adjective | con·cert·ed | \kən-ˈsər-təd\
2. Done or performed together or in cooperation: a concerted attack.
3. (Music) Arranged in parts for several voices or instruments.
Concerted is a blog about live music, for lovers of live music. Whether that be concerts, festivals, or that time you went to go support your cousin’s performance at the state fair, it’s all an energetic exchange between the performer and the audience. I am also a big fan of music in general, so from time to time you will also read about my general music interests and how they connect to my interest of concerts.
I am based out of Atlanta, so most of the concerts I talk about and attend will be around my city. Although I are based out of Atlanta, I will also travel for shows and festivals out of the city and state. So if you’re not a resident of Atlanta, there’s still plenty for you to read and enjoy.
Throughout each post you will mainly read about my personal experiences and thoughts from concerts that I’ve had the privilege to attend. In these concert discussions I will also point out five crucial aspects of each show that work together (in a concerted manner) to enhance the concert experience for fans. These five things are:
1. The Venue,
2. The Crowd,
3. The Stage (Stage Setup),
4. The Performance,
5. The Song Choice.
These five aspects are essential in creating a lasting experience for those attending the show. Read below on what each aspect entails and how they add to the show.
First, The Venue. When you go to a concert, the location can have a large impact on how each fan enjoys the show. Is the artist’s following too big for the venue or vice versa? Does the sound quality of the venue dampen the show? Does the venue fit the style and personality of the artist’s performance? Maybe you enjoy having your own seat at a show versus standing in a general admission pit, all of these factors and more come into effect when you consider the type of venue the artist is performing at.
Next, The Crowd. The crowd (or the artist’s following) is essentially a part of the artist. The amount of people in attendance at the show can be a representation of the hype behind the artist. From time to time the size will grow or shrink based on many different things and this has a direct effect with how you might personally enjoy the show. The demographic of the crowd is also interesting as this can change over time due to the popularity of an artist. Some artists might start off with a small cult following, and grow to a big Top 40 kind of artist. This can change the amount of people in attendance and the demographic of the fans in attendance. It is interesting to see how the artists adapts to the change over time.
The Stage (stage setup) will usually change based on the type of artist performing, how successful they are, and the size of the venue they are playing. Although the size of the venue and the budget of the artist usually has a direct effect with how elaborate the stage setup is, I have personally seen some of the most creative stages at smaller venues. It is fun to see how the stage reflects an artist and their current body of work.
The Performance, in my opinion, is the most important aspect of live music. How the artist reacts with the crowd, and the amount of energy they bring to the stage, are a couple of valid points that tie into this portion of the show. This can also change based on the type of music being performed. Going to Rock & Roll concert naturally will differ from going to a R&B or Jazz show. The artist’s performance will essentially make or break the whole concert experience.
Lastly, The Song Choice. Have you ever been to a show expecting to hear your favorite song that essentially made them famous, only to hear a catalog of new music that does nothing for you? Have you ever gone to see an artist and they completely change the way they performed a classic song? When things like this happens, it can greatly dampen the whole experience and leave you with a sour taste in your mouth.
Live music provides amazing experiences that you will remember for the rest of your life, whether their remarkably good, or painstakingly bad. So I hope you take what you’ve read here and remember how these different aspects of a show work together in a “Concerted” effort to produce a great experience.