Last Saturday’s show was a lot of fun, and I think we played really well. The staff at the Capital Hill Arts Center was very helpful and friendly. We definitely benefit when the house crew is so easy to work with. The overall enthusiasm we experience at these gigs is amazing, both from the audience and the support staff.
Parking on Capital Hill is always difficult, and I was lucky enough to find a spot just down the street from the club. It didn’t help that it was raining, or that I still needed to make four trips with the hand truck to / from my car. I definitely need to get a hand truck that converts to a cart. This will allow me to move my gear in a single trip. It’s on my “to do” list before the New Year’s Eve gig.
One of the additional challenges of this gig was the limited monitor system. We didn’t get much of a soundcheck (ok… none) and there were only two monitors for the whole band. One didn’t work. Guess which one I was using… I think we need to invest in an in-ear system for the band. Then it wouldn’t matter.
The next week of practice is going to interesting; I need to do some tweaks on my patches and prepare the blocks of presets to match the set order. New Year’s Eve is going to be a lot of fun.