Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 09:47 AMI think this was my eighth year to provide audio production for the Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival. This year it was as hot as ever. In addition to a 10x10 tent, I brought a high velocity blower to cool me off in the tent.
The bands were:
Newboy - a band of 11-12 yearold budding musicians
The White Ghost Shivers
The Texas Sapphires
Here are photos from the festival:
Austin Chronicle 2006 Hot Suace Festival Photos
Monday, August 28, 2006, 09:24 AMI mixed two more private parties for the Newsboyz this weekend. Friday we did a party for Sysco Foods at the Hilton downtown. This is one of my least favorite places to play, because the ballroom manager, Debra Ayala, insists on having the mix position on the side of the stage where I can't hear what I am mixing. She even goes to the trouble of contacting the client in advance to convince them that this is the "best" option for esthetics, etc. I guess the resulting lower sound quality doesn't figure in to her esthetics equation. We can overcome this obstacle somewhat and have everyone dancing later in the evening, but it is an obstacle that shouldn't be there in the first place. It is like insisting that a photographer take pictures with a bag over his head.
The Hilton is a nice hotel, but they have several procedures and protocols in place that cripple the presentation of a quality show. Also, whenever people started to come out on the dance floor, they would suddenly make the lights brighter, thus discouraging further dancing. Having the employees vacuuming and rolling the coffee tables and bars away hours before the night was over didn't help either.
Here are pictures from that show:
Newsboyz at the Hilton for Sysco Foods party
Saturday night was a completely different scenario. We played at the Driskill Hotel for a wedding reception. The helpful and accomodating people at the Driskill have no problem having the mix position located appropriately. Even though the Driskill mezzanine area where the party took place is mostly all marble, the sound was excellent. The combination of the Newsboyz running everything direct, in-ear monitors, zero stage volume and being able to hear and adjust the mix in real time results in quality sound most every time. This leads to everyone dancing and having a good time. This in turn, leads to us getting to play these parties much more often.
Here are photos from that event:
Newsboyz at Driskill Hotel wedding reception
Thursday, August 24, 2006, 07:10 PMI went by to see Del Castillo perform for a live broadcast at KGSR's "Whattya Want for Lunch" program. I met their new full-time sound engineer, Jimmy Gunn and saw my friend Chet Himes, as well as Bryan Beck (host of the program) and various other regulars. Although I was somewhat sad too not be able to mix the upcoming Del Castillo shows as their "fill-in" engineer, I was happy that they found a good engineer to handle their upcoming extensive touring schedule. I had secretly wished to be their full-time engineer, but I have a family life, as well as plenty of Austin projects to keep me busy and I can't really undertake the grueling travel schedule these guys have.
I look forward to checking out their upcoming show at the ACL Fest.
Here are photos I took at the KGSR studio:
Del Castillo at KGSR "Whattya Want for Lunch" photos
Sunday, August 20, 2006, 07:02 PMI mixed two Newsboyz shows this weekend, a live club show at Cool River and a private fundraiser for UTSA's 2006 Rising Star Gala in San Antonio.
Photos from the shows here:
Newsboyz at Cool River 08-18-06
Newsboyz at UTSA 2006 Rising Star Gala
Sunday, August 20, 2006, 06:51 PMMy mother, Luann Barrow, had her lifetime retrospective, "entitled Soul Journers",open at Austin Museum of Art (AMOA) Friday, August 19. The turnout was outstanding. I saw people I hadn't seen since I was very young and people I have seen my whole life, all of who were followers (and owners) of my mother's art. She is a wellknown oil painter and here work is handled by Valleyhouse Gallery in Dallas, TX.
Here are photos I took at the opening:
Luann Barrow "Soul Journers" exhibit photos