It’s interesting how many venues there are to experience live music performances. Stadiums, opera houses, arenas, nightclubs, country fairs, seedy bars, coffeehouses, hotel ballrooms, discos, cafes, restaurants, school gymnasiums, and community halls. Each location creates a different experience, arena rock is a great spectacle and the excitement of being in a huge crowd is undeniable but for me, the smaller the better. I love it when I’m eye to eye with the performer. I like house concerts and I love kitchen parties. When you hear the blues harp kick in behind you, and somebody starts a percussive beat with a shaker over to the side, and the guitar is a few feet away and everyone is singing, that’s when music hits you between the eyes.