Sunday, October 31, 2010

#47: The Goshen Theater

Every once in a while, a spontaneous roadtrip is in order.  This need to get outta town can be caused by a great weather for the beach/snow, a desire to see someone/get away from someone, or in our case, a favorite band whose closest stop was Goshen, Indiana.  Thus, we found ourselves on Route 33, with no tickets in hand, rushing to get to a place we'd never been, while the opening act was likely performing.

However, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to pull off our last minute decision, and I strongly encourage you to test your spontaneity with a roadrip to Goshen, especially for a show at their theater.

The Goshen Theater is a wonderfully restored, century-old theater that seats 442 people (717 if you include the balcony!), so it provides a close setting for an intimate concert.  It's not only used for music shows -- there's also theatrical productions and church gatherings that occur frequently.  While we attended a benefit concert featuring Over the Rhine last Friday, there are "five-and-dime" shows --concerts that cost $5.10--a gimmick I find utterly charming.  Check out the events listing here.  A lot of the events are heavy on the folk and bluegrass, but hey, that's alright with me.  (There's Generic and the Wander Inn for other musical tastes, but we'll get to those later...)  The small venue is just the right size to enjoy the strings and vocals.

Where: 216 S. Main St., Goshen, IN
To get to Goshen, head south through downtown until you hit 33, and take it east to Goshen.  The town of Goshen has some fun looking shops and eateries, although most were closed after the show.  Come to town a little early to enjoy The Electric Brew, a coffeeshop across the street from the theater.

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