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I hate the bar areas of these venues, because everyone yaps, and you cannot hear the music.
Interesting. I found the lighting to be painful as well, but it seemed to be in keeping with the sound quality. Most of my pictures look the same, sadly. I am an architect, and we are not trained all that well in acoustics, but I do know to hire an acoustical consultant on certain projects, and have at times regretted not having done so.
How long have you been involved with the Wellmont? Are you telling me that there have been times when the acoustics have been bearable?
I have often wondered how much control a house has over a performance, if any.
That would give me reason to give them another try.
when you say the concrete box has been a slow learning process, are you talking about venues in general, or this one in particular?
We attended the Keane concert on May 26, 2009, with balcony seating. We appreciated the great sight lines, and the renovation of the theatre was done rather nicely. The staging and lightly worked well, and the staff kept things moving from the opening acts to the main feature.
However, the acoustics were horrible. The theatre is all hard surfaces, and the loud music was an assault on the senses, truly ruining an otherwise great experience. I would think twice about returning, unless the new owners take steps to address the acoustics.