Little Bear wrote:
The Wellmont IS a very nice little theater, and the staff were friendly and gracious. We had a wonderful time the first night (After we were miracled in out of the blizzard) we started out on the floor, which had gotten rather packed by end of the first set, which led to our second set move to the balcony isles in search of dancing room (Which we found in full supply).
The second day, it was nicer out, still cold, but lacking the sting of the snow cone machine to the eyes, of the previous nights blizzard. I bought an unscanned Wednesday night ticket from a friend of mine (Very kind of them to extend that courtesy to the folks who dared not brave the snowcone machine)
Upon our entrance we went directly to the balcony, knowing that the floor would be much more packed than the previous night. The balcony even ended up being relatively crowded Thursday, but we still thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Friday, the balcony became crowded as soon as the music started. I began spinning and feeling the nice energy of the band and the music which they were creating, then a few songs into the set it got crowded to the point of my Girlfriend having to go to a seat just to retain any enjoyment; a couple of songs later a belligerent drunk loud mouth actually walks up and tries to push between me and the balcony isle rail, into the only slot left on the rail, the slot which I had been occupying and spinning in for the past hour, then the guy had the nerve to violently tell ME to move, and threaten to "Make things happen that you don't want" if I didn't stop bumping into him while I was dancing. All of this while I was spinning (I don't stop until the music stops), all of the nice people sitting in the row behind us began to yell at the guy for being such an ignorant imbecile.
Needless to say, this somewhat effected my enjoyment of the show, and my ability to listen to the music, as that is slightly hard to do when you are tensely awaiting a punch, and preparing a retaliation.
I am of the opinion that one should never have to worry about having to fight as a result of dancing inside a Grateful Dead music related concert.
So by my own preference, I would ask Furthur, do NOT play at the Wellmont, if it gets too packed for comfort for Phil, then I would cringe to try to see Furthur play there.
But this is all from the perspective of a big guy that likes to dance, I imagine that anyone would was small of stature or who enjoys sitting in a seat, would have had a wonderful time every night.
I too was pushed and shoved around all three nights, and it got progressively worse every night. One of the FEW kind spots I found on Friday was in that closed hallway on the third floor with Little Bear. I Was able to dance like a nut the night of the blizzard, I could dance more or less where I wanted the second night too. The third night you could barely stand. But I found a spot on the lover level to dance, it was just tight.
I too almost got into it with somebody over a spot. And Ratdog Donna had a guy say something real nasty to her cause her backpack hit this guys leg. I THINK The overcrowdedness made people a bit less kind?
I LOVE the theater, security was fairly lax, and you will have ASSHOLES in the audience at every show. This was not an all deadhead audience. Plenty of local people who never heard of Phil Lesh before.
I Hope they keep the venue but maybe limit the people a little. Somebody threw a smoke bomb near us the third night, I will tell you IF it was a real emergency situation, lots of people would have been trampled..... A bit fuked up in that regard.
MY worse incident was when a GUARD shoved me for dancing in an aisle. He shoved me right into the back of a gal I know and was dancing with. Thankfully I didn't hurt her badly, but it was very unkind. I understand the guard was probably tired of being blocked from moving, but a gentle excuse me might have saved this gal a bruise and saved me from terrible embarrassment. I am nuts dancing but I try to be so careful not to hit people. That third night, I did give some people some love tap, I do not LOVE you standing in front of me when a am spinning and dancing and then push me out of the way, I will make room for anyone, but....someone ought to teach these people respect. Ir I am there first, at least allow me SOME space to stand ... and maybe even move my arms or feet.
But it was FUN......