From time to time, something happens that is noteworthy. Perhaps it’s a particularly exciting event, new photos, or maybe some new gear that solves a problem. When this happens, I’ll post about it here.
DANCING IN THE STREET 2012, PART 2
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2012
In case you couldn’t come, here are some excellent fan-shot videos of the dance with the Brothers Arntzen. They really capture the energy and excitement of the day! Mark your calendar for next year, because you won’t want to miss it again.
With thanks to:
the Brothers Arntzen,
Vancouver Swing Society,
and Viva Vancouver.
DANCING IN THE STREET 2012
MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2012
Dancing in the Street is back this year, bringing jazz music and dance to Vancouverites and tourists alike. Come on down to the 700 block of Granville, between Robson and Georgia, on August 19th to see the fabulous Company B Jazz Band!
We had a story in The Province on July 23, and Michael Brophy shot this compilation on August 5th.
LINDY BOUT 6 RECAP
THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2012
Now that was a fantastic weekend. Energetic dance competitions, fantastic musicians, and a wonderful experience. Of course, Dave Henderson Sound was there for all of the dances, competitions, and lessons, ensuring that everyone can hear all of the details and see all the moves.
Congratulations to all of the performers, competitors, musicians, and organizers! You can check out Justin Lee’s official photos here, and there’s a ton of spectators’ videos on YouTube. See you all next year!
GOBO PROJECTOR, VOCAL MIC, AND A HANDY TOOL
SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2012
I’m pleased to say that we have added a gobo projector to our collection of lighting. With this, we can now show a logo or design in lights, either on a wall, drape, or screen to highlight a special event, promote a business or celebrate a happy couple. The picture above is an example. The gobo projector is available as part of our packages or as part of a custom system. Contact us for details!
It’s been an exciting week, as I also picked up another microphone. I’m sure you know of it - though it is modern, it looks like the one Elvis used in many of his live performances. Whether you’re going for a vintage look or just prefer to use a microphone with more stage presence, our Shure 55SH is the one for you. This mic is available with all of our audio packages.
Finally, something that’s been in the toolbox for a long time. I bought a Midnight Hacker multitool from adafruit industries, and it’s come in handy in a lot of different situations. It’s made by Leatherman, and has a collection of electrically-related tools, including wire strippers, file, fine pliers, and screwdrivers. If you have an instrument that uses electricity, this might be the answer to a last-minute repair. Check it out here (no, I have no connection to Adafruit.)
BOOKS AND PODCASTS
TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 2012
I’ve been listening and reading to a bunch of music-related things lately, and two of them stood out. Stuff You Should Know is a podcast run by the Discovery Channel, and they attacked music sampling in a recent show. I liked their examples, showing off both the original and the derived work, and they also discussed the history, some legal aspects, and creative uses of sampling. Check it out here.
I also read a good book, named Roadie, which is all about being a guitar tech for Coldplay. Matt McGinn is the author, and gives quite a funny account of the touring life, stage and instrument setup, and last-minute problems that come with putting on a show. It’s quite accessible to people who aren’t Coldplay fans or who don’t work in the entertainment industry, which is kind of nice. Check his book out here.