It was an awkward gig. This is Daemen’s social room. It has a ceiling less than 13 feet high and the room is smaller than your typical American Legion. In fact, this room feels like we should be setting up for Bingo rather than a pop star that has a video on YouTube with 39 million views.
The plan was that Mike Posner would come from the kitchen through a back room located on the side of the stage. It’s also where I had to stash some cases and lids.
Then he’d enter the stage area. Not exactly a grand entrance like Cher or Hannah Montanah, errrrr, whatever her name is.
Mike Posner didn’t trip over any of the moving heads or cable runs during his entrance. The dude sitting at the full sized grand piano is one of Mike’s techs. The keyboard stand on stage is what the tech set up. 2 laptops, Ableton Live, and a midi controller.
Here’s a center stage view of our Front of House where the main sound and lights are controlled. Mike’s tour rented 2 floor toms from us as back line. They were for one song, about 16 measures. It was more for show we’d soon find out.
There was a DJ for an opener and Mike Posner has no band. We used 3 mic stands. This is a mic stand comp we take with us for all the big concerts in town. Even when we don’t really need to.
Way more AC than we ever needed. However, our AC chest goes to every show that’s a national touring act.
So many NL4, NL8, and XLR cables we wouldn’t need. Even though this gig was as easy as any gig could get, it was still a 16 hour day.
12 inputs for Mike Posner and 2 inputs for the Dj. This stage box has 2 large male and female Soca cables that break out into XLR. We then run sub-snakes to the stage in strategic locations based on the stage diagram. In this case, there really wasn’t one.
Mike Posner wore in ear monitors. In fact, everyone did. The tour manager, the tech, the Front of House, the Lighting Director, and Adam, our monitor engineer for this show. I work a lot of shows with Adam.
Front of house set up for the gig. Work box, console, network, lighting, and an interface for connecting the networking system to the computer and processors up by the stage.
The light blinks when the monitor engineer phones the desk. This set up is for the LAN that’s run to the processors up at monitor world. This is so we can make changes to the processors from front of house and don’t have to physically push buttons on the panels near the stage, or call someone else to push buttons.
This was the console we used for the gig. A digital desk. Midas Pro 2. You can get these for about $20,000 now. We have a couple of them. One for monitors and one for front of house. We also have other desks, analog and digital, but this was the one that the tech rider called for.
GrandMa2. Funny to say, but it’s really called a Grand Ma. This is the lighting console that controls the moving heads, strobes, all the cans along the top, and the side lighting.
Anxiously waiting fans, sort of bored with the DJ opener. Lots of young people in the crowd tonight. There’s a little girl in the middle of the front row that’s standing next to her dad. She gave me a note to give to Mike Posner which I gladly did. That’s not something I normally do but this time I made an exception. The note was a photocopy of a letter Mike wrote to her a couple years prior. She wrote some additional notes along the top.
Mike Posner’s sound check went off without a hitch. The show, however, did not. Only seconds into his first song he loses power to this laptops and Ableton interface. He didn’t quite have anything to default to. He has no band. It’s glorified karaoke, really. He has 2 laptops and Ableton. He sings along to them. So, when this happened, he went to the piano and started playing a slow song. After only 2 lines of the first verse, he went back to his laptops and started the first song over. What an awkward opener.
Here’s a shot of Mike Posner striking a pose.
Mike Posner’s team rented 2 floor toms from us. He doesn’t appear to be a drummer but he bangs on these at the end of one song for about 12 measures. If you’re in 7th grade, you’re really impressed. They never told us, however, that they would be filling the tops of them with water so when he hits them it sprays all over our gear. Thanks for that.
Call me old fashioned but I just don’t care for these types of shows. It’s not even the music really. I have a rather open mind about musicianship and genres. I don’t have to like the genre to appreciate a good performer. I like groups of people performing music rather than someone singing along to laptops. Karaoke is karaoke no matter how good you are.