Before you read on, I must begin with this disclaimer: it has been more than two years since I visited The Fillmore Charlotte, so things may have changed significantly since then. However, there’s a good reason why I haven’t been to this venue in two years, and it’s this:
I had a horrible experience that made me never want to go there again.
As you can probably guess, this is not a positive review. I have been given no compensation to write it. I just wanted to give my honest opinion and offer some suggestions that all music venues in the queen city could stand to benefit from.
As a singer-songwriter, I love attending live concerts. I went to the Fillmore to see Lauryn Hill perform over two years ago. I was on a date with my husband, and it was the first concert I had been to in a while. I was also 8 months pregnant.
The tickets were pretty expensive. I don’t remember exactly how much they cost. I just remember that I thought we had overpaid, especially given the nature of the venue and the fact that Lauryn was super late to her own performance. I had heard that was typical for her though, and I know that’s not the venue’s fault. But still … her reputation for being late is no secret, and the tickets could have been priced accordingly.
We went to Cabo Fish Taco to eat dinner before going to the concert. We arrived about 15 minutes before it was scheduled to start, and the opening acts were horrible. The venue is standing room only, which was problem #1 since, again, I was 8 months pregnant. When you’re short and slender like me, and your belly is about the size of a balloon that’s about to pop, sitting down is pretty much a necessity.
Maybe I’m being high-maintenance here, but I think they should have offered me a chair. For free. There are chairs in the V.I.P. section, but we would have had to spend another $50 just to sit in them, and the section doesn’t even offer a good view of the stage. It’s off to the left side of the room and blocked by multiple columns. Why anyone would pay $25 to get a worse view of a performance is beyond me … unless you’re 8 months pregnant and desperately need to sit down, because you feel like all of your body’s organs are going to slip out of your vagina at any moment.
(#sorrynotsorry for the mental picture…)
No, pregnancy is not a handicap. As someone who had a home birth, I firmly believe that, even though hospitals try to rush you to the maternity ward in a wheelchair like you can’t walk when you’re in labor. But standing room only for a 3-hour concert when your water could break at any moment? Not cool, Fillmore. Not cool.
My husband ordered one alcoholic beverage. Pretty sure he spent like $16 on it. $20 if you count the tip. I guess that’s typical for most concert venues, but still a major disappointment, especially when we had already overpaid for tickets to attend a concert where the performer was late to her own show and couldn’t even sit our asses down in a chair.
In short, my visit to the Fillmore made me never want to go there again, and I haven’t been there since. I hear not much has changed, but I could be wrong. In any case, it did not meet my expectations as being comparable to the Fillmore in L.A. which appears to be amazing. Maybe if I ever make it out to the west coast, I’ll buy tickets to a concert and write another review for what has come to be known as one of the highest-esteemed music venues in the entire U.S.
Until then, I’ll stick to concerts at The Evening Muse.