I've seen two shows this summer at The National, Social Distortion and Delbert McClinton. Although the theater was set up differently for each show, the sight lines at both shows were great.
The Social Distortion concert was all standing room on the main floor while the Delbert McClinton show was mostly seats on the main floor. (The National adjusts the standing/seating patterns based on what type of crowd the performer draws.) For the Social Distortion concert, the sound was good, but not great. This has usually been the case with other Social Distortion show I've attended, no matter the venue, so I do not blame the sound system at The National. Often Social Distortion's sound mix is heavy on guitars and drums and lighter on vocals as it was the night at The National. The sound for the Delbert McClinton was very good.
Security is also different depending on the performer. At the Social Distortion show, everyone was patted down upon entry and the security staff was very no-nonsense during the show. At the Delbert McClinton show, there was no pat down and security staff allowed the more "mature" crowd to let their hair down some.
There isn't a large selection of beers on tap, but the selection is varied enough to keep everyone from the Bud drinker to the microbrew enthusiast happy.
Bottom line, if you see an ad for a show you would like to see at The National, don't hesitate to go. Happy concert going!
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