The Art of Concert Going 07/21/2016 | by John Goodyear This is the time of the year to get outdoors and see some live music, whether it’s a multi-day music festival or a concert with the family in the park. There’s nothing quite like packing up a picnic for an evening under the stars or getting an all-access pass to see some of your favorite bands live. Imagine what it takes to execute one of these events. It all starts with the artists onstage, feeding their music into microphones that are amplified and broadcast across a venue, large or small, indoors or out, with the help of amplifiers. Lighting is critical to stage presence, and furthers the artistry of the band. Video is often used to tell a story or paint a dramatic backdrop as the music plays on. Being in that moment and part a crowd of fans can be spectacular and even nostalgic. For the best possible concert-going experience, we recommend giving yourself plenty of time to get to the venue itself. Parking at a crowded stadium and walking to the venue can take some time. If it’s a band you love but haven’t listened to in a while, brush up on their repertoire by downloading or streaming music from typical set lists to your phone. Check out www.setlist.fm/ before you go to see what’s in store and get reacquainted. Stay hydrated, and most importantly, have fun! While there’s nothing quite like being there, the live experience can be replicated in the home. For this, we recommend not only listening to live concerts but watching them on Blu-ray. There are some unbelievably great recordings of live performances that include state-of-the-art music mixes, many of them in surround sound. Queen’s Rock Montreal & Live Aid (Eagle Vision), Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense (Palm Pictures), Legends of Jazz (WEA), for example, are all iconic performances that you can find on Blu-ray and some of which offer things like Dolby TrueHD multichannel sound and pristine video transfers. We also recommend Roger Waters The Wall, one of the first music-oriented Blu-rays to be presented in Dolby Atmos, the immersive object-based surround sound format. The film details one of the most elaborately staged theatrical productions in music history as Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters performs the band’s critically acclaimed album The Wall in its entirety. Not into these artists? Check out your favorite artist on Blu-ray to get a live, surround-sound experience in your own home theater. For the best live concert experience at home, give your home theater a tune-up. For starters, you want surround sound, which means multiple speakers and a subwoofer. Now’s a great time to upgrade to Dolby Atmos, as we expect this format will become more and more popular for concert DVDs as it becomes more mainstream. (You’ll also love the way it sounds on your favorite movies!) We’d be happy to help you calibrate your speakers to make sure you are eeking out every bit of performance from your investment. It’s amazing how much better a properly calibrated speaker system can sound on your favorite live music. Whether you are staying home or stepping out for an evening of music, your favorite artists deserve the best possible presentation. Come in or call us to bring the live experience to your home. We’re here to help!