Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Clap .. But Don't Spill The Popcorn

I got to see Eric Clapton again last week.

In Summerville.

It was the July 26th Eric Clapton 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival concert.

Actually, It was taped and I saw it the next day on the big screen in air conditioned comfort. Good way to avoid standing all day with 27,000 cheering Blues fans in muggy Chicago.

Eric, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray and many other leading great Blues stars were up there bigger than life inside Regal Theatre in Azalea Square in Summerville.

FathomEvents taped the all-day live show on Monday and then streamed a 2-hour edited version to 475 theaters in 47 states on Tuesday evening at 7:30pm.

It was like roaming around with a VIP Back Stage pass.

I knew that "live" opera could be seen in selected movie venues around the US but did not realize that other popular music events also were available.

The Regal was the only place in Charleston presenting this annual concert - gorgeous in High Def - and was one of only 5 in all of South Carolina.

California led with 71 locations, followed by Texas with 48. Florida was next with 36 and the home state of Illinois beamed into 25 places.

Rhode Islanders and people in Vermont each had only one site.

I still prefer live concerts and don't mind standing and clapping the whole show. But, I'll keep an eye on this site to see who's coming to town.

Check it out.

(No, I did NOT take any pictures in the theater. Pictures-of-pictures seemed kind of dumb.)

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