This letter is to inform people who may attend concerts at Fort Lewis College Community Concert Hall and buy seats in the front row (or the first several rows) that they will be unable to see the stage because of the apparent policy of letting anyone who wants to leave their seat and stand in front of the stage, blocking other concertgoers' views.
We attended the Indigenous concert April 24 and, starting with the first song, people began congregating on the strip of floor between the stage and front row.
By the fourth song, we could see absolutely nothing except the backs of the rude, self-centered people who felt it was their right to ruin the show for others by not exercising enough self control to stay in their seats. This was a guitar, blues/rock concert - not a dance show.
I asked the security person what the deal was with all the people standing there and was told, "Oh, that's our dance floor, people do that all the time." He then told me we could stand along the side wall or take other seats further back to see better.
From what I could see, this concert was at capacity and if we wanted seats further back, we would have bought them there. We also did not buy seats in a venue of this type to stand for two hours like we were at a concert in the park or at the state fair. So if you are like me and play the guitar yourself and want to see an artist perform, I would check ahead because none of the seating charts indicates obstructed views or show a dance floor.
We have attended two shows there without this problem. An otherwise stellar concert was ruined by a poor policy and the selfish actions of a minority in attendance.
Debbie Ekhaml, Durango