Blue Rodeo, a popular Canadian roots rock band, is currently on tour through their homeland. The group is using an expansive VerTec concert sound rig for more than 40 shows in venues of various sizes, ranging from small auditoriums to large arenas and amphitheaters. According to Blue Rodeo’s sound crew, the versatile audio system has contributed to the tour’s success.
“This is such an easy P.A. to use, the setup is so quick and we were comfortable with it right away,” says Paul Caccamo, head tech for the Blue Rodeo tour. “The band wanted the P.A. to be exceptionally clear for this tour, which has been the case with VerTec. In fact, the band feels they haven’t sounded this good in a long time.”
Provided by Sound Explosion of Courtice, Ontario, the Blue Rodeo tour system comprises compact JBL VT4887 and full-size VT4889 line array elements, JBL SRX728 subwoofers, Crown I-Tech amplifiers and BSS FDS-366T OmniDrive digital signal processing. In most large venues, up to 32 suspended VT4887s are combined with VT4889 arrays, while the subwoofers are ground-stacked. Sound Explosion deploys only VT4887 compact arrays with a reduced complement of subs in smaller venues.