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Phish STL 2012

29 Aug

Last night some good friends and I had the pleasure of seeing jam-gods, Phish, live in concert. I had seen them once before at Bonnaroo ’09, but this time we were indoors at the modest 10,000-ish seat Chaifetz Arena located on St. Louis University campus.

Production value was through the roof, with the best lighting design I’ve seen in recent memory, if not ever. A huge Clair Bros i-5 rig was a welcoming sight upon entering the venue. If I counted right, the main hangs each had fourteen i-5 cabs with accompanying i-5b subs. Two sets of outfield hangs covered the rest of the bowl and side stage seats, with the inner hangs consisting of ten i-5/i-5bs and the outer of twelve i-3s. Headroom aplenty. The floor was packed, but I could see some BT-218 subs hanging out offstage left and right.

FOH looked like a darn good time, with a Midas XL8 at the center of it all.  The mix was clean and articulate, allowing the audience to follow the musicians’ every move.  Each member of the band had their special, equally important role in the mix.  One big, happy musical family, together in sonic harmony.

On a calm, late-summer Tuesday night in St. Louis, Missouri, Phish pulled out all the stops and played two sets full of classic examples why they’re the most prolific act in the scene.

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Stale bread.

24 Oct

Woah, over a month since my last post.  That’s real great for keeping my faithful readers coming back.  Thanks for your patience.

Any time I slack on the updates, I feel the need to make a highlight reel of what’s been keeping me from pumping these babies out.  Here goes…

I did my first freelance production management gig on October 1 for a Colbie Caillat show at the O’Reilly Family Event Center on Drury University’s campus here in Springfield, MO.  While easily the biggest production I’ve overseen, all aspects of the show went off without a hitch.  Of course, much of that credit goes to my crew and the folks and Southwest Audio-Visual, who provided the stage, audio and lighting rigs.

That show was a great trial run for the Ozark Mountain Daredevils 40th anniversary show coming up on November 11th.  With support from Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and SGF’s own Big Smith, the show is going to be quite the spectacle.  Tickets sold out within the first few days of going on sale, making this the first event to sell out the O’Reilly Center, a 3200(ish) seat venue (depending on configuration).

I’m at the Gillioz every day this week preparing for the Springfield Regional Opera’s production of Hot Mikado, and on that note, it seems my presence is needed in the theatre.  Be back soon.