The performance venue, in my opinion, is as important as the artist performing. Is it indoorg? Outdoorg? Large? Small? Does it have food and/or drinks? How is the sound? Are any seats to be avoided? What if it rains? How is the parking? All of these go into play when headed to see your favorite artist. Here are a few I’ve been able to photograph in over the years.
Withe a capacity of almost 1,200 people, this venue is “cozy sized” for an enjoyable evening. The staff is great and very attentive to the event-goers. While there is a full bar with snacks, you may wnat to schedule a before/after meal when attending here. Great seating. Great sound (although dependent on sound techs). From a photographer’s perspective, I love the access from back stage to the photo pit.
McGlohon theater seats 700 people and is a very intimate setting for a performance. Again, there is no bad seat in the place and given the right crew, the sound is phenomenal. A former church, the stained glass windows give a real comfortable vibe to this venue. Full bar service is available, but a pre/post performance meal is in order.
Middle C Jazz is a Gem in the Charlotte Jazz community. There is no bad seat and the ambiance is that of a comfortable modern Jazz spot. I typically like to grab a bite to eat just before or after a show, but this venue provides both a great menu as well as a fully stocked bar. The sound is great and you get to immerse yourself in the performance.