The Starland Ballroom is kinda scary from the outside with a "lost in nowhere" roadhouse look. Parking is very rough/basic, and it is sort of insulting that they charge for it. However, inside is a nicely appointed general admission (standing room) small concert venue. Improved notably since the storm damage, the bars and restrooms got a face lift. If you are very tall, or enjoy close physical contact with masses of complete strangers this is definitely the venue for you. Short folks with any hint of claustrophobia think twice before venturing here ;-)
If you aim to get as close to an artist or band as possible, be prepared to come early and stand endlessly. You will do this first on line to get in, then in front of the stage boxed in with little hope of moving. If you value your hearing, locate speaker stacks and adjust your position accordingly (consider bringing foam ear plugs, don't worry you can still hear clearly through them). Use restrooms before the show, and although I recommend hydrating to prevent nausea, don't overdo it. Leaving the stage-front area to use a bathroom can be challenging and means the end of your close-up experience.
Hubby was more inclined to hang out and pay the usual jacked up prices at the bar, and said the sound was better balanced from there and the overall viewing experience was better due to the raised floor level. If I ever have cause to venture back to the Starland Ballroom, I will likely watch from the center rear up on the raised bar area to optimize the listening experience. Despite proximity, down on the floor I saw little more than glimpses past the backs of other concert goers while permanently damaging my hearing less than ten feet from the stage (and speakers ;-))
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