Be a more considerate concert-goer

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Lately, I've had the opportunity to attend concerts in various Augusta venues. It's great to see the upswing in artists making their way through the area. The shows have been terrific.

However, the behavior of the patrons has at times been appalling and embarrassing. I fully appreciate that tickets don't come cheap, and everyone has the right to get the most out of their experience. But that right does not allow your actions to interfere with the enjoyment of those around you. Seems like folks need a few reminders about how to behave in public.

- Opening acts are pretty standard concert fare. I get that people have paid to see the headliner. But some of us appreciate the opportunity to listen to an artist and music we might not ordinarily hear. Plus, the performer is there doing a job and deserves respect, not heckling. If you're not interested in the opener, delay your arrival to the venue.

- If you want to drink, there are plenty of bars in town for that purpose.

I'm not talking about those enjoying a cocktail during the show. This is directed at those who choose to get rowdy, sloppy drunk. I just pray during a sober moment that these individuals appointed designated drivers. Ruining someone else's concert experience is one thing, but jeopardizing their lives on the road is another.

- I get caught up in the excitement of a good show as much as the next person. I understand there are times you can't help but stand up and dance, but you do not have the right to stand up for the entire show and block the view of those behind you. The person who calls you on it and asks you to sit down is not the one in the wrong.

- Talking, laughing and socializing before the start of the concert is part of the fun. But when an artist comes on stage, attention should be focused on the artist. If you want to carry on extended, loud conversations, go to the venue lobby.

Abiding by a few simple rules of etiquette would surely enhance everyone's concert experience.

Robbie Hammond


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etlinks 07/02/11 - 06:09 am
Robbie I agree with your

Robbie I agree with your letter but I believe your words are falling on deaf ears. From what I see every day in public places some people just don't care how they act drunk or sober and these type individuals do not read the paper.

allhans 07/02/11 - 09:22 am
I have a feeling that the

I have a feeling that the offenders never do any reading and that 2tlinks is right, it is falling on deaf ears.
You are expecting people with culture, a bit of class, and those folks are getting harder and harder to find.

AutumnLeaves 07/02/11 - 10:32 am
I was shocked last night at

I was shocked last night at the Fort Gordon Fireworks show. Less than 5% of people stood for the Star Spangled Banner, and I was also surprised there was not a brief introduction to do so beforehand, as is usual protocol at public events, ESPECIALLY on military bases. The people that were too lazy to get off their behinds actually had the nerve to say we were blocking their view. Ignorance and disrespect are apparently a plague in the world today.

allhans 07/02/11 - 11:14 am
Autumn I bet you weren't

I bet you weren't really shocked. These are the same classless individuals who scream and yell so you can't hear the name of your child at the graduation ceremony, the ones that pop gum and talk on cell phones at the public library...I could go on.
Have a nice 4th and continue the good work.

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