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Classic L.A. Clubs: The Roxy Theatre

Oct 1, 2014, By Matt Gallagher

The Roxy Theatre immediately established itself as a cultural touchstone on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood—already home to other historically important and vibrant clubs such as the Whisky A Go-Go—when it opened as a music venue on September 20, 1973, with Neil Young as the headliner. The Roxy’s original partnership comprised music business veterans Elmer Valentine, Lou Adler, David Geffen, Elliot Roberts and Peter Asher, who launched the club by presenting such artists as Linda Ronstadt, Frank Zappa and Genesis during its first year. In the years and decades since, The Roxy has hosted the likes of Bruce Springsteen, X, David Bowie, Warren Zevon, Van Morrison, Billy Joel, Nirvana, Motley Crüe, Guns N’ Roses, Joan Jett, Sex Pistols, Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, and Arcade Fire. The venue remains in the Adler family today, owned by Lou Adler and his son, Nic Adler....

Superstar Quartet at SFJAZZ Center

May 1, 2014, By Matt Gallagher

In late February Mix caught an inspired concert in SFJAZZ Center’s Miner Auditorium (profiled in Mix’s April 2013 issue), presented by vibraphonist and NEA Jazz Master Bobby Hutcherson, saxophonist David Sanborn, organist Joey DeFrancesco and drummer Billy Hart. Billed as the Superstar Quartet, the four musicians enraptured the audience with original songs from their forthcoming album on Blue Note Records, Enjoy The View, due to be released on June 24....

The Bowery Ballroom

Oct 1, 2013, By Matt Gallagher

The Bowery Ballroom has been open in Manhattan’s Lower East Side for the past 15 years. Operating under the aegis of Northeastern concert-promotion and venue management company The Bowery Presents, and with a capacity of 550, The Bowery Ballroom is selling out shows every week, presenting up-and-coming indie rock bands alongside the likes of Arcade Fire, The Pixies and Yoko Ono. In July, the readers of Rolling Stone magazine named the Bowery Ballroom one of the 10 best live music venues in the U.S., citing its “consistently great sound and sight lines.”...

SFJAZZ Center: A High-Tech Home for Jazz Music in San Francisco

Apr 1, 2013, By Matt Gallagher

Billed as a “sanctuary for jazz,” the SFJAZZ Center (, located only blocks from San Francisco’s City Hall, received national press coverage and rave reviews when it opened on January 23, 2013, with a gala star-studded concert emceed by Bill Cosby. Purpose-built from the ground up for presenting jazz, SFJAZZ Center is the culmination of a vision developed by the SFJAZZ organization, which for 30 years presented the SFJAZZ Festival in rented venues. SFJAZZ founder Randall Kline says the new center is “the first freestanding building for jazz in the country.”...

Celine Dion's Search for Monitoring Perfection

Jan 1, 2013, By Blair Jackson

If you read Mix’s December 2012 cover story on recording Celine Dion, you know that the pop chanteuse is quite particular and demanding when it comes to being able to hear herself in the studio. The same is true in concert, and it has taken a lot of trial and error, spearheaded by Dion’s monitor engineer, Francois Lalonde (pictured)—who also happens to be her vocal recording engineer—to perfect their current live monitoring setup....

Padding the Mix

Jan 1, 2013, By Michael Duke

Mobile devices and Wi-Fi have become ingrained in our daily lives, so it’s not terribly surprising to see that these technologies have been adopted as tools in the pro audio world, as well. The Apple iPad has proven to be particularly well suited for this, with its generously sized touchscreen, wireless capability and the relative ease with which custom apps can be written for it. ...

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

Nov 1, 2012, Text By Barbara Schultz // Photos By Steve Jennings

Warren Hellman was the world’s most generous music lover. The billionaire financier, philanthropist and banjo player founded and sponsored San Francisco’s massive, free music festival, giving it like a huge, joyful present to the city. When Hellman passed away last December, he was mourned not only by people who knew him, but also by those who benefited from his charitable donations to public schools, the San Francisco Free Clinic and more, and by the hundreds of thousands who flock to the meadows of Golden Gate Park every October....

Bruce Springsteen Live

Jun 1, 2012, By Barbara Schultz; Photos By Steve Jennings

Front-of-house engineers often tell us that their top priority is to make sure the audience can hear all of the lyrics, especially when the lead singer is a great storyteller, a singer/songwriter type. All over club land, mixers strive to create a balanced mix, but keep those vocals intelligible and out-front. However, that task gets a bit more challenging when the singer/songwriter is fronting a powerhouse 16-piece band......

Red, White and Blues at the White House

Apr 1, 2012, By Barbara Schultz

There are a lot of reasons not to envy President Obama’s job. But as he told a packed East Room on Presidents Day this year, “…and then there are nights when B.B. King and Mick Jagger come over to your house to play a concert.”...

QSC In Paris | Las Vegas' Chateau Nightclub and Gardens

Mar 1, 2012, By Sarah Benzuly

Chateau Nightclub and Gardens, the latest venue to open on the Las Vegas strip, offers an expansive audio/visual system, designed and installed by Bob Athey. The 45,000-square-foot club spans two levels, with numerous indoor and outdoor spaces. ...

Beautifying Napa's Uptown Theatre

Mar 1, 2012, By Barbara Schultz

A couple of years ago, a new venue quietly began appearing in the San Francisco Bay Area concert listings: the Uptown Theatre. Not to be confused with Oakland, Calif.’s beloved sweaty shoebox, the Uptown Nightclub, the renovated art-deco is now the centerpiece of nightlife in the Northern California wine country destination of Napa. ...

Local Crew: Drummer Boy Sound

Mar 1, 2007, By Sarah Benzuly

Founded just three-and-a-half years ago, Miami's Drummer Boy Sound Productions Inc. ( has done quite well. Whether supporting...

FixIt: Ben Grossman

Mar 1, 2007

Ben Grossman has been wowing audiences with his electroacoustics vielle a rou, or hurdy-gurdy as it is also called. He's currently out on the road with...

"MTV Live" Brings in CSP Expertise

Mar 1, 2007

CSP Mobile's ( digital audio/video trucks, Unit 6 and Unit 3, were on hand for Fearless Entertainment's new MTV Live series from the...

NSCA Brings In Fits & Starts

Feb 1, 2007

The National System Contractors Association (NSCA) has chosen Fits & Starts Productions to conduct its first House of Worship workshops at its annual...

Mix 'N Match

Feb 1, 2007, By Steve La Cerra

Mixing monitors is like directing traffic in midtown Manhattan: Everyone wants to go first, no one is heading in the same direction, and nobody wants...

Local Crew: Clearwing Productions

Feb 1, 2007, By Sarah Benzuly

Think back to this past holiday season. Rushing from store to store, trying to find the perfect gift. Or did you surf the Web, trying to make sense of...

FixIt: Derrick Zieba

Feb 1, 2007

For the 2006 European MTV Awards (November 2 at the Copenhagen, Denmark-based Bella Centre), sound designer Derrick Zieba worked alongside an audio team...

FixIt: Greg Mace

Jan 1, 2007

Greg Mace of house-of-worship audio specialists GJM Sound recently completed an install at Nampa First Nazarene Church (Nampa, Idaho) that required serious...

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