Originally Posted by BillDoran
WOY, when's the last time you've been to the Crystal Ballroom? I've only been here since July, but all the shows I've been to, save one small show, the entire floor has been divided by two rows of baricades with bouncers in between. This is the demarcation between the drinking and non-drinking audience. It makes for an odd atmosphere to say the least.
The only thing I can think of when you refer to the "freaky drinking area" would be Lola's Room, which is a smaller venue in the bowels of building.
All in all, it's a great place to see the big acts come through town, but I personally prefer the Towne Lounge for live music.
Last time I went was there was The Hold Steady at Lola's which I agree is a weird venue.... but I've been to the Crystal a lot over the past 5 years, if it's not oversold it can be ok, but the drinking barrier is what the problem is, I think I went to one show thee with an above 21 crowd and no barrier, it's really a Jeckel and Hyde space, it has the atmosphere and the promise, plus the sound quality but it's managed like a Junior High School dance.. just sub standard... but I'm spoiled I spent the majority of my life at Bill Graham events and they put on the best shows with the most logical amenities and smartest staff.