Sunday, October 4, 2009

Mat Kearney @ Theatre of the Living Arts

I don't know about you, but lately it seems like concerts have gotten insanely expensive and somewhat annoying. I don't like when I pay $100+ for a ticket and can barely even see the stage. If you feel the same way, then you would love Philadelphia's Theatre of the Living Arts. 

We went to TLA for the first time last weekend to see Mat Kearney and were pleasantly surprised on numerous accounts. First of all, the ticket prices were incredibly reasonable ($29/ticket!!). What was even better was that the venue was small and intimate - TLA holds a maximum of 810 people - so you're not battling with the masses for a good spot. On top of that, the theater has a balcony and bar upstairs for the over 21 crowd. Since there weren't thousands of people to contend with, we were able to stand in the very front of the balcony with a clear view of Kearney. It was easily the best "seat" I've ever had at a concert...all for just $29!

Of course, TLA's location on South Street is a pretty sweet bonus too. Not only are there dozens of great bars and restaurants within walking distance, there's a parking lot just a block away. We parked by the theater a few hours before the show, walked around the city, had dinner and drinks and then enjoyed one of our favorite singers from a stone's throw away. 

If you haven't been to the Theatre of the Living Arts, I highly recommend you check it out. They don't get the really really big names, but they've always got a pretty solid line-up. Click here for their upcoming shows: