Aging and lesser-known music performers of all kinds come here because they can keep the ticket price as low as possible and only have to sell around 500 tickets in order to fill the performing hall. There really is not a bad seat in the place except for the two far corners. It might be a little hard to see over all the people in front of you from the very back. If you are going the first time, be sure to read up on the open seating policy and how they hand out "boarding passes" on a first-come, first-served basis when the box office opens. This arrangement is ideally suited to larger groups that want to fill a table, because that way only one or two people have to go early. Sound quality is excellent. The LED lighting gives the stage alot of different looks. I wish they would make the lights bright for short periods more often during the show for best picture-taking.
There are music halls like this one in every major city, but I think this is one of the better ones I have been too. They all borrow the dinner theater concept. The Birch does a great job with the food service. Long tables have about six chairs on each side, oriented for best viewing of the stage. The menu has alot of choices. Stick to the daily specials and popular menu items and you won't go wrong. I ordered a chicken caesar salad. It arrived faster than most and was very good tasting. Sure, prices are a little high but you should expect that. The wait staff will treat you nicely even if you just want to nurse one drink the entire evening.
Finally, there is plenty of free parking on site. Imagine that? Most other halls either have no parking or charge for valet parking. Vehicle security is not a worry. I asked a staffer who told me they hire two off-duty police officers to patrol the lot during all shows.
Thanks, Birchmere. I'll be back.
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