So I’ve been all over the place the last week+ so I’ll give you the run-down on how January wrapped up then I’ll move on to the two gigs from today, tomorrow? Not confusing at all right… Right. No actually that sounds a little confusing. HEY. Deal with it. And fair warning, this was NOT proofread. It all began last Wednesday the 23rd…….
Many people look at the weather and get all flustered if the temperature they see comes up with the dreaded “-” in front of it. But few remember that it’s not till you start seeing bad windchill and -20 that will really knock the wind out of your lungs… Trusty 20oz coffee in hand before I hopped on the southbound interstate to brave the cold and another master electrician gig at the southern venue.
There was no information available about this gig before I walked in the door and I had no clue what to expect. When the production manager and I started chatting the first words he used were “flash and trash”… Well that doesn’t sound good… No, dear reader, it’s not.
So I’ve mentioned our southern venue (SV) a lot which has a couple spaces that we generally work in… This one is the one with the slanted clouds and large bays… here’s a shot looking down at the audience through the bay and the top of the cloud at the bottom of the shot:
So back to the flash and trash… I had my electricians throw some textures on the upstage screen and picked some fun “I usually wouldn’t use these colors all together” colors and decided to roll with some sweet effects that I could program into the Ion real fast. The show was basically an athletic department talent show… A bunch of the teams had put together either group dance pieces or had some solo numbers to show they weren’t just jocks… There was no rehearsal so everything needed to be run on the fly. Below is a shot of the mens swim team in their speedos dancing to I think Backstreet Boys.
One of the kids that was really talented was a kid that played a solo guitar piece. It sucks that my phone doesn’t take quality pictures but it looked really nice. I swear.
There were some fun pieces where I got to run effects through the backlights, where the lights would flash in a random order or they would chase each other left to right. Programming effects took the greatest amount of time but the show ran well and the managers said it was just what they wanted. Fun and not the norm for the space so it was a good time. I love the various looks you can get from such a simple stock plot… I’m starting to have a lot of fun learning more about the space. No load out either…. so I went home to catch some zzzz before…
Thursday, we had a gig at the north venue (NV), lots of PARs and barn doors. Since I’m really showing you what the venues look like we’ll go through a couple fun features of NV…..
Up in the ceiling where you go to get the FOH positions are all the steel i-beams and ducting… it looks kind of ghetto, but my favorite part in this particular venue is, as you can see isn the upper right hand beam, the writing from the steel workers when the materials came up from Boston in 1930…. The historical quality of the older theaters is wicked cool. Then again… I’m a history nerd….
Alright! Moving on…..
On Friday I ventured to Boston to have a meeting with another local about training. It’s exciting to meet new people in this industry that are as driven as I am to improve skills among our brothers and sisters; it is a dangerous and ever changing industry and the support network that is available to us is really incredible. I’ll be back in Boston soon… and then San Francisco… then probably Vegas again later this year… There is a lot of travel to stay on top of!
Tuesday the 29th brought a rock show to NV. Lots of movers which are my jam. The crew was a bunch of dudes who you could tell had been doing this a LONG time and had absolutely no tolerance for people who didn’t know what they were doing. It took a little while of proving that I was in fact, NOT a complete idiot for them to warm up a little. My favorite part of the load in were the disco mushrooms, little rotating half disco balls, which created a great effect all over the theater…
I’ll bet it had those hydraulics that make it bounce too, but I can’t claim that I saw that………… 😉 When I snuck in for the load out it looked like your typical gig from the wings…
Nothing extraordinary but lights in haze always look baller. The load out started late and ended in the wee hours of the morning, such little time between falling asleep and getting up to be back at 7am made the 45min commute out of the question. I crashed locally and gained a couple hours rest but not by much. A pretty typical turnover, rock and roll to kids show….
Of course 4 hours of sleep and kids show = grumpy stagehand so there are NO pictures of the kids show. Womp womp. Instead you can infer how my day was by this picture:
That brings us up to now…. Phew! I’ll try not to jam y’all with so many gigs and so few details at one time in the future but ya know… busy and shit. Stay tuned… Two gig day today. Update tomorrow. Stay sharp kids.