The Chance Theater, Poughkeepsie, NY (Fall, 2007)
The Chance is one - if not the only - rock venue in Poughkeepsie, NY. It's a dingy club with a tiny stage, a mosh pit and a few levels of balconies - all standing room only. It has a great grungy vibe, gets some great bands, and is under 21 friendly making it especially popular for the younger Poughkeepsie crowd.
However, patrons BEWARE! The security at The Chance is atrocious. When the crowds gets rough, the staff does nothing - which might be fine, if the band attracts an notoriously rough following. But when a band with mostly preteen fans is causing the fans to push and shove, security has the obligation to step in and protect the wellbeing of those who could be seriously hurt. But if you're looking for a lifesaver at this venue, don't hold your breath. It's not unheard of that a few young girls are pushed down under a sea of surging moshers as the security staff watches absentmindedly.
If you're heading to this venue, you might catch a great band close up, but you might also see the inside of an ambulance close up. If you're not going to keep a place secure, don't pretend to, Chance.
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