Prairie Bob in the house!!!
Events and Media Production at the Walker sets up the staging, focuses the lights and mixes the sound for the bands to create the concert experience for the ticket holders. But one of the big things that my department will do for Rock the Garden (that most people may not realize) is coordinate the power needs for the staging (truss motors to put a roof over the bands’ heads, powering the audio gear, the lighting gear), the band trailers (where we stock the green M&M’s for the musicians!) and the food vendors!
Since the event is bigger this year (more space on the hill=more ticket holders!) we will have more food and beer on site! So we work with Ziegler/CAT to secure the necessary generators, cable and connectors to tie in all those food vendor tents, corndog deep fryers, lemonade machines and beer taps. And our electrical vendor sends out our good friend Prairie Bob (along with several of the Events and Media Production crew) to pound grounding rods into the soil, lay out cable and set up distribution panels throughout the event to get all the food vendors and beer trucks plugged in.
Today Ziegler/CAT, Bob, and several of the key Walker personnel walked out on site with the Rock the Garden site map (version 51 with layouts of vendors, cable runs and cable ramps) and lists of all the vendors (5 pages!!) and their power needs so we can determine the most efficient way to power everything up for this big event without breaking the bank!
And our vendor visit gave me the opportunity to snap a couple of BEFORE shots of the hill and the staging area. So calm, green and serene right now! Not so much in 11 more days!
Rock the Garden haiku:
food vendors galore
the Rock the Garden corndog
my personal fave