I went the Hopmonk last night for Dginn and Diego's Umbrella. It was a good show, but I needed to leave early because I found the sound level unbearable, which has also happened on other occasions there. I'm an old Deadhead and like my music louder than most people, but this was painful, even with some napkin bits in my ears. It's a pity because it's a great room and they have real good shows. There's still the marvelous outdoor space (which they keep pleasantly warm), but then your not in the show.
I find the Tradewinds consistently way too loud as well. I don't remember being uncomfortable at Aubergine or the Forestville Inn, or the Last Day Saloon, so I presume they were OK with me.
Sweat Your Prayers, and other DJ'd dances generally seem fine to me.
The main stage at Harmony and the Techno Tribal are also unbearable for me, but the Goddess Grove is just right!
Note that many people confuse loudness with distortion. It's quite possible to have crystal clear sound that is way too loud, and sound that could still be louder, but the sound system starts having a blaring quality because the system can't handle it.
So what's your experience with the sound level at our wonderful and plentiful local venues?? Do you avoid certain venues because they are often too loud?
I'll include a poll so you can register your opinion with just a click, but it would better if you would also chime in with some comments.
after which hearing loss occurs). Would that make it more likely that you would go? Maybe they could coupled with a Wacco event?
BTW, you can get a free decibel meter for your iPhone here. It maxes out at 110. I'd love to see some measurements from some local shows.
Please take a moment to let us know what you think!