It has been a while since I have heard small venue live music. It is nice. Tonight I went to hear Kyler England. It has been well over a year since I have caught her when she was passing through town.
Large venue concerts tend to have horrible sound quality. Of course some small venue's aren't ideal either, but there is no wall of speakers. You can see the artist without opera glasses, and the sound has an immediacy and intimacy that is hard to find at bigger shows.