I always park behind the stage area where we bring the trucks in. Edward Sharpe had 14 members on stage so there was a lot of gear involved. We built the stage the day before and flew the lighting rigs that same evening. At 8am we flew our audio and set up subs, monitoring, and fills as well as set up the front of house and ran all the snakes. At 11am the band was to arrive. They were delayed coming from Montreal and were a couple hours late. That made the set up take away their sound check.
These are the stairs that we all use to get up to Stage Left where our monitoring is. The trailers for the artists are also on this side of the stage. During the gig, many of the cases are stored here which make great seats for us.
By the time the band got there it had stopped raining. Until that point it was a down pour. The hardest thing about setting up in this kind of weather is that the subwoofers are 600lbs each and have to be wheeled up a ramp, down a ramp, and across the grass, or in this case, the swamp. It took 6 of us to move each one. There are 6 of them.
For anyone that is unsure whether or not Edward Sharpe is an authentic hippie or not, here you go. While the band and the crew ride in a really expensive tour bus, he tours with his wife and child in this little RV. My grandfather has a nicer RV than this. Sharpe and the gang had brought bicycles with them on tour. Later that night after the gig was over, they went for a bike ride around Buffalo. We were still tearing everything down. After the bike ride, they played frisbee with the dog that was touring with them.
I wish I had a better shot of the gig but there was SO MUCH GEAR and cases on what little wing we had since the band was 14 members large. Also, they had some groupies and girlfriends hanging out. Between songs Jade would hang out squeezing a smoke in here and there. She doesn’t perform on every song.
This gig was A LOT of work. Luckily, there aren’t any more 14 piece bands coming through this summer.