Why Live Music in Small Places Matters

Music is intimate. Seeing it should be, too.

Photo by author — Better Oblivion Community Center at Crescent Ballroom — April 2019

You know if they’ll play your favorite song because you can see the set list. They’ll give it to you after the show.

In a small venue, you can stand three feet from a speaker and come away with your hearing intact and your soul freed.

It was like they were little boys who just got away with stealing a piece of candy and no one was ever going to catch them. Pure joy.

The Cole Trains photo by Charlie Stout

We all just watched, and grinned ear to ear, as he took a handkerchief out of his back pocket and wiped his face.

It was like it happened in my living room. Nothing else seemed to matter in the entire world, and no one else seemed to exist, in that three and a half minutes.

Flaming pinball, nerd, music lover, wine snob, horrible violin player. No, I won’t stop taking pictures of my drinks. vanessaltorre@gmail.com IG: vanessaltorre

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