Little Five Points, where the Variety Playhouse is located, is the designated Bohemian zone of Atlanta, well removed from the sterile downtown. It's just seedy enough to evoke faint ripples of discomfort and dispel any sense of artificiality. The theater itself, however, at least on the inside, is sparkly clean and completely modern, acoustically correct but lacking soul. One nice touch, though, is the area of tables and chairs up front, between the stage and the rows of theater seats.
After the one-of-a-kind Athens show, Bob delivered a more conventional performance here--which is not to say that it wasn't good, or even inspired...just that it was a little closer to the center of the curve. The turnout was again strong, all the more impressive because Bob, for better or for worse, had been following in the wake of Son Volt, then at the peak of their popularity and routinely playing to over-capacity crowds, at most of the venues on this tour.
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