They were long the bane of many a showgoer's Cannery Ballroom experience: those obnoxious but seemingly necessary sight line-blocking poles. Poles. Is that what we call them? They weren't exactly poles. Pillars? Columns? Load-bearing vertical beams? No matter, because we don't have to worry about them any longer. At least, not the ones in the middle. As you'll see above and in this Foursquare check-in from Mercy Lounge/Cannery Ballroom GM Andrew "Drew" Mischke, the mid-size club has eliminated the big wooden bastards that were harshing everyone's show mellow in the middle of the room. But that's only the beginning of some redesigns. Says Drew:
... The entire HVAC system for the room has been reconfigured to provide ventilation on the stage, throughout the room, including directly in front of the stage. ... The next step will be changing the angle of the stage. After that, we will be implementing plans that we have been developed through numerous consultations with sound designers. The new sound setup that they have developed will take advantage of the new layout of the room and provide optimal sound quality for all concert attendees.
For some before-and-after action, have a look at Diana "Porkchop" Zadlo's photos from the Girls and Boys event in Cannery a few months back. And by the way, the above changes aren't the only hot goss floating around in regard to the Cannery Row folk. There's something else in the works, but we've promised to keep our lips sealed on it. Quelle surprise!