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Old 03-07-2023, 01:11 PM   #1
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What is up with the outrageous ticket prices to see a concert these days? Are people really dumb enough to spend that kind of money on a concert!? I thought it was a Guilford thing, but I just checked the Leader Bank pavilion in Boston and the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA and they are right on par. One concert in Mansfield, tickets near the stage were just shy of $10,000 a ticket and apparently Guilford offers payment plans for those who can't afford to pay the face value upfront; It's mind boggling that people are willing accrue debt over a concert.
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What is up with the outrageous ticket prices to see a concert these days? Are people really dumb enough to spend that kind of money on a concert!? I thought it was a Guilford thing, but I just checked the Leader Bank pavilion in Boston and the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA and they are right on par. One concert in Mansfield, tickets near the stage were just shy of $10,000 a ticket and apparently Guilford offers payment plans for those who can't afford to pay the face value upfront; It's mind boggling that people are willing accrue debt over a concert.
They call it " dynamic pricing " .... we've been going to shows there for maybe 20 years... probably won't go again. If I sit at my Mt. View slip and the wind is blowing just right....
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What is up with the outrageous ticket prices to see a concert these days? Are people really dumb enough to spend that kind of money on a concert!? I thought it was a Guilford thing, but I just checked the Leader Bank pavilion in Boston and the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA and they are right on par. One concert in Mansfield, tickets near the stage were just shy of $10,000 a ticket and apparently Guilford offers payment plans for those who can't afford to pay the face value upfront; It's mind boggling that people are willing accrue debt over a concert.
Yup, it's criminal.

Until people stop paying, though, it won't change.

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They call it " dynamic pricing " .... we've been going to shows there for maybe 20 years... probably won't go again. If I sit at my Mt. View slip and the wind is blowing just right....
I think we are going to see that in more and more businesses.
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Same thing happening on professional sports. Tickets for any of the Boston teams are outrageous. All to pay the huge salaries of the players in the multi-millions. All out of control. Four of us (two grandkids) went to a Celtics game recently. Nose bleed seats. Could hardly see the players. $1000 cost for 4. That is the last game we will go to. Just so some players can get $5 -15 million a year. Outrageous. Whole player salary thing is way out of control.
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There's an apt expression: "Fools and their money are soon parted."

Why spend that kind of money on a live performance when you can view snippets for free on YouTube, or recreate a concert at home with a high end stereo?
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What is up with the outrageous ticket prices to see a concert these days? Are people really dumb enough to spend that kind of money on a concert!? I thought it was a Guilford thing, but I just checked the Leader Bank pavilion in Boston and the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA and they are right on par. One concert in Mansfield, tickets near the stage were just shy of $10,000 a ticket and apparently Guilford offers payment plans for those who can't afford to pay the face value upfront; It's mind boggling that people are willing accrue debt over a concert.
It depends on who you're going to see. Some are reasonable and others are way overpriced!
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They call it " dynamic pricing " .... we've been going to shows there for maybe 20 years... probably won't go again. If I sit at my Mt. View slip and the wind is blowing just right....
"dynamic pricing" is nothing more than legal price gouging.
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Allegedly, in the words of P. T. Barnum (and meaning no disrespect to any Forum poster), "There's a sucker born every minute".
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It depends on who you're going to see. Some are reasonable and others are way overpriced!
True. I bought Walker Hayes tickets for my wife, we got section 1 for $125/seat.

I actually prefer getting section 3 seats and the upgrade to Coors Light VIP or the Sam Adams Brewhouse. We don't even bother using our seats, but you can't book the upgrade with lawn seats.
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True. I bought Walker Hayes tickets for my wife, we got section 1 for $125/seat.

I actually prefer getting section 3 seats and the upgrade to Coors Light VIP or the Sam Adams Brewhouse. We don't even bother using our seats, but you can't book the upgrade with lawn seats.
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This place has perhaps the poorest ďcontactĒ systems and policies I have ever encountered.

I tried to reach out to spend money on sponsorship and wasted a tremendous amount of time waiting on phone, sending texts as prompted to an inadequate response, trying to use on-line chat. All worthless!!!

Then a couple months later (today) I tried again to contact food and beverage with hopes of them featuring my vodka. Same waste of time and no results. I did however find a menu on their website and am actually grateful that my Vodka is not included. It sinkers me to see this kind of gouging and I would not want my product to be part of it!

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Since Live Nation bought out BNH Pavillion, the prices have gone crazy and the quality of the food and overall customer experience has declined. And, as was stated in the original post, $10 grand for a ticket is downright silly.

However, it is still possible to get very good seats for $125-$150 per ticket, which is more or less the going rate for live entertainment, be it a concert or a broadway show. We went to the Goo Goo Dolls concert last year and I think our seats were actually just under $100 each, and we were right next to the Sound Board, about in the middle of the venue. They were excellent seats.

The real question is how do you spend your money for your own entertainment? I have no problem dropping a couple hundred bucks to see a live show for a performer i really like, but to go to a nice restaurant and drop $40 for a dinner and $15 for each drink, is a complete waste of money, to me. I'd rather buy the nice ingredients and booze and enjoy it at home and cook it myself, but I enjoy cooking. So, it really comes down to personal preference.
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For some performers and their audiences, the clock is ticking.

When one nears the finish line and sees that there will be plenty of money left over, pricey concert tickets are no longer a big deal.

I wish I had seen Tom Petty.

I wish I had seen The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac with all their members.

That is no longer possible.
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For some performers and their audiences, the clock is ticking.

When one nears the finish line and sees that there will be plenty of money left over, pricey concert tickets are no longer a big deal.

I wish I had seen Tom Petty.

I wish I had seen The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac with all their members.

That is no longer possible.
I saw the Eagles at the Gaaaaden many years ago and they were great.

Clock is ticking? We went to the Pavillion a few years back to see Brian Wilson. One of my friends said it won't be him it will be a cardboard cutout of him. They were close to correct!
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There are so many people with so much money in this country, it boggles my mindÖI donít know who they are and how they got their money, but I know Iím not one of them! Iím not a socialist (yet) but the disparity between those at the top and those at the bottom is getting increasingly wider.
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I guess it depend on your definition of over priced is. I saw BNL, Gin Blossom, and Toad the Wet Sprocket last year for $35 each. Thought that was a great deal. Also Sting was $38 lawn seats too.
Just looks up Dave Mathew's Band this summer is $50, That's a lot less than I paid back when he was just becoming big name at GreatWoods back in the day.
If you go through second hand ticket places and don't buy direct you will pay a lot more!!
My friend just 2 weeks ago showed me Bend Folds 5 tickets at Lowell Memorial for $200, I went directly to the Lowell Memorial site and the tickets were $40-90 max.
Buy direct and save some money.
But I do remember seeing shows for $10-15 back in college at Atlas and Axis and Some of the other Boston venues watching bands before they moved to the big venues. Those days are long gone.
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I do find the fees to be offensive.

Charge me a lot for a ticket? Fine.

Charge me a fair price but add on a big fee of which likely ZERO goes to the talent?

$&#@#$&&*!
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Why spend that kind of money on a live performance when you can view snippets for free on YouTube, or recreate a concert at home with a high end stereo?

exactly. Or check out some of the more local venues like Colonial Theater in Laconia or Stone Mountain Arts Center https://www.stonemountainartscenter.com/
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Last year's 3-day reserved seats cost $137.00, This year, same seats are $181.00...

And I thought concert tickets were expensive.
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Back in the day 1973 I think it was, Aerosmith JFK in Manchester 6 bucks.
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Back in the day 1973 I think it was, Aerosmith JFK in Manchester 6 bucks.
and we're heading down a one way street! :-)
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True. I bought Walker Hayes tickets for my wife, we got section 1 for $125/seat.

I actually prefer getting section 3 seats and the upgrade to Coors Light VIP or the Sam Adams Brewhouse. We don't even bother using our seats, but you can't book the upgrade with lawn seats.
I saw him with Kane Brown last June.
I'm a big country music fan but it seems like most of the top country artists are doing Fenway this year and the tickets are expensive.
I usually go to at least one concert every year but I will probably skip it this year.
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For some performers and their audiences, the clock is ticking.

When one nears the finish line and sees that there will be plenty of money left over, pricey concert tickets are no longer a big deal.

I wish I had seen Tom Petty.

I wish I had seen The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac with all their members.

That is no longer possible.
Springsteen comes to mind--unbelievably great shows, worth every penny. At the Garden next week(?) and Gillette this summer
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My wife wanted season tickets since we live up here now. Here are examples of what they were quoting for options.

Section 1C, Row 1, Seats 1-4: $10,750 per seat, $20,500 for 2, $43,000 for 4
-Section 1C, Row 9, Seats 1-4: $7,740 per seat, $15,480 for 2, $30,960 for 4
-Section 2C, Row 7, Seats 3-6: $6,450 per seat, $12,900 for 2, $25,800 for 4
-Section 3B, Row 1, Seats 20-23: $5,375 per seat, $10,750 for 2, $21,500 for 4

I thought about getting section 3 seats and selling off the ones I don't want, but figured it would be more of a pain than its worth. These prices don't include parking.

My other problem is that a fair amount of the good shows are over the weekends, and I would rather be at the island eating filet for less than I will pay there for a hot dog!
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I like that statement. Applies to all entertainment and sports venues.

Supply and Demand. If tickets sell, and venues sell out, prices will increase until they no longer sell out. The market is 'saturated' and costs will even decrease.

A good example is ski resorts. Daily Ski Pass costs are high and continue to climb until they no longer sell out. Season Pass is a bargain. The average break-even is around 5 or 6 days.

Haven't been to the big areas such as Loon or Wildcat because of the prices. I even stop heading out West! Aspen hit the $ 300-a-day mark.

Give me the local theaters and ski resorts that have fantastic prices.
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exactly. Or check out some of the more local venues like Colonial Theater in Laconia or Stone Mountain Arts Center https://www.stonemountainartscenter.com/
Yes. First time at Colonial last year, saw Albert Cummings. $0, nada. Totally freaked me out. Still not sure how that works but loved it. I assume it was a benefit by Albert or a first come first $0 but couldn't find any information as to why. All their concerts are reasonably priced though.
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exactly. Or check out some of the more local venues like Colonial Theater in Laconia or Stone Mountain Arts Center https://www.stonemountainartscenter.com/

I should have also mentioned the Flying Monkey in Plymouth.


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Saw my 1st show at Stone Mountain last night. Very cool venue.
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"dynamic pricing" is nothing more than legal price gouging.
It is a pricing method designed to create customer efficiency.
Supply/demand is more periodic than in the past... so prices must move up and down more quickly to adapt to the supply-demand ratio.
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It is a pricing method designed to create customer efficiency.
Supply/demand is more periodic than in the past... so prices must move up and down more quickly to adapt to the supply-demand ratio.
"Legal price gouging", it's no different than if you had a load of 2x4's and no one else had them, so you jack up the price because you can.
The Red Sox do this now, a ticket to see the Yankees play the Sox is much higher than going to watch a crappy team, for the same seat, "legal price gouging,"
$12.00 for a beer, "legal price gouging".
You may call it something different but I call it what it is, "legal price gouging".
They don't allow gas stations to "price gouge" when they have the supply and other stations don't, because that's a product that everyone needs on a daily basis.
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The market sets the price.
If everyone needs the 2x4s at the same time the price goes up.
We do it every time we get a new delivery of 2x4s. The faster they sell the faster the price moves.

Dynamic pricing handles the service side rather than the product side of the transaction - unlike in the past where customers would plan ahead.
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It's a matter of Price & Demand.
I'm doing my part: The price is too high for me; so, I'm not attending any concerts there until the price is lowered to my expectations.
I urge others to do the same.
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The market sets the price.
If everyone needs the 2x4s at the same time the price goes up.
We do it every time we get a new delivery of 2x4s. The faster they sell the faster the price moves.

Dynamic pricing handles the service side rather than the product side of the transaction - unlike in the past where customers would plan ahead.
I owned a service business for over 35 years. I know the difference between market price and price gouging.
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You probably don't have demand well beyond supply.
Dynamic pricing has been around for awhile.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynamic_pricing

Price gouging is usually a term that references necessities.
Since most of these things are not necessities... simply not buying them should make the dynamic pricing lead to a decrease in the price.

We saw that in 2x4s in the Spring of 2019... but now the pricing is back to normal.
It wasn't people needed to build, it was they wanted to build.
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I'll leave it at that, I know John likes to get in the last word.
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You could just look up the terms, and what they mean.

Businesses don't like to be accused, even in the general, of criminal practices.
Dynamic pricing helps us get through to customers things that just telling them doesn't.

They get used to using up resources and having collective pricing cover their personal desires. But companies have to compete, so the collective pricing allows them to use high demand for high pricing and low demand for low pricing in a manner that seeks to balance the difference.

For instance...
In my world, white/white windows 4-6 weeks... black/black 13-18 weeks.
The industry stopped trying to fill the demand for black/black at a cost to the customers that were looking for the more basic white/white.

The difference in pricing is also now remarkable.

For the music medium, it used to be how close to the stage you got. Now the demand in certain instances are so high... especially for specific dates/times... they make the dynamic adjustment to fill the seats on the dates/times that would not be full.

Restaurants are also looking at some of that dynamic, but do it with specials for times that are slow. What the restaurant doesn't make during the specials, it needs to make during the other occasions to keep the doors open.

Even the concept of ''loss leaders'' in retail seems to no longer work with the modern internet allowing people to quickly cross shop.
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In the comments above I would add that as one ages, sitting close to the stage, is less desirable than sitting where one can get to the restroom easily.
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You see the same thing in cars.

Dealers will post a separate side sticker on high demand vehicles with a "Market Adjustment" adding to the cost of the car and the dealer's profit.

Some dealers will load vehicles with things you didn't ask for and probably wouldn't want to pay for like nitrogen in the tires, wheel locks, and ceramic coating. The dealer's "ceramic coating" is probably Pledge but you have no way of disputing it.

It is all about supply and demand and getting the maximum price for your product.
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You see dynamic pricing on websites that tell you to enter your zip code to get accurate costing at your nearby store.

I only noticed it when customers started asking what the same item at our store costs as comparison to our sister stores. We don't have dynamic pricing, so the cost is set across the company.
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In the comments above I would add that as one ages, sitting close to the stage, is less desirable than sitting where one can get to the restroom easily.
Ö.and, as a 70 year old veteran of many, many, rock concerts, sitting next to the speakers, I can only add: ďWhat?Ē
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My wife wanted season tickets since we live up here now. Here are examples of what they were quoting for options.

Section 1C, Row 1, Seats 1-4: $10,750 per seat, $20,500 for 2, $43,000 for 4
-Section 1C, Row 9, Seats 1-4: $7,740 per seat, $15,480 for 2, $30,960 for 4
-Section 2C, Row 7, Seats 3-6: $6,450 per seat, $12,900 for 2, $25,800 for 4
-Section 3B, Row 1, Seats 20-23: $5,375 per seat, $10,750 for 2, $21,500 for 4

I thought about getting section 3 seats and selling off the ones I don't want, but figured it would be more of a pain than its worth. These prices don't include parking.

My other problem is that a fair amount of the good shows are over the weekends, and I would rather be at the island eating filet for less than I will pay there for a hot dog!
Thats insane. Get on the Meadowbrook/Live Nation mailing list, and get texts giving you a day or two presales before the public.

I am going to see Zac Brown, Chicago and I got my grandson and his mom Kidz Bop tix. All in section 2 all under $200 a ticket. I go to at least 3 or 4 concerts a year and never pay more than $200 a ticket.

You can't wait until all the tickets are bought up and being resold/scalped/dynamic and sitting up front or you WILL not get good prices.

The only other alternative is to show up at the gate or online just prior to the concert when the scalpers/resellers start dumping.. Once the concert starts those tix ware worth NADA.
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Thats insane. Get on the Meadowbrook/Live Nation mailing list, and get texts giving you a day or two presales before the public.

I am going to see Zac Brown, Chicago and I got my grandson and his mom Kidz Bop tix. All in section 2 all under $200 a ticket. I go to at least 3 or 4 concerts a year and never pay more than $200 a ticket.

You can't wait until all the tickets are bought up and being resold/scalped/dynamic and sitting up front or you WILL not get good prices.

The only other alternative is to show up at the gate or online just prior to the concert when the scalpers/resellers start dumping.. Once the concert starts those tix ware worth NADA.
$200/ticket is, I think, what many of us here think is too expensive. With any food and parking, that's close to $1000 for a family of four. Most Americans don't have $1000 in savings.

You're right about when to buy, though, and if really, really smart about the process, it can be done—we bought BNL tickets for $55 each (before fees, right behind the table service area), took the cheapest parking, tailgated for dinner with some (disappointingly expensive and mediocre) Sub Crazy subs and drinks, and drank water inside the show. I think the total for the night was $350 w/all fees and food. I think that's a reasonable overall price.

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I haven't been to a concert for a while so these prices are coming as a shock to me!! I just heard that Santana is coming to the MGM Music Hall at Fenway so out of curiosity I took a look. Prices range from $183 to $2,900 !!!!


https://www.eventticketscenter.com/s...5593637/t#open


Do people really pay over $1,000 for a concert ticket?? Gotta be people who aren't paying for a Summer house on the lake and a boat!
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I haven't been to a concert for a while so these prices are coming as a shock to me!! I just heard that Santana is coming to the MGM Music Hall at Fenway so out of curiosity I took a look. Prices range from $183 to $2,900 !!!!


https://www.eventticketscenter.com/s...5593637/t#open


Do people really pay over $1,000 for a concert ticket?? Gotta be people who aren't paying for a Summer house on the lake and a boat!
Or... it's people that have a summer house on the lake, a new boat, a beach house with another new boat, an airplane, six snow machines, a ski house...
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I haven't been to a concert for a while so these prices are coming as a shock to me!! I just heard that Santana is coming to the MGM Music Hall at Fenway so out of curiosity I took a look. Prices range from $183 to $2,900 !!!!


https://www.eventticketscenter.com/s...5593637/t#open


Do people really pay over $1,000 for a concert ticket?? Gotta be people who aren't paying for a Summer house on the lake and a boat!
But you can get them MUCH cheaper if you go directly to MGM web site!!!!
Santana - 1001 Rainbows Tour
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Cut Live Nation/TicketBastard out of the equation: Go to the Flying Monkey in Plymouth. Small venue, great acts.
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From someone in the live entertainment industry, one major thing to be aware of is ensuring you are not accidentally looking at a third party site or, worse still, a site that is a complete hoax.

A senate bill has recently been introduced to protect NH ticket buyers: https://www.seacoastonline.com/story...p/69902721007/

That is not to say that some venues/events are not ridiculously priced. They are. And it sucks that so many venues use Ticketmaster as their sole online method for purchase. But third party sites that mimic a venue's actual website are a huge problem in our industry and I encourage you to be vigilant while purchasing tickets.
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It was a choice I had the option to make... so I made it.

I adapted well to the island/seasonal folks... but not to the newer crowd.
Meredith has added staff to cover what I used to do. And for my favorites they just order out of Bristol and we deliver from here.
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Ticket prices are insane: inexcusable greed.

For example, I'd like to see Foreigner this summer, but the ticket cost at Meadowbrook is laughable.

Heck, back in the day I saw Led Zep in Philly for about five or six bucks IIRC.

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I live in the Weirs and never been there. Too expensive. Too old to deal with lawn seats and the threat of rain. Plus you can’t see and have to watch the big screens anyway. What’s the point? I can stay home and watch stuff on my own tv screen.

Plus the parking. No way would I buy drinks there either. I don’t need to drink at a concert. I go to listen to the music. I don’t need to eat or tailgate either.

I did for the first time purchase 2 tickets (to see Chase Rice) st the Hampton Casino Ballroom for like $30 each standing room only for the whole venue. Never been, but at least more intimate and affordable. Parking is free I believe.

Unfortunately I just had spine surgery so I’m keeping my fingers crossed I’ll be able to handle it - the standing. My husband and I will probably be the oldest people in the room. Lol!

Hey- it’s my birthday present.
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I really like that place as well.
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I see Paula Poundstone for the second time at the Flying Monkey last month. The hot brownie at intermission was a nice surprise. Italian Farmhouse dinner was good too. Great evening.


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Flying Monkey, Colonial Theater, Franklin Opera House, Palace in Concord, have had some great shows for much less money! Great restaurants nearby and plenty of things to do. I haven't been to Meadowbrook since Live Nation took over! Paying to park your car was the killer.
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The last concert I attended at the Pavilion was Boston some years ago. They cost us $55 each and were worth it.

After Live Nation bought into Meadowbrook I bought tickets for my son and his girlfriend for the Luke Combs concert and they cost me $165 each...for worse seats. That was a couple of years ago or so and they were the last tickets I bought. Seeing what it costs now I have been priced out of the market. I have better things to spend my money on...like gas for my boat. I get a better return for the money I spend.
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Has anyone been to Jimmy's Jazz and Blues Club in Portsmouth??

https://jimmysoncongress.com/

Looks like a fantastic place to see a show and they have quite a group of talented musicians playing there this summer, fall and winter. Looks like the real deal jazz and blues venue!!... It gets great reviews online also! I have never been but did get tickets for a couple shows this fall. Just wondering if anyone here has been yet?

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Has anyone been to Jimmy's Jazz and Blues Club in Portsmouth??

https://jimmysoncongress.com/

Looks like a fantastic place to see a show and they have quite group of talented musicians playing there this summer fall and winter. Looks like the real deal jazz and blues venue!! It gets great reviews online also. I have never been but did get tickets for a couple shows this fall. Just wondering if anyone here has been yet?

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I've been wanting to check this place out also. Be sure to report back to us after you check the place out!
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https://jimmysoncongress.com/

Looks like a fantastic place to see a show and they have quite a group of talented musicians playing there this summer, fall and winter. Looks like the real deal jazz and blues venue!!... It gets great reviews online also! I have never been but did get tickets for a couple shows this fall. Just wondering if anyone here has been yet?

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I've been a few times both for shows and some events they've done. It is a great venue and if you have time while you're there, check out the before and after photos of the renovation, they spent a few years, and a ton of money on the place!

You can eat and drink there, but since it is right in downtown Portsmouth, there are also any number of great restaurants within walking distance. I've read some of the feedback from the musicians that have played there, and they all talk about the phenomenal acoustics and intimate venue (it is mostly all table seating).

The only downside, is that some of the seats have limited views of the stage, but they have large screens and the music fills the space. I've been to a show where we just sat at the bar and listened and watched on the monitors and had a great time.

For a small venue, they get some great acts, enjoy the show!! -PIG
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https://jimmysoncongress.com/

Looks like a fantastic place to see a show and they have quite a group of talented musicians playing there this summer, fall and winter. Looks like the real deal jazz and blues venue!!... It gets great reviews online also! I have never been but did get tickets for a couple shows this fall. Just wondering if anyone here has been yet?

Dan
I have not been myself, but have a friend who goes regularly and swears by it. I agree the acts they have scheduled are incredibly good.

This compared to Bank of NH (and T Swift and Springsteen!) is a great illustration of music economics. A very small group of artists charge stratospheric prices, but you can still see some of the world's best performers, who are a bit less commercial, for small change
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I'm not a huge Bank of NH Pavilion fan due to the crazy prices....but my daughter just texted me and said there is a $25 ticket thing on Tuesdays...anyway, just purchased 4 lawn tickets ($25 each with no added fees) and the $15 parking pass...total $115. Show is in July, and I'll take it at that cost.

Otherwise, I agree...it's robbery.
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It's a collection of 3 of the 21 members headlining as The Doobie Brothers.

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The show I got $25 lawn tickets for is Barenaked Ladies. But the deal was for about 15ish? of the summer shows. Maybe they'll do it again next Tuesday.
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I would be in for those $25 seats...

If I had a million dollars...

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I scored 4 $25 lawn tickets for this venue. I think it is a steal!
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There are so many people with so much money in this country, it boggles my mindÖI donít know who they are and how they got their money, but I know Iím not one of them! Iím not a socialist (yet) but the disparity between those at the top and those at the bottom is getting increasingly wider.
There is a solution to this. But that gets into the political realm.
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Last time we had lawn seats we had to stand the whole time due to the streams of liquid running down from above, and it wasn't rain. Never again.
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Funny that as I was reading this I received a text from a guy at work about the Taylor Swift tickets he got for his daughter at Gillette. He purchased them for her as a graduation gift, 2 tickets one for her and her friend, $657 each plus fees for 300 section seats at the stadium.

He went online to claim the tickets today, and the tickets he received from TicketMaster are for floor seats 24 rows from the stage - current value is $4000/ticket!!!

I told him he should sell them, take the $6500 in profit and he could buy his daughter a car hahaha!

She won't let him sell the tickets though..
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No wonder the kids claim they can't afford houses any more. I can't imagine spending that kind of money for a concert.
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You know for the price of one dollar at Step Ladder's thrift store on South Main St, Plymouth, NH ....... in their huge back wall of cd's and dvd's ....... you can easily find a Taylor Swift-dvd ...... because everything is arranged alphabetically ...... just one dollar, including its' protective plastic holder cover.

....... and, get a 20% discount, age 60+ from 9-10am, and all-the-time for military, active or veterans.

Save your money and get it, a Taylor Swift-cd, whoever the hell she is, at Step Ladder's for just one buck!
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Support local music / venues whenever possible instead of LN/TM bands and venues.

We live in Newmarket where the Stone Church Music Club has been rocking on top Zion Hill for 50+ years. I'd rather spend $20 to see a show there and literally be standing 5 feet from the performer vs spending $200+ for seats in the nosebleeds at a stadium. Those bands at the Stone Church could use the money more than Springsteen.

I do make an occasional exception for certain artists. I spent $600 for 4 tickets to Guns and Roses at Fenway this summer. That's only because our kids are huge hard rock fans and I want them to see one of the best hard rock bands to ever do it while they're still touring. Wonder what I paid the last time I saw them in highschool 30 years ago! Haha
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The last concert I attended at Meadowbrook was Boston some time after Tommy DeCarlo became the lead singer after Brad Delp died. I think we spent $65 each for three seats in the center front section, but towards the rear of the section. This was pre-Live Nation.

I bought some tickets for Luke Combs for my son and his girlfriend a few years ago and had to shell out $500 for a pair of tickets towards the rear of the Pavilion. That was the last time I bought any tickets for Meadowbrook and am unlikely to do so in the future.

I'd rather buy gas for my boat.
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Trombone Shorty and Mavis Staples playing on June 11--plenty of tix <$100. Have not seen Shorty, but he gets rave reviews as avatar of New Orleans music scene. Mavis is a living legend and a GREAT live show (seen her at least 5X)--you may remember her from The Staple Singers, as a civil rights hero, or the woman who opened for Dylan at his last Gilford show
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Trombone Shorty and Mavis Staples playing on June 11--plenty of tix <$100. Have not seen Shorty, but he gets rave reviews as avatar of New Orleans music scene. Mavis is a living legend and a GREAT live show (seen her at least 5X)--you may remember her from The Staple Singers, as a civil rights hero, or the woman who opened for Dylan at his last Gilford show
Meadowbrook or the monkey place?

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Please go on Youtube and watch a video that was put on 3 weeks ago and then make your decision. Knowledge is power. You're welcome.
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Last time we had lawn seats we had to stand the whole time due to the streams of liquid running down from above, and it wasn't rain. Never again.
Meaning what? I donít get it.
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Never been and live right down the road. Tickets too expensive and I refuse to do lawn seats because if it rains Iím too old for that stuff. Plus why do I want to sit outside and get bitten by mosquitoes and watch screens because I canít see the performer from that distance.

I could stay home and sit on my couch and watch you tube.

I did get some decently priced tickets for one in the Hampton Casino for my birthday. Only thing is you have to stand and Iím hoping I can do that as I had spine surgery back in January.

Iíll probably be the oldest fan there. lol!

Having dinner somewhere beforehand. We also have a hotel for afterwards.

I do like the Flying Monkey and the theatres in Laconia also.
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Trombone Shorty and Mavis Staples playing on June 11--plenty of tix <$100. Have not seen Shorty, but he gets rave reviews as avatar of New Orleans music scene. Mavis is a living legend and a GREAT live show (seen her at least 5X)--you may remember her from The Staple Singers, as a civil rights hero, or the woman who opened for Dylan at his last Gilford show
An AWESOME show last night! Mavis sang more powerfully than than women 1/4(!) of her age, and Trombone Shorty did an amazing New Orleans-infused funk review (kind of like Prince at Mardi Gras).

But on to a more general point--the audience was great last night and loved every minute of it. But the audience was LESS THAN HALF of capacity--I've never been to a seated event with so many empty seats. This highlights the Live Nation issue to a much greater extent than outrageously priced SRO shows. If you're selling the place out, it can be argued that you're not greedy, it's just economics. But when you don't lower prices to fill unused seats, you're just a pig. Keep in mind, this is not some unknown act or inexperienced promoter
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An AWESOME show last night! Mavis sang more powerfully than than women 1/4(!) of her age, and Trombone Shorty did an amazing New Orleans-infused funk review (kind of like Prince at Mardi Gras).

But on to a more general point--the audience was great last night and loved every minute of it. But the audience was LESS THAN HALF of capacity--I've never been to a seated event with so many empty seats. This highlights the Live Nation issue to a much greater extent than outrageously priced SRO shows. If you're selling the place out, it can be argued that you're not greedy, it's just economics. But when you don't lower prices to fill unused seats, you're just a pig. Keep in mind, this is not some unknown act or inexperienced promoter
Would loved to have gone. Love both of those musicians. $35 for lawn seat to me is NOT bad pricing seeing at Greatwoods about 15 years ago I was paying $120 face value for Jimmy Buffet lawn seats.
Only reason we couldn't go was my wife is a teacher and had to be at work first thing in the AM.
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An AWESOME show last night! Mavis sang more powerfully than than women 1/4(!) of her age, and Trombone Shorty did an amazing New Orleans-infused funk review (kind of like Prince at Mardi Gras).

But on to a more general point--the audience was great last night and loved every minute of it. But the audience was LESS THAN HALF of capacity--I've never been to a seated event with so many empty seats. This highlights the Live Nation issue to a much greater extent than outrageously priced SRO shows. If you're selling the place out, it can be argued that you're not greedy, it's just economics. But when you don't lower prices to fill unused seats, you're just a pig. Keep in mind, this is not some unknown act or inexperienced promoter
I was at the show as well, It was a tremendous performance by both artists.

$6.51 for a bottle of water will likely stick in my mind longer. not anxious to go back to that venue. I think Iíve been victim of small venue delight. Thereís been some great shows at the Colonial and Opera House in Laconia. they to charge a premium for a drink, but not as severe.
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The last tickets I bought were for my son and his girlfriend for Luke Combs and spent $500 for the pair.

Seeing the prices for other concerts I would have liked to see convinced me that I won't be going to any concerts anytime soon.

I'd rather spend the money for gas for my boat.

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I was at the show as well, It was a tremendous performance by both artists.

$6.51 for a bottle of water will likely stick in my mind longer. not anxious to go back to that venue. I think I’ve been victim of small venue delight. There’s been some great shows at the Colonial and Opera House in Laconia. they to charge a premium for a drink, but not as severe.
Keith Carlock, the current Steely Dan drummer, is on his way to the Colonial. He's incredible if you like rock and/or jazz drums (though I'm not sure how he'd carry a whole show)
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An AWESOME show last night! Mavis sang more powerfully than than women 1/4(!) of her age, and Trombone Shorty did an amazing New Orleans-infused funk review (kind of like Prince at Mardi Gras).

But on to a more general point--the audience was great last night and loved every minute of it. But the audience was LESS THAN HALF of capacity--I've never been to a seated event with so many empty seats. This highlights the Live Nation issue to a much greater extent than outrageously priced SRO shows. If you're selling the place out, it can be argued that you're not greedy, it's just economics. But when you don't lower prices to fill unused seats, you're just a pig. Keep in mind, this is not some unknown act or inexperienced promoter
1. Tickets were not affordable for mere mortals
..or..
2. That style of music is ( Not ) what the general public likes.

After watching the video, My money would be on the 2nd.
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1. Tickets were not affordable for mere mortals

..or..

2. That style of music is ( Not ) what the general public likes.



After watching the video, My money would be on the 2nd.
I think a combination of both. I love live music and would've gone to the show...if the prices were reasonable.

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I have some friends of mine who have gone or will be going to some concerts later this year, it seems like some of the ticket prices have dropped to more acceptable prices. I haven't checked in a while, I stopped getting my hopes up.
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1. Tickets were not affordable for mere mortals
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2. That style of music is ( Not ) what the general public likes.

After watching the video, My money would be on the 2nd.
Leaving aside that you personally don't like the music (which is completely irrelevant to the general point and the second time you've noted it), this is exactly my point. Less popular bands should have lower ticket prices, and they don't. Our friend Think should have been able to buy good tix behind the control panel for something in the range of $30
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Leaving aside that you personally don't like the music (which is completely irrelevant to the general point and the second time you've noted it), this is exactly my point. Less popular bands should have lower ticket prices, and they don't. Our friend Think should have been able to buy good tix behind the control panel for something in the range of $30
100% agree with that statement.
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FWIW and probably apropos of nothing, I've not attended a live concert since around Y2K.

But I am not depriving myself of music: as an audiophile with very high quality stereo equipment and an extensive music library I listen to music in much higher fidelity than I'd be likely to find at a live venue.

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