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A few thoughts about the Tennessee Performing Arts Center


I was lucky enough to catch Gordon Lightfoot last night at the Tennessee Center for Performing Arts Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC). He was amazing as always, though his voice isn’t what it use to be. That’s just age though, we all get a little shakier as we get older – he’s still a god.

I have a few thoughts about my first experience at TPAC.

  • If you’re going to stick people in nose bleed seats for smaller acoustic shows, you better install a video screen so we can see the act. Especially for shows that draw older crowds who’s eyes may not be as sharp as they use to be.
  • How about some amplification? The sound levels were way too low, not to mention Gordon’s mic cracked a bit at the start of the show. I believe it wasn’t even on when he first approached it. If you’re going to grace us with brilliance, you best be ready to support (and respect) them.
  • You should create a hecklers will be shot policy :-) Of course, maybe this is just for Gordon Lightfoot shows. It doesn’t matter where I see him, there’s always some idiots yelling requests (and worse yet, singing along).
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    • Good points, Dave.

      TPAC = Tennessee Performing Arts Center, right?

    • Good points, Dave.

      TPAC = Tennessee Performing Arts Center, right?

    • Absolutely, on all counts. If that pic is from your seats, you *were* up there.

      I was down in the “Orchestra” section and the sound was still poor. We had our share of drunken karaoke singers, too.

      At least the lighting was good. And of course, seeing a legend like Gordon is great.

    • Absolutely, on all counts. If that pic is from your seats, you *were* up there.

      I was down in the “Orchestra” section and the sound was still poor. We had our share of drunken karaoke singers, too.

      At least the lighting was good. And of course, seeing a legend like Gordon is great.

    • Was it the Jackson Auditorium?
      I’ve not been back to TPAC since we had season tickets to the Broadway series there a few years ago– while my wife was pregnant with our second child.
      Let me tell you– there’s nothing like getting perfect seats, center in the tier– PERFECT.. and then realize taht your poor pregnant wife is going to need to get to the restroom several times over the next few hours… and there’s no middle aisle.
      My wife was a trooper.. but after the first show, we changed our season tickets to some seats a little closer to the aisle.

    • Was it the Jackson Auditorium?
      I’ve not been back to TPAC since we had season tickets to the Broadway series there a few years ago– while my wife was pregnant with our second child.
      Let me tell you– there’s nothing like getting perfect seats, center in the tier– PERFECT.. and then realize taht your poor pregnant wife is going to need to get to the restroom several times over the next few hours… and there’s no middle aisle.
      My wife was a trooper.. but after the first show, we changed our season tickets to some seats a little closer to the aisle.

    • Ya, that place can’t be fun for a pregnant woman. I imagine elderly people probably don’t have a blast climbing up to the noise bleeds either.

      Ya Alex, that photo was our view from our seats. Of course I was there to HEAR Gordie, but still, it would have been nice to install some sort of video screen.

      Thanks for the comments guys.

    • Ya, that place can’t be fun for a pregnant woman. I imagine elderly people probably don’t have a blast climbing up to the noise bleeds either.

      Ya Alex, that photo was our view from our seats. Of course I was there to HEAR Gordie, but still, it would have been nice to install some sort of video screen.

      Thanks for the comments guys.

    • Ya Kelly. Oops about that name. I’m use to the Toronto Centre for Performing Arts.

    • Ya Kelly. Oops about that name. I’m use to the Toronto Centre for Performing Arts.

    • Your lightfoot venue was at least dry. Gordon Lightfoot was the closer for this year’s Mariposa Folk Festival. The weather was fantastic for the whole weekend until Gordie started to play. Then the sky opened up with a tremendous thunderstorm. He played on for about 30 min but the long rumored “surprise visit” from Bob Dylan never happened because of the rain.

    • Your lightfoot venue was at least dry. Gordon Lightfoot was the closer for this year’s Mariposa Folk Festival. The weather was fantastic for the whole weekend until Gordie started to play. Then the sky opened up with a tremendous thunderstorm. He played on for about 30 min but the long rumored “surprise visit” from Bob Dylan never happened because of the rain.

    • Hi Sean:
      Thanks for the comment. That’s awesome that he played Mariposa. I would have been thrilled to see him at home. I’ve seen him a couple of other times at Massey Hall. MH is really his home away from home eh?

      Sorry to hear about the weather and Dylan-less.
      Maybe this will make you feel better:
      http://urltea.com/1e78

      Cheers,
      Dave

    • Hi Sean:
      Thanks for the comment. That’s awesome that he played Mariposa. I would have been thrilled to see him at home. I’ve seen him a couple of other times at Massey Hall. MH is really his home away from home eh?

      Sorry to hear about the weather and Dylan-less.
      Maybe this will make you feel better:
      http://urltea.com/1e78

      Cheers,
      Dave