The scene - The Third Ward in Brooklyn.
The event - The Brunswick Art Project BAPLab 2006 with an attendance of over 3,000.
In the underground world of electronic music this was the place to be and be seen. Calmer, Helios, MachineDrum, Lusine, Ryan Elliott, A Drop in Silence - they were all there. The roster of artists included over 40 musicians on three stages.
The gear under fire for the event was all Dynacord and Electro-Voice. Sharing the limelight were the Dynacord Cobra, Xa and the venerable EV Manifold systems. They were provided by the tag team of CareySound of NC and Barry Scott's New York Sound & Visual.
times 7 hours
The challenge - to accurately reproduce punishing wave forms that are guaranteed to void even the most generous of warrantees , driven to punishing sound pressure levels for over seven solid hours in extreme heat & humidity and survive.
The results - the crowd sweated and danced, the windows shook, the building threw a mountain of debris over everything, the amps stayed in the red more often than not, the AC power throbbed and moaned
It could not have been a more punishing test under more severe conditions even if it had been at a summer outdoor rock concert at high noon in a dusty field in the heart of the south. The participants all went home happy and all of the gear performed flawlessly the entire night with NO DAMAGE.
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EMF Update2005 IBMA Entertainer of the Year
2005 SPBGMA Entertaining Group of the Year & Banjo player of the Year
2006 Universal Music Productions Top 16 Breaking Bands
2006 Grammy Award Nominee for Best Bluegrass Album
Yep - That Cherryholmes
This incredible family (dad, mom, and four children ages 13-21) travel throughout the country, approximately 300 days a year, singing, dancing, and playing music, was the featured entertainment last Sunday at the beautiful Sloan Theater on the campus of Greensboro Day School as part of the Eastern Music Festival's Fringe Series. In case you missed them here is a sample. (ClickHere)
Cherryholmes - Dynacord Cobra - MIDAS Verona - CareySound
It just doesn't get any better than this.
It's a rare event that SoundMan gets to attend a concert as a patron and one such event was just a little over a week ago. To celebrate the occasion he has consented to giving us the following review.
Johnny Winter - Cyril Lance - The Flying Anvil - Greensboro, NC
Writing a review feels strange to me. I'm asked all the time what my favorite band is and my response is always the same - all of the ones that pay me. After all I am a SoundMan by profession and it's bad business to tick-off your clients. It's best to keep your opinions to yourself and work with the artist to make them sound like the stars that they are. Not that I don't have any opinions. Just hang around with me on my down time and you'll discover that I have an opinion on EVERYTHING and I'm more than willing to share them. But what the heck - it's gloves off time.
First a couple of disclaimers. The electric guitar is not SoundMan's favorite instrument (personally I liked Edgar Winter better) and I was there as a representative of the Eastern Music Festival but was not the sound-dude for the show.
I like geezer shows if they haven't lost their chops (after all SoundMan is getting to be a bit of a geezer himself some say) and Johnny Winter has not lost his chops - hearing definitely - but not his chops. Unfortunately a lot of geezers need to steep aside and let the new generation have their turn. I would rather shake their hand and get an autograph than witness another humiliating performance of a once great artist, but like I said, Johnny was on his game that night.
Unfortunately, I can best sum up the show with the following picture of the sound preasure level as measured on the night of the show for Johnny Winter's set.
It's one of the
SoundMan's worst nightmares, dueling guitars
fighting a death mach for dominance in a small
cement room and both of those guitar amps were for
the same Legendary guitarist.
Now don't get me wrong,
SoundMan likes his sound BIG, but there is big and
then there is painful and 113 db SPL of screaming
guitar for over an hour was more big than the
SoundMan could stand. I would have given anything
to have borrowed the 'cone of silence'
from the TV show Get Smart for the night (OK -so
I'm giving away my age with that reference). Now
just in case you were one of those that blamed the
house sound-guy for the carnage to your ears, think
again. The only channels turned on in the PA during
Johnny's set was his and the drummers vocal
microphone when they sang or spoke. The only name
on the nuisance complaint should read JOHNNY
WINTER. Believe me, the PA in that club is not able
to compete with that much guitar. You could have
just left. There was no one blocking your exit.
As for the opening act
- I'm sure they were good - I just can't remember
much about them after Johnny performed. Dain
bramage I'm afraid.
Now for the morel to the story - I saw no one leave until after the concert but that does not mean it wasn't painfully loud, it just means that the audience was willing to be assaulted with sound to SEE Johnny Winter perform. There were plenty of complaints to go around AFTER the show. If your band is not Johnny Winter and you want anybody to stay to see you play other than a few deaf friends and family members then keep the level on that guitar rig turned down. When you are playing a small room use a small amp or put it outside with a mic on it and if you are lucky enough to play the coliseum I'm sure Johnny will let you borrow his rig.
The Flying Anvil - You were great hosts, really, and the SoundMan applaudes your vision, but even though you did not have control of Johnny's guitar level, the News and Record is already calling you the Boom Boom Room or something like that. If the rumors are true and the big corporate entertainment machine, RX International, swoops in and takes over the N Club and Sky Bar you might want to squash the noise NOW and fix the room acoustics.
Congratulations Brandon On Your Nuptials. Brandon Potter is the head audio production guru over at First Assembly of God in Winston-Salem.
United States Air Force Band String Quartet
The Band is all rehearsed and in place...
The Dynacord Cobra System is ready, thousands of spectators are filling the stands and the fireworks company is standing by...
Ok, now just wait for it...
wait for it...
NOW - Run for your cars.
There is nothing more predictable than a lightning storm for the fireworks concert on the
Fourth of July.
Four years and counting.
Four Shows - Two Days - One Dynacord Cobra
The Dynacord Cobra System, the most versatile compact line array in professional audio, was the perfect solution for the busy 4th of July concert schedule. Tim Stambaugh - Sally Spring - Swamp Boat - Beconwood at Blandwood Mansion Back Pourch, Greensboro Concert Band at Linsey Park, Aimee Mann at Danna Auditorium, Greensboro Concert Band - Triangle Youth Brass at Grimsley Football Stadium. From a few hundred to a few thousand, the Cobra sets up fast and performs flawlessly.
Blandwood Mansion Heritage Day
Music for a Sunday Evening in the Park
Eastern Music Festival Fringe Series
Fun 4th Festival - Greensboro
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