A few weeks ago, I was part of the audience at the stand-up comedian John Mulaney. In the moments when I didn’t laugh, and those moments were few and far away, I found myself lost in thought. It was the first live show I’ve been to in just over two years amid the ongoing pandemic.
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I’ve been a fan of Mulaney since I was in my twenties and it’s always been a quiet dream to see him live. Somehow I blinked and found myself in my thirties, experienced countless chapters of life – both expected and unexpected – and found myself in a complete place, surrounded by fans of comedy from all walks of life. It felt surreal, but incredibly satisfying to experience live entertainment again after such a long time away from him.
Live entertainment is something we tend to take for granted. We think it will always be there, but that is not true. Sometimes global events have the power to separate us from these events for years, and a much-needed gathering is needed to remember why we are eternal fans of live concerts, stand-up artists and festivals. If you’re considering buying this concert ticket or VIP pass, here’s what makes live entertainment worth it.
The shared experience
Linda Williamson is a PR specialist at Newsroom PR who loves live music. Williamson attends concerts regularly and once flies from Los Angeles to New York just to see the LCD Soundsystem live.
Williamson said much of what makes live entertainment special is that it’s a shared experience. Think of the experience of watching a movie on a streaming platform compared to a movie theater. The cinema experience is full of elements such as laughter from the audience or gasping during a dramatic revelation that can never be fully reproduced at home.
“It can be a very powerful shared experience to feel excited about music, side by side, with a crowd of people who all feel equally excited,” Williamson said. “People are common beings and we enjoy shared experiences. And when you can share emotions with other people, it multiplies them. ”
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Live entertainment is emotional
We scream in excitement, we sob, we scream while our voices are hoarse. Live entertainment is an emotional, special experience for every fan, even when we least expect it.
Williamson recently went to a small local bar, well known to professional musicians. Three 70-year-old musicians took the stage and blew everyone up in the room. That almost brought Williams to tears.
“I was overwhelmed by what I had just seen. And I felt privileged. “These were people who had been playing music since childhood and had achieved an unattainable level of skill,” Williamson said.
Many years ago, Gilan Luce – pianist, composer, singer and singer – went with a friend she knew Lea to a concert for a budding artist: “Ziggy Something”.
Only about 200 people attended a huge, dirty concert hall with a capacity of 5,000 people. Luce and Leah went straight ahead and stood right at the feet of musician David Bowie.
“I watched there – amazed, with my mouth open – what would soon be my biggest idol and inspiration in music for a very long time,” Luce said.
At that moment, Luce was not only emotional, but also incredibly inspired. Bowie has shown a whole generation, including this small crowd of 200, that it can be fun and great to be unique and push boundaries.
You never regret it
It was a night to remember when Luce saw David Bowie live. Williamson will never experience the right moment to sit in this bar and watch these musicians come on stage again. And I will always remember John Mulani as the first show I felt confident watching against the backdrop of the pandemic. That’s where the excitement is.
And we do not regret it. Rachel Blanc, founder and CEO of Allara, is an avid concert goer who has seen Bon Jovi and the Red Hot Chili Peppers live several times. Blanc does not regret any of the shows she has watched or the amount spent on them.
In fact, Blank has confirmation of these types of expenses: “I say, ‘I released this money with joy, and I know it will come back to me multiplied in wonderful ways.'”
“Life is about having different experiences, so we all have to live it while we can,” Blank said.
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