Audio prep work (is even less interesting than it sounds)

Prep before a festival mostly involves emailing people to find out details such as “how many mics do you need”, “how much space do you need”, and “what do you guys do? I can’t tell from your name.” There’s a reason many acts put what they do in their name. “Admiral Smith’s Exceptional Stump-Juggling Extravaganza”, for example, is named like it is so those stump-juggling fanatics know to think: My god, I must see this show without delay. Also so the sound guy knows that there won’t be a need to mic the drum kit. At least not until the good Admiral has that rhythm section he’s been meaning to assemble.

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I’ve been working at making sure I have enough mics and cables and so on for Wicked Winter this weekend and, unless the organizers have a surprise for me, it sounds like I do. Among many other acts, I’ve got David W. Jacobsen, Jenna Greene, Distopic (their MySpace page is here if you dare), and an interesting performer called Hello, the Future! Unfortunately, A Halo Called Fred won’t be on my stage, but I hope to be able to sneak away to see them if at all possible, even if it’s only for a little bit. My guitar Kate and I will open the stage on Friday with a set at 6:00 6:30 p.m. We also will have some sideshow acts, two burlesque groups, and dance troupes.

These festivals always have a lot of hurry-up-and-wait (they have since the first one in 2006), so come by and see me in the Hillsborough room. The entire festival is in Somerset, and there’s more information here.

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My apologies for today’s short post. The WordPress robotic butler will put up a best-of-Stack Exchange post on Friday (that I wrote earlier this week); if I have any reading time over the next several days, I’ll have a book review for next week, and possibly stories from Wicked.

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