Brad played at the Everett Historic Theater last night.
It went pretty well. Brad did a great job, but the sound was decidedly not great. He sang through a wireless mic and that coupled with the fact that The Other Woman would not stay in tune gave him plenty of obstacles to overcome. Plus, honestly, the sound guy was not the usual one (who I've heard is really good) and I don't think he knew what he was doing. **UPDATE: The sound guy knew his stuff...but not the venue, which is no fault of his. He did as good a job as he could given the situation!!
On a side note: If you didn't know already, sound techs can make or break a show. Often times they don't know what they are doing or they lower the sound quality for the opening bands on purpose so the headliners sound better than anyone else. It's like this unspoken thing at certain venues...often times the headlining band doesn't travel with an opening act, so the venue is responsible for booking one or two bands to open the show. So the main act rarely knows the opening bands and sometimes these local acts are really good. Like, better than the the band everyone is paying to see. So lowering the sound quality for them is a weird nod of respect to the headliners. Which in turn is a nod of disrespect to the other artists...but it's one you deal with, I guess.
In this case, I think this guy just was not familiar with the theater's set up...he seemed to be trying really hard.
Brad did a great job, anyway.
Plus, it was really cool seeing his name on the electronic marquee! I took a picture with my cell phone, so it's terrible quality, but still...pretty darn cool.
The other bands were a Neil Diamond tribute band called Cherry Cherry, and then an awesome new band out of Everett called Scene Change. Then there was a singer/songwriter named Daniel Kamas who had a great gal on stage singing back up named Christiana Speed. They were a total highlight! The last act was a blues band called Back Porch Blues and man, did they have a huge following! They were really fun...lots of harmonica and guitar and piano solos and Britta Grass, singing the lady vocals, was really, really good. I always love good, strong female vocals.
All in all it was a great night, and we raised a bunch of money for Haiti and the Red Cross
And that, folks, is what it's all about