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Prompt Exercise #3 (standard:other, 686 words)
Author: Nathaniel MIllerAdded: Oct 24 2019Views/Reads: 297/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Prompt: Describe your first experience at a concert.
 



Prompt: Describe your first experience at a concert. 

My first experience was on a Hot August night in 2005, when my then
girlfriend, now wife went to Las Vegas Nevada to the Hilton Casino for 
a concert.  She had come up from Phoenix that weekend to see me, 
engaged with each other in a typical Boyfriend, girlfriend relationship 
of City boy from California to an Arizona Woman. We met online via the 
chat room on Yahoo Messenger, in the Phoenix Chat room.  I had just 
come back from the Navy and Oregon where I had been living when I got 
home. 

When she said she was going to buy the tickets I was skeptical at first.
Most of the concerts in Vegas are usually flashy and overpriced 
garbage. Example it is one hundred and twenty five dollars to see Barry 
Manilow in concert and he plays only a couple of hours of his limited 
greatest hits and that's it. We happened to go see Kenny G while he was 
in concert at the Hilton. 

The Hilton is large and sits off east two blocks of Circus, Circus
Casino of Las Vegas and is home to Quarks' Bar and Grill and the Star 
Trek Experience, which at that time was the popular attraction visiting 
the Hilton. 

We left Mesquite, NV, which is seventy-nine miles East of Vegas, and an
hour away. We left at six o'clock and made it to Vegas at Seven 
showing, a half hour for the seven-thirty showing. As we approached the 
Hilton, having got lost in Vegas trying to find the hotel in the first 
place, we finally arrived at the parking lot and rushed inside to just 
make the show. 

We had ringside seats on the balcony level, costing us only 150 US
Dollars for both tickets, and as we sat waiting for the show to start, 
we took in the unique sights of the ballroom we sat in.  It is setup as 
an old style theater with balcony seats above, near the projector Room 
with seats lining the bottom with a center island that runs in the 
exact center, splitting them and toward the stage.  It is decorated old 
school as well, with velvet material and hangings.  The stage was 
circular, and there are two turrets on either side of it, for sound 
devices. 

As we sat there and the show began there was no-one on the stage, and
the music started. The song he started with was Silhouette, and we 
could hear him but not see him. A moment later, he was behind us, as he 
made his way through the audience playing his sax for the people 
listening. As he made his way around the stage he took pictures with 
the people, and then made his way to the bottom floor he cycled through 
the audience as he made his way to stage. By the time he arrived his 
band was on the stage and they stared playing along with him. 

The whole concert lasted four to five hours, and in between he would
talk to the audience, giving inside of his playing to his fans. For 
instance the long C note or high note he performs. As he exhales he 
inhales through his nose to keep the constant C note. He also played 
duet with a couple of players outside his band, and they were very well 
done. 

Overall, I thought the concert was fantastic overall for the cost for
the whole thing, and the seats the front row in the balcony with a 
front row seat. We had a clear view of the stage, and actually got to 
speak with him after the concert. He is one heck of a performer, and 
worth any money to see him live in concert. 

Hence it ended my first experience with a concert. Even-though when I
was younger, I participated in concerts at Mayfield Mall before its 
closure as a mall in Mountain View, CA. It is where my older brother 
performed playing as an organist for the Yamaha Conn Store that was 
located there. 

But that's another story. 

WC-685


   


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