Recently I was hired to provide some dinner music for the sponsors and attendees of the Good Sam Gala (Good Samaritan Health Center). It was held at the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead. Beautiful facility. Beautifully decorated. A music buddy of mine now works for the company. Formerly, he was the worship leader at a local church where I would sometimes sub on piano, and also tune it. Mr. J.A. is really enjoying this new gig which involves doing something totally different from music. I'm honored that he thought of me during the planning stages for this event. Since I'm the photographer, you get to see my keyboard rig instead. But I was there!
I've played at the Atlanta History Center many times over the years, mainly with wedding bands. The room isn't very big. It can get quite loud in there, especially with the hardwood floors. I love the way the light was coming through the windows during the preparation stages. Below is another view.
I'm one of those keyboards players that has to play in stereo. It's worth it to set up two speakers. It just sounds better. After all, keyboards are designed to be played in stereo. Notice the handles on top of the speakers on either side of the keyboard bench in the above photo. The digital piano is a Korg SP250. The speakers are of the old school passive variety (and quite hefty too), model Klipsch KP-2000. I'm grateful for hand trucks! Moving them isn't all that bad with wheels. With the use of powered Yamaha mixer head, it makes for a really nice clean sounding PA; great for vocal and acoustic guitar gigs too!
A line out from the mixer head was sent to the production company snake input. One wall of the room was lined with about six powered Yamaha DXR series 12" speakers. Those speakers sound great!!! Notice the tiny black boxes on speaker stands way in the background.
Playing solo has its pros and cons, depending on the gig. Providing easy listening background music (like this gig) while people are eating and socializing requires a more laid back, softer approach than a full blown performance with an attentive listening audience expecting to experience a show. Obviously, preparation requirements are also different.
Specialization Through Diversification...that's the name of the game for the working musician.
Be well! AC