Have you ever been at a live concert and wondered why someone of a certain age is there? Some concerts attract specific demographics to a point where it almost looks like a cloning convention. When a fan of a particular artist looks a little out of place, it can make that person feel overly conspicuous if even giving the wrong idea. Particularly when there’s a teenage performer and an older adult happens to attend as a so-called fan, the dung can hit the fan, sometimes literally. Then again, the same strange stares can happen when someone overly young attends a concert considered overly stuffy or intended for those well over Baby Boomer age.
Should there be a particular protocol when it comes to attending a concert, or should those attending concerts be friendly to someone who looks a little out of place?
Going to a rock concert with a classic rock performer or band is one of the best places for nearly all ages to fit in. The only threat seems to be when an older person attends and dresses up in garb that attempts to make them look like they did during the band’s heyday. Most people there will only find it endearing, however, and probably wouldn’t call security to have them taken out in handcuffs. Then again, if you’re one of those who does this and perhaps get a little out of control, the only damage would be having you end up in a viral video that gives you more than a little public embarrassment.
As far as kids are concerned, know the artist well enough before taking kids below 18. Most classic rock performers are from the era when behaving themselves on stage mattered more than it does to Top 40 stars of today.
Teen Pop Concerts
I noted above how these particular types of concerts sometimes get very dicey based on the wrong perceptions of age. Some adults who attend teen pop concerts face the threat of looking silly and also being accused of being pedophiles. That’s especially true when most of the audiences around said adult are well under 18, if even below 10. Fathers of those kids may avoid going for this very reason, despite making it clear who they are if they hold their kids up on their shoulders.
A lot of teen performers today (as in Miley Cyrus) are doing more adult-oriented things on stage that may not go over well with your family. So these types of concerts need more serious consideration than perhaps any other. Base it on your personal philosophies and how others perceive you. As far as reacting to others that look out place, you’re better off just accepting them as part of celebrating American freedom. Nevertheless, it’s worth keeping an eye out on them just in case they do something inappropriate that requires security intervention.
Classic Pop/Jazz Performers
If you’ve ever attended a Michael Buble concert, his live concerts may be the only tour going in America that seems to attract everyone from grandmas to kids barely old enough to walk. It’s quite an amazing mix when you see those down front making it feel like a rock concert and those older sitting in the back making it look like a conservative concert from the 1950s.
The good news is that when you go to a classic pop or jazz performer concert, you’ll never get strange stares based on your age. Only an overly obvious metal head attending might get cornered in looking a little conspicuous. Even better is that the older crowd who were used to wearing suits at concerts 50 years ago no longer worry about such things. It only goes as far as dressy casual now, unless it’s a benefit concert where everyone is wearing tuxes and evening gowns.
State symphonies have had trouble gaining younger audiences to their concerts, though you’ll frequently see music students attending if not even younger on occasion. Older people might give them a stare down if they arrive to a concert looking over dressed down. Regardless, that’s the way all people dress today, no matter what the concert. The overly traditional older crowd may think otherwise, and these people are a rare breed now.
The only thing to remember is to not talk in the middle of a classical performance. With all other concerts allowing you to scream until you can’t talk the next morning, someone attending a classic concert for the first time may get shushed more than a few times without even knowing why. Then again, with plenty of overly young classical fans still making themselves known from their closets, most of those attending will have probably attended before.