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Maxwell concert at Chastain - no cell phones allowed

If you’re attending the Friday night Maxwell concert, be aware that it will be a phone-free experience.

For the show at Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, no cell phones, smart watches, cameras or recording devices will be allowed in the venue.

Instead, as is becoming standard practice at many top comedian performances, phones and smart watches will be secured in Yondr (www.overyondr.com) pouches that will be unlocked at the end of the show. Guests maintain possession of their phones throughout the night, and if needed, may access their phones at designated Yondr unlocking stations. Anyone caught with a cell phone in the venue will be immediately asked to leave.

Maxwell employed this same practice at his shows with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., earlier this month and in a recent conversation with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, talked about the distraction presented by phones.

“It’s almost like, how can you really focus on what you’re there to experience?,” he said, adding that his primary objective during a concert is “to do my very best” and “hopefully impact an audience to the point that they don’t care about (video taping)” a performance.

The show starts at 8 p.m. and fans are encouraged to arrive on time and print tickets beforehand to expedite the entry process. This is also a non-cooler/non-carry ins show. 



With the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Steven Reineke). 8 p.m. Sept. 27. $45-$85. Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park, 4469 Stella Drive NW, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.

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Melissa Ruggieri
Melissa Ruggieri
Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for the AJC. She remembers when MTV was awesome.