New Sound For New Season

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

April 13, 2006

The Charlottesville Pavilion opens Thursday and there may be some changes this season. It's been about a year since the Pavilion first opened and contractors are still making improvements. For example they just finished re-sodding the lawn, which will be closed for the Ween concert on Thursday night, and they also added a handicap ramp.

However, the biggest concern since it's opening has been the sound, which they have been testing throughout the off-season. Officials say it will be quieter for neighbors and they are expecting to hear improvements in the quality inside.

"When everything is done it should be dramatically improved. That's what our hope is. We've spent a lot of effort [and] a lot of money and feel very confident that it's going to work for us," said General Manager Kirby Hutto.

A lot of the problem last year was the echo, but that has been improved due to some differences in the roof in particular. The opening band is the indie rock group Ween. Tickets have been selling quickly all week, but there are a few left for those that want to attend. Doors open at 6, show starts at 6:30 p.m.

The sound production crew will arrive Thursday around 9 a.m., followed by the band itself in the early afternoon.

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