The Band's Levon Helm owns a new restaurant/nightclub, Levon Helm's Classic American Cafe, in New Orleans. The venue opened last December and features

The Band's Levon Helm owns a new restaurant/nightclub, Levon Helm's Classic American Cafe, in New Orleans. The venue opened last December and features an all-Klipsch Professional loudspeaker system, comprising four trapezoidal KP-362 cabinets flown over the stage, two KP-362s hung horizontally under the edge of the underbalcony, and two more hung vertically on each side of the stage; there are also eight KP-262s hung as sidefills around the dance floor and onstage, and four KP-480 subwoofers are lined up across the front of the stage...Remote recording company Effanel Music purchased an Otari RADAR II digital multitrack recorder. The unit was used for the 1999 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction celebration, as well as this year's Grammy Awards and VH-1's Divas concert. Audio-Technica provided dozens of microphones for the Divas special, which was held in April at Manhattan's Beacon Theater...The Nashville Arena, home of the new NHL team the Predators, has been re-cabled by Gepco to provide for 17 different TV camera positions. Gepco also provided all new cabling for Giants Stadium (East Rutherford, NJ)...Loudspeaker manufacturer Meyer Sound announced that it will open a satellite office in Madrid, Spain. The new branch will provide full factory services, including system design, tech support, and an authorized service center with the SIM System II for self-powered products and MATE system for calibrating and repairing processor-based systems...At the Busch Gardens Theme Park (Tampa, FL), Sabine FBX Feedback exterminators, Power-Qs and Graphi-Qs are being used for live shows throughout the park. All of the theme park sound reinforcement gear was specified by system designer Brian Rudolph. Sabine also reports that nine of its FBX-1020Plus units will be used to control feedback at the Makkah Holy Haram Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia; the installation is to take place in November...In Philadelphia, the Edge nightclub has installed a D.A.S. Audio speaker system, as has Manhattan's Float club...Audio Analysts (Colorado Springs, CO) is out on tour with Shania Twain, Enrique Iglesias, Wynonna, Bruce Springsteen and others this summer...Beach Sound (Miami Beach, FL) purchased a 32-channel Allen & Heath GL2200 console. This company specializes in sound reinforcement for large corporate events, as well as for touring performers...Sound Com Corp., one of the largest systems contractors in Ohio, purchased seven Klark Teknik DN7204 digital audio delay lines...The Turning Stones Casino (Verona, NY) has purchased 48-channel Soundcraft Series Five and SM20 consoles for its main showroom. The installation was managed by contractor Jim Messinger of Brown Sound and Jeff Bollinger of Sentec. The P.A. for the showroom will also feature an EAW LCR speaker cluster powered by Crown amps and will accommodate approximately 600 people...JBL reports that the Abundant Life Christian Church in Bangor, ME, has installed a JBL Venue Series sound system, including a central cluster of two VS3218s hung over the altar, two VS2110 mid/high packs on each side of the altar, and two Sound Power Series SP 212A delay stacks at the rear of the church...Sheffield Audio-Video Productions' remote audio truck was used to capture this year's Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans. Engineering was handled by Keith Keller, Greg Troyer and assistants Tom Kline and Bill Saltzer. Acts recorded included Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Santana and others...The new House of Blues in Las Vegas has an Electro-Voice X-Array loudspeaker system and 52-channel Midas XL200 FOH and monitor consoles. The gear was installed by db Sound (Des Plaines, IL). San Francisco's Moscone Convention Center installed nine of Electro-Voice's new FRX-640 speaker systems in Halls A, B and C as part of the facility's paging system.