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I'm planning on hitting the Allmans tomorrow (Aug. 1st) as there are really good seats still available.

Question: What's the Rama venue like in terms of security? Dancing in the aisles? Moving up, standing? Smoking reefer I'm guessing is totally not tolerated (?) . Some dude on Q tonight said the show tonight was awesome and the sound was great.

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We were there tonight. We were 11th row and left of centre (about 5' left of Mr. Allman). The sound was pretty good but I found the low end was a little muddled. The place isn't bad although I'd say it lacks aesthetic appeal. It's pretty cavernous. What I saw was about 40 - 50 people go up to the front right away and stay there for the whole show without a problem. It appeared they were directed to stay clear of the camera man who was right in front of centre stage. Everyone else sat. I didn't see people being told to sit down; I just didn't see people trying to stand much. I saw people taking pictures and videos with their cell phones and they didn't seem to get bothered by security either. I'd say it was pretty relaxed.

The camera man was terrible. He could seem to figure out who was playing the solos or which parts of the guitar is relevant if you're going to zoom in. Then for Otiel's solo they mostly showed the percussionist although he wasn't doing anything except keeping time for Otiel.

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I was on the floor too, Willy, didn't even see you.

Venue is annoying. Sound was actually not bad, rather good I must say. Ushers et al were completely unprepared for an audience made up of roughly 40% heads. There were four seated sections on the floor, my tickets were in one of the outside sections. Sightline was not bad but as Willy said, a whole bunch of people rushed up front when the band came on and I wanted to be up there, too. They wouldn't let me into the middle aisle to get down in front, though, unless I had a ticket for one of the two middle sections. I saw ushers taking people to their seats in those sections and when the people saw the crowd up front, they ditched the ushers and went on up, and the ushers couldn't do anything about it. I couldn't even make it in there, though, so we sat in our seats and also did a bit of standing off to the side of our section.

There was no search upon entering the venue, though they didn't allow any bottles, incl plastic. Smoking in the venue would have been bad, bad news, I imagine...there were ushers and security everywhere.

The show, by the way, WAS awesome. Always an awesome time seeing the Bros. All the oldies...Don't Want You No More, Ain't My Cross To Bear, Statesboro Blues, Trouble No More, Hot Lanta, One Way Out, Don't Keep Me Wonderin', Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, Jessica...of course Midnight Rider, can't ignore that one at the Casino. Was disappointed about no Liz Reed but maybe it'll happen tomorrow. Afterwards Derek and Jaimoe were hanging out in the bar for a bit and then Derek went out to the floor to gamble, I stopped him and talked for a bit. Nice guy. Fucking killer guitar player.

Read my other thread re: how I got in for free tonight and how you may be able to do so tomorrow!

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It's an LSG (Low Smoke Generator). It works with a fog machine. You attach a large canister of CO2, open 'er up, turn it on, and go on the smoke. The CO2 combines with the fog, forces it to go pretty far. As it is super cold, it sits low to the ground, kinda like dry ice. as it warms, it rises, looking like it comes from under the deck.

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It's an LSG (Low Smoke Generator). It works with a fog machine. You attach a large canister of CO2, open 'er up, turn it on, and go on the smoke. The CO2 combines with the fog, forces it to go pretty far. As it is super cold, it sits low to the ground, kinda like dry ice. as it warms, it rises, looking like it comes from under the deck.

You work lights there don't you Mickey? Do you know that camera guy? Was he new? Ever seen a band before? LOL

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I don't know the guy you're talking about, but they do have a tendancy to focus in on the fret board a lot of the time. You know, really tight shots that don't give a good view of the riff as a whole. and the roaming camera guy just seems to get in the way all the time.

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It's an LSG (Low Smoke Generator). It works with a fog machine. You attach a large canister of CO2, open 'er up, turn it on, and go on the smoke. The CO2 combines with the fog, forces it to go pretty far. As it is super cold, it sits low to the ground, kinda like dry ice. as it warms, it rises, looking like it comes from under the deck.

you couldn't be more wrong about this.

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Big Thanks to Good Rev.!!!

YOU ARE THE MAN!!! My friends would also like to say THANK YOU!!!!!

Got 4 free tickets last night to the show thanks to your Players Club card suggestion. I watched the whole night, ARMS LENGTH from the stage in front of Greg. Fuckin AWESOME.

I got the chance to shake Greg's hand at the end, which for me, was awesome. In 13 years and 35+ Allmans shows, that was the closest I have ever watched and I got to shake one of my heroes hands.

THANK YOU GOOD REV. I am in your debt my friend.

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free tickets were being offered outside (though we already had ours) and also clearly a lot of elderly people were comped with their rooms or something.

i have to say as great as the music was, the venue vibe killed some of the fun. i'll never go back to that venue. no drinks allowed during the show, the bar outside actually closed during the show so you had to run out into the casino and guzzle a drink if you wanted one. the place is like a high school gym with moveable bleachers and chairs. the sound was pretty good but something did get a little lost at times. there were "sitting ladies" stationed at each section corner and though i didn't really see them hassling anyone, just checking tickets, i did see them tell someone to sit down. the first night we were in the bleachers and no one around us even clapped, let alone stand up. it was really lame. some people even left partway through. the lights were really bad if you were sitting up there, we were constantly getting blinded. i kept my eyes closed a lot.

the second night we were seated up front so we got to just walk up to the front and stand there, as others said already. this was ok but even though i started out right in front of greg playing guitar, the security dude kept coming by to make sure you were squished "in front of the white line" and so i found it tiresome to keep squishing in, and moved over to the oteil side.

man i hated that venue!!

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as in the blue smoke rising from the stage when a couple bad apples snuck under the skirting at the front of the stage to blast one! :D

yep, the blue smoke and super heady aroma was provided by ctowns and myself. i could follow ctowns movements while he was under the stage by watching where the smoke came from through cracks in the stage.

score

orillia 2 ctowns 0

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