Freelance-A-Go Go…….

Once again I know it has been far too long since I have written and I am going to try to start writing a couple of times a week from now on……..BUT……I just have been Crazy Busy…….

It seemed that Freelancing was going to be an up hill battle this past year due to the slow down in the economy and the Audio Production Industry as a whole…….but I for one have not really had any slow down at all……..Here is what I have been up to lately:

11/20 to 11/22

Monitors at The Orleans Showroom in Las Vegas for THE FOUR TOPS and their 10 piece band. 10 Floor Mixes and Stereo Sidefills………This has been several weeks in a row doing monitors in The Orleans Showroom…….It’s an older House rig, but I have decided it sounds great……There is a 48 Channel Yamaha PM4000M with Klark EQ’s and Klark and ETA Speaker Management systems pushing QSC Amps and Older EAW Wedges and Sidefills. The rig is smooth sounding and the system is very responsive.

11/17

Dragged 3 bands worth of Backline Musical instruments to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to The Joint Showroom and a side room here is Vegas for some Corporate event for PRG (Production Resource Group)………delivered the gear and set it up and then stood around for 11 hours getting paid and watched the Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Game in the Casino Sports Book Until it was time to Load it out……….

11/12 to 11/15

Four Nights Doing Monitors at The Orleans Showroom with NEIL SEDAKA……..Lots of Oldies Hits……..I am running monitors for the band Behind Neil……but for some reason Neil’s FOH Guy is running Neil’s monitor Mixes around him and his Piano from FOH……….strangely enough, his 2 monitors are hanging feedback at 125 Hz, and making Neil crazy……..Of course my 12 monitor mixes are not feeding back….Nothing I can do but call him on the Clear Com…..Check out the picture of Neil’s Piano Below…….

11/10 to 11/11

Two days of Local Talent Show rehearsal’s and then the show at the Orleans Showroom here in Vegas. Lots of RF Vocals, Tons of Playback (over and over and over) and a lots of Choreography (Fosse, Fosse, Fosse), with singing and magic acts……

11/5 to 11/8

GREAT GIG ALERT !! Four GREAT nights with THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS doing their Monitors at The Orleans Showroom. 3 Monitor Mixes and Stereo Sidefills. Upright Bass on a Fishman Pick-up/DI and an amazing sounding Martin Acoustic Guitar thru a DI……….add two SM 58 vocal mics and two funny guys with funny stories and silly songs, and that equals a GREAT GIG !!……It was Big Fun with plenty of laughs……the Legendary Smothers Brothers………LOL……..Of course it was not Original Smothers Brothers……They died in 1969 when they were on CBS……..terrible plane crash…….apparently one of them wasn’t a pilot……..?????…….You just had to be there I guess…..

11/2 to 11/4

Brian Larson at PRG (Production Resource Group) had me as a FOH/Systems Tech and sent me over to the 2009 SEMA Car Show at the Convention Center here in Vegas.

Day one, we prepped the rig at the Shop…….Two Yamaha PM5D’s Consoles, Clair Brothers Wedges, Kudo’s Side fills with subs with L’Acoustics V-DOSC Mains…….took all day to prep………SIGH!

Day two, showed at the show site outside in the parking lot at the Convention Center next to the Motor Trend Test Track……the track was full of Corvette’s flying around the track…….OH…..and SEMA can pretty be summed up as “Hot Cars and Hot Girls”………But I digress ……….anyway…….as we are outside, we are going to be ground stacking the V-Dosc Rig………Not ideal at all…….(picture below)

Once we got the rig up and running we sound checked and then did the show later in the evening on day two……..It was an Invitation only event for The Ford Motor Corporation with THE REED AND DICKINSON BAND From Detroit. Basically the band is full of a Bunch of the Guys from Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band and Kid Rock’s Band…….good straight forward Americana Rock & Roll doing their own originals…..Video Below…..

After the show we packed up everything except the V-DOSC (because the forklift did not show up) and loaded it out…….

Day Three, we came back and rescued the V-DOSC (with the forklift)………

10/23 to 10/25

Rock Show…….!!…..Three Nights with Alice Cooper playing backline tech and working closely with Lorne (Gump) Wheaton (Neil Peart’s Drum Tech). It was a Fun time………But it was also Dangerous Stage Hand Weekend………Alice still puts on a “Complete” rock show……Great stuff!!….Picture below!!

10/22

Set Up the rig for Tim McGraw…….V-DOSC Flown……..6 hours in and out…………show tomorrow night….out the door……(pic of rig below)

SO……..as you can see, I have been MORE than busy……and of course I only mentioned the Highlights of what I have been up to lately……..there was of course others things tike Corporate non-sense and Lounge shows around town as well in-between all that stuff…….

Special Thanks to all the guys that have been keeping me busy lately also……Brian, Joey, Cory, Greg and Super Dave at PRG and Bill Fleming at Desert Entertainment!

Oh and I just got my new passport too……..I am dreaming of some exotic overseas Vanessa Williams Gig……..

Doing the Freelance A-Go Go………

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