All Access: Kid Rock

Sep 1, 2011, Photos and Text By Steve Jennings

Kid Rock may have stormed onto the music scene in the late ’90s as a rapper with a Southern edge, but during the intervening years, he’s added rock, country, gospel and many other nuances to his performance. Touring in support of his latest, Born Free, Kid Rock (with a couple of songs with Sheryl Crow) rocked the house at the Sleep Train Amphitheater (Wheatland, Calif.), where Mix caught up with the Sound Image–provided tour. ...

Sir Paul McCartney Tour Profile

Sep 1, 2011, By Sarah Benzuly

For the past 22 years, front-of-house engineer Paul “Pab” Boothroyd has had the best seat in the house for Sir Paul McCartney’s world tours. Granted, he has to work while the rest of the world gets to sit back or bop along, but he wouldn’t change chairs with anyone. It’s too good a show to miss. Mix caught up with the tour in mid-July at Yankee Stadium—McCartney’s return to New York City—to kick off his new On the Run tour, which spotlights hits from his near-50-year career. ...

Pink Martini Tour Profile

Sep 1, 2011, By Sarah Benzuly

Mixing for a 12-piece band can be challenging in itself—especially one that smoothly transitions from Cuban jazz to classical chamber music—but when Pink Martini throws in a full symphony orchestra, front-of-house engineer Pete Plympton’s board becomes quite full. Fortunately, Plympton isn’t about to break a sweat, having been one of the studio engineers on the band’s first album back in 1997 and having done their live sound ever since. Mix caught up with the crew at a July performance at San Francisco Davies Symphony Hall with the San Francisco Symphony. ...

Outside Lands 2011 Show Report

Aug 22, 2011, By guest reporter Andrew Mitchell

Strolling into Golden Gate Park, you could feel the cool ocean breeze and smell the delectable tidbits of California's bountiful harvest. Outside Lands is a very special festival, featuring wine, local food, arts and, of course, music. Attending the festival a few years ago when it was just developing was great, but it has truly become something special. This year's festival featured a bike valet, solar-powered eco-village/stage and circus tents, as well as many other unique touches. ...

Sound for Jazzfest 2011

Aug 2, 2011

The 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, also known as Jazzfest, recently wrapped up another successful run with 12 stages cranking out music for an estimated 400,000 fans. Chris Brown, whose company, New Orleans–based SOUNd CHeK, handled sound for the Fais Do Do stage. Two APB-DynaSonics Spectra Ti consoles, one for FOH and one for monitors, were brought into service, with Mike Montero handling the FOH board and Brown taking on monitors....

All Access: Florence and the Machine

Aug 1, 2011, Photos and Text By Steve Jennings

Florence Welch is having a good run, basking in the critically acclaimed success of her debut, Lungs. As for “The Machine,” it can be Welch and a drum kit or a piano, but right now it’s a seven-piece band including long-term collaborators Rob Ackroyd (guitar), Chris Hayden (drums), Isabella Summers (keyboards) and Tom Monger (harp). “I’ve worked with most of them for a long time and they know my style, know the way I write, they know what I want,” says Welch. And she’s bringing them out onstage for her current run of dates. Mix caught the first show of the tour at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, Calif. ...

Blue Man Group Tour Profile

Aug 1, 2011, By Sarah Benzuly

You’re never really quite sure what to expect from a Blue Man Group performance. It’s a visual experience, with numerous antics onstage to draw the eye—tickers displaying political messages; commentary on social media and human interactions; directions for the audience; flashing-lights costumes; very large inflated balls bouncing around the hall. And for those seeing their current tour—which is happening simultaneously in a number of cities—you get the best of all “Blue Man” worlds, a “greatest hits,” if you will. From their iconic “three guys pounding on bottom-lit oil cans” splashing colored paint on every down stroke, to booty-shaking hits from their album The Complex, to striking their mallets on instruments created from PVC piping, the Blue Men enthrall their audience. ...

Ray LaMontagne Tour Profile

Aug 1, 2011, By Candace Horgan

It's the voice that first hits you. A mixture of yearning and heartbreak, delivered in a raspy, delicate fashion that bypasses the ears and punches deep within. You realize that the music is very well written, a perfect backing track for that sad, aching voice. ...

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