Callison: High concert volume does not equal high-quality experience (letter)
We are music lovers, and the free concerts offered throughout Summit (and Eagle) County are some of our favorite summer events. And, we greatly appreciate our towns and other organizations that work hard to treat us locals and visitors to them, free of charge.
We do feel one concern should be voiced, however. An example of this concern occurred Saturday afternoon. We met some friends at Keystone’s Mountain Town Music Festival, anticipating good music and a good time in River Run Village. But, when the headliners, Delta Rae, took the stage, the volume was so high that we couldn’t stand being anywhere near the stage. We immediately moved to the very back of the crowd, but it was still too loud. Our friends left after the first 2 songs. We inserted our earplugs, stuck it out for a couple more songs, then left ourselves (after complaining to a Keystone Neighborhood Assoc. staffer, which did no good). It was a shame because the young musicians had talent and could have been enjoyable; but the high volume reduced that talent to excruciating, loud noise.
To be fair, producing clear, quality sound in an outdoor venue can be challenging – but not impossible. Frisco has great sound at their Thursday concerts in the park, as does Dillon Amphitheater on Fridays and Saturdays; Breck usually gets it right at their Arts District and Riverwalk concerts.
So, we would encourage concert promoters and sponsors to learn a lesson from those venues: Volume that is way too high does not equal high-quality music, high excitement and high concert turn-out. In fact, it has the opposite effect.
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