Nearly thirty years ago, the Hooters opened Live Aid, Philadelphia’s greatest concert event of all time. (Sorry, Made In America). And on Saturday night, the band opened Ardmore Music Hall, which was filled to its 600-person capacity for the sold out show. (Technically, Ardmore Music Hall opened on Friday, but Saturday night was the big deal opening.)
I usually find something to complain about in any situation, but I have to say that the band was tight, the sound was crystal clear from my position on the floor, and the staff was friendly, accommodating and expeditious. And the fact that I was in a music venue where I could get a pint of beer for $3 didn’t hurt a bit. (Take note, Trocadero).
If the folks behind the Ardmore Music Hall can bring in the right acts for the grown up suburban crowd (look for Fountains of Wayne, Soul Asylum, Johnny Winter and Rusted Root in the coming weeks and months) and keep the concert experience so pleasant and stress free, World Cafe Live is going to have to run for cover.
Below, some photos from the night.
Dozens of people waiting in line during Saturday night's drizzle outside the Ardmore Music Hall:
The Hooters' set list at Ardmore Music Hall:
WMMR's Pierre Robert introduces the Hooters at Ardmore Music Hall:
The Hooters' Eric Bazilian on guitar at Ardmore Music Hall:
The Hooters' John Lilley feels the spirit at Ardmore Music Hall:
The Hooters' David Uosikkinen (it's Finnish) behind the drums at Ardmore Music Hall:
The Hooters on stage at Ardmore Music Hall:
The obligatory crowd shot at Ardmore Music Hall:
PHOTOS: Howard Pitkow