Chris Devlin, a veteran nightclub manager and a musician, is the driving force behind the new String Chemistry Café in Mesa, Ariz. The club has an open, airy feel reminiscent of a coffee house, and a dinner chef recruited from one of Phoenix’s famed resort hotels.
As Devlin explains, “I’ve been surrounded by musicians all my life, and the one thing that always struck me is how tough it is for most of them. These are people who work hard to show everyone else a good time and they’re never paid what they’re worth. They have to constantly put up with bad sound, crummy food and no dressing rooms. They deserve better.”
The venue is built around QSC Audio’s AcousticDesign™ S282H two-way loudspeakers. House engineer and system designer Jesse Newsome chose the QSC speakers based on a combination of factors, including styling, directivity and sound. “We don’t have a very high ceiling, and we needed speakers that wouldn’t compromise anyone’s sightlines,” he explains. “I was able to mount the ADs on the ceiling and they’re almost invisible. But their output is just unbelievable — we’ve got three placed left, right and center, and they cover the whole room.” Delays are covered by a distributed system of six AD-C52T two-way ceiling speakers. Two PLX 2402 amps provide power for the mains, while one CX-302V covers the 70-volt distributed system. Additional AD-C52Ts are installed backstage and on the outdoor patio.
Devlin’s longtime friendships in the industry will also benefit club guests by bringing in some well-known international stars, including B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Chico Chism and George Benson. “There’s been a tremendous influx of people moving to the Phoenix area over the past few years, including a lot of musicians and even more music lovers,” he remarks. “We wanted to create a home for them all.”
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