Well tomorrow I'm nailing down the details for a gig in a couple weeks. We have a local festival that runs Fri - Sun. It's grown over the years. I provided sound the first 3 years for second stage. The first year I physically ran both stages, when the volunteer who was going to run main stage freaked out and quit on the spot. So it was back and forth for me all weekend, a nightmare. I made it work and we made it through the weekend, to a grand total audience of 150 people. The next year we had, 300, then 750. It was the 750 show that was my last providing for them. Next it was 1500, then 3000, and 5000 last year. This year they are expecting up to 10,000 people. They were always thankful for my work and understood when I let them know it was bigger than I could handle. The first year, second stage was in the beer tent and when it was all said and done, about 2 dozen of us stayed in the beer tent and partied and jammed until 6:30am. It was for us, after all the insanity was over. 2 years ago the idea of an open mic came about, and we talked about it but I ended up taking a pass as there was no money in the budget for it. My argument was I knew they were paying $25k for lights & sound, everyone was getting paid so I just couldn't do it for free. I said do what you can this year, and I'll help out, and budget for it next year. I helped a buddy who was able to scrape together some gear and it went well. They did budget for me to do it last year and it was a blast. The open mic started in the beer tent once main stage shut down at 7pm. It ran until 4:30 and was a blast!! Basically the first few years we took anyone we could to fill the stage, then once things got bigger they could pick and choose. The open mic brought a local aspect back to the whole thing, and lots of people commented that it was their favorite part! So I'm doing it again this year. Here's a couple videos from last year:
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