First time to TD Arena...and the new Gaillard.
The new Gaillard will have less seats but better acoustics.
Fewer people will hear things better in the new place.
In the old one, I have chosen to be seated in the balcony, but also plopped down in the first row for the k.d.lang show last year.
Closer is better.
The Cistern Area for Spoleto events is another place where I usually buy a seat in the first row.
J.D. McPherson Show from there.
Some fears of electric guitars being played outdoors in a thunderstorm.
As I thought would happen, all the stage setup was moved to the TD Arena. Naturally the sun shone brightly.
J.D.said they were pleased with the change and reminded us they play there again tonight (Saturday).
It was my first visit to the C of C basketball court but it felt just like a Cistern Show...with the bonus of air conditioning. Yeah!
The former school teacher from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, has a Punk resume. Mr. McPheron has found his Retro Sound musical calling.
He and the band mixed together elements of Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Led Zepplin and, yes, some punk roots from "The Pixies."
It was a rollicking time and, just past the halfway point, the gyrating dancers swiftly moved in front of the stage and the party was going on.
Chicago record producer - and superb bassist - Jimmy Sutton laid down a steady bass line to bring back the 1950s sound. Sax man Douglas Corcoran also came across the stage to play organ.
When the music is THAT strong, what heartless (or brave?) volunteer usher is going to stand in the way of all those dancing Happy Feet?
I talked with city natives as well as Spoleto fans who came from out-of-state.
One couple had come year after year, took a four year break and now drive in again for the arts festival.
They explained to a couple from New York the differences between Spoleto and Piccolo.
I could not have done better and I grew up here.
Spoleto began 36 years ago and Piccolo just turned 25 this year.
You can choose any seat on the basketball court floor itself - first come, first served - and the others are in seats rising behind you and on two sides.
I have no idea where the dancers had been sitting but they slowly appeared, dancing off to the sides, until they surged to the middle.
Hard to resist the energetic thumping beat that was being laid down.
Little details caught my eye.
Raynier Jacildo played a "real" piano - an upright - and NOT the usual electronic keyboard. The organ also was a heavy monster that had been lugged onstage with wheels strapped to it.
Sorry keys players...you can't compete.
The beautiful arena lobby was well maintained. The floors shiny bright and all the windows sparkling clean.