Stuck Outside with a Mobile (featuring the Millennial Blues Again) | Local News | Fold | The Weekly Source

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Stuck Outside with a Mobile (featuring the Millennial Blues Again) | Local News | Fold | The Weekly Source

A great concert of the modern era contains all the bells and whistles: soaring sound, incredible light show, nostalgic fans… and a sea of ​​bluish screens, all positioned on the performer to document the whole amateur scene and broadcast it on social networks. But a folk legend is among a growing number of artists to hold back the tide and herald a ‘phone-free’ experience at their shows.

When Bob Dylan performs at the Hayden Homes Amphitheater on June 27, he will be the first performer there to demand a phone-free environment. Instead of tiptoeing to soar above the sea of ​​blue phones, attendees will see these phones stored in cases designed to help people get back to the old days of finding a phone booth (and maybe queuing) to call the babysitter.

It used to be, before the word “selfie” was a thing, that was it.

Millennials and Gen Zers, your friends from older generations assure you that you will get through this.

How it works

The process of entering Hayden Homes Amphitheater already comes with a few steps: scan your ticket (yes, from your cell phone), have your bag searched (clear plastic only), get started with a metal detector . For this show, there’s the extra step of grabbing a storage pouch from Yondr, the company contracted by Dylan’s team to provide phone storage.

Having a sea of ​​phones on a live show “bleeds energy from a room,” Yondr founder Graham Dugoni told CNN Business in 2020.

At a show or other event hosted by Yondr, attendees insert a phone into the pouch and close it, which locks the pouch until it is waved over a release device to the output. Attendees who need to attend to their phone business during the show will have a designated area to unlock and do their business before returning to the show.

This is the first time that the amphitheater has implemented this type of policy at the request of an artist, his team is still working out the details of the location of the telephone zone and the size of the zone, a said Beau Eastes, Marketing Director of the Old Mill District and Hayden Homes Amphitheater. Still, the process is quite basic and does not involve any complicated form of locker room.

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“When you leave the room, you’re going to unlock it and return that cover,” Eastes told The Source. “Your phone stays on – you have your phone in your possession all the time.”

But while this is new for Bend, it’s been a growing trend over the past decade, especially for high-profile artists in the comedy and music scenes.

“It’s something that will be new to us, but the Lumineers have done it. A lot of comedies – Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock have done it before. Donald Glover playing Childish Gambino has done it in his shows said Eastes. Weddings are another place where a phone-free experience is trending in 2022. It seems like more and more people are realizing that being present in the moment may require checking out that thing rings, hisses, and is otherwise designed to distract its attention from anything but its bright screen.

Yondr, the phone case supplier, sees it as a “safe haven”. Yondr’s founder started the company in 2014, when he made the covers himself and took them to shows and even schools. The unique idea eventually caught the attention of artists, including Chappelle, who became one of its investors, according to CNN Business.

“In our hyperconnected world, we provide a haven to interact with what you do and who you do it with. In physical space and in real time,” reads a description on Yondr’s website.

“Like seeing a show in the 90s”

From a viewers perspective, this may take some getting used to.

Ashley, a music lover from Bend who asked to remain anonymous, said she attended a Jack White show without a phone in Portland in 2018 and appreciated the opportunity to be more present with the music. Her only complaint, she said, was the inability to log into SoundHound during the show to identify some of the songs from the pre-show entertainment that she wanted to recall later. In an announcement ahead of his 2018 tour, White told reporters he wanted fans to have a “100% human experience.”

While Bob Dylan’s reps didn’t respond to our request for comment, Dylan himself took a stand on people’s phones during a show in Vienna, Austria, in 2019, saying, “Take some pictures or don’t take pictures. We can either play or we can pose. OK ? as noted in Stereogum. Dylan would then have left the concert.

The older the artist, the more likely they will have such a policy in place. If you’re Beyoncé or Prince, for example, you hardly need more publicity through people sharing your show on social media. Beyoncé reportedly lightly chastised fans for “recording” during her shows instead of watching the action. The late Grand Prince began enforcing a no-phone policy as early as 2013. Alicia Keys, who used Yondr sleeves on her shows, said you had to be famous yourself – someone like Queen Latifah – to be able to break the rules, according to an article in the Washington Post. And funky R&B star Bruno Mars encouraged fans to dance and enjoy the show “like they once did”.

The 1990s, apparently, are those “old days”.

“One of our production guys was on a show somewhere else, and he said it was like seeing a show in the 90s,” Eastes of Hayden Homes said. “I think it’s going to be pretty cool. I hope people will have no reservations about this. I hope they give it a chance.

It may be an unappealing prospect for anyone not even alive in the 90s, but when it comes to the performer on stage on June 27, who launched some of music’s most iconic tracks. since the ’60s, it’s been his show, and he’s earned credit for making such a policy.

You have this.

According to information from Statista, there were some 280.54 million smartphone users in the United States in 2020, making the United States the 4e-highest country for “population penetration” of smartphones, covering 79.10% of the population. (The US lags the UK, UAE, and Mexico in this regard.) So, we know politics is going to blow some people away.

What will you do without that appendage that rings, hisses, vibrates, or makes you look at its face every few minutes? I don’t know—I guess listening to music.

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