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Holy cow! Many dared to dance to dance band at Covelli show

Published: Tue, June 19, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Holy cow! Many dared to dance to dance band at Covelli show

I don’t usually write letters to editors. Maybe it is time to start. I don’t usually attend events at the Covelli Centre. It is definitely time to start.

My wife and I attended the Earth, Wind, and Fire concert June 10 at the center.

Two words: Fantastic. Fantastic.

Philip Bailey and ensemble were incredible and The Youngstown Symphony was extremely hip and equally awesome.

This was truly a great show.

The only negative I experienced happened 15 milliseconds after the first note of the concert, when my wife and 90 percent of the attendees leaped to their feet to the opening number, “Boogie Wonderland.” She was immediately asked to sit down because she was blocking the view of the neighboring, seated, ticket purchasing spectators.

I certainly agree that it would be annoying to pay good money to see a show only to have an obstructed view. It is certainly a nuisance to have to keep moving back and forth to see around someone in the row in front of you. It would be completely bothersome to not be able to see the band and the rest of the people in the arena on their feet dancing. Did I mention this was Earth, Wind, and Fire?

It is a dance band.

I am sure there is proper etiquette to how one should act when attending an event like this, and Emily Post may have been appalled at the room’s behavior; however, if in attendance, she too would have been on her feet, shaking her money maker. It was, after all, Earth, Wind, and Fire, people.

Perhaps a warning should be placed on ticketing websites indicating, “Caution: People may want to have fun and express themselves through dance during this event. Purchase Tickets Carefully.”

To those of you seated in Section 215 that had their evening ruined by my dancing wife, I am sorry. I would suggest however, you don’t get tickets near me for The Red Hot Chili Peppers or Justin Bieber.

If you prefer an event where everyone will remain seated, maybe try Perry Como’s next show. Is he still touring?

David Shoffstall, Poland


1Sunny(25 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago


This gentleman wrote a perfectly nice and uplifting letter - something RARELY seen these days - and you had to follow it up with name calling and negativity!

Here's a good rule of thumb for you to remember: If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.

There was no need for your nasty comment. It would have better for you not to have commented at all.

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2Education_Voter(894 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Ha! Dave, I loved the show, and booty-shaking was unavoidable. I accidently brushed against the afro of the guy in front of me, well, more than once. But he was nice about it. Maybe he was a minister or something. His own wife was movin' pretty well though.

My husband noticed some grumpy 80-somethings who must have season tickets to the symphony. But I didn't even see them. Had a great time too!

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3kennett(1 comment)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Great letter. But I’m with your one critic on this - Emily Post most certainly did NOT shake her “money maker.” It is well known that Mrs. Post (she abhorred Ms.), had to divorce her husband because of his constant carousing with chorus girls. If she could have shaken it…he wouldn’t have had to stir it in the cheap seats. Which, unless I’m misreading, is what you are saying you and your wife were doing.

That said, I think Maurice White himself said: "Let this groove, get you to move,It's alright, alright, alright - Let this groove, set in your shoes, So stand up, alright, alright."

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4RustOnMyBelt(160 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Could not care less about MS Post.Just another stuffy old biddy. I would be plenty upset if I bought tickets and the people in front of me stood up and danced or just stood there. If you think you may feel like dancing then get seats up front or way in the back where your "thing" won't interfere with the rest of us.

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5joebag09(292 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Next time buy seats on the floor. Dance to your hearts content. You can barely get by trying to go to the restroom, yet dance! You are a jerk!

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