Someone Will Get a Great Engineer This Year (Or The Gigs I Have Not Scored This Year So Far)

I got a lead from the Guitar Tech of COLLECTIVE SOUL a few weeks back that they might need a new FOH Engineer………I talked to the Tour Manager………I did not get the gig……..

I got an e-mail about the band THE ROCKET SUMMER needing a new FOH Engineer…….I applied…….but the gave the gig to David Pigg From Malibu……..

I got an e-mail the other night about CANDLEBOX needing a FOH Engineer / Tour Manager to fill in for a couple of dates…….I applied……but again, I did not get the gig……..

So I am still looking for a way to get back out on the road and get out of Vegas for a while or for good……….Someone is going to get a great a great FOH or Monitor Engineer this year……..be it a full time gig with some band, or a Tour, or some solid and busy Sound Company or Production Company…….Who will it be????…….In the meantime…..back to the Freelance-A-Go Go…….

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Chasing down CANDLEBOX at 12 Midnight….

So here it is, Monday night at 12 midnight and about an hour ago I got an e-mail that informed me that the band CANDLEBOX is looking for a FOH Engineer / Tour Manager to fill in for two dates in Louisville, KY and here in Las Vegas, NV on April 29th and May 1st…….So I just shot off a hurried e-mail with my resume and we will see tomorrow or Wednesday if I get an e-mail back or a phone call…….Years ago in the 1990’s when I was mixing FOH with GOD LIVES UNDERWATER, we were on tour and had a night off in Oklahoma City one night and we got a phone call asking us if we were interested in opening that evening for CANDLEBOX as they had lost their opening act on their tour for some reason…….we went and did the gig that night and we rocked hard and blew the roof off the venue before CANDLEBOX even hit the stage for the evening…….CANDLEBOX was NOT pleased…….LOL…….anyway, we will see if the e-mail inbox or a phone call brings some good news in the next 24 to 48 hours…….maybe I will be getting on a plane shortly……..

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Everyone calls at once…….

So last night and tonight and Sunday night I am on the Monitor Desk at the Orleans Showroom again……..some Guy fairly new to Vegas doing his Vegas schtick named Perry Danos………..a 16 piece band with Strings and a Horn Section, Bass, Guitar, Drums, Back-up Vocals, Grand Piano and keys……..Not a bad show, but at the same time just more Vegas Schtick…..YAWN………

And of course after I took this gig on Tuesday, everyone else called me at the Last Minute on Thursday……..Got a call from My buddies Dave Tennant and Twin (of the infamous Sherrod brothers) from HAS Productions First……Twin was looking for someone to drive a Yamaha M7CL console in Beaumont, CA over the weekend, and, of course I had to turn that down as I was already booked……..then of course 10 Minutes Later Brian Larson from PRG (Production Resource Group) called with some Corporate Gig for Saturday that of course I had to turn down as well……….I need a clone so I can cover all the gigs at once……HEY EVERYONE……..NEXT WEEK MY SCHEDULE IS WIDE OPEN…….It will be interesting to see who will win the phone call race for next week……..it would be awesome if everyone would book my services 10 days to 3 to 4 weeks out…….Hint Hint!!

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Academy of Country Music on Fremont Street this coming weekend…..

This coming weekend I will be on Fremont Street with 3G Productions (http://www.3glp.com/site/) for the ACM (Academy of Country Music) free shows in Downtown Vegas. We are setting up the very cool and amazing D&B Audio sound systems (http://www.dbaudio.com/en/) all day Thursday with the free shows taking place all evening Friday and Saturday nights…..

Appearing on Friday:

7pm – 7:30pm Emily West
7:45pm – 8:25pm The Band Perry
8:40pm – 9:30pm Danny Gokey
9:45pm – 10:30pm David Nail
10:45pm – Midnight Lady Antebellum

Appearing on Saturday:

7pm – 7:30pm Joey & Rory
7:45pm – 8:25pm Gloriana
8:40pm – 9:30pm Randy Rogers Band
9:45pm – 10:30pm Luke Bryan
10:45pm – Midnight Miranda Lambert

It should be a fun weekend in downtown Vegas……..nevertheless I am very excited to be working for 3G Productions and working again with Terry Murphy and Greg Cometa……I used to work with both of them years ago at the Enterprize Live Sound Company here in Vegas……They are great people and care alot about what they do……my kind of guys….

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A Nasty NAB moment at the Planet Hollywood Hotel in Vegas…..

Last weekend, I did a Corporate for PRG (Production Resource Group) at Planet Hollywood for Panasonic and their NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) event……..everything went smooth and well for all involved aside from the entire crew being stuck in the Freight Elevator for 90 minutes on the load in when it malfunctioned with all of us in it, and then myself being locked in stairwell during the load out for a time only to discover, a pair of boxer shorts and the pile of human feces and the used condoms on the stairwell floor while I waited for security to rescue me…..”nasty” did not even come close to describing the scene……..LOL……too much information??????…….Anyway that was Thursday and Saturday…….in Between, on Friday night I did some work with extra Backline for the Alicia Keys show at the Mandalay Bay Events Center……Alicia looks even better up close than she does in pictures and on TV……….it was a really good show…….

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CHECK OUT MY NEWEST PAGE, “The Artist’s I have Toured with”…..

To your right towards the top of the page, you will find the link to the newest page of the BLAKEWORLD Blog, “The Artists” I have Toured With”……..Check it Out…….Some Cool History, and Some Cool Music too……

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