Monday, September 29, 2008

Gig Report - Sept. 27th

Self promoted:

Samson and Goliath
Arcadia Green
The Tedronai Project

Solid, well attended show.  Crowd was entusiastic.  I'm very impressed with Elan (from Tedronai and S&G) who put the whole thing together in a professional fashion.  Loud night.  I think I overdid the guitars and bass a bit, but nobody complained (at least to me...) :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Pictures From Geppetto

Geppetto sent me some pictures from their last show.  Click on the image to get a closer look.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Video From Stone Vista Media

This is Arienette performing "There Are Monsters."

There Are Monsters

Gig Report - Sept. 13th

Stone Vista Media:

The Tangerines
The Dockets
Nathan Scott

Solid gig, reasonable turnout.  Good music from the bands.  Blackhounds is a very ambitious project - lots of cool gear up on the stage.  Experienced the loudest snare drum EVER, which sounded almost exactly like a gunshot.  (For a split second, I thought someone actually had discharged a firearm behind me.)  I didn't have quite enough PA at times, but everybody seemed pretty jazzed about the show's outcome anyway (which is all that actually matters).

Monday, September 8, 2008

Gig Report - Sept. 6th

Krump Academy:

Krump Dance Battle Off Finals (canceled)
Saint City
Young Mindz
Ill Fede

This was, essentially, another "bail out" show performed by the Hip Hop groups.  Crowd was very light, as there was no time for promotion.  All three groups performed well, though.  I think I need to rethink my mix strategy for Hip Hop, as I tend to push the vocals a little too hard (and thus obliterate the track in the background.)

Gig Report - Sept. 5th

Krump Academy:

Krump Dance Battle Preliminary Round
Saint City

The run up to this gig was pretty impressive.  Krump dancers were e-mailing the promoter with their commitments, and the City Weekly did a very nice write up in advance.  The outcome, though, was ironic (and tragic.)

A grand total of one (1) Krump dancer showed up, but two important industry folks (one from, and one from Catalyst magazine) DID show up.  So, here was a chance to really make an impression on the local media - and nobody was there!  Luckily, there was something salvageable about the night, as Saint City and members of Young Mindz performed a "bail out" set to the industry folks, and the few audience members that did actually come down.  At the very least, Saint City got some personal attention - but what an opportunity missed for Krump!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Venue/ Show Runner Database

The "open source movement" has a big place in my heart, and so I'm trying to "open source" the venue as much as possible. In the spirit of that idea, I'm making our database available to the public so that someone can, maybe, get some use out of it.

Here are the caveats:

-It requires OpenOffice. You can get OO here:

-I can't really support the thing. I'll certainly try to answer questions as they may arise - but remember how much you paid for the database. :)

-There's some "fake data" already entered so you can get a feel for how things are meant to work by default.

-I very much encourage you to customize the database to your own needs. Right now, the database is built very closely around what I want - but I think it could be modified and extended in various ways without too much grief.

-I certainly don't mind getting credit for the original design if you like it and find it useful. If you dislike it, DON'T TELL ANYBODY I MADE IT. :D

-I wouldn't really characterize the design of the database as user friendly. I wouldn't really characterize it as user unfriendly. I would probably call it "user selectively-antisocial."

-Try (as much as possible) to use the forms instead of the tables - and remember to populate data about bands, promoters, and crew members BEFORE you go into the "Add And Manage Shows" form.

Here's the download link:  

Best of luck!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Gig Report - Aug 30th

Stone Vista Media:

Nate Eye
Birds Without
Emily Maher

A cool night overall, although less well attended than Stone Vista's first date. There were some slightly frenzied changeovers, and I felt like I was constantly riding the "front edge" of system instability. I also think I need to go back to my original method of mixing kick drums, where I actually have some kick in the mid-highs. My "kick drum is all sub" method just eats all my LF headroom, and doesn't seem to actually get me anything cooler than a "more bandwidth" method might. Still, the night was pretty fun for all involved (at least, as far as I can tell). I also reinforced the sound of a bed comforter for the first time ever. Another first! :)