Attending a concert the right way at Metropolis

By Tanya Kassabian
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Standing in line, hearing the first chord of the guitar and being able to see the sweat on Jimmy's face, drinking a cold beer, does it get any better than Jimmy Eat World at Metropolis? The sound was perfection; the way it bounced off the walls and resonated perfectly in my ears was incomparable to anything I've ever heard before. Being so close to the band that I could almost touch made this concert even more amazing than I ever thought it could be. I was so overwhelmed that I actually cried. Jimmy Eat World has been my favorite band for as long as I can remember, but they've never really made it mainstream. Most underground bands perform at Metropolis before they get famous, which grants the audience the chance to see them in the best environment possible; Metropolis. It is the greatest venue for defining an artist's transition from underground to mainstream.
Metropolis also showcases popular radio performers of today, including Adele.  When I first saw Adele at the Metropolis, she was not who she is today; she was just starting out. It was beautiful to see a girl with an outstanding voice in a small venue. And who knew she would become The Adele? I was sitting on the balcony, the best seats in the house, although it would have been impossible for there to be a bad seat. I could see so much emotion on her face when she was singing. Metropolis allows you to listen and view the artists up close.  I got the chance to see Adele in a room with less than 2000 people in it. Metropolis gave me that opportunity.

Sara Bareilles performed at Metropolis four years ago and was greeted with its antique look and welcoming carpets. She was unbelievable. It was the best $30 purchase of my life. When I saw Sara Bareilles, she was actually nervous because it was only the beginning of her fame. She mentioned how much she adored performing for us at Metropolis because it felt like it had a history. It puts all other concert halls to shame. Not only did I get to see Sara Bareilles up close, but I met her when she was signing albums after her show. How many people can say they've done that at another venue?

My last concert at Metropolis was last Tuesday. I saw The Cranberries. The Cranberries are a mainstream band, but they've been off the radar for years. They're coming out with a new album, consequently, making Metropolis their first choice for their comeback. Metropolis not only allows bands to break out from their underground titles, but it also grants them their comebacks. Dolores in front of the mic rocking to "Zombie" was flawless. I used to sing that song when I was a kid. To see her perform it with as much urgency as she used to was breath taking. Metropolis gives you the feel of being in a bar, but with a live band.  It allows the viewer to get the best musical experience and it introduces the beginnings of a mainstream band. There is no reason to want to attend a concert elsewhere! Give Metropolis a chance. You won't regret it.

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