More than 1,000 people attended this year’s Gurdon Forest Festival in Gurdon, Ark. for a free concert by Jody Evans (pictured onstage with band), a finalist in the third season of the USA Network series Nashville Star. S&S Music of Arkadelphia, Ark. provided production services for this event, supplying a Dynacord Cobra-4 line-array system for the main P.A., a Midas Verona 480 analog console, Midas Venice 320 analog console, Electro-Voice ZX Series monitors—four ZX5-60s, four ZX4s and two ZX1s—and P-Series power amplifiers. S&S also provided EV N/DYM and Cobalt Series microphones, a Klark Teknik DN370 graphic EQ and DN500 Plus Series dynamics processors, and Klark Teknik Square ONE Series dynamics processors and graphic EQs.
“I was a little worried because we had a very short soundcheck,” says S&S owner and front-of-house engineer Stephen Gent. “But when the show started I was able to get everything dialed in by the middle of the second song. The EV mics and monitors, and the Cobra, sounded great right off the bat.
“This also shows the beauty of the Verona,” Gent continues. “It’s like the console was custom-made for every event it mixes. Gurdon is a very small town and everyone’s jaws dropped the minute the show started. One audience member told us they’d ‘never heard anything like this before.’ That was exactly what we wanted to hear!”