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Another wonderful performance marred by the crap sound in the Ritz. Last night I was up front at the left speaker bank when Aaron Tasjan started and it was just too loud at the speakers. I moved back to near the soundboard mixer and the sound was a little bit better but it was usually impossible to make out anything Paul Janeway said except to catch the occasional "Raleigh" in his comments. Corrugated metal ceiling with exposed girders, metal erector set balcony construction, no curtain across the back wall to absorb the sound and keep it from bouncing back. How expensive would it be to cover the balcony with soundtiles, put a curtain at the back of the venue and have a false ceiling at the top of the building? It seems that these thing would be a minimum to do if you want to have a decent music venue. I don't expect to go back to the Ritz for a long, long time, if ever.

I totally agree with you, they were on fire last night! The setlist rocked and I loved hearing many of the new songs live for the first time. I think the new songs fit right in with the older songs. I'd rank it as one of the best S&R shows I've seen as far as their performance and energy goes. It looked like they were having a lot of fun and I know I was.

The sound quality in the Ritz is very different than any other venue around here, and I can't say I'm a fan of it. I also noticed the crowd being extremely chatty. I was up front so fortunately the people around me all seemed to be there to see the show and were having a good time while still being able to listen respectfully, but I could definitely hear A LOT of talking from farther back in the venue, especially during the quieter songs. I think the crappy sound in the venue amplifies the loudness of the crowd chatter. The talking definitely annoyed me, but I guess that's what happens when the venues get bigger - you get a lot more casual fans showing up who seem to care more about hanging out with their friends than paying attention to the show. I prefer seeing them at Cat's Cradle or Haw River Ballroom over the Ritz. Maybe they should have played a two night run at the Lincoln Theatre instead of one night at the Ritz (maybe they'll do this next time they come to Raleigh!).

Thanks for identifying the encore googirl. Where do you rate last night's show among the dozen Shovels and Rope shows you've seen? I thought they were on fire though the sound in the Ritz is not as clear as some other venues and the crowd tends to talk too much and not listen to the performers with appropriate reverence (in my humble opinion).