Last week I had to do an installation at the Erie County Fairgrounds. We networked audio to a few outdoor arenas and put horns on the telephone poles. When that was wrapped up, we had to do some testing in a few of the auction barns and performance arenas where the broadcaster was getting feedback during shows. All of it was pretty straight forward.
The installation took 2 days but before we left we got another call. The Erie County Fair is home to harness racing and from what I saw some of these horses are earning over $1 Million a year. I had no idea that these were so popular.
The call was for a problem with the audio network between the betting booth and the video booth. Both were located at the top of the grandstand and offered a bird’s eye view of the oval track. There were binoculars on the table. I couldn’t resist. It was pretty cool checking out the operations area where the broadcasting takes place. We had a simple task of soldering some 1/4″ connectors onto some cables and adjusting the gain throughout the system. We installed a few transformer isolators between the booths and tested the old wall mount speakers as well as the horns outside for the crowd and across the track.
I’m not sure what service calls or installations I’ll be called in for the rest of the Summer but I know that we’re doing all the stages at the Fair in August. That’s 10 very, long days that is several small stages and 2 large stages. This year’s line up is: 3 Days Grace, Finger Eleven, 3 Dog Night, Blood Sweat & Tears, as well as several others I don’t remember. Obviously, the Fair doesn’t attract the most compelling acts.
The last couple days I worked on the site for this year’s Red Cross Fundraiser, M*A*S*H Bash. The main act was Lance Diamond. He’s a classic performer here in WNY. He now is the voice of several commercials which is cool to see for him. He has worked very hard and getting a few bucks thrown his way is long overdue. I first saw Lance open the Goo Goo Dolls. He arrived in a limo wearing a white tuxedo. Lance is a lounge singer and a rather entertaining one. He has a local radio show that I’ve never heard.
The M*A*S*H Bash had several large tents that were fed sound and lighting. We ran 2, large generators to a few 70V panels. The stage was rather large and fully rigged with scaffold lighting and a sound system that can shake the earth. I admit, I was too beat to stick around for Lance. I needed a nap since I was heading back at midnight to tear it all down again.
So, at midnight, I dragged myself back in and broke it all down. We didn’t have all the trailers loaded and back to the warehouses until after 5am. I was dragging.
This week I am doing the set up and tear down of the Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros show on Thursday and either the Marilyn Manson & Alice Cooper show or Darius Rucker show on Friday. Not sure what else is going on in the live production world in addition to this.
The only other booking I have in the humble abode studio is a local R&B singer for a couple songs. One is a Michael Jackson cover and one is an original composition. I am unsure if I can share the artist’s name or if he’s keeping this work a secret so I’ll error on the side of caution and wait for the green light. I’ll be getting back to work on my own productions on Monday unless I get an unexpected call for some live production.