Hmmm. Ive been both the talker and the shusher in my life. Most recently, I shushed a couple high school girls at Furthur right in my ear with OMG! Do you think he likes me??? blah blah. Once I yelled at the opening band for talking during Tuck and Patti at the Tin Angel in Philly. Very intimate setting with a very quiet performance.
But then I got shushed for 1 comment during a Robert McGuinn opener for Doc Watson. The dude in front of me turned around and shushed me as loud as he could in my face. It was really uncalled for, and I have to admit, he did not have a good experience after that...Of course I was completely silent for Doc...
Zappa used to routinely tell the audience to sit down, relax and enjoy yourself.
How far is the bar from the stage at Sweetwater? I dont know that I would be completely silent during a Knockin Encore. If they were right up at the stage that would be one thing, but I dunno. To demand rapt attention may be a bit overkill.
I think taliking is ok if its not disturbing the performer (as this obviously did Bobby) and if its not in bothering those around you. If its that quiet, you can talk quietly. But I guess the volume control gets wonky with more alcohol.
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