Bankview Public House

Bankview Public House: 2905 - 14th Street SW. 

Set Times.  Fridays: 9:30-1:00am.  Karaoke Saturdays 9:30-1am. 

House pa includes 2 powered mid hi's and one bass bin.  12 channel mixer with on board fx and eq.  2 monitor sends are rack mounted for easy access in front of the rig.  These sends are EQ's by a Klark Teknik eq.  

There is one unpowered monitor on Aux 1 (EV unpowered speaker).  it is driven by one channel on a dual channel amplifier and is using one send (Aux 1) of the rack mounted monitor sends..  So, if you want to bring another powered monitor you can simply patch into Aux 2 on front of the amp rack or: you can patch into the unused channel on the amplifier for a second monitor (Aux 2)   If you use the rack mounted patch bay and not go direct from the mixer into the amp you will have benefit of the Klark Teknik EQ (Aux 2/right channel)

If you have 2 powered monitors, it is simple enough to remove the xlr cable from the front of the rack labelled Aux 1 and plug in your own speaker.  Just remember to plug it back in when your finished.  Again, if you use the front of rack aux send/monitors patch bay the Klark Teknik EQ is wired inline to them so no matter which way you set up your monitors, you have control of the frequencies.

The pa and band area set up is along the hip wall across from the vlt's.  The bass should be positioned with the bass bin facing the bar through the little stairway opening. Position the one mid hi facing the three quarters point of the service bar close to the corner....The other mid-hi towards the pool table.  This seems to cover the room the best and allows for sound from the one speaker to spill into the stage area a bit.

You will need to bring: all cables, mics, stands and powered monitors if required.  Remember this is a small room, please watch your volume.

 

 

Bookers Crab Shack & BBQ

Booker Band Info. If you have seen the stage you will know it is kind of narrow and there is a pole on the right hand side that makes things a little tight.  Set times: 2 x 75 min sets,9-10:15 and 10:45 to 12am.  Special events times may alter to 930-130am so check with Darcy to confirm. 

Load in must be in the afternoon.  If sound is being taken care of for you Sound man will set up the pa at approx. 230pm, band to arrive 3pm, the drummer can come a tad sooner if he likes.  If you are providing sound please adhere to the above load in times too. 

Volume is an issue so typically, we/you are mic'ing the kik and vocals only and tone match the bass and guitar amps.  We/you can di keyboards, accoustinc and other instruments if required. 

Please keep in mind that Booker's is firstly a Restaurant.  Again, please be respectful with the volume.  If any of your fans or relatives want to book tables for the night, please have them use Booker's reservation systems vs walking in and saying they are with the band. If they know they are coming, they will go out of their way to make sure they are looked after, which helps create a great experience above and beyond for them.
 
Please make arrangements with Darcy to receive your pay by entransfer.  Cash is no longer an option.   Have a great show.....

Canmore Hotel

ALL ARTISTS: FACEBOOK AND OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA IS ESSENTIAL IN EFFECTIVELY MARKETING YOUR BAND AND YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR PROMOTING YOURSELVES.  PROMOTION MATERIAL, POSTERS ETC MUST ALSO BE SUPPLIED TO US NO LATER THAN 3 WEEKS PRIOR TO YOUR EVENT.  PLEASE MAIL PROMO OR POSTERS TO: 738 - 8th Street, Canmore, Alberta  T1W 2B6 OR: DIGITAL FILES TO: espdc@shaw.ca 

CANMORE HOTEL HOUSE RULES:
LOAD-IN:    anytime after 3:00 pm.  Bands to be set up by 8:30 pm.
STAGE LIGHTS AND POWER:   Can be turned on at the breaker box on stage LEFT wall. (Turn them all on).
P.A., LIGHTS & SOUND TECH:  Supplied by venue.
SOUND CHECK:  Usually only a line check and monitor check is required.  Sound tech arrives at 9:00-ish...he'll tell you more.

START /FINISH TIME:
1 BAND PLAYING
Set 1) 10-10:45pm  (45min)
Set 2) 11:15-12:30am  (75min)
Set 3) 1:00-1:30am  (30min)

2 BANDS PLAYING
Set 1) 9:30-10:45pm  (75min)
Set 2) 11:15-12:30am  (75min)
Set 3) 1:00-1:30am  (30min)


ROOMS:  Check-in after 3:00pm   Check-out 12:00pm
PAY:  Bands will be paid each night after their show. Hotel reserve the right to withhold pay until rooms are inspected.
COMPS: Sorry no meals.
NO SMOKING IN ANY PART OF THE HOTEL!
 

Elbow River Casino

The Elbow River Casino, 218 18 Ave SE, Ph:403-266-4355:  Load in and set up must be done by 8pm. If you bring amps make sure they are not ripping loud or turn them away from the audience. Sound man (Lyle Coombes) expects the band to load in at your discretion. Obviously larger more complicated bands will take more time. You need to be plugged in and microphones placed no later than 8pm. Lyle will give you a good sound check at 8pm but, he is gone at exactly 8:30 pm and you are on your own for the weekend. (set and forget).  Sets are: 9:30-1am. 3 x 50 min sets with 2 x 30 min breaks.  Please note:  If you are late for sound check, the sound man simply leaves and the band is left with out a proper sound check.  This is not acceptable and the band will probably not be asked back to play at The Elbow.  Further, if another sound man has to come in to complete the sound check $75 will be charged back to the band.  The sound man service offered is a courtesy to the bands and is not mandatory in any way.  If you do not wish to use the sound man and are interested in supplying your own sound man please advise Darcy you are going to do so.  Of course this is at the bands expense. 

NOTE: There is absolutely no drinking of alchoholic beverages on stage.

UFC fights etc....Unless directed specifically by management (not customers or general staff) Do not stop playing or alter your sets for UFC fights, Hockey games or other events.  Play as per normal.  The lounge will close the doors if neccesary.  

It is incumbent upon the band that upon your first engagement at the Elbow or, if any technical details change for your band, to email the bands stage plot and input list at least 10 days prior to Lyle Coombes at: lylecoombes@gmail.com  As well, indicate the dates of your performance.  This is neccesary to ensure all neccesary microphone, di's and other associated equipement essential to your performance are provided.    If you need to contact Lyle Coombes his number is 403-852-7166

The venue has 4 vocal mics, 4 boom stands, 1 straight, 3 instrument mic, drum mic package with kik stand and mini booms, 3 di boxes/They have 3 mackie monitors and 1 powered drum monitor/xlr cable are loombed and run/ Allen and Heath 24 channel board with effects and compression.

There are no drink riders or free meals. Pop, Coffee, Juice, Water etc. is comped and you can get that in the lounge behind the stage.

After your Friday show, please make sure you mute the channels on the mixer.  After your last show, please make sure the power to the Mackie monitors, powered bass speakers, drum monitor and the 1 QSC power amplifier that run the speakers at the top of the rack on stage are turned off.  It is important that under no circumstances you turn off the cross-over above the speaker amplifier, the mixer and gear under the mixer. Serious damage to speakers can occur if you do. To state it another way, only turn power amplifers or powered speakers off. Everything else stays turned on.

If you find that the mixer or other electronics have been turned off. Turn off the speaker amplifier, all of the powered speakers then, turn on all the other gear. When absolutely everything has been turned back on including the crossover above the speaker amplifiers, you can turn on the powered speakers and speaker amplifier.

We have had an ongoing issue with the front lights needing to be re-set from time to time. This is a problem if the bands do not know where to reset them. This is achieved by powering off and on the power bar marked front lighting at the front of the amplifier rack on stage. 

Please leave cables, mics and stands in neat order and left were you initialy found them.  Take your cues from the duty manager, he/she can advise you regarding pushing start times for hockey games or anything that comes up...Having said that though, generally, they do not want you to change the start times for hockey or UFC

Please make arrangements with Darcy to receive your pay by entransfer.  Cash is no longer an option.   Have a great show.....

Grey Eagle Casino

Grey Eagle Casino gig info: 37St & Glenmore Trail SW. Ph: 403-273-3200. Times: Fri-Sat 7:30pm load in then sound check 9:00pm show to 1:00am. 3 X 1 hr sets. 2 X 30 min breaks.

Thursday's and/or weekday shows were a main stage artist is performing: Load in 7:30pm speak with in house sound tech Craig to confirm start times.  Most shows get out around 10:40pm so, sets as follows:  Set 1) 9:30 – 10:15, break 15 mins.  Set 2) 10:30pm – 11:30pm, break 30 mins.  Set 3) 12-12:30 or 12:45

No backline, no meals or riders except for water, pop and juice. They are sticklers for punctuality. They are at 37St & Glenmore Trail SW. Good sound and techs.

Hexter's

Times 930-1am, 3 x 50 mins. There are 2 powered bass bins and 2 powered mid hi's speakers but that is all. No stands, cables, mics, mixer or monitors. I have personally mixed using those speakers and while they look a little weathered but, sound good. Bar will pay you directly and you will have to e:transfer or send me my fee. Obviously be there in time to set your selves up. Afternoons after lunch are best if you can….Have a good show!

Juliette's Castle

Juliette's Castle   440 - 16th Ave NE.   Show times are currently Saturdays.  Saturday Jam is 3-7pm and evening shows at 10pm - 1:00am.  2 X 75min set, 10-11:15pm and 11:45-1am.  Shows with more than 1 band times may vary.  Check with Darcy if that is the case.

Venue provides sound and tech, drum kit, bass rig and guitar amp if needed.  Load in any time but, just before the gig is fine.  Discuss technical details with Darcy prior to the show.

Murrieta's

Murrietas Address:200, 808 - 1st Street S.W. Ph:403-269-7707. PA and a little bit of lights are required.  Load in after 2pm and finish before 4:30pm. 2 X 75 minute sets 9:45 pm to 11:00pm and 11:30 to 12:45am. Check with manager on duty, make sure he lets you know if volume is to high.. common sense stuff.

PLEASE NOTE:  Murrieta's has a business casual dress code.  This aplies to band members, their friends, relatives and fans.  Also, as there is no cover charge, band fees are paid for strictly through sales.  If you have fans, reletives, drivers or anyone coming to see you, please note there is an implied minimum drink or spending charge.  Persons ordering pop, water, coffee etc. do reflect badly on the band.   

Seating at Murrieta's is in very high demand.....Some bands have had their fans, friends or relatives reserving tables for 6 and having only 2 people occupy it during the show only to have the band occupy it on breaks.  This not kosher!  Seating is at a premium and unoccupied seats that could be occupied are noticed by management.  In these situations, the band only has one 30 minute break but, the seats go unoccupied for 3 hours or more.  This represents a potential loss of revenue.  

Loading Out.  On completion of your final set, please do take a few minutes to relax but, please do load out in a timely matter.  The venue does not operate on night club hours were they serve to 2am and every one out by 3.  

Please make arrangements with Darcy to receive your pay by entransfer.  Cash is no longer an option.   Have a great show.....
 

Prohibition Freehouse

Prohibition Freehouse, 1153 Kensington Crescent NW  The venue now has a house PA. Load in anytime. Afternoons are probably best.  Stage door entrance via the alley.  Sets are now 9pm to 1am and consist of 2 x 75 min sets and 1 x 30 minute tag set (2 x 30 min breaks).  Timing is important, please adhere to the schedule.  Set 1) 9-10:15pm, Set 2) 10:45-12:00am, Set 3) 12:30-1am

PROMOTIONS/FACEBOOK:  Bands are required to start a Facebook event page for their date at Prohibition.  What has proven to work best is that the bands create an events page of their own at least the Monday prior to their event, preferably a little sooner and then include or "like" The Prohibition Freehouse on Facebook and tag them as well. Follow up on the event page with additional posts just prior to the event.  In addition, it is advised that each member of the band do exactly the same with their personal facebook pages.  This way, not only do the bands promote it but, the venue will include it on their facebook event page as well. That and along with the advertising buys and third party sites they report to has proven to be quite effective and reaches a lot more people than both bands and venue doing their independent promotion of the event.

Don’t want to preach to much more on this subject but, I do want to make it clear that it is expected that at a minimum, all bands that play Prohibition must create an event page on Facebook and tag Prohibition.  It would be great if the individual band members do the same as well.  It is of course in every ones best interest and we hope to help promote live music a little more effectively.

PA:  The PA at The Prohibition consist of a digital Mackie DL1608, It features recallable SHOWS with SNAPSHOTS and can be run remotely via a router for easy set up. There is also, 1 Yorkville 800P powered sub, 2 X Yorkville Paraline speakers mono stacked stage right.  There are 2 X EV  and 1 JBL monitors. There are 4 sennheiser vocal mics and an AKG D112 kik mic, about 12 xlr cables, 4 boom stands.  Realistically, due to the nature of the rooms acoustics and the fact they don’t like it too loud, it is really only necessary to mic the kik drum and vocals, keyboards if they aren't amplified.

LOAD IN AND SOUND CHECK: Initially, we are asking the bands to load in at 8:00pm but, you can load in earlier.  If you do, you will have to return at 8:30pm for sound check. The sound man (Darcy) will dial in the pa for you and set up the bands SHOW/SNAPSHOTS and tutor the band on its set up. However, we may have some flexability and load in and sound check on Thursday nights. Bands will have to make individual arrangements prior to determine which day load and sound check will occur. Darcy is doing the sound checks as a courtesy and may have to alter these times a bit, so please check with him first.  espdc@shaw.ca

Mixes are stored as SNAPSHOTS.  You will have to keep in mind that ambient sounds that contribute to the stage sound like guitar and bass amps, drum loudness and vocal monitors will have to be altered to match the MAINS MIX. For example, if you are running a QUIET MIX, guitar amps will have to come down to match. No use in turning down to the QUIET SNAPSHOT if the guitar amp is still loud. The guitar will be overbearing and it won’t sound good. All of common sound sense stuff.

Once captured the bands can do their own sound checks or rather the bands won’t have to do sound checks they will simply just have to plug in and recall their SHOW/SNAPSHOT. Over time these SNAPSHOTS mixes can be tweeked here and there improving on the bands mix. You can then just simply REPLACE your SNAPSHOT with that current setting and the changes will be permanent. Be careful not to select RECALL to save your changes. Doing so will disregard your changes and go to the last know save or REPLACE. Saving a default mix in a snapshot is probably a good idea just in case you make mistakes or erase your SNAPSHOT accidentally.

One important point regarding the mixer. The input gain knobs are a bit sensitive and turn easily, if you are not careful and, for example, drag a mic cable over them, they will move and will cause the pa or monitors to squeal as the gain has now increased or, the opposite, they will turn down and your mains and monitors will fade down. This is easily addressed. I have found by using a universal input gain structure and leaving the gain knobs at a fixed, predetermined setting before you even start to mix and taping them down with one piece of gaff tape this problem goes away. The bands will be instructed to input the following way: 1) Drum inputs 1 thru six (gain setting at 9 O’clock) 2) All other non vocal inputs 7 thru 11 (gain setting at 10:30) and 3) Vocal inputs 12 thru 16 (gain setting at 12 O’clock). To avoid any discreprancies with your mix, it may be wise to check that the gain positions are correct before you start or RECALL your mix.

For consistency, we will be using the standard channel assignments: 1=kik, 2 = snare, 3=hi-hat, 4 thru 6=Tom 1 thru 3 (3 thru 6 are realistically open channels unless a full drum mix is being utilized for in ear monitors), 7=Bass, 8-9 di 1 and 2, 10=Guitar St Right, 11=Guitar St Left, 12 = Vox St Right, 13=Vox St Center, 14=Vox St Left , 15+ Vox Drums, 16 is an extra vocal channel or for a ¼” input.(there are only 4x 1/4inputs 13-16)

If you find you absolutely must gain up a channel strip, carefully pull up the Velcro/gaff tape and gain up your channel as required and redo the gaff tape. Make sure you haven’t changed any of the gain/input positions. We recommend you make a notation on the mixers strip label noting were the input knob is set. For example, Kik drum 11pm. (not 9pm the generic setting) To avoid a change in the dynamics of your mix, it is recommended that you check the gain inputs on set up so as to avoid altered mixes. Make sure you redo the gaff tape carefully. Don't move the input knobs.

Riverstone Pub

Riverstone Pub, 773 Northmount Drive NW. Ph:403- 509-1560  The venue now has a house PA.  Load in anytime.  Night befor is ok too but, you must make arrangement with Darcy or Warren the sound dudes to sound check you at least for your first time in on the sound system. 

Effective 2018 sets are now 8pm to 12am, three  one hour sets.  Posters are required. 5-6 hard copy posters is what they want.  They don't want an attachment sent to them then they print it off, it is up to the band. One week before the gig is sufficient, a month before is a little excessive.

PA DIRECTIONS: 
The PA at The Riverstone consist of a digital Mackie DL1608, It features recallable SHOWS with SNAPSHOTS and can be run remotely via a router for easy set up.  There is also, 1 Yorkville 800P powered sub, 2 X QSC K12's "Flown" mid-hi's and 3 X EV "Flown" monitors.  There are 4 shure 58's and 1 shure 57 microphones, 12 xlr cables, a double di box, 3 boom stands, 1 straight stand, 1 AKG D112 kik mic.   Realistically, due to the nature of the rooms acoustics and the fact they don’t like it too loud, it is really only necessary to mic the kik drum and perhaps the snare drum if your drummer isn’t to hard a hitter.   With all the open vocal channels the drums can get rackety to be sure. 

Initially, we are asking the bands to load in at 730pm but, you can load in earlier but, you will have to still have to return at 8pm for sound check.  The sound man (Warren or Darcy) will dial in the pa for you and set up the bands SHOW/SNAPSHOTS and tutor the band on its set up.  However, we may have some flexability and load in and sound check on Thursday nights.  Bands will have to make individual arrangements prior to determine which day load and sound check will occur.  We will try and set up 2 mixes.  1 quiet and one louder mix.  These mixes are stored as SNAPSHOTS with in your bands SHOW in the mixer.  You will have to keep in mind that ambient sounds that contribute to the stage sound like guitar and bass amps, drum loudness and vocal monitors will have to be altered to match the MAINS MIX.  For example, if you are running a QUIET MIX, guitar amps will have to come down to match.  No use in turning down to the QUIET SNAPSHOT if the guitar amp is still loud. The guitar will be overbearing and it won’t sound good.  All of common sound sense stuff. 

Once captured the bands can do their own sound checks or rather the bands won’t have to do sound checks they will simply just have to plug in and recall their SHOW/SNAPSHOT.  Over time these SNAPSHOTS mixes can be tweeked here and there improving on the bands mix.  You can then just simply REPLACE your SNAPSHOT with that current setting and the changes will be permanent.  Be careful not to select RECALL to save your changes.  Doing so will disregard your changes and go to the last know save or REPLACE.  Saving a default mix in a snapshot is probably a good idea just in case you make mistakes or erase your SNAPSHOT accidentally.
 
Generally, for QUIET mixes, all that is need is kick drum, vocals and perhaps bass for most bands in the mix.  Keyboards, drum pads, samples and tracks of course will need to input via a di box or directly into the mixer.  Tone match the guitars and bass amp to the main mix using the acoustic sound generated by the amplifiers.  Still mic the guitar amp just keep it muted.  On medium and louder mixes it may need to be unmuted and/or guitar amp brought up in volume.  Generally though it is best to introduce the guitar into the mains and keep the guitar stage volume the same.  Quieter stages makes for cleaner mixes! 

One important point regarding the mixer.  The input gain knobs are a bit sensitive and turn easily, if you are not careful and, for example, drag a mic cable over them, they will move and will cause the pa or monitors to squeal as the gain has now increased or, the opposite, they will turn down and your mains and monitors will fade down.  This is easily addressed.  I have found by using a universal input gain structure and leaving the gain knobs at a fixed, predetermined setting before you even start to mix and taping them down with one piece of gaff tape this problem goes away.  The bands will be instructed to input the following way: 1) Drum inputs 1 thru six (gain setting at 9 O’clock) 2) All other non vocal inputs 7 thru 11 (gain setting at 10:30) and 3) Vocal inputs 12 thru 16 (gain setting at 12 O’clock).  To avoid any discreprancies with your mix, it may be wise to check that the gain positions are correct before you start or RECALL your mix. 

For consistency, we will be using the standard channel assignment: 1=kik, 2 = snare, 3=hi-hat, 4 thru 6=Tom 1 thru 3 (3 thru 6 are realistically open channels unless a full drum mix is being utilized for in ear monitors), 7=Bass, 8-9 di 1 and 2, 10=Guitar St Right, 11=Guitar St Left, 12 = Vox St Right, 13=Vox St Center, 14=Vox St Left , 15+ Vox Drums, 16 is an extra vocal channel or for a ¼” input.(there are only 4x 1/4inputs 13-16) 

If you find you absolutely must gain up a channel strip, carefully pull up the gaff tape and gain up your channel as required and redo the gaff tape.  Make sure you haven’t changed any of the gain/input positions.  We recommend you make a notation on the mixers strip label noting were the input knob is set.  For example, Kik drum 11pm. (not 9pm the generic setting)  To avoid a change in the dynamics of your mix, it is recommended that you check the gain inputs on set up so as to avoid altered mixes.  Make sure you redo the gaff tape carefully.  Don't move the input knobs..  We will probably come up with a more elegant way to address this issue….Maybe Velcro strip of some kind.  For now though, that does work.

Rose and Crown (Calgary)

Rose and Crown Calgary. 15th Avenue at 4th Street SW.  Procedures have changed a little bit recently.  Management is doing a more hands on system with the bands.  While I will  be responsible for booking band dates, please direct any non schedule or booking inquiries or any changes to management first and cc me the copy on it.  

Contact there is Dennis at: Phone: 403-244-7757  Unless time is a real issue, for tracking reasons emails are preferred.

PA but, no lights required.  Sets 930-130am 3 X 1 hour sets.  They are strict about set times.  Do not deviate from set times even one minute.  If a manager or staff member tells you to wait, tell them you are not allowed to.  Management will dock your pay if you deviate.  Load in after lunch and before happy hour or make alternative arrangements with management. Venue pays the band directly.

Shamrock Hotel Gig Details

RETIRED AFTER 100 YEARS OR SO...........

Strathmore Hotel-Green bar

Set times: 9:30-1:30am.  3 x 60 min sets with 2 x 30 min breaks unless advised otherwise. 
Bands will need to bring out their own stands, mics and cables as none are provided.  

Mains
The sound consists of a 16 channel mix wizard mixer, associated processing and a QSC speaker front of house speaker system and 4 powered speakers for monitors.  To avoid damaging speakers from being powered off or on incorrectly the main rack and processing are left on at all times.  To turn on the main speaker system simply turn on the power at the back of the QSC sub, the one QSC above the sub and the other speaker on the wall mount at stage right.  To power off the system reverse this procedure. 

(note*  If there is a problem getting signal to the speakers make sure the power to the processing and mixer are on.  If the mains EQ (DBX) is not powered up, check ac cables at the back of the unit.)

Monitors
There are 4 mixes, 2 in the ceiling and 2 on the floor.  Mix 2 & 3 are flown and approx. face the stage center and stage left position.  Mix 2 & 3 turn on by turning on the rack mounted power bar marked monitors on the front of the rack.  There is one mix that floats on the floor (mix 4).  It should have an ac cable tied to the speaker and there is a xlr cable at the back of the stage marked Mix 4 which need to go into the input jack of that speaker.  There is a mix 1, the xlr cable marked mix 1 is hanging or near the front of the power rack.  You will probably need to extend it with an xlr cable.  There is an extra powered speaker for that mix.  I suggest it to be used for the drummer as it is the most powerful and biggest speaker.  You can find an ac power cable for it in the bottom of the rack in the milk crate…. 

Inputs
There is a 16 channel snake head at the rear of the stage near the drummer position.  Input channel assignments are:
1 Kick, 2 Snare, 3 thru 6 (drum or open),  7 Bass, 8 DI or misc. Stage Right, 9 DI or misc. Stage Left, 10) Guitar Stage Right
11) Guitar Stage Left, 12) Vocals Stage Right, 13) Vocals Stage Centre, 14) Vocals Stage Left, 15) Drum Vocals 
16) CD Player (plugged in directly to the board  Remember the main rack power stays on at all times.
 
Lighting 
There are 2 dj fx and a lazer labeled switches on rack mounted rocker switched power bar on the front rack.  Use these effects judiciously; they can be a little boring left on all the time.  For now, front lights are turned on by turning on the power to the power bar on the pole behind the video projector.  I will install a switch for them on the rack at a later date. 

LED lights on the back wall are turned on by activating a marked rocker switch on a rack mounted power bar (labeled such), turn them on.  For static effects:  Go to the lighting controller make sure no fixture buttons are engaged and go to bank 30.  Select scenes 1 thru 6.  To dim the lights activate fixture buttons 1 thru 4, turn the first slider marked dimmer up to the top and bring it down to the desired dimmed level.  Scenes 7 & 8 are semi automated and do not dim. 

There are lots of other scenes on banks 1 through 11.  You may want to go thru them all to find some you like.  Again, to dim follow the previous directions. Some animated scenes use on board macros (channels 7 & 8) will not dim.  Channels 7 are a slow color change/fade and 8 are a fast color change/fade.  These are useful dramatic lighting effects that you can easily adjust to match the tempo of the music.  The blackout button can be used to dramatically stop the lights at the end of a song however, you may want to keep fixtures 1 thru 4 engaged and use the dimming to end the scene and bring up again at the start of a new song.  It is a little slicker that way. 

If you want to chase scenes you will need to engage chase 1 and punch in auto, turn up the slider marked SPEED I think.  It is just to the left of the fade time slider.  These sliders are the two by themselves on the right side of the controller.  If you know how to program and work the controller have at it just don’t rewrite or erase any existing ones.  Use the later chases, chase 7 or 8 perhaps.  In chase mode, using the fader slider can be a little counter-productive if turned up to high.  Maybe start with it at the lowest setting and bring it up slowly to see how it affects your chase.  Typically it best left off.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                 
Please do not delete or alter any existing scenes, banks or chases.

Tipsy Pig, The

Set times: Starting October there will no longer be summer and winter hours.  Times will be 930-130am with three one hour sets and 2 x 30 min breaks.  There is a discussion of having the bands play 2 x 75 mins and 1 x 30 min tag but, that has not been confirmed. Gathering feedback right now.   Pay is by cheque and they do not cash your cheque so, carry some cash to pay your tabs on Saturday. If you want to pick up your gear on Sunday after 11am thats ok but, please make sure it is removed by 5pm.

PROMOTING YOUR BAND:

Regarding Facebook promotions. It has been noted by management that some bands will promote some shows on their facebook while neglecting or perhaps forgetting to promote The Tipsy Pig shows. While not on purpose perhaps, that can be perceived as unfair to the venue. The Tipsy Pig has been very proactive these days promoting the live shows. Not just as a basic facebook post but as an “event” page. They have also been buying outreach weekly advertisements to reach as many folks as possible too.

What has proven to work best for them is that the bands create an events page of their own and then include The Tipsy Pig on Facebook. This way, not only do the bands promote it but, the venue will include it on their Facebook event page as well.  In addition it is requested that each member promote the event in the same way on their personal pages.  Further, a post from the band page and the members pages just prior to the event helps a lot too.  That and along with the advertising buys they do has been quite effective and reaches a lot more people than both bands and venue doing their independent promotion of the event.

Don’t want to preach to much more on this subject but, I do want to make it clear that it is expected that at a minimum, all bands that play The Tipsy Pig must create an event page on Facebook and "like" and "tag" The Tipsy Pig.  It would be great if the individual members do the same as well.   It is of course in every ones best interest and we hope to help promote live music a little more effectively.

SOUND:

There is an in house sound system that consist of 4 EV monitors and mains and a Mackie Digital 1608 mixer.  There are four boom stands and mic cables for them but, you will need to bring your own microphones and any extra stand and xlr cables.  Please! NO FOG MACHINES - NO DUCT TAPE(unless industry grade-low residue)  - NO CHEWING GUM    There is a new decent light show and a high end hazer.  Please turn the hazer off between sets and at the end of the show.  It is automatic and the 3 digit pinwheel on the back should be 611.  6 is auto, 1 thru 8 in the middle digit is output.  1 being the lowest.  1 thru 8 on the end digit is fan speed.  For best results the hazer needs to be pointed from the back of the stage, stage right and pointed at the back wall towards the power rack with no obstructions.

A sound tech  is provided for initial set up and sound check.  For now that sound tech is Darcy.  He can be reached at: espdc@shaw.ca   Please make arrangements with Darcy regarding sound check times. Load in anytime but, Darcy wont be there for actual sound check until approx. 9pm show start he will mix you on the fly.  Depending on Darcy's schedule, these times will vary a bit. Alternate arrangements like loading in and sound checking on Thursday evening or earlier in the afternoon on Friday can be arranged.  Call Darcy at: 403-837-9920 or email at: espdc@shaw.ca.

Once sound has been established in the mixer, it will be easier for sound check.  Darcy will show you the basics and how to recall your mix and establish at least two variations of your mix.  1) Normal volume and 2) Loader volume for busier times.  a third variation is planned 3) Quiet mix

To turn the sound and lights on or off:  Leave the router, mixer and light controllers powered on at all times then either hit all the breakers on or off.  ipad will automatically shut off after 15 minutes.  If you like you can put the ipad to sleep at any time.  This will safeguard the mixer from being changed accidentally.  Your existing mix will not change.  On turning on, to open mixer just hit main button and scroll on as per any older ipad.  Software should come up (Mackie Fade Master 4). 

Background Music:  Bar staff will turn on and off the house background system

Lights:  Front lights are easily brought up by pushing up faders on the light board on the wall.  It is well marked,, very easy.  The backline lights work on a very simple controller.  Basically, just need to leave it on scenes and it will fade in and out to the next scene automatically with the music sensitivity dialed in.  Chases will do the same thing but be more animated. 

There are more automatic  moving lights.  They turn on and off with a simple remote fob located on the side of the front lighting light controller.  It is velcroed there, please make sure it goes back and not lost.  It's range is pretty good and you don't actually have to remove it to activate/de-activate the lights.  These lights consist of: Channel 1) Lazer Channel 3) Moving Dance Floor Lights

Have a great show!

The Venue (cochrane)

79 - Railway Street East, Cochrane, AB.  Ph:587-362-4283.  Full pa and sound tech in house.  4 monitor mixes, with 4 x schure 58's, 4 x schure 57's, 3 x d.i. boxes, drum mics, stands and cables.  Showtime is 830 or 9pm.  Be ready for 8:30pm and manager will make the call.  3 x 60min sets.  2 x 30min breaks. So, 8:30pm start end 12:30am, likewise 9pm start end at 1am.  Sound man arrives for 7pm so please be set up for him and leave enough space on the stage in front of you to place the monitors.  Payment will be made directly to you from the venue.  If any commissions are due, they will be your responsibility.

Nice folks, nice staff and customers...Have fun!

Vintage Chophouse

Band details for: Vintage Chophouse 322 - 11th Ave SW Ph: 262-7262.  Small PA but, no lights required.   Load in after 2pm but done by 430pm. You have to keep the sound very simple and low volume.  As of late, there have been complaints from management about volume so please be respectful in that regard. I recomend micing the vocals and kik drum only is best. Bass amp maybe....Then tone match guitar, bass or keyboard amps to the vocal mix You have to be careful with sound check and not be disruptive.....a line check more than a sound check really.... 2 X 75 minute sets.  They are 10pm to 11:15pm and 11:45 to 1am.  Check with manager on duty befor your first set to set the tone and volume. Typically they want you to start off quiet but, they want the energy level up. I know that is hard to do but, that is the way they want it. Also, during the first set, make sure the manager lets you know if the volume is to high.

If you have arranged for Darcy to provide sound, his sound guy will load in for 2pm-ish but, the band needn't show up until 2:30pm. You should be able to get a sound check done by 3pm or so. It is a set and forget so make sure no one gets their stage volume out of sync whith everyone else.

PLEASE NOTE:  The VIntage Chophouse has a business casual dress code.  This applies to band members, their friends, relatives and fans.  Also, as there is no cover charge, band fees are paid for strictly through sales.  If you have fans, reletives, drivers or anyone coming to see you, please note there is an implied minimum drink or spending charge.  Persons ordering pop, water, coffee etc. do reflect badly on the band.

Please make arrangements with Darcy to receive your pay by entransfer.  Cash is no longer an option.   Have a great show.....