Lil Wayne Tour Profile

Jul 1, 2011, By Sarah Benzuly

Rap shows seem to carry a preconception that they are loud, non-musical. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth for Lil Wayne. Blending his hip-hop vocal stylings with a rock-solid band, Lil Wayne’s performance is as tight and dynamic as his smash 2009 multi-Platinum Tha Carter IV. In fact, both front-of-house engineer Demetrius Moore and monitor engineer Sean Sturge stick to the album’s sound to guide them in creating their mixes. ...

All Access: Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae

Jul 1, 2011, Photos and Text By Steve Jennings

Skyrocketing to the top of the charts, co-headliners Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae’s brought their crowd-pleasing blend of old-school R&B and hip-hop with their “Hooligans in Wonderland” tour. Mix caught up with the crew when they stopped by San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in early June. ...

Editor's Note: You Can't Beat Live

Jul 1, 2011, By Tom Kenny, Editorial Director

Damn it’s fun to go out and see live music. Pick your act, pick your night. Pick your heroes, pick an unknown. I was lucky enough in early June to be in the Fox Oakland audience for one of only six Buffalo Springfield shows in California, leading up to their headlining gig at Bonnaroo. Stephen Stills can definitely still play that ol’ guitar, Richie Furay looked like the happiest kid at the dance and Neil Young—well, he is a bona fide rock star. The guitar chops, the voice, the humble swagger and punch of a man who has lived the life. The sweet purity of “I Am a Child,” followed by the heart and depth of “Mr. Soul” and the raucousness of “Rockin’ In the Free World.” You didn’t have to be over 40 to appreciate the sound. When it’s live, you don’t even have to like the genre (though I do). You can just tell when magic is happening. ...

HangOut Festival 2011

Jul 1, 2011, By Sarah Benzuly

The second annual HangOut Festival was held May 20-22, 2011, in Gulf Shores, Ala. Thousands flocked to the festival to hear such great performances as those from Paul Simon, the Foo Fighters, Widespread Panic, Rich Aucoin and so many more. Created by Concerts for the Coast, the festival is part of a larger plan to bring much-needed economic support to the Gulf area after the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. ...

Outline at Royal Albert Hall Performance

Jun 28, 2011

Mike & The Mechanics recently played London’s Royal Albert Hall to launch their 2011 “Hit the Road” tour. Featuring a new lineup that includes UK R&B star Andrew Roachford, the tour coincides with the release of their first album in six years, ‘The Road. Concert production for the tour is being handled by Britannia Row Productions, which deployed an Outline GTO-based system for the Royal Albert Hall/ ...

Mixing 'Vision Festival'

Jun 21, 2011

At the Arts for Art Inc. 2011 Vision Festival, positioned in the wings at the side of the stage of the Abrons Arts Center, engineer Stefan Heger records every main act onstage. He has separate microphones to simulate a studio-like recording, saying that it is his my is to make it sound as good as possible. ...

Secure Sound From 75 Feet

Jun 7, 2011, By Sarah Benzuly

All Access: Jeff Beck and Imelda May Band

Jun 1, 2011, Photos and Text By Steve Jennings

Under the “Rock ’n’ Roll Party” concert line, legendary guitarist Jeff Beck and the Imelda May Band performed “How High the Moon” at the 2010 Grammy Awards, as well as at a tribute for Les Paul in New York City. Mix met up with the Schubert Systems–provided tour at their final stop at San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium. ...

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