Look at all that gear!
This year the stage was packed with gear, cases, instrments, lighting equipment, cable…The bands had so much stuff we didn’t have enough room onstage to store it! I am still amazed that the backline crew was able to stay on top of what went where and when.
Looking at a picture like this, I have even more appreciation for their hard work on coordinating really tight change overs between bands!
Now that our department has caught up on sleep, we all sat down to brainstorm ways to make next year’s Rock the Garden event even smoother. Although our list of improvements was pretty long, most of it is pretty minor when you consider how much we are doing in such a short amount of time.
The EMP staff unanimously agreed that shifting the stage 90 degrees up the hill not only made for a better experience for the patrons and ticket holders, but also relieved a lot of pressure on our schedule! We were able to close the street closest to the Walker 5 hours earlier than years past, the placement of the sound mixing position made a lot more sense and the layout of backstage ended up serving us well for all the additional gear we had this year. Win/Win!
To name a few off our official List of Items We Hope To Improve Next Year ™: improving communication here and there, working with vendors to avoid grease spilling onto power cables, more monkey butlers, more sparkling soda…the usual suspects and not a surprise really.
I was so busy getting lame shots of the set up process, that I really didn’t get any good shots of the event altogether…I have to thank both Phil (backline master) and Emily (Mademoiselle of Performing Arts dept at the Walker- no relation to either the Styx song or the fashion magazine) for allowing me to reprint their excellent capture of the scope of the event. Thanks guys!
I hope everyone had a good time at the show. I know that I did despite the heat on Sat, the rain on Friday and the hot-wired golf cart! It was pretty smooth sailing for me (personally) mostly because we had a great team of people in place that excelled at making things happen, were quick draws on troubleshootin’, and were generally fun to work with on a 20 hour day! Whew!
Now…to start planning 2010!