We saw Iron & Wine at The Space on June 26. It was a terrific show. This was my first time at this venue and there was a lot to like.
We sat on the loge, in the second row center but with no seats in front of us. This was a wonderful seat, I would argue one of the best in the house. Chairs were very comfortable and there was tons of legroom. I highly recommend it. This show was general admission for the floor, and it was standing only there, which ruled that out for me -- there is, definitely, something fun about standing in the crowd, but I'm too old to last standing for a couple hours anymore, lol. Sound was good and the lighting nice.
We had some chatty people sitting directly behind us who were scandalized when we politely pointed out that their loud talking was distracting us from the show. That's not the venue's fault, of course. I would, though, say that it's a disservice to musicians and to fans of the music that the bar to the right of the audience is kept open throughout the show. Yes, I'm sure they make money, but the people up at the bar were loud. During some of Iron & Wine's quieter numbers, their shouting was impossible to ignore. It's just not necessary. There's a bar in the lobby and concert-goers can slip out there any time they like and bring beverages back into the show. Close the in-room bar and give the music the respect it deserves.
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