Congrats to SXSW; Music Hall Needs to Improve Sound

RECEIVED Fri., March 21, 2008

Dear Editor,
    It has taken awhile to recover from South by Southwest (every year it takes a little longer), but I want to congratulate everyone who made this year's SXSW another success! I saw some wonderful films and heard lots of great music, which is to be expected. What I didn't expect was the huge headache I got at Wednesday night's Austin Music Awards show.
    I had heard rumors that the acoustics at the newly renovated Austin Music Hall left something to be desired. That is putting it mildly. I volunteered to work at the Awards show to earn part of my hours toward my badge and so was obligated to stay for the whole show. And it was a great show. (Kudos to you, Margaret!) I just wish I could have heard it.
    Austin is the live music capital of the world. It is embarrassing to have such terrible sound at a place called the Austin Music Hall. I propose we change the name to the Austin Echo Hall or maybe the Austin Headache Hall, which is what it gave me. Or how about the Austin Concrete Box?
    I won't be seeing any more shows there until the powers that be do something (drastic!) about the sound.
Caren Floyd
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