The Square Room: Squared Away

The Square Room held its grand opening in pretty grand style on Saturday night, with a crowd of just under 200 people—most of whom appeared to be under 30, and few of whom seemed to be the usual suspects who turn out for Knoxville concerts—turning out to see the first performance at the new listening room located near the southeast corner of Market Square. Opening act Clare and the Reasons and headliners My Brightest Diamond showed off the room’s stellar acoustics, which made room for every single instrument and voice coming from the stage during the show. The space includes hardwood floors, a tall ceiling with exposed fixtures, and a large window looking out on the dining room of the adjacent Cafe 4.

“It was exactly what we envisioned about it being a listening atmosphere and a captive audience,” says the club’s booking director, Ben Bannister. “But the turnout and the energy in the room exceeded all my expectations.”

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Comments » 2

D3 writes:

Even David Bryne was in the audience!

The Square Room is an excellent venue. Affordable tickets & early shows.

cement_pond writes:

'stellar acoustics'? LOL! since when have glass, hardwood floors, and empty
walls been good for acoustics???

i'm very disappointed that people are willing to accept what sounded like an
amplified lectern as a 'captivating listening experience'. have these people
never heard live music before? i was at this show and found the sound
presentation to be strikingly nasal-sounding, thin, and downright awkward..
anything but captivating. my friends and i all thought the PA was broken!
and 'bad sound' was mentioned by pretty much everyone i know who went.

i hope they get it together. nice place, so much potential!

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