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Amphitheater might not be loud enough for concertgoers

Posted June 7, 2010

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— The new amphitheater in downtown Raleigh is trying to find the right note for both concertgoers and nearby residents.

"It's a work in progress," said Roger Krupa, director of the Raleigh Convention Center, which operates the amphitheater. "You always have to be cognizant of what impact you're going to have on your surrounding neighborhoods."

Raleigh Amphiteater sign with convention center Downtown amphiteater tries to balance volume

Nearby residents said they had no concerns after the amphitheater's opening concerts on Friday and Sunday nights.

"I didn't have any problems, not at all," said Jake Brennan, who can see the amphitheater from his home in the Boylan Heights neighborhood. "I couldn't hear it. I wasn't really thinking to listen for it, but I didn't hear anything."

The dirt pile behind the stage, which will likely be landscaped, the convention center across the street and nearby parking garages appear to be swallowing much of the sound from the amphitheater.

The amphitheater's special-use permit also requires that live music stop by 10:30 p.m. on weeknights and 11 p.m. on weekends.

Over the years, Cary's Koka Booth Amphitheater worked to mitigate sound to mute complaints from Regency Park neighbors. While many concertgoers love the Booth Amphitheater, some rock fans complain they can't hear concerts there.

"I've never been to a show there where there hasn't been a complaint about the low volume," said Grayson Currin, a music critic who wrote an article for the Independent Weekly newspaper calling out local amphitheaters for their shortcomings.

Currin argued that outdoor venues need to listen to rockers if they want to thrive.

"If they do consistently receive complaints that it is too quiet, which has happened in Cary, they need to invest in a study, invest in science to fix that," he said.


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  • commonsense4 Jun 10, 2010

    I was at the opening night to see Sleep Control. First of all, they rocked it. Secondly, the volume was loud enough and the location is pretty cool. It's different to see a venue right downtown and I don't understand what's the problem.

    So sick of whining complainers. It's the same posters on all different articles whining about something.

  • shortcake53 Jun 8, 2010

    lol I think Seek wants a free concert

  • seekthesummit Jun 8, 2010

    I live between Boylan Heights and The Walt and couldn't here anything at my house.

    Turn. It. Up.

  • cary1969 Jun 8, 2010

    don't like the price of $9 beers? well then, don't buy them. problem solved...

  • InvolvedCitizen Jun 8, 2010

    Hmmm. I totally expect to feel Shinedown and Seven Dust in my bones at their amphitheater show later this summer. Anything less will be a dissapointment.

  • mpheels Jun 8, 2010

    I'm confused... The headline implies that concert goers at the new amphitheater had trouble hearing the music, but the only complaint is from a guying talking about Koka Booth. The article basically tells us that people living near the new amphitheater haven't filed noise complaints, and so far patrons haven't complained about the lack of noise. What a non-story...

  • dwntwnboy Jun 8, 2010

    Seemed loud enough Friday and Sunday nights. Of all the things people said, being loud enough was not one of the complaints I heard- the $9 beers- heard LOTS about that.

  • Mr. Keeping It Real Jun 7, 2010

    Seriously? And this cost what exactly to tax payers? Just say'n...

  • Adelinthe Jun 7, 2010

    So much for advance planning.


    They call it an amphitheater but all it really is is a flat parking lot with folding chairs.

    Who they trying to kid!?!

    God bless.


  • archmaker Jun 7, 2010

    did any body check out the wral slideshow of backstreet boys? there was absolutely no guys in any of the audience pictures!