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Musicans, fans, venue reps and etiqutte coach talk about noisy people talking at concerts

Published April 18, 2013 11:58 am
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It has happened to all of us.

You are at a concert, and some jerk behind you starts talking.

And talking.

And talking.

Loud rock shows usually drown out these annoying folks.

But plenty of other concert venues try to create an intimate vibe where you can hear Leonard Cohen sing about a secret chord that pleased the Lord, rather than hearing some stranger talk about what he had for lunch — or worse, how it's affecting his stomach.

Those of us who sit in front of these twits get fed up — but not fed up enough to speak to the offending person. Because who wants to be a killjoy who stifles everyone's fun?

With the summer concert season about to begin, we asked musicians, fans, concert promoters and even the great-great-grandson of Emily Post the best way to deal with that annoying loudmouth who sits behind you at every show.

Many musicians say there is nothing worse than people yapping in the background.

"If you're paying $15 to get in, it's ridiculous to waste it," singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle said. "Don't make your boredom everyone else's problem."

Damien Jurado, a Seattle-based singer-songwriter who often performs in Utah, finds Salt Lake City crowds especially noisy.

"I'd rather play Velour in Provo," Jurado said. "Most club-owners don't give a s—-. But Corey [Fox, owner of Velour] does. They appreciate people coming there. They have a great crowd."

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