An older crowd for a singer-songwriter probably will have to open their bags at the door, he said. For aggressive and hard-core rock or rap, pat-downs and sometimes hand-held metal detectors are the norm.
Andre Perry, 27, of San Francisco plays in a two-man folk band called The Lonely Hearts. He was on stage Friday night at The Hotel Cafe Club in Hollywood and wasn't the least bit worried about his safety.
"With national security concerns, I don't think too many people are concerned about concerts,'' Perry said. Clubs that charge high admission and drink prices don't want to embarrass patrons with metal detectors, said Monica Olympiew, head of operations for Miami's Crave club. She said it's easy to sneak in guns.