VENTURA, California - October 2009 -- The seventh annual Ventura Hillsides Music Festival held at Arroyo Verde Park in September delighted its audience with a diverse array of stellar performances from the Neville Brothers, Traffic co-founder Dave Mason, Keb' Mo' and Jay Nash. The 2009 festival also marked the seventh year that a full loudspeaker system from L-ACOUSTICS has been deployed to deliver outstanding fidelity and coverage across the park's natural amphitheater setting.
Under the direction of Jon Monson, Rat Sound of nearby Oxnard stacked a FOH loudspeaker setup comprised of a dozen L-ACOUSTICS KUDO enclosures augmented by eight SB28 subs and four ARCS cabinets -- all powered and processed by four LA-RAK loaded with L-ACOUSTICS amplified controllers. On stage, a dozen 115XT HiQ coaxial wedges were also available for monitoring, as well as three compact, self-powered 108P enclosures for front-fill.
"This year's show was really fun and all of the musicians completely rocked it," says Lynn Bartosh, coordinator of the Ventura Hillsides Music Festival. "But none of that would matter if it wasn't for the top-notch production that both Rat Sound and L-ACOUSTICS provided. We hear back every year from the bands, engineers and crowd that the sound is so incredibly good, which is amazing seeing that this is an outdoor festival. No matter where people are sitting out on the hill, the sound is always perfect. And it's just as good on stage, too. After Big Bad Voodoo Daddy had played our festival several years ago, Scotty Morris came out and told us, 'This is absolutely my favorite place that I have ever played!' So, between the beauty of the Ventura Hillsides, the talent of our incredible musicians, and technical brilliance of both Rat Sound and L-ACOUSTICS, we know that we truly have something special here each year."
The Ventura Hillsides Music Festival serves as the primary fundraiser for the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC), a non-profit land trust founded by citizens in 2003 and dedicated to preserving and restoring the hillsides in the Ventura region. Similar to previous years, the 2009 festival was deemed a success in raising both community awareness of the VHC and funds for its open space conservation projects.
L-ACOUSTICS is a leading innovator and manufacturer of high-performance loudspeakers, amplifiers and signal processing devices for touring and installed sound markets. Known around the globe for pioneering and championing the modern line array loudspeaker concept with V-DOSC, the company has received numerous accolades for its K1, KUDO, KIVA, ARCS, XT coaxial loudspeaker systems and SB line of subwoofer enclosures, all powered and processed with the LA4 and LA8 amplified controllers in fulfillment of a "total system approach." L-ACOUSTICS products for the North American market are manufactured and distributed by L-ACOUSTICS US of Oxnard, California.
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