I’ve seen a lot of live music over the years. My favorite shows are always in small venues. I love to see musicians up close. Their interaction with the crowd is often more personal. And it’s fun to think that we could shake hands during the show if we wanted to.
Small venues like to feature local musicians as the opening acts. It’s great for smaller bands to grab a little of the spotlight often reserved for national acts. Sometimes that propels them to fame.
But often the contrast is huge. Professionalism, musicianship, and overall quality of the performances are often massively better for the national acts.
Occasionally, opening bands are better. Sometimes I’ve seen shows where I went for the main band and ended up being introduced to an opening act that became a favorite band. That’s a refreshing surprise.
I always like to give each band a chance. I may not like their style or attitude, but I try to listen with an open mind and open ears.
The photo is Mimi Parker of the band Low. I saw her and the rest of the band on Friday night, March 8, 2019.