Nowadays it is very popular to attend Saturday night live music performances. This is one of the best ways of spending a nice evening with family or friends. Live music is an art, entertainment, or other human activity which involves organized and audible sound. A concert is defined as a live music performance before an audience. The live music may be performed by a single musician (which is called "a recital"), or by a musical ensemble, such as an orchestra, a choir, or a musical band.
Many cultures include strong traditions of solo performance, such as in Indian classical music, while other cultures, such as in Bali, include strong traditions of group performance. All cultures include a mixture of both, and performance may range from improvised solo playing to highly planned and organized performances such as the modern classical concert. What is called chamber music is often seen as more intimate than symphonic works. A performer is called a musician, a group being a musical ensemble such as a rock band or symphony orchestra.
The nature of a concert varies by musical genre and individual groups in those genres. Usually almost every Sunday you have quite a variety of choices: a classical choir or a symphony orchestra concert, a jazz band performance, a star singer's concert, a DJs show and others. There is normally a charge to attend a live concert, though many of them are free. In such cases proceeds benefit the musical group, the owners of the venue, and others involved in putting on the concert.
The information about a Saturday night live music performance appears on Saturday morning or even several days earlier in the numerous advertisements, which are usually given in press or just stapled to the walls or trees.
Concerts can be held either outdoors or in different settings or venues, such as pubs, nightclubs, houses, concert halls, large multipurpose buildings, and even sports stadiums. A concert held in a very large venue is sometimes called an arena concert. Musicians usually perform on a stage. A lot of hotels, pubs, restaurants invite Saturday night live musical guests to make their show more popular.
The principal reason for a live concert is the opportunity for the musicians to perform in front of an audience. Concerts provide the musicians exposure to the public. Recording artists usually give live concerts to promote record sales and introduce their fans to new musical compositions.
If you are lucky enough to catch a musical festival, you have a chance to attend several Saturday night live music concerts on different stages. The festivals usually last for several days and involve a number of musical groups. Examples include the Woodstock Music and Art Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, and Cambridge Folk Festival.
Musical groups that expect large audiences on their Saturday night live music performances can put on very elaborate and expensive affairs. So as to create a memorable and exciting atmosphere and increase the spectacle, the musicians frequently include additional entertainment devices on their concerts. These tend to include changeable stage lighting effects and various special visual effects: large video screens, inflatables, smoke or dry ice, pyrotechnics, artwork, pre-recorded video and unusual costumes. Activities which may take place during these concerts include dancing, sing-alongs, head-banging, crowd-surfing and others.