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The Doobie Brothers - Mobile Production Pro
Volume 8 Issue 6
The Doobie Brothers:
Still Giving it Their All Every Night
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Contents
Volume 8 Issue 6
Cover
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The Doobie Brothers:
Still Giving it Their All
Every Night
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Features
7 ETA Workshops
for Entertainment Industry,
Travel Agents and Hotels
10 Keepin’ It Country
with Alan Jackson
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At Fontanel,
Music is Always in the Air
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Getting the Best with the Best:
Interview with President Dave Shadoan
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The Doobie Brothers:
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Advice From Grinder For Young &
Veteran Touring Professionals
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Outline Expands with
Two West Coast Partners
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Tour Bus Etiquette
Still
Giving it Their All
Every Night
Guest Article by Jay Lamm
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Notes from the
Publisher
Many years ago, I had the privilege to meet Bruce
Cohn, the Doobie Brothers’ Personal Manager. I was
impressed with his easy, competent personality. Then,
and after so many years, that impression has continued
to be validated in a number of ways. Maybe it is the
nature of the artists he manages. They have clearly established themselves as consummate professionals and
are my personal favorite group of all time. Or maybe
it’s the quality of the vendors on the tour. Regardless, I
have seldom seen a happier, better crew in all my years
in the business. Picking this show for our cover feature
was easy.
I’m sure part of the reason I enjoyed the show was the venue. The recently opened Carl Woods Amphitheater is an amazing multi-purpose place in a setting straight out of a turn-of-the-century romance novel.
We take a look at this new entertainment spot in Nashville that will continue to grow and attract more and
more quality events. Headed up by Industry veterans, Dale Morris and Marc Oswald, we predict this venue
will soon be one of the top locations in the South for tours.
Also in this issue, we cover our old friends, Sound Image. Dave Shadoan’s crew has been taking care
of the Doobie Brothers for as long as I can remember and clearly, Grinder and the boys seem to like the
relationship.
Our interior feature in this issue is the Alan Jackson Tour. We think you will enjoy our look at a veteran
show that seems to continue on as smooth as fresh-churned butter. Also Inside, we present an interesting project headed up by Bruvion Travel designed to help new hotel reps that should be a real asset in our
Industry.
Finally, I am sure you have noticed an increase in e mails and website activity regarding our upcoming
Tour Link Conference. We are hard at work putting together another world-class event, so please try to join
us in Palm Springs Jan 11-14.
Larry Smith
Publisher
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E n t e r t a i n m e n t Tr a v e l
Accountability Workshops
for Entertainment Industry,
Travel Agents and Hotels
The Entertainment Market can be very
rewarding for travel agents and hotels,
but it also comes with its own unique
challenges. Understanding the market
and ensuring client needs and expectations are met within a company’s business structure are just some of those challenges.
ETA is a discussion amongst industry experts, leaders and professionals with the
objective of going in depth into the world
of Entertainment Travel to understand
each partners Accountability role.
ETA was developed by Art Cisneros &
Jason Couvillion as a positive and informational response to changes facing
the touring industry. They combined a
straightforward, clear and concise approach to making the partnership between Tour Management, Travel Manager (Agent) and Hotels a more cohesive
one.
Arturo Cisneros & Jason Couvillion, Industry Experts and Advisers
Art prided himself on doing whatever it took
to make a challenging situation entertaining
and smooth for everyone. Now with 17+ years
in tour management, he has been able to successfully use that knowledge for the tours of
Barry Manilow, k.d. lang, Luis Miguel, Colbie
Calliat, The Go-Go’s, David Lee Roth with
Van Halen and many others. A hotelier once
told him, “Art, you should share your knowledge of doing group logistics for hotels with
the rest of the industry.” Art always kept that
in the back of his mind.
Jason Couvillion started in the travel industry 14 years ago as travel manager assistant.
Shortly after he partnered with Ken Bruce and
John Rukavina to help manage touring travel
for the Cher Farewell tour, they formed their
company Bruvion Travel. Their firm has handled travel for various touring artists including Cher, Sade, Pink, Tina Turner, Janet Jackson, Beck, Black Keys and many others.
Bruvion now includes associates in Los Angeles, New York and Nashville. The reputation
Bruvion has built in the industry is demonstrated by long standing relationships the
company has with hotels and airline companies around the world and by its membership
on numerous advisory boards.
What’s Covered in the Workshops?
The goal of the discussion is that all partners
walk away with a better understanding of En-
Jason Couvillion
tertainment Travel and the accountability role
of each partner.
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operates (first hand knowledge from a veteran
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What groups look for in hotels during the
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discussion.
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Why join the ETA discussion? With tours
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Keepin’ It Country
with Alan Jackson
by Shelby Cude
What do you get when you take a
legend in country music with 25
years of touring experience, a music
video catalog 55 songs long, and a
hometown venue?
The answer: An electricfying performance and fans two-steppin’ to Alan
Jackson as he performed some of his
greatest hits.
With Elite Multimedia Productions
(EMP) supplying LED, video and
lighting, a crew comprised of the
perfect combination of young pups
and mature and a crowd full of fans
screaming Alan Jackson’s name,
it was a show that kept it not just
country good, but country great.
Mobile Production Monthly caught
up with the tours production manager, Nathan Baugh, who has been
with Jackson for four years and
asked him what made this tour so
special. “Music videos are the core of
our show. Nobody has 55 music videos in arenas now, but we do,” said
Baugh. Nathan noted his time spent
working with Alan Jackson has
given him time to get to know him,
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his family, and the scenes behind his
songs—and that’s what Jackson’s 2015
Keepin’ It Country tour is all about.
The show is built around Jackson’s
storytelling, not only through his music, but through the music videos that
brought them to life. So don’t expect
Alan Jackson to be the kind of entertainer who shoots out of a cannon—
“not that there’s anything wrong with
that” laughed Baugh, but “Jackson is
all about the music.”
Video and Lighting by Elite Multimedia
With 55 music videos to choose
from at any given show, you’ve got to
have LEDs capable of really showing
them off. That’s where Designer, Justin Kitchenman of Fade Up Design
Group tabbed PixelFLEX FLEXCurtain LED Panels as the core and center of the tours production.
Elite Multimedia’s LED wall tech Ryan
Dolan has been with Jackson’s camp
ever since Jackson hired the local
production company in March 2014.
You would think being in charge of
setting up twenty-four 20mm PixelFLEX LED FLEXCurtains would be
exhausting. Not at all said Dolan, “It’s
an awesome product. All twenty-four of
those panels condense into 9 road cases,
which makes it really easy for me to get
them up and down. I can have this wall
up within 15 minutes.”
The screens are accurately named for
their flexibility and their lightweight nature, which means they’re easily adaptable for everything from arena sized,
outdoor festivals and small theatres.
There’s never a time or place where the
show has to go on without its LED wall.
As the Jackson show is predominately
centered on Jackson’s video content,
it’s imperative the audio and video
match up while Jackson plays live. This
is where Lighting Director, Craig Rutherford steps in. Rutherford sits at his
GrandMA Full-size lighting console and
pays attention to the feed coming from
the drummer’s overheads and listens for
him to count off from stage in order to
hit the lights on cue. “The drummer actually has duct tapped metronomes to
his toms,” he explained.
Using 10 Chauvet Legend 230SR Beams,
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Audience Blinders, Rutherford is
about to keep all eyes on Jackson as
the band remains stationary, while
still pulling in the audience with
arial effects. “My favorite song of the
night is Chattahoochee,” said Rutherford, “we swing the lights over
the crowd which adds a dramatic
moment, plus the crowd loses their
minds as soon as the beat drops.”
Audio by Clair Global
Speaking of beats, Phil Somers,
working Jackson’s FOH, has been
with Jackson for a whopping 19
years, since 1996. Somer’s found
himself in the audio world after
graduating with a physics degree
and soon after started building
sound systems. “It never gets boring,” said Somers, which is a lot to
say from being on the road with the
same someone for such a long time.
dictable, is able to produce the Jackson
sound for all to enjoy.
Another veteran to the Jackson camp is the
man behind the monitors, Scott Holloway,
whose been with Jackson for 16 years. Using a Yamaha PM5D that Holloway called
his “antique digital mixer.” “One of the
reasons I use it is we were starting to book
international shows and you can find these
readily all over the world, save what you
do to a PCMIA card and take it anywhere,”
said Holloway. Using a mixture of Clair
CM22 wedges powered by LabGroup amplifiers, old ShowCo SRM wedges, and
Sennheiser ears, Holloway holds down the
sound for Jackson and the band.
What seemed to be an overriding
theme for Alan Jackson’s camp was
the respect and appreciation they had
for one another as everyone voiced
how much they loved the people they
work with. With flexible gear, a professional crew, and a down-to-earth,
legendary country artist, Alan Jackson’s Keepin’ It Country Tour is a
production done right—and not to be
missed.
To catch Alan Jackson on tour:
www.alanjackson.com/tour
Working with Clair Global systems,
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being Clair i3s as well as the delay
system, with front speakers being
Clair Cohesion 8s, and house console being Digico SD8, Somers, with
his love of music and of the unpre-
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Alan Jackson Crew
Production Manager .................................................... Nathan Baugh
Lighting Designer ..... Justin Kitchenman of FadeUp Design Group
Lighting Director ...................................................... Craig Rutherford
Lighting 2 ....................................................................... Amanda Tullis
Video Director ................................................................ Robby Luttrell
Projectionist ..................................................................... Ben Cranford
LED Wall Tech .................................................................... Ryan Dolan
Rigger ..................................................................................... Tim Cruze
FOH ................................................................................. Phil Sommers
MON .............................................................. Scott Holloway (Punko)
Backline ..................................................... William Harrison (Rocky)
Set Carp/PA ....................................................................... Tyler Porter
Scott Holloway
Phil Somers
Ryan Dolan
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Interview with President Dave Shadoan
by Shelby Cude
Dave Shadoan, President of Sound Image, recently shared some insights with
Mobile Production Monthly on the key
to their success as a sought after audio
provider for top music acts including
the Doobie Brothers. In the excerpt
below, Shadoan discusses the range of
cutting edge products they provide,
their expertly trained technicians, and
the relationship they’ve established
with their clients that keeps them coming back for more.
MPM: Let’s start with some background
on Sound Image. How long has Sound
Image been in business?
Shadoan: We have been in business
for more than 40 years. The company
started in NY under the name Silverfish
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70’s. That is when my partner (the late
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MPM: In the feature article I mentioned
the longevity of the Doobies. Tell me
about the longevity of Sound Image.
Shadoan: Our business was built on a
combination of technology, strength of
service and loyalty to our clients and
vice versa. Our relationships with the
people that we work with are extremely
important to us. Regardless of how aggressive some of our competitors get,
we still stand firmly on the foundation
that this industry was built on. The pioneers of the music industry developed
it on quality, not quantity.
MPM: Can you give me a small list of
successful acts that Sound Image has
also supported that shows off some diversity?
Shadoan: It’s hard to mention one
without the other. We value the business and the relationship that we have
with all of our clients. With that being said, I’ll rattle off a few that come
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The Doobie Brothers:
Still Giving it Their
All Every Night
by Shelby Cude
The Doobie Brothers are one of those legendary rock
and roll acts that most of us have grown up listening to and loving over their 46 year touring history.
Even better, they can still rock the socks off their
now multigenerational fans. Whether playing Tortuga Music Festival to upwards of 40,000 people
or the 8,000 capacity outdoor amphitheater at the
Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater (formerly
known as the Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel),
the crew says the Doobies play with as much energy as they had when they first started out.
According to Tour and Production Manager, John
“Grinder” Procaccini, they’re a band you just have
to experience live. “They’re a performing band.
That’s what they do best.”
Procaccini got his start as a rigger 37 years ago
with acts like Boston and Night Ranger. He started working for the Doobie Brothers in 2001 as
Tour Manager Assistant and took over the role of
Tour Manager in 2014.
Touring with only one truck and
three busses keeps them lean and
mean in terms of how much production equipment they carry. Asked about
his crew, Procaccini didn’t hesitate, saying
“we’re working with the best guys around.” For
most of the guys, the Doobie Brothers’ tour
takes precedent over any other gig, making
them what one crew member commented, “a
very loyal crew to a loyal band.”
Tyler Habrecht, Stage Manager and Manager of
Social Media, has been on tour with the band
for 14 years. He said he’s done just about every
kind of stage job at one time or another with
the exception of manning the monitors. With
regards to working for the Doobies, Habrecht
said “they’re sweethearts” and noted appreciatively, “they’re 100% invested in putting on
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a great performance.”
When the show begins, Habrecht
and backline tech Jeremy Denton
pick up their cameras and maneuver around the stage snapping photos for the band’s social media presence including the bands Facebook,
Twitter, and Instagram accounts.
Habrecht has of course seen the
Doobies “countless times” and said
no matter how many times he sees
them, the show never gets old. According to Habrecht, what gets him
every night is hearing two of the last
songs, Black Water and Listen to the
Music, which are invariably sung
by the crowd louder than the PA.
“Whether you’re a crew guy or not,
you can’t help thinking that’s really
cool,” said Habrecht.
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Front of House Engineer, Bruce
“BK” Knight, an independent audio
engineer, is one of the newest additions to the Doobie crew, joining in
June of 2014 and bringing a wealth
of experience. He’s been in the audio mixing world for 36 years. On
the band, Knight said one of the
things he really appreciates is how
the Doobies “give it their all, every
night” regardless of the size of the
venue they’re playing that particular
night.
Running one of the newest consoles,
Knight mixes the Doobies’ old school
rock and roll sound with modern day
gear to produce the best live sound
the band has ever had. He works
with a DiGiCo SD 5 utilizing Waves
SoundGrid with Lake Processing
handling system eq and time alignment , provided by Sound Image,
hooked into PA’s provided by a local
production company. For this show,
local production company, Morris Leasing, provided thirty EV XLC
127, twenty-four EV X- Line Subs,
and a few Lap Gruppen 20000 amps.
With three guitar players, keyboards
and saxophones, the Doobies’ sound
involves a lot of midrange audio input. Explained Knight, “while I’m
mixing in the digital domain, I keep
things to a minimal, analog approach,
however I do use snapshot recall programed for every song.”
Monitor Engineer is Aaron White
who has been with Sound Image
for twelve years, nine of those touring with the Doobies. White is a big
fan of both the band and the crew. “I
couldn’t imagine working with anybody else,” said White. He complimented the work of the other techs
like A2 guitar tech, Chris “Hootie”
Ledbetter who started working with
band members Tom Johnston and
John McFee in 1989.
White works with a Midas Pro 6 console and uses Sennheiser G2 Inears.
“Kind of old school, but if it ain’t broke,
don’t fix it,” laughed White. Along with
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a few Crown amplifiers, White is able
to work his magic.
Lighting provided by Morris Leasing
Lighting Director Steve Owens, also
a veteran to the Doobie Brother crew
starting in 1994, has had his work
cut out for him. In spite of what his
friends from Morris Leasing provided
in regards to a lighting rig, made up of
three rigs of sixteen VL 3000s, twenty
VL 3000 FXs, twenty-two Martin
Mac Auras, ten Source Four Lekos,
and twelve Moles, all monitored by
a Grand MA2 console, in his own
words, “I really wish they would carry
production so that I could do what I
think they deserve.”
With the variety of venues they play,
Owens can walk into work with either two rigs of ParCans or three rigs
of moving lights and special effects; a
challenge for some but not for Owens,
a true expert in his craft. “They call us
mood enhancers for a reason. A lot of
feeling goes into it; it’s not just pushing buttons. I’m not here to overpower them; I’m here to enhance them.”
After a four song encore performance
accompanied by family members of
the original band and with the crowd
begging for more, the Doobie Brother’s rocked the Woods Amphitheater
just as hard, if not more than they
have for decades.
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John “Injun” Arnoldy ............................................................... Merch Sales
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Chris “Hootie” Ledbetter ....................................................... Guitar Tech
Josh Ledbetter .......................... Production Assistant / VIP Coordinator
Bruce “BK” Knight ............................................................ FOH Engineer
Aaron White ............................................................... Monitor Engineer
Tyler Habrecht ......................................... Stage Manager / Social Media
Jeremy Denton ................................................................... Backline Tech
Joe Vallee ........................................................................ Guitar / Bass Tech
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to start his own production company, Stage Craft, in 1987. When
he sold his company in 2001 he
started filling in as the production
manager’s assistant with the Doobie Brothers, being close with Ed
“Fletcher” Ryan their tour manager at the time. Ed passed the
torch to Procaccini in 2014 when
he retired.
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Advice from Grinder
for Young & Veteran
Touring Professionals:
Interview with Doobie Brothers Tour
Manager John Procaccini
by Shelby Cude
I grew up listening to the Doobie Brothers—not because
their music was the most
popular for my generation, but
because early on my parents
shared their love of the band’s
music with me (thanks Mom
and Dad!). So when the Doobie Brothers took the stage at
the outdoor amphitheater, The
Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater (formerly known as
the Woods Amphitheater at
Fontanel), outside Nashville,
their songs felt familiar and I,
along with thousands of other
people, danced the night away.
Several days later, Tour Manager John “Grinder” Procaccini, was kind enough to take the
time to talk about how the tour
has been for him and the band.
That information, along with
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the production details, are in the
main feature The Doobie Brothers:
Still Giving it Their All Every Night,
also in this issue.
But Procaccini was also kind
enough to share some of his personal history from 30+ years in the
music business and offer advice—
for both the young guns and some
of the touring “old timers” who
could be mentoring the next generations. As a young person who
was only recently immersed into
the business and production side
of music business, I was deeply
appreciative at the chance to gain
a little wisdom. What follows are
excerpts from that conversation.
As for the nickname “Grinder”,
contrary to anything you may assume, Procaccini grew up in the
catering business. His parents
owned a deli in Rhode Island
and when he got his start in touring, mom and pop would bring
sandwiches to the crew if they
were nearby. “I became John the
Grinder and it stuck for 37 years.
It’s for a sandwich.” According to
Procaccini, he still runs into old
touring friends from decades past
that comment to this day in passing that his fathers Stromboli was
the best they’ve ever had.
For People Wanting to Break Into
the Music Business
Procaccini began his career after
dropping out of high school at the
age of 17 and became a rigger for
the act, Boston. He got a taste
of the managerial side of touring
when he worked as a site coordinator for Frank Sinatra’s stadium
tour in Italy in 1987.
Asked what advice has for young
people wanting to break into
the industry, “That’s an interesting question,” Procaccini said
thoughtfully then added, “when I
did it, and a lot of my colleagues
did it, we were at the right place
at the right time and then it gets
into your blood.” Today though,
Procaccini explained, “now more
people are attending university
and becoming a textbook audio engineer, textbook publicist,
textbook writer, textbook lighting
person. That’s great to have that
education, but you still have to be
out there.”
Procaccini decided he liked the
managerial side of touring enough
Procaccini made me think about
so many people I know who are
Pivotal Points in Grinder’s Career
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going to college or just finished
college, or even have a framed
degree on their wall, but have little or no idea what to do with all
that education they purchased or
went into debt for.
Procaccini continued, “My advice
is to place yourself where stuff is
happening: theaters, arenas, college venues, clubs…it’s still relevant.” I took this to be the music
production equivalent of Ghandi’s
saying, “be the change you want
to see in the world.” For most of
us, a music job isn’t going to just
fall in our laps while we’re sitting
at home.
a lot of veterans out there that are
willing to put themselves out of a
job to teach the young folks how to
do this. “And that takes confidence.
That’s what keeps the industry
growing and becoming the great
industry that it’s become.” Living in
an age where technology is rapidly
advancing and it seems like a new
iPhone update is available every
two weeks, Procaccini was complimentary to the old-timer operators
that have adopted while leaving
room for the young opportunists
to keep the industry advancing
and encourages more people to
do the same.
He concluded with a simple statement, “Be eager, be aggressive;
look for the job, it’s not going to
come to you.”
Something
else
Procaccini
stressed, “You have to prove to
someone that you’ve got chops.”
Prima Donnas and people who
want to create miniature fiefdoms
that define what they will or won’t
do, need not apply. “This whole
compartmentalized approach is
great for organizational means,”
explained Procaccini, “but at the
end of the day, if you’re outside
and it’s raining, everyone’s grabbing a tarp—not just the carpenters.”
Advice for the Road Veteran’s and
Old-Timers
But according to Procaccini, us
young whippersnappers are not
the only one’s holding ourselves
back. On the other side of things,
there’s a lot of veterans out there
that are great teachers. But there
are some that tend to take the approach “what’s in it for me,” or “I
haven’t reached my pinnacle yet
so why should I give anyone else
the opportunity?”
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Tour Bus Etiquette
Guest article by Jay Lamm, Musician, Author and Artist
Tour Bus Etiquette
Guest article by Jay Lamm, Musician, Author
and Artist
No number 2’s on the bus.Alright, alright, we
get it. We’ve all heard about the “no number 2”
rule a million times on TV and movies. Don’t
go number 2 in an RV or a tour bus. Got it! But
there are a lot of other rules to consider when
going on a tour by bus. You have to spend a
lot of time on the bus as you travel from one
venue to the next, sometimes upwards of 13
hours or more. Yes, make sure you have your
Kindle filled with books and your laptop loaded with movies. But let’s look at all the other
rules you probably never thought of when going on a bus tour and some of the things that
annoy me most while on a bus trip. This is tour
bus etiquette, folks.
When I was first offered a job as a touring musician I was super excited. Thrilled! Hooray,
my first tour. I was told that I’ll either be going
with the cast or with the crew. This meant if I
went with the cast I’d be on a multi-seat bus
only meant for sitting and waiting; if I went
with the crew I’d be on a sleeper bus.
I wanted the sleeper bus but it didn’t work out
that way. It’s probably for the best because
the way it works is that after a show the cast
of performers immediately goes either to the
hotel—to sleep so we can leave early in the
morning—or we leave directly to the next venue and hotel location. The crew, on the other
hand, has to help take down all the props, load
up the truck, make sure everything is secure
and present, and then drive immediately to
the next venue to set up and do it all over. It’s
a rough job. The crew sleeps on the bus and
the only time they’ll get a chance to sleep in a
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hotel room is if we’re in a location for more than
a day. This is one of the reasons why you should
always be thankful for the crew and show them
as much consideration as you can on tour. They
make sure your stuff gets from point A to point B
safely while putting in a lot of long hours.
During the first week of rehearsal, and just before
we headed out for the first show, we all received a
tour book. This book had most of what we needed
to know. It had the names and phone numbers of
the cast and crew in case we needed to get in touch
with anybody; there was the bus etiquette rules
and regulations; there was the other policy info
on accommodations, smoking, drug use (don’t do
it), what to wear and expect and rehearsal, dress
code, pets, luggage, blah blah blah, and then all
the tour schedule stuff.
I read all of it. Some people, obviously, did not.
2012 was my first tour and I didn’t want to screw
anything up. But look, it’s pretty much all common sense; however, it’s all written out in case you
lack common sense. Also, there’s written documentation so they can say, “look, it says right here
in your tour book, ‘no hitch hikers.’ “
Here’s some knowledge I bestow upon you with
some personal commentary from my first tour
bus and the etiquette break down:
which is a natural occurrence. It is every performer’s responsibility to get a
good night sleep in your hotel room the night
before traveling on the bus.
If you think that you can stay out late or up socializing ‘til early morning hours because your
next day is a travel day and you intend to get
your needed sleep on the bus...you are mistaken! (and should not be part of this experience). Alright, so with that I want to add that I’m 6’0”
- one of the taller people on the bus. I found
it almost impossible to sleep while traveling. Everyone else around me had no problem. Good for them. I couldn’t do it. Plus, I wanted
to see the country outside the window. I was
so excited to be going out on tour that I didn’t
want to miss a thing. Every house, hay bale,
or burned down car factory we’d pass I’d say
to myself, “well, I’ll never see that again. Bye,
house in the country.”
Don’t Let Too Many People Know You’re Good
with Technology
The standard luxury motor coach you will be
touring on is not designed or meant for sleeping.
We recommend you tour with books, magazine & cards, keep your phones, MP3 players,
and computers charged (as there may or may
not be outlets available on the bus) downloading movies and music prior to boarding the
bus and whatever else you may think of to occupy this personal time to relax your body and
mind.
However, everyone will spend most of their time
sleeping in uncomfortable positions and with
their feet sprawled across the aisles. Everyone at
some point falls asleep while traveling on the bus
Eventually, the cast members found out that I
was the go-to guy for the movies and entertainment. I knew how to get stuff. I was like
Red in Shawshank Redemption. I was a man
How to Prepare Yourself for Bus Touring
that knew how to get things from time to time. I do
NOT suggest allowing people to know that you can
fix computers and supply them with their favorite
TV shows and movies. You’ll be spending most of
your time doing tech work and eliminating viruses
off of people’s laptops while obtaining their season
three fix of Dexter.
want. But it’s best that, after finding your
special spot, you sit there every day. Whenever you stop for gas, snacks, and bathroom
breaks, the Company Manager has to check
and make sure everyone is back on the bus. It helps a lot if everyone is sitting in the same
spot so it’s easy to tell if something is off.
Wow, the viruses people had on their laptops, man.
My thing is that I rarely ever have to use the
bathroom. However, some people have to go
every five minutes. If this is you, I suggest
sitting towards the back of the bus to get to
the bathroom easier. This goes double when
traveling long days. People will sleep on
Departure Times Aren’t Just for Everyone Else, Set
Your Alarms!The bus needs to depart promptly at
the scheduled time arranged for by the Company
Manager.
Okay, so while touring on a bus you’ll get a Company
Manager whose job is to make sure that everything
goes smoothly, that everyone is on the bus after bathroom breaks, that the hotel rooms are going to have
A/Cs, and all that jazz. the bus and sometimes they’ll stretch out
across the aisles. On the tour bus I was on,
all cast members had two seats to themselves. It was basically like how most planes
are set up: two seats divided by a walkway
and then two more seats. Well, most people can’t sleep sitting up so the majority of
the cast would stretch out across the aisle
and over into the next couple of seats, creating a walkway of leg hurdles. This means
if you’re trying to work your way from the
front of the bus to the back you’ll have to
hop over everyone’s legs.
Anyone boarding the bus late and causing a departure delay will be fined $25. This money will be put
into a collective pool that will be used for the benefit
of everyone on the bus, whether it is for snacks, a
meal or movie purchases. It is the goal that no one
is late and the bus departs promptly to ensure a safe
and timely arrival at the next destination.
The tour bus would also bring you from the hotel
to the venue. There were several departure times to
accommodate people’s personal schedules. I would
always pick the earliest departure. There were a couple of times people were very late getting on the bus. This was almost always due to someone’s alarm clock
not going off, read, not being set right. Here’s what
I did: I always have TWO alarm clocks. I have the
front desk give me a wake-up call and I set the alarm
clock by my bed. I make sure that I’m showered and
packed the night before. That way, all I have to do
is wake up, get dressed, and head out the door. I always make sure I’m up a good hour before we have
to be ON the bus. I want to be the first one on the
bus every time. I want the Company Manager to
know that he doesn’t have to worry about me being
late ever. If I am late one day he’ll know that there
is a serious problem.
Yes, there were a couple of times that the front desk
of the hotel failed to give me a wake-up call. That’s
why I have the backup of the clock. However, hotel room clocks can sometimes be sketchy. “Why
separate volume, why?” So I started to get a bit
anal about my wake-up schedule and started using my cellphone alarm as well. Wake-up call for
6am, alarm clock set for 6:15 in case the wake-up
call fails, and the cellphone set to 6:30 in case plan
A and plan B fall through. Excessive? Responsible?
Or the first guy to get a crack at the Continental
Breakfast?
Bus SeatingYour Company Manager will work with
everyone on seating arrangements, once decided
please discuss with your Company Manager regarding any changes.
Okay, so you can pretty much sit wherever you
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When I was traveling we had a kid with us that
was about 13. It was very difficult for him to go
to the bathroom because he wasn’t tall enough
to simply step over people’s legs. He would
have to put his hands on the seats to the left and
right of him to help him leap over people so
they wouldn’t wake up.
That being said, if you sit back by the bathroom
be prepared to be welcomed by the acrid smell
of piss every time that door opens up. That’s
one of the reasons why no shits are allowed on
the bus. There’s a mechanism on the toilet that
closes up when it’s not in use—it looks kind of
like an octopus’s mouth. This helps keep the
smell out. It helps—but it is not fool proof.
Also, the tank has to be emptied out every so
often and it’s a lot easier to get rid of a tank full
of piss than a tank full of piss and clumpy shit. Also, no one wants to clean lumps of shit out of
the evacuation tube that goes from the bus to
the dump tank. If you have to shit then wait for
a gas station stop. If you’ve got diarrhea than I
feel sorry for you son, you got 99 problems and
a #2 is one.
My other bit I want to add about getting to be
first on the bus is that I would do this thing
where I’d put my luggage in the luggage department first. You’re probably thinking, “doesn’t
that mean everyone else’s luggage gets crammed
in after yours?” No, that’s not the case. The luggage department can be reached from either
side of the bus. But when people get off the bus
they always want to use the doors to the luggage department right by the door of the bus. I would put my luggage in and push it to the
other side of the bus. That way it didn’t matter
when I got off the bus, I could just walk around
to the other side, open the compartment door,
get my stuff out and be on my way. First on the
bus and first to get their luggage off the bus.
GENIUS!!!!
Bus CleanlinessEveryone is responsible to keep
their seat and surrounding space clean. Snacks
and beverages must remain sealed and closed
when not being used. If your space is left messy
when you depart the bus, all food items will be
subject to disposal by both the Company Manager and the bus driver.
Manager will do regular sweeps of the bus every
opportunity you are not on it and may discard
any items that they deem trash or inappropriate.
actually allergic to cigarette smoke. So don’t
be an asshole - if you smoke then stay away
from the bus so it doesn’t get inside.
When I’m on tour I like to buy things for people back home. The only opportunity I have to
mail these things back to my house is when we
run across a hotel or venue that is by a FedEx or
UPS Store. So, yeah, I’ll keep some stuff in the
overhead bin. I’ll keep my pillow, blanket, and
magazines on the bus. There’s not really a reason to take all that junk. I will, however, take my
Traveler guitar with me to practice in the hotel
room. And, hey, if someone takes my blankey
off the bus I’ll just buy a new one at the next gas
station.
Food & Beverages May Cause MurderPlease
do not bring any food on the bus that has a
strong odors that may resonate or be offensive to others. Onions, garlic, and other food
items with lingering smells takes hours to
clear the air. Please have sealed bags with you
to wrap all remaining food items until such
time as they can be disposed of at rest stop
or off the bus. Do not leave food on the bus
overnight as it may spoil and cause odors or
attract bugs. No alcoholic beverages on the
bus at any time.
Speaking of blankets, the main thing I use them
for on the bus is to build blanket forts. Blanket
forts are an important part of traveling for me so
that I can stay grounded and centered. This is
where I do all my plotting for world domination. I highly suggest convincing others to make blanket forts, too. One day I’d like to make a whole
traveling blanket fort bus...rife with hidden passages and tunnels. Yeah, that’d be the best!!
Alright, folks, this is the big one for me.
Bringing food on the bus! Holy shit, will that
make me want to kill you.
And if you can make a “Keep Out” sign then even
better. (“No Girls Allowed” sign is optional).
Stretching and Staying FitThere are many online
sites where you can acquire a variety of......
O.K., no one cares about this part.
SmokingNo smoking on the bus! Please do not
stand by the outside door of the bus while smoking as smoke may seep through the bus door or
windows into the first few rows of the bus.
Not only is it a health issue but it’s rude. If you’re
a non-smoker you probably don’t want to smell
cigarette smoke. I’m the odd one on this one.
I’ve never smoked a cigarette in my life but I do
enjoy me some second-hand smoke on occasion. I don’t know, it just reminds me of playing
in dive bars and shitty clubs. I like the smell of
cigarette smoke on my girlfriend, too. Maybe I’m
just weird that way. I’m the exception in this case
though. There are some people out there that are
Look, I love the smell of bacon, eggs, sausages, and hash browns. I love the smell of warm
buttery toast and hot coffee, man. Doesn’t
that sound good? Yeah. But I have no idea
what happens or what changes but when all
that stuff gets into a small space, like a tour
bus, it becomes nauseating to me. Especially
coffee. And I drink coffee all day long. If
it’s my own coffee it’s not a problem. But if
it’s someone else’s coffee then look out. The
smell of black coffee in an enclosed space
gives me a throbbing headache and the howling fantods.
I guess this stems back to my youth. Whenever my parents would go on a long family trip they’d always get coffee to bring with
them. Sometimes they’d go to McDonalds
and everyone would get breakfast on the go.
I would pray, “please don’t get coffee...please
don’t get coffee.” But they always would. And
the smell of that hot coffee in the car would
give me this pounding headache. Ugh, it’s the
worst.
Then, years later on a tour bus, this guy would
sit across from me who would bring in food
from the hotel’s free continental breakfast. Ugh, there’s nothing grosser than a messy little
pig. Clean up after yourselves, people!
Personal ItemsAlthough the bus is under contract for the tour, we do not recommend you
leave any important, personal or valuable items
on the bus at any time when you are not on
it. Personal pillows, blankets, clothing items,
snacks, etc. etc. may be left on the bus at your
own discretion but are not the responsibility of
the company. The bus driver and the Company
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I’m very considerate to other people around
me...especially behind me. I like to watch
brutal horror movies. I’m sure the people
behind me don’t want to glance over and see
some guy getting his head bashed in with a
fire extinguisher. I know that. I’m considerate
of that. And it’s a great time for a blanket fort.
He’d come on the bus with this Styrofoam plate
stacked with eggs and bacon and it just grossed me
out. First of all, I don’t like watching people eat or
seeing people eat around me. Just people shoving
food down their gullets is gross and weird. But the
smell...ugh.
And it says it, right here, in the book! Don’t bring
food on the bus with.... Look, am I being unreasonable? I know it says onions and garlic, but the smell
of someone else’s breakfast is what really gags me. I
don’t mind candy and stuff like that. Have at it. But
a big steaming pile of breakfast. Yuckaroo!
Personal HygienePlease do not awake moments
prior to bus departure times. Everyone should leave
themselves enough time to shower, brush their
teeth, and adhere to standard personal and healthy
hygiene. Remember, the bus is an enclosed space
that is shared by many individuals and it is respectful to maintain your own personal hygiene as you
would expect from others. It will be at the Company Managers discretion to remove any individual
from the bus whose personnel hygiene appearance and extracurricular activities are
an obvious effect of inappropriate conduct. The company manager will determine the
regular schedule for bathroom stops, the
on-board bathroom should be used for
emergencies only.
Jay Lamm is the vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for his own band, Cea Serin. He
most recently toured with Cirque Dreams for
their production of “Pop Goes The Rock” and
“Cirque Dreams Rocks.” You can check out
his blog, schedule, videos and audio samples
on his website at www.WhoIsJayLamm.com
Hello, exactly. We never really had an issue
with this. But come on, it’s just common
sense! Don’t get on the bus all funky smelling like a skunk rolled in pig vomit.
Don’t Be a Noise Polluter
One thing not in my tour book was anything about noise. Most everyone has
headphones to listen to music and movies. So don’t blast your tunes so loud that the
music leaves the earphones and I can hear
it. I don’t want to listen to your Beyonce or
Wolfman Cat and the Sensaphonic Monkeybones. No thank you.
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K2 is the Perfect
Tonic for
Pentatonix
Sound Image carries L-Acoustics rig on Grammy-winner’s sold-out North American tour
Ever since the group’s 2011 victory on NBC’s The SingOff, Pentatonix has steadily been making a name for
itself. Now, with a 2015 Grammy Award and nearly a
billion cumulative YouTube channel video views, the
five-piece a cappella troupe recently wrapped up a
completely sold-out 21-date tour of North America as
well.
Escondido, California-based Sound Image served as
the sound reinforcement provider for the trek and supplied an L-Acoustics K2 system at the request of Chris
Aman, who did double-duty as both the group’s FOH
engineer and production manager.
Aman had his first opportunity to mix on K2 last year
when Dispatch, the band he was touring with at the
time, headlined the final night of Bridgeport, Connecticut’s Gathering of the Vibes music festival. “I had
heard good things about K2, but when I actually got
the chance to turn it on for myself, my reaction was,
‘wow… yes!’” he recalls. “With every other rig there
have always been ‘normal’ adjustments that needed to
be made, like compensating for waveguide turbulence
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or turning the horns down several dB. But I immediately noticed that K2 was much closer to what I was
looking for, especially in the high frequency. I made
one tiny little cut around 2.5k that day and, boom, it
was there.”
Going into this year’s “On My Way Home” tour of
North American theaters and smaller arenas, Aman
knew that K2 would be an ideal fit for Pentatonix.
“Mike Adams at Sound Image and I had initially been
discussing a variety of loudspeaker options for this
tour, but after having a conversation with bass vocalist Avi Kaplan, I got a really good idea of what they
were trying to achieve sonically,” he says. “So I called
Mike back and told him that K2 was the right PA for
this, especially given its definition in the midrange.”
The typical array setup deployed for this tour leg comprised 14 K2 per side flanked by outfills of nine Kara.
Four more Kara were spread out across the deck for
frontfill, with 12 SB28 subs delivering the low-end
reinforcement. All loudspeakers were powered and
processed by a total of six LA-RAKs each loaded with
three LA8 amplified controllers.
Although Pentatonix’ live show exclusively features
five vocalists with no additional accompaniment,
aside from two songs where beat-boxer Kevin “K.O.”
Olusola plays a cello, the group’s frequency range is
surprisingly broad. “Avi hits a low A, which means
he sings down to 55Hz, so I treat his vocal like a bass
guitar,” the engineer notes. “One of the
things I really like about K2 is that it goes
down to 35Hz, so I basically do everything
in the array then reinforce it a bit with the
subs for a little air movement.”
Aman further points out that the system’s
intelligibility and “natural-ness” also means
that he can keep the overall volume levels
in check without sacrificing impact. “I mix
the show at around 95dB,” he says. “Having
a PA that is this defined and in-your-face
means that I don’t have to mix it loud to get
the definition this act requires. Everything’s
right there at a very comfortable volume
and both the band’s management and fans
love it.”
With the North American and European
legs now behind them, Pentatonix will now
spend the summer opening for a top act
before heading back out on the road once
again this fall with Sound Image’s L-Acoustics K2 system.
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Backstage Network..................................................42
Priority Brokerage......................................................18
Braun Events............................................................14
Pyrotek Special Effects............................................14
Bruvion/ETA Workshop............................................IFC
Roadhouse Coach.....................................................4
Crown Seating..........................................................13
Rock-It Cargo...........................................................14
DPS Touring .......................................................24-25
SES..........................................................................9
Empire CLS Limo.....................................................43
Shelby Carol Photography........................................18
Engine Power Source...............................................10
Signature Transportation Services............................15
Enterprise Car Rentals..............................................18
SOS Transportation..................................................45
Entertainment Travel..................................................15
Sound Image............................................................22
EPT...........................................................................21
Soundcheck.................................................29
Event Gear Broker.....................................................23
Spider Ranch Productions......................................38
ExcelAire..................................................................10
Stage Call.................................................................19
Five Points Production Services.................................14
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Fontanel.........................................................16
Stage Door Transportation...........................................6
Four Star Wire...........................................................17
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Garibay Brothers Systems.........................................38
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Hemphill Brothers....................................................32
TourReady........................................................45
Hilton Boston........................................................... 20
Trailer Transit............................................................41
Jet Productions......................................................... 18
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MM Bandservices....................................................39
United.....................................................................33
Mobile Production Monthly.........................................6
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Nationwide Logistics..................................................6
Warehouse Multimedia..............................................46
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