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George Petersen, Editor of FOH Magazine
George Petersen, Editor of FOH Magazine

Stayin' Alive, Part 2

FOH Staff
Editor's Note

One of author Peter Benchley’s ideas for a tagline to promote his blockbuster 1975 movie Jaws was “just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water.” Ironically, some version of that could today be applied to the safety of attending (or working) live sound gigs. This certainly comes to mind considering last month’s carnage at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas or the May 22 Manchester Arena bombing after an Ariana Grande show. Ironically, both of these attacks came from outside the performance space, where measures such as metal directors and security patdowns are ineffective. Add a comment

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For the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, MN, Allied Productions and Sales worked with Randy Hawkins, the venue's head audio engineer, on a new system that includes L-Acoustics K2 components.
For the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, MN, Allied Productions and Sales worked with Randy Hawkins, the venue's head audio engineer, on a new system that includes L-Acoustics K2 components.

Recent Theater/Performing Arts Center Projects

FOH Staff
Installations

FRONT of HOUSE profiles four unique venues, each with their own audio reinforcement needs. There’s the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, MN, a former vaudeville and cinema mecca saved from the wrecking ball and converted for use as a live music venue, and then there’s the Vietnam National Puppetry Theatre, where puppeteers wade behind a curtain in waist-deep water. We also profile the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch, Havering, London, which is making the switch from analog mixing to digital, and how acoustic treatments are optimizing the acoustics for different performances within the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, FL.

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The venue has been part of Nashville’s Gulch district since 1984.
The venue has been part of Nashville’s Gulch district since 1984.

Nightclub Focus: Twelfth & Porter

FOH Staff
Installations

After a One-Year Hiatus, 12th & Porter Returns to Nashville’s Live Music Scene By Thomas S.FriedmanI

n February 2015, when 12th & Porter’s previous owners announced that their storied venue was about to close, the local newspapers went into full obituary mode, lamenting the loss of a venue that helped put artists like Keith Urban, Sugarland and Dierks Bentley into the public eye (and ear).

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Enrique Iglesias 2017 tour photo by Steve Jennings
Enrique Iglesias 2017 tour photo by Steve Jennings

Enrique Iglesias 2017 Tour

Steve Jennings (Photo and Text)
Production Profile

The Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull Live! 2017 co-headlining tour, with also feature Latin boy band CNCO as an opening act, hit the road in the U.S. and Canada in June and July, then headed back out for another trek across North America in October and November. The tour follows a previous trek pairing Enrique and Pitbull, the “Time of Our Lives” tour, in 2015.

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The 58 “Crosses for Losses” near the Welcome to Las Vegas sign commemorate victims of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting Oct. 1. The crosses were moved to the Clark County Museum in Las Vegas on Nov. 12.
The 58 “Crosses for Losses” near the Welcome to Las Vegas sign commemorate victims of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting Oct. 1. The crosses were moved to the Clark County Museum in Las Vegas on Nov. 12.

Beyond Safety's Reach

FOH Staff
Safety Factor

Las Vegas Shooting Shows That Even Best Practices Can’t Make Events Completely Safe

The real-life nightmare that unfolded during the closing performance by headliner Jason Aldean at the Route 91 Harvest Festival defied just about every best-practices precaution that could have been deployed to keep the performers, crew and 22,000 concert attendees safe.

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Bluegrass Underground's Volcano Room. Photo by Michael Weintrob.
Bluegrass Underground's Volcano Room. Photo by Michael Weintrob.

The Unique Acoustics of 'Bluegrass Underground's' Performance Space

Michael S. Eddy
Features

House engineer Andy Kern and Lonely Dog Productions owner Tony Cottrill on the non-televised gigs staged within the PBS Bluegrass Underground venue, the Volcano Roomxt

A truly unique room — naturally beautiful and with amazing acoustics — makes a memorable music venue. The Volcano Room, a venue that seats 600, is the home for a popular radio and television series Bluegrass Underground, as well as a variety of non-televised concerts each month.

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Custom Earpieces for IEM Systems
Custom Earpieces for IEM Systems

Custom Earpieces for IEM Systems

George Petersen
Buyer's Guide

One of the major advancements in live sound has been in-ear listening/monitoring systems, which have made a significant impact in the way concerts are presented. A rock-solid wireless transmitter combined with beltpack IEM receivers and accurate earpieces can significantly improve nearly any show or presentation. Not only can performers hear themselves far better than stage wedge mixes, IEM use results in lowered stage volume. With a great IEM mix, the FOH engineer’s task becomes simpler, audience get better sound and artists are happy — a definite example of a win-win-win-situation.

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Hometown Heroes
Hometown Heroes

2017 Hometown Hero Finalists

Kevin M. Mitchell
Features

Audio Achievers Voted Best in Their Region by FOH Readers

Readers across the continent weighed in on which sound company deserved the certificate, bragging rights and the chance to take home the “Parnelli Hometown Hero Award of the Year” at the Parnelli Awards gala in January. There are some fresh faces along with several who are returning to the winner’s circle, but they all offer up a few things in common: a dedication to customer service, a commitment to constantly investing in their inventory and an unflappable commitment to getting the job done. Meet the people running the companies named as the best in their region by readers of FRONT of HOUSE.

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Shure Axient Digital road test, FOH Nov 2017
Shure Axient Digital road test, FOH Nov 2017

Shure Axient Digital

Vince Lepore
Road Tests

Shure’s Axient Digital is the latest addition to the Axient line of high-end, robust wireless systems from the industry leader in wireless microphone and in-ear monitoring. Building on a tremendous wealth of experience with both analog and digital wireless, and coupled with an array of available microphone capsules and accessories, Shure is the most well-positioned company during a transitional time for the U.S. wireless spectrum.

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