Thursday, April 8, 2010

Jackson Hole Mountain Festival

The weekend of March 27th 2010 was a great weekend for Capsicum Pro Audio. We were blessed with the opportunity to provide our services for the Jackson Hole Mountain Festival at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

This was our 5th Mountain Festival and the smoothest one we have done yet. In the past we have consistently been faced with harsh weather. Last years (2009) Mountain Fest, Ozomatli and Chali 2na performed in a decent sized snow storm, with a very cold and wet load out. Regardless of the conditions we were still able to provide an excellent production.

At the 2008 Mountain Fest, with Michael Franti, we showed up at 8am the day of the show with 6 inches of fresh snow and 45 mph winds. The rest of the day was much the same with a temperature near 0 degrees for load out. The crew stayed in good morale regardless and Capsicum was able to provide a fantastic production.

This year our crew was greeted with nothing but sunshine and seasonably warm weather.
Setup was simple and a pleasure.

The evening started off with Jet Black Ninja Funk Grass Unit. They provided a very energetic show with a good mix of some of your favorites, but all funkgrassed up!
With a 30 minute break to strike the stage for Grace Potter, Capsicum staff double checked microphone lines, stage monitors, and the main front of house system.
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals kicked off the show at roughly
6:30pm and kept the energy high until around 8:30pm when the fireworks kicked off.
4,000-5,000 people from all walks of Jackson Hole life showed up for the event.

A special thank you goes out to Poppa Presents, World Famous Productions, and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort for co-ordinating such a fantastic event.

Andy Calder of World Famous Productions had this to say about our services:

Infinitely experienced, knowledgeable, energetic, and friendly audio/stage/light production crew. Special thanks to Noah Waldron and Adam Klomp at Capsicum Productions for keeping that monstrous task moving on schedule! Sound was AMAZING this year!

Now for the geeky stuff:
Capsicum provided a JBL Vertec Line Array powered by Crown I-Tech amplifiers Processing was handled by a Dolby Lake running V4 presets for the Vertec 4888s.
The system was tuned, and time aligned using SMAART.
At FOH a Soundcraft GB series console was used for Grace Potter and a Midas Venice 320 for Jet Black Ninja Funkgrass Unit.
10x JBL SRX712m bi-amped stage monitors, powered by Lab Gruppen 10000Q, and 2x Dolby Lake Processors to handle crossover and E.Q. The monitor console of choice was a 40 channel Soundcraft K2.

The stage for this event was an SL260 provided by MSR (Mobile Stage Rentals).

We are so blessed to be able to do this for our jobs. Events like this one make for a very special year for us at Capsicum Pro Audio

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