Fun Show Last Night
If you follow your favorite band around the region, sooner or later you will be part of some amazing and fun shows. Sometimes the performers are more than outstanding and go beyond their usual output. They have a stellar night and, boy, are you glad that you were there. These are special moments you wish you had captured on video for Facebook in case you didn’t commit them well to memory. Hopefully you took enough photos for Instagram as well. Remembering the evening as documented by the camera—cell phone version or otherwise—makes it last a very long time. Let your friends and family know where you were having a good time.
One of the things I noticed in the photos was the smoky atmosphere. How odd, but there it is: the telltale signs. Was it from the crowd (and who smokes anymore? Haven’t they heard it is bad for your health?) or was it from smoke machines for ambience? As I recall, it was most likely the latter. Such effects are not uncommon at band venues. Thinking back, I had the odd thought that I should have brought a portable air purifier. I could have popped it out of my backpack. They aren’t just for allergens, germs, bacteria, and mold. They do double duty by ridding the air of smoke and odors as well. There are times when there is plenty of it to clean up after a concert. Maybe the after-hours crew knows about this. If anyone is to play within an hour or two in a closed room, it is nice to refresh a bit other than raking up papers and stuff. You would need a pretty powerful machine if the smoke effects in the background were extensive. Mother Nature just can’t take her own course. She needs a little help from the purifier at times. Just unplug the amp and plug in this handy appliance and all will soon be well.
Concerts are known to have surprises—a switch of performers or an added-on new face that will wow the crowd. I never expected the surprise to be a hefty room full of smoke. It can mar your ability to see the stage, while as a backdrop, it isn’t the prettiest. I vote for clarity of vision every time! Who thinks this excess wispiness is good and not a nuisance? I suppose someone had to make the fateful decision, but it left me without easy breathing. In movies or on TV, it is certain effective to create a sense of time and place. Smoke machines are all too common in the entertainment industry, and one didn’t miss my concert last night. I wish they hadn’t borrowed it from a nearby set. I hope they put it back right away so tonight’s concert will be smoke free. Outside you have the cold night air to offset the effects, but the same doesn’t apply inside. Let me pass on the word to concert organizers to leave the gadget at home next time.