SPAC concert-goers keep their cool when the heat is on

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – After being deprived of live entertainment for more than two years during the COVID-19 pandemic, concert-goers seem eager to return to music venues these days, as evidenced by the large crowd Saturday night at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, even if the return occurs in the midst of a heat wave.

“I hate the heat, I despise the heat,” declared concert-goer Eliza Hottel, of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. “But for the Backstreet Boys, it’s never too hot.”

When it comes to backstreet enjoyment, most people seem up front about their feelings.

“It could have been 120 (degrees) and I still would have come here,” said Taylor, from Niagara Falls. “The Backstreet Boys are worth it.”

Just because the temperature soars into the mid 90s, apparently that’s not a reason for many folks to remain at home in the comfort of their air-conditioned living rooms.

“I lived in Vegas, so I’m used to the heat,” said Ashley Guidi.

Hollie Bowshelm says as long as she wears clothing that doesn’t exacerbate the heat, and as long as she has plenty of water, she doesn’t worry about the heat.

Sometimes there needs to be access to innovation to beat the heat, for example a necklace fan that blows cool air in your face.

“I should have bought one for everyone, but I figured we could take turns,” said Caitlyn Pierce, “Who ever is the hottest will get to wear the necklace.”

The bottom line, live music is back and if you happen to be a fan of the Backstreet Boys, you want it that way.