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Ben Lee and Friends @ The Little Room at Largo 1/15

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The most beautiful thing about Largo is that it's silent. The man who runs both the Coronet and the Little Room forbids all electronics including cell phones from being turned on in the theater with a vigilance that would impress the Soup Nazi. Due to the strict enforcement of this rule, the sound quality at these concerts are unparalleled. There are no distractions, no talking, and you can give the artist your full attention. But this also means that covering an event at the Little Room is unheard of. You could be from the New York Times or the BBC and that man wouldn't let you into that room with a camera.

That is, until last Thursday on January 15 at around 9:05pm PST the manager looked at my feeble request for a photo pass and said, "Ok." Not trying to jinx it, my wonderful photographer, Leslie, and I rushed into the Little Room where she started taking pictures of everything inside. The room to the best of my knowledge had never been photographed. Unfortunately it was so dark, there wasn't much to work with. The manager then came by and told us we had to sit in the back and only had one song to take pictures. When the show started, Leslie's photo clicks were so loud that people started turning around. I thought, "Holy crap. The manager won't have to evict us. We're going to get lynched right here."