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Letter of the week: Red Butte dancers blocked show for me
First Published Jul 25 2014 05:02 pm • Last Updated Jul 25 2014 05:02 pm

I must take exception with Stephen Speckman’s congratulatory nod to all the "middle-aged and older folks" who stood and danced during the Tedeschi Trucks Band concert at Red Butte Garden last Tuesday night ("Tedeschi Trucks Band gets crowd dancing at Red Butte," July 23).

In truth, the concert was ruined for many of us who prefer to enjoy the performance in a more relaxed way, as others gyrated (I don’t know that what I saw can be legitimately labeled ‘dancing’) without the slightest consideration for those behind them. Asking these people to move to a location where they would not be blocking the view of those behind them proved fruitless. Mr. Speckman, there is no single "correct" way to enjoy a concert — and if there were, I do not believe it would be the self-entitled, inconsiderate manner you have endorsed.

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There is a solution to this problem, if Red Butte would only apply a little logic to the layout of their venue. No standing on or behind the paved walkway would be a great start, as the slope behind generally provides adequate elevation to see over the heads of those standing below the path. Creating more dedicated walkways throughout the venue (for safety, if nothing else), with similarly designated standing and non-standing areas would not be difficult.

Until some consideration is given to those of us who cannot or simply choose not to stand all night, I will avoid this venue. I only wish I had not wasted over $200 on a show my friends and I could not see.

Robert Hammer

Salt Lake City

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