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.


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.


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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