Big Time /Kntists
NATIONAL ARTISTS FLOCK TO U.S. 'S TH/RV LARGEST CITY
Shirley Manson yells out her anger towards now mid
twenties audience, expressing the anger most of her
fans felt as youth. Garbage expressed teen
frustrations like growing up, love, sex and finding a
place in the world, drawing them a huge audience
with sound and lyrics alike.
Houston has always attracted big name artists to its live music !
scene. Houston encompassed a large number of concert goers, and there i
were plenty of venue options for the artists to choose from. Whether it
was Bob Dylan from Northern Minnesota, or Bright Eyes from Omaha
Nebraska, Houston was privileged to see the majority of 2002 and
2003's national touring acts.
Venues, venues, and more venues is what Houston has always
possessed. Groups such as Ian Moore, Evanescence, Hank III and Keller
Williams all played at the smaller venues in town. Smaller band
venues included such Numbers, The Engine Room, The Prolitariat,
Fitzegeralds and the Hard Rock Cafe, all of which held less than 500
people. Bob Dylan, Tool, Bush, Jewel, Elvis Costello, Live, Moby, No
Doubt, and Heart all entertained the city in venues that held a few
thousand fans. These medium size venues included The Verizon
Wireless Theater (formerly the Aerial Theater) and The Arena
Theater. The largest venues held over ten thousand fans, and brought!
forth musical talents such as Cher, The Rolling Stones, KISS, The Red
Hot Chili Peppers, Jimmy Buffett, Tom Petty, and Bruce Springsteen.
These included The Woodlands Pavilion, The Compaq Center, and The
Reliant Arena. Regardless of the size of the venue, the ticket prices
were never cheap.
"I would have gone to more shows if the tickets weren't so
expensive," said senior communications major Philip Poe.
Fortunately, most concert and festival goers knew what to
expect when they called on Ticketmaster for their price quote.
"I always knew it would be a thirty dollar deal, so I was
prepared with my credit card in hand," said junior biology major
-Dixie Ann Dalton
Vanessa Carlton plays the piano for her audience
while lifting her beautiful voice against the beating
of the strings. Carlton was known for a different style
of musical talent than most pop artists, like her
competitor Brittany Spears' sing and dance style ot
performance. Cortney Martin