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  posted on 3/3/2014 at 04:25 PM
Been attending the beacon shows for the past 10 years and experienced some pushback when enjoying the music in the Lower Balcony last year while standing. I try not to stand the whole time but i do not like to sit all night after driving for 5 or 6 hours. I am back in the same area for 2 nights on this run and want to hear the true brother's fans opinions about telling someone else to stand up or shut up. Im a polite guy who doesn't want to make a scene, I'd rather drink a beer and have a puff. Id love to walk in clear headed excited about the last night I will enjoy the ABB sound at the beacon.


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  posted on 3/3/2014 at 04:48 PM
It has been pretty widely accepted at the ABB Beacon shows that the Orch stands and the Loge and Balc sits. If you are in a back row then that is a different story. There are plenty of people that prefer to stand and same for sitting (age, height, health, etc...). I personally generally split shows downstairs and upstairs since after a show or two standing I appreciate being able to sit back and enjoy a show sitting down. There are always those that stand upstairs which usually causes some sort of problem - either starting a shouting match or getting security looped in... There are no signs and I believe everyone is entitled to do whatever they want as they paid for a ticket, but also think the proper etiquette is to sit upstairs as you will either make everyone behind you stand up or you will cause a fan that cannot stand to miss some of the show.
 

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  posted on 3/3/2014 at 05:13 PM
previous post is accurate. personally i regret this fact and used to really get annoyed that not many people in the balcony danced, but i realize now that we are all in this together and its not worth ruining someone else's time just so i can dance like a maniac. nevertheless, security almost assuredly will let you go to the corners of the balcony or the back of the upper balc to stand for the entire show. another possibility is to trade a lower balcony seat with someone in the upper balc because they might want to be closer and sit for the whole show.
 

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  posted on 3/3/2014 at 05:21 PM
I buy Loge tickets because I know that I will be able to see the show without my view being obstructed by a person/people standing in front of me. I am not the kind of person to cause a scene, but I would politely ask anyone that did stand in front of me to sit down.

If my only ticket option was orchestra I would buy the ticket with the realization that I probably wouldn't be able to see the show as I am short and I would not ask anyone standing in front of me to sit down.

I actually prefer to be close to the stage, and usually buy orchestra tickets for concerts, but the ABB at the Beacon is the exception to my rule. Watching Derek, Warren, and Oteil play is just as important to me as hearing them play.



 

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  posted on 3/3/2014 at 06:27 PM
I mostly buy orchestra in order to stand/dance, but sometimes buy way over on the side of loge or balcony where one can stand without blocking those behind me. And then sit and watch during some songs. It's best of both worlds. Of course, the March run is sort of best of all worlds.
 

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  posted on 3/3/2014 at 07:37 PM
I'm a dancer as well, and if I end up with seats upstairs, I try to sit for a while. When I need to dance, I check in with the people behind me first. Your results may vary. If they are not positive, I'll go off to the side to dance, being friendly to the staff and asking if it's ok. They've always pointed me to a spot they can deal with. Communication is good. Have fun! It's coming right up!
 

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  posted on 3/5/2014 at 05:03 PM
Thanks for the help. Everyone's comments have cleared my mind of any potential concerns. Enjoy the music!!!
 

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  posted on 3/13/2014 at 02:58 PM
I have to say that the mandatory standing in the orchestra for the entire show really diminished my enjoyment of last night's performance. I'm 61, in pretty good shape, but after a long day of work, standing all that time got painful. I saw quite a few people my age and older giving in and sitting for long periods. I don't think the average ticket buyer is aware of the "Stand For The Entire Show" orchestra etiquette. They should sell Advil at the concession stands.

That said, I had a great time and look forward to standing again in a couple of weeks.

 

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  posted on 3/13/2014 at 03:31 PM
The guy right behind me on Tuesday night not only sat for most of the show (row H), he appeared to sleep through most of it. I know that a lot of the close seats are purchased by corporations for clients who are not necessarily fans, but really - sleeping?
 

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  posted on 3/13/2014 at 03:33 PM
I was in the Balcony last night and there were way more people standing than in the past
 

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  posted on 3/13/2014 at 03:50 PM
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I was in the Balcony last night and there were way more people standing than in the past


That is great news. I will be up there on the 25th.

 

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  posted on 3/13/2014 at 03:56 PM
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The guy right behind me on Tuesday night not only sat for most of the show (row H), he appeared to sleep through most of it. I know that a lot of the close seats are purchased by corporations for clients who are not necessarily fans, but really - sleeping?


He probably could have gotten a decent hotel room for what that ticket cost (somebody).

Oh no, even the balcony isn't safe now!

 

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  posted on 3/13/2014 at 04:22 PM
I have been going to the Beacon Run since 89 and most people do respect the "no standing in the loge or balcony", or dancing on the sides. Last night in row C of the left lower balcony two drunk nuts stood for almost the whole show. We asked them nicely to sit down and they did for a short while and then they were up again. I remember looking over the rest of the balcony during "Mountain Jam" and they were the only ones standing. The guy next to me got pissed and one of the idiots got right in his face and said "I paid for this seat same as you!, I can do what I want" Amazing some people really don't care if they ruin the show for anyone else......

 

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  posted on 3/13/2014 at 06:33 PM
My group has been going for 13 years. We prefer the lower balcony or loge as we are older and prefer to sit. If you want to dance in front of us, please do. We will assume that you are digging the show as much as we are. We go to hear the music and,trust me, we would be dancing along side of you but we do not need to injure ourselves in the name of good clean fun. Enjoy the shows and a simple "do you mind if we dance?" can go a long way. After all, we are all in this together.

 

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  posted on 3/13/2014 at 08:47 PM
I personally do not do well with people who are in the loge standing and dancing when there are hundreds of people of which cannot see including myself as well...If you feel the need to dance it is generally okay to do so in the orchestra where everyone is standing, twirling, dancing, etc. and rarely uses there seat anyways
Ask yourself a question, " Am I bothering and blocking peoples view" ? " Why would I risk doing something that really pisses people off that did not pay hundreds to look at the back of my head instead of the band" ? "Why don't I go to a area where everyone is dancing instead " ?
Long story short its not really the best thing to block peoples view in the loge, reason being pretty much everyone who buys this section specifically did so to avoid the dancing and twirling...
I have dealt with this issue on rare occasion in the loge and I can say that most people where very understanding and realized they hindered peoples view and respected the crowd behind them and sat down without issue.
The ones who did not and where drunk and vulgar after being asked politely to please sit and then refused always lost the battle every time..


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  posted on 3/14/2014 at 08:24 AM
It's a different crowd this year. A lot of people are "finnally going to see The Allman Brothers Band cause they're breaking up.....Oh which one's Ricky? I hope they play Jennifer"
 

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  posted on 3/14/2014 at 08:54 AM
Or "which one is Dicky".
Personally, if people want to dance, they should dance. This is especially true this year, where tickets are tight and many people had no choice but to sit upstairs.

 

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  posted on 3/14/2014 at 09:42 AM
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a simple "do you mind if we dance?" can go a long way. After all, we are all in this together.


This will be our first ABB show at the Beacon, and we're real excited! My first time at the Beacon was last May for Tom Petty, another of our very favorite artists. We were in orch the first night and stood the entire evening.

For the 2nd night we attended, we were in the 2nd to last row of lower balcony. Everyone pretty much stood for the first song then sat about the time the 2nd song started (including the people behind us). I remember turning around to the gentleman behind me and asking if he would like for me to sit or if he would prefer to change seats with me. He basically said no thanks to switching seats, but I don't mind you dancing in front of me at all. So, I stood a little and sat a little, and by the end of the night we made a new friend.

As recently as a couple of weeks ago at the Mule show in Bowling Green, I saw a 60ish gentleman (using the term loosely) that was literally about to fight with a younger man over standing at the show--I mean he was pushing and shoving until the ushers separated them. They were onlly about 7-8 rows back. Really caused a ruckus and not in a good way.

By the way, I'm in Loge for one night and Lower Balc the other next week. We will be looking for "sitters" during the first set and I hope to see if anyone wants to trade me for orch so we can stand during set #2.

Mike

 
 


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