have been going to smaller shows of lesser known artists in more intimate venues. I have seen James Cotton in a public library, Tinsley Ellis, Cornell Dupree, Jaime's Jasssz, Jimmy Herring with Lenny White, and last night Robben Ford. The most expensive ticket was $35, the biggest crowd may have been 100 people. In most cases the artists either hung around to sign autographs or mingle with the crowd. No drunks, loud mouths (well maybe one), no big crowds and a very relaxed and enjoyable time for each of the shows.

It's not a question of whether the ABB is "worth" $160, but just getting the most bang for my entertainment dollar- one night of the ABB or all the shows above.

There was a lot of talk during the UP run of folks sitting that one out, and the ticket sales (and show cancellations reflected that), as well as similar talk during the ABB fall tour.

Does anyone else fell like I do?

 

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  posted on 11/22/2010 at 10:26 AM
Except the Ruth Eckerd ABB show last year in which Steve graciously tuned me on to,the last high dollar show I went to was Clapton/Trucks tour. I'm done paying outrages ticket AND "processing charge" prices. I saw the biggest band in the land,Led Zeppelin,in '73 for $5.00 in a time the average ticket price was only a couple bucks lower. It is a shame the illegal downloading of music has taken income from bands,and caused them to raise show performance prices to unaffordable limits for a large majority of fans.
I agree. There is plenty of talent I can see for $5.00 to $40.00 according to the artist.

 

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  posted on 11/22/2010 at 11:41 AM
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I have always gone to as many local ABB shows as time and money allowed.

Instead, I have been going to smaller shows of lesser known artists in more intimate venues.
In most cases the artists either hung around to sign autographs or mingle with the crowd. No drunks, loud mouths (well maybe one), no big crowds and a very relaxed and enjoyable time for each of the shows.

It's not a question of whether the ABB is "worth" $160, but just getting the most bang for my entertainment dollar- one night of the ABB or all the shows above.


absnj,

I certainly feel the same way you do, and even before I was unemployed I was going to and enjoying shows in a smaller, less expensive, more crowd friendly venues. Truth is there is so much good music out there to enjoy and much of this music comes from artists that aren't "big names".

 

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  posted on 11/22/2010 at 12:05 PM
I generally won't pay more than $40 per ticket, and even that's a stretch. It mainly depends on the artist (if it's someone I haven't seen, and have wanted to see for a while, I may spend a little more), the venue, and the location.
 

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  posted on 11/22/2010 at 12:31 PM
as I get older, I appreciate club gigs [local & national] more and more. I just get un-easy in big crowds. Govt Mule was the last show I saw, a few weeks ago. $27 small venue/crowd, general admission, no fights/problems.

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  posted on 11/22/2010 at 12:41 PM
Ive been seeing some great shows for under 20 bucks, Saw Chris Smither for 18 bucks last week, saw Lil Ed and The Blues Imperials for 15 buck a couple of weeks ago. I will still pay for some shows but not nearly as often as I would of, flat out can't afford to .
 

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  posted on 11/22/2010 at 01:24 PM
Friday night I saw a local band called Groove Daddy. Cover was $5.00.

Groove Daddy is a band made up of Birmingham local studio musicians. The band includes (among others) Marc Phillips (keys and vocals) and Rich Daviston (sax and vocals).

In addition to being a recent throat cancer survivor (doing quite well), Marc has played with artists as diverse as Hall and Oates, The Little River Band, Toto, Bob Dylan, America, The Dixie Dregs, Levon Helm (of The Band), Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Stephen Stills, Chick Coreas' Electric Band, Danny Seraphine and Bill Champlin of Chicago, Nigel Olsen and Dee Murray of the Elton John Band, and Brother Cane. Rich has been touring with the Temptations, the Ojays and the 4 Tops for many, many years.

These guys specialize in taking "off the rack" songs and reworking them into their own.

One of the best bands that I've seen in ... FOREVER!

Should you find yourself near to wherever they might be giggin' check them out!

http://www.groovedaddy.info/fr_home.cfm


 

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  posted on 11/22/2010 at 01:54 PM
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I guess it started with one of the Clapton Beck shows... I could not bring myself to pay $250 each for two tickets, plus parking, dinner, etc for my wife and for me. I have always gone to as many local ABB shows as time and money allowed, but this fall, I passed on all of them.

Instead, I have been going to smaller shows of lesser known artists in more intimate venues. I have seen James Cotton in a public library, Tinsley Ellis, Cornell Dupree, Jaime's Jasssz, Jimmy Herring with Lenny White, and last night Robben Ford. The most expensive ticket was $35, the biggest crowd may have been 100 people. In most cases the artists either hung around to sign autographs or mingle with the crowd. No drunks, loud mouths (well maybe one), no big crowds and a very relaxed and enjoyable time for each of the shows.

It's not a question of whether the ABB is "worth" $160, but just getting the most bang for my entertainment dollar- one night of the ABB or all the shows above.

There was a lot of talk during the UP run of folks sitting that one out, and the ticket sales (and show cancellations reflected that), as well as similar talk during the ABB fall tour.

Does anyone else fell like I do?


Yes.

About concerts in general.

I simply can't afford it. In the case of the ABB, I always try to go and will spring the money if I can. But frankly, for any band, the ticket prices are never worth it, because the driving, parking, etc. is always a hassle, especially on a "work" night. Then if you don't get a good seat, the sound isn't that great, and people are rude and go to concerts to get drunk & talk instead of listen to music. And I just want to enjoy the music.

Which frankly is the problem for me. People are just rude and annoying at shows a lot of times...

But at the same time, I'm not really upset about any of this, I just choose certain "concerts" and go when I can.

The little local bands and small club shows are an entirely different thing, I'm not referring to those at all. In fact I play often myself...

 

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  posted on 11/22/2010 at 01:55 PM
I do try to get to smaller venues and get more music for the dollar. I don't have much time to go anywhere, so what I am willing to pay depends mostly on who I will see.

Mitch

 

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  posted on 11/22/2010 at 01:58 PM
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I do try to get to smaller venues and get more music for the dollar. I don't have much time to go anywhere, so what I am willing to pay depends mostly on who I will see.

Mitch


Like Jaimoe!!! that was a great show

 

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  posted on 11/22/2010 at 03:08 PM
I half agree.

I won't do the $250 tickets or the $150 tickets, even if it means missing great collaborations like Clapton/Winwood or events like Roger Waters' "The Wall" spectacle.

I have recently paid in the $45 - $60 range to get tickets to see folks like Derek & Susan, The Black Crowes, and Gregg Allman in nice theaters. I will continue to do that.

I just read that the ABB Beacon tix go on sale on 12/4. I need to figure out how much I can or will spend to see that. It seemed to be inching up ten or fifteen bucks each year for a few years in a row. I think I may have paid around $115 for tickets for the UP show I saw. I would be leary of going much above that, since transportation, food, and drink ends up making that a $200 night....

 

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I do try to get to smaller venues and get more music for the dollar. I don't have much time to go anywhere, so what I am willing to pay depends mostly on who I will see.

Mitch


Like Jaimoe!!! that was a great show


It sure was! It was good to see you there too!

Mitch

 

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  posted on 11/23/2010 at 03:40 PM
Any ideas on Beacon tix prices for March 2011?
 

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  posted on 11/23/2010 at 03:43 PM
Saw The Bridge for free at a bar one of the best shows I saw. Only expense was the beer that night. Also free blues in the summer is always fun

 

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  posted on 11/23/2010 at 03:46 PM
Summer in CT, a decent amount of free outdoor music, town green concerts. Winter, not so much!
 

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  posted on 11/23/2010 at 03:56 PM
I made the same decision about seeing lesser known bands at smaller venues a few years ago, partly because of the economics but mostly because I found I just enjoyed it more. I really have come to dislike dealing with large crowds, parking, and then sitting or standing in a cramped space far away from the stage. There is so much good music out there that can be enjoyed in a relaxed intimate environment. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed all the times I've seen the big acts at the big venues, but I've gotten to the point where I feel like I've been there and done that.
 

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  posted on 11/23/2010 at 06:03 PM
yup-- u are 100% correct
 

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  posted on 11/23/2010 at 07:42 PM
I agree in theory, but I am guilty of paying high prices; Roger Waters, clapton/Beck, clapton/Winwood, etc. I try to use restraint when I consider shows to attend but I find that I am convincing myself that if I do not go to a certain show, I may never see them live again. I will try to stay away from the high prices next year, but the ABB is the exception

 

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  posted on 11/23/2010 at 07:49 PM
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Any ideas on Beacon tix prices for March 2011?
I say minimum a buck fiddy.

 

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  posted on 11/23/2010 at 07:55 PM
Next month I'm seeing Grace Potter in Northampton, MA for $20

 

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  posted on 11/23/2010 at 08:11 PM
I haven't paid more than $25 for a show in a long time, and doubt that I do. I saw DTB last summer for $5, Honeyboy Edwards earlier this year for $20. I saw Fats Domino for free in NOLA. I can't imagine anyone I'd pay $250 to see. Well, maybe Honeyboy at a house party. But really. that is over 30 times the minimum wage, equivalent to a $75 ticket back in the 70s when we were paying 5 bucks to see the biggest acts in the world. Something has gotten out of kilter.

 

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  posted on 11/23/2010 at 08:41 PM
I've seen just about everybody I've wanted to see over the years. These days, I only go to a select few shows. Saw Dukes of September (Fagan, Scaggs, & McDonald) for about $25 few months ago. Saw Gregg last year for about $50 or so and picked up tickets for the upcoming tour for about the same.

Beyond that I passed on the Stones at the several hundred dollars range. I'll pass on any of the many Eagles $$$$ tours also. I just don't think the value is there. I'd rather see some of the same bands others have mentioned in this thread that are more reasonably priced. Someone mentioned Grace Potter, and that's a good show worth seeing.

 

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  posted on 11/23/2010 at 08:42 PM
I just go and see the Peacheaters, closest thing to ABB

[Edited on 11/24/2010 by No1ToRunWith]

 

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  posted on 11/23/2010 at 10:06 PM
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I just go and see the Peacheaters, closest thing to ABB

[Edited on 11/24/2010 by No1ToRunWith]


n1trw makes an interesting point. In New England, there seems to be a spate of cover bands (Springsteen, ABB, Floyd, Aerosmith) playing around. and I wondered why woud people go to see a cover band when may of the real bands still tour regularly. Now I have my answser.

I have no qualms about paying $100 for Springsteen because I know I always get a $100 show. For this ABB run in Boston, because it was a little place, I skimped & bought the $65 tix and wound up in 'limited view' sections. I actually had limited view even when I paid $100, so it was a failed experiment all around.

But to my mind, I'd rather pay to see the real thing

 

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  posted on 11/23/2010 at 11:28 PM

I saw Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons earlier this year for $15.00
That band Rocks! Dave Schools from WSP sat in for a couple of songs.
Great Show, Great Price!

 
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