Sometimes I get gigs thrown my way that aren’t concerts or festivals. Sometimes I am not in the studio. Those are the times I can be almost anywhere. Here are some of the gigs I’ve gotten this past year that aren’t exactly rock & roll…
A brewery. In fact, a pretty decent one. Ellicottville Brewery. They were hosting a fancy gathering and wanted a screen and projector installed for it.
I like big containers filled with beer. I especially like drinking it. I will admit that they allowed me to have my fill of it while I was there. The only requirement was that I serve myself when my glass was empty. That was pretty easy.
Up there was the tap where I would refill my tasty beverage. It would also be where the projector would be placed.
After a few beers we figured out how I would suspend the big screen from the timbers. Someone would lift me with the forklift and I would throw rope over each side. With the help of a fellow beer enthusiast we hoisted and tied it off.
A job well done. I had another gig that afternoon at a ski lodge so I could only stay for one more beer. I love my job.
This gig was an easy one. 2 spot lights for an anniversary party at a dance school. They are motorized and swept the sky giving a Hollywood like look.
It was a cold and rainy night. They were only rented for a few hours so I went to a friend’s football game then a crappy diner for some grub to waste some time before the pick up.
There was a cloud ceiling which made for this pretty cool effect. Normally, these lights spot for a great distance. We often use these for political events and they sweep the skyline downtown. This evening, they did this.
Speaking of the mayor… we did lights, video, and audio for him. After the official count was in and he knew that he won another term, he would come out here and give his speech. If he didn’t win? Well, I got free gin & tonic and fancy food.
This creepy room is at an old hotel downtown. It’s got history. Gangster history. The rooms aren’t for rent anymore but the ball rooms are. It has a very “Shining” kind of feel. This simple gig was just some uplighting for the creepy stage.
And here’s the creepy stage.
And my friend, John, doing something nutty on the creepy stage.
A fashion show. I provided wireless mics and a means to spin music. I was dj for the designers. It was a fussy night.
My view at the fashion show. To make my life easier, I put all of the music from each cd into a playlist on my Macbook and just basically hung out hitting the cues.
Then there was this barn burner of an event. A youth stock trading competition. What a hoot. I put up these big screens and networked in a fake trading program on the screens.
I’m using 3 different projectors. One is showing a ticker. One is showing a news feed and trends. One is showing the current standings.
Cheerleading competition. Loud, obnoxious, and lots of moms that wish they were still cheerleaders getting pissed all day.
I brought some power for this gig. 4 subs and 4 mid/hi speakers. It was loud… because they kept asking for it.
There was some crying. Moms, mostly. But some younger kids, too. There was one puke. That was unexpected.
The last boring entry… another corporate gig at the convention center. 2 video screens and one projection. The cool part was that it involved the Buffalo Sabres so there were players and staff there. That, and they fed us with fancy food again.