I’m awfully excited to be attending my second All For the Hall tonight at the Bridgestone Arena. This concert, which benefits the Country Music Hall of Fame, is an annual snapshot of all that is current in country music. Or, at least all that is currently in town.
Hosted by local superstars Keith Urban and Vince Gill, this year’s concert promises a star-studded tribute to Hall of Famer Merle Haggard, who died less than a week ago. And this year, I bought tickets early and got floor seating.
You see, last time I attended All for the Hall, I ended up sitting stage right – and right behind two tipsy twenty-somethings who stood the e.n.t.i.r.e. concert, shrieking their appreciation for every note, every pause, every comment…you get the picture. I was so annoyed that I actually posted a picture of my view (i.e., their rear ends) to Twitter. Those of you who know me will realize that this is about as close to full-on rage as I get. (I’m a pretty calm person.)
Last weekend, while attending a performance of the Fisk Jubilee Singers at Nashville’s iconic Ryman Auditorium, a friend and I compared notes about the deteriorating quality of concert audiences in Nashville. (The audience that night was predictably sedate, which we appreciated.) Both of us have recently witnessed embarrassing concert behavior that included inappropriate standing, talking, yelling, fighting, barfing, and seat-stealing. The common denominator: excessive alcohol intake.
Which begs the question – are you going out to drink, or are you going out to see a concert? Because if it’s the former, there are many honky-tonks on Lower Broad where you can drink too much and see live music and act a fool and still have enough money left to take a rideshare home. You’ll even save money by not buying those concert tickets.
And, if you are intending to see a concert – well, y’all better act right! Or it may be your drunken rear end that ends up on my Twitter feed!