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AV Vegas Rocks ACM Awards for Stoney’s Rockin’ Country
On the South end of the fabulous Las Vegas Strip is where country music lives! Stoney’s Rockin’ Country in Town Square Las Vegas, Nevada turned up the heat for the ACM Tailgate for A Cause featuring some of the hottest country music stars this side of the Mississippi.
After two harrowing days of high winds during the set-up, the winds died down and the sun came out, just in time for the stars to show up on ACM weekend.
Country music isn’t what it used to be and there’s one thing they know how to do right and that’s go BIG or go home.
The challenge was on to “turn it up” in Sin City and show them how we do it here in the south… Southern Nevada that is. Today’s popular country music is complex, no longer does it depend on the banjo, lap steels and fiddles, it’s a blended cross genre of sounds with screaming guitars and heavy beats. To get this “Party for A Cause” started AV Vegas brought out the stage, climber, audio, lighting, back-line and a crew of 11 techs to operate two stages of non-stop country music.
Audio Equipment: JBL VTX V25 Line Arrays; JBL VTX G28, S28 subs; all powered by Crown Amps; Console: Yamaha CL5 & QL1.
Lighting: Martin Mac Aura’s, Elation Cue Pix; Clay Paky Sharpies, Alpha Spots; LED Pars; Roadhog4 Lighting Console
On the ticket the featured artists included:
- Jon Pardi with
- Jimmie Allen
- Kenny Foster
- Walker Hayes
- High Valley
- Lucas Hoge
- Austin Jenckes
- Eric Paslay
- Stephanie Quayle
- Brandon Ray
- Jake Rose
- Scott Stevens
- Tenille Townes
The best country music leaves you feeling good and we were definitely feelin’ a little bit country. The music was great, the cowgirls were pretty and the bar-b-que ribs were amazing. Wish we could do it again tomorrow. This was the first outdoor country festival we have done since the tragic Route 91. We will continue to do these great country events for anyone who cares to put them on, especially the great Route 91 event, as long as we have breath, loudspeakers and guitar amps.
Are you planning and event in Las Vegas or nearby? Let us know how we can help bring your event to life. AV Vegas is the name behind the show!
About ACM’s Party for A Cause:
ACM Lifting Lives® is the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music. Through partnerships with artists and strong ties in the music industry, ACM Lifting Lives develops and funds music-related therapy and education programs and serves members of the community who face unexpected hardships through its Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund. Generous donations and support of artists and fans enables ACM Lifting Lives to fund everything from disaster relief and helping communities in need, to music education in schools and music camps for those with disabilities. For more information, please visit www.ACMLiftingLives.org.
ACM Party for a Cause events have raised over $500,000 through ticket proceeds in just four years. In total, the Academy of Country Music and ACM Lifting Lives have an almost 50-year history of charitable giving, and since 2008 ACM Lifting Lives has given more than $8 million to over 150 worthy causes while continuously supporting many projects throughout the year to create awareness and help those in need.
AV Vegas was selected to provide sound and backline for a party at Drai’s Beachclub Las Vegas. It was Corona’s Super Bowl party. The load in was at 5am, as it required a lot of gear and was a long push to get the gear up to the club. Our techs set the stage and all of the gear just as requested by the artist, Cypress Hill. AV Vegas used our JBL V20 line arrays over S25 subs and our new JBL M22 monitor wedges onstage. Our backline department supplied all of the instruments requested by the band.
CEO, AV Vegas
One starry night in Vegas, I had been asleep for a couple of hours when my cell phone rang. I looked at the number and it was Mike Burns from the MGM Grand Garden Arena. “Hey Mike, what’s up?”, I said as I shook myself awake. Mike explained that the band’s tech team arrived in the arena at 1 AM and listened to the PA system that had been provided for them. After a quick listen, it became clear that there was something terribly wrong with the speaker system. It was a quality, self-powered PA from a very popular manufacturer, but there was definitely something wrong with it. After an hour of troubleshooting, it was decided that the answer was to find another PA that was ready to rock and have it installed for the show that was scheduled for the next night. That is when I got the call…
AV Vegas had been providing live sound equipment and musical instrument rental for the MGM Grand Garden for several years, so it was natural for Mike to call who he knew and trusted. He explained that we had an hour and a half window in which to remove the bad system and install and tune our system and then turn it over to the band. “Mike”, I said, “No problem. Oh, by the way, who is the band?” His reply was Journey. Journey? Wow! I was so excited, I could barely get back to sleep.
It turned out that this was first show of their tour and their sound check / rehearsal was at noon the next day. We arrived the next morning, just as excited as we could be. Removing the old rig was slow going. The speaker cabinet rigging was difficult to deal with, but finally it was time to fly our rig, We flew our JBL Vertec 4889 boxes and checked their performance. All was good. Journey’s sound crew was cool under pressure until they saw the band walking in the back door of the arena. Just seconds after we finished the rig, the front of house engineer yelled, are we up and running? I yelled YES as he was walking quickly towards his console. He stopped and gave me the biggest high five I have ever had.
There are a few days in life that are truly, truly grand. The day you meet the love of your life, the day your kids are born. I may be accused of over dramatizing this event, but I will never forget the night I received the phone call and the day that AV Vegas got to provide a PA System for Journey. You see, it is not supposed to happen this way. The big sound companies always get to do the big bands. But on March 6th of 2008, years of preparation paid off. AV Vegas, a mid sized concert sound company got to be part of rock and roll history. I will always be grateful to be able to serve the great bands that I have grown up with. Journey is just one of them.