Tim Waterhouse at the Stone Church's new LX7ii
Originally constructed as a Universalist Meeting House in 1832, the Stone Church in Newmarket, N.H., has long been considered a favorite live music venue by both national and regional artists since it started hosting concerts in the late 1960s. Despite the main room’s intimate 175-person capacity of 175, the venue has attracted acts such as Phish, Bonnie Raitt, Parliament-Funkadelic, Patty Larkin, Bela Fleck and Joan Osbourne.
After a two-year hiatus, the club reopened in August 2004 under new management. In addition to renovating the Stone Church’s dining facilities and decor, the three new co-owners hired Dover-based regional sound company L. Wynn Sound to retrofit the venue’s P.A. system.
Tim Waterhouse, who co-owns L. Wynn Sound with John Woodman, installed a 24-channel Soundcraft LX7ii console to provide both the FOH and monitor mixes. “The Stone Church’s previous desk was a Live 42, so the engineers at the venue were familiar with the brand,” says Waterhouse.
With the main performance and dining space complete, the club’s managing partners are currently discussing transforming the building’s upstairs room into another live music room; this one accommodating up to 250 people.