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Great advice, Ruth, seeing live music is great medicine, and the more intimate the better. I can say that from the musician's perspective as well, there's nothing better than having people listening and dancing close up, it really feeds the whole energy. The one exception is when you play at a bar or club, and the village drunk guy keeps insisting to sing a song or falls all over your equipment.

I would add street music and busking to your list, though hit or miss as far as quality, there's nothing more amazing than randomly happening upon a great street performance. Lately there's been a great acoustic band setting up on the front steps of my local Social Security office after business hours, and they're amazing, you don't wanna leave.

05/25/12 @ 16:10
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And how often does the drunk guy yell, "Freebird?" of "Stairway to Heaven?"

I almost posted a picture of a women standing on the shoulders of two guys from the audience while waving flaming torches. However, I thought my post was long enough. The photo comes from a 10-day street festival near me called Musikfest, and the buskers are always a hit.

Thanks for adding it!

05/25/12 @ 18:50
Comment from: Joy  

It's all about the connection at a live performance. The words take on new meaning, the music permeates your body, the performers are real. The audiance becomes an intimate part of the happening. It made me recall a most memorable stage show when Judy Garland (my idol) appeared in a Summer Production at Valley Forge. She was long-past her prime and slightly unstable but the Magic was still there. Some people have it - Charisma!

05/26/12 @ 05:37
Comment from: Bob

Or, "Stairway to Freebird"

05/30/12 @ 09:04
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Thanks Joy and Bob. Both your comments are full of fun.

06/05/12 @ 08:29