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Music lovers should stay in their seats

Just as purchasing a ticket to a baseball game grants one the privilege of yelling at the umpire, buying a music concert ticket probably gives a person the right to grouse about disruptive fans.

My wife and  I attended the Feb. 7 Lyle Lovett/John Hiatt concert at the State Theatre in Minneapolis. It's a beautiful theatre that brought back memories of my mom and dad taking the family downtown to that venue to see "Mary Poppins" in the early 1960s. It was a stripped-down acoustic set that featured two talented singer-songwriters playing their music for 2 1/2 hours straight. Great songs performed by two talented artists. 

The only disconcerting note of the concert was the constant milling around by the audience. I've seen congested bus stations with less commotion. Audience members were constantly walking up and down the aisles in order to buy drinks at the bar in the lobby. My view of Lovett was obscured by concert-goers as he sang one of my favorite songs. Thanks a lot folks. 

I have no problem with alcohol being served at the concert but I assumed the bar would shut down once the concert began. The management of the theatre has to assume a share of the blame for the disruptions by keeping the bar open.

Theatres need revenue and alcohol sales help them keep the doors open. I get it. But my wife and I traveled 130 miles for the performance. We wanted to listen to the music of Lovett and Hiatt. We can buy a drink anywhere.