Friday, September 8, 2006, 09:29 AMO.K., I finally got the photo I had been trying to take for the last few times we played at Cool River (see inset). We skipped the live video feed to the screens, because of NFL and when that was over we just played two different motion graphics logo DVDs on the screens. I was able to use this as a backdrop for the silhouette of Rick against the video screens. He gets up on the partition separating the dancefloor seating and the pool table area to sing a couple of songs and I had been trying to get him to line up against the screen for this shot for about a month.
Here's some other photos from that night:
Newboyz at Cool River 09-07-06
Saturday, September 2, 2006, 09:16 AMAfter the Dell City Limmits show I headed over to Merkaba Grill to set up a sound system and mix Funky Brass Factory at Merkaba Lounge & Grill. They are a eight-piece band with horns and TWO female singers. They play a wide variety of material from funk to disco to mellow ballads, all suitable for dancing and having a good time in general. The load-in (and out) to this place is pretty tough. I have to practically build a "deck" out back to be able to roll everything in the back door, because of the severe differences between the level of the parking lot curb and the back door. This is probably my only complaint, other than the need for some acoustical treatment in the club, itself. The food is pretty good and the croud is still developing, due to the club having been open only a few months. I had done a previous show there with The Newsboyz and I think the future of this place is promising.
Photos from Funky Brass Factory at Merkaba Grill
Saturday, September 2, 2006, 09:10 AMFriday, I mixed Vallejo at the second in the series of lunchtime concerts at Dell. These performances were put on by Dell for their employees. I think this is a great idea that other companies should implement right away!
Photos of Vellejo at Dell lunchtime show
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