Huey Lewis Rocks the Golf Course

Aug 19, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors

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Golfers at this year’s CVS Charity Classic, a two-day tournament that draws the likes of PGA members, were treated to a post-tourney concert by Huey Lewis & The News, who used an EAW KF760 line array system with EAW KF730 small line array modules.

PGA tour members Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade hosted the CVS Charity Classic's annual Dinner Gala. This fundraising dinner featured a silent and live auction, and was held at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, R.I. AVS of Rhode Island was the in-house A/V provider for the convention center. For the third year in a row, AVS was brought in by Frank Miranda of A Better Resolution, the producer for the event, to help stage the dinner.

"Historically, the dinner was usually in the ballroom, about 20,000 square feet," said Chris Gasbarro of massAV. "To accommodate the growing size and logistics of the silent auction area, the event was moved to two-thirds of the exhibition hall this year."

The team at massAV was no stranger to this hall: The hall was used for the initial beta testing during the development of the EAW KF760 line array system in the winter of 2001.

The exhibit hall features a polished cement floor and an open steel ceiling. An air wall was used to cordon off approximately 60,000 square feet for a 240x240 room. This blend of open space with a highly reflective floor surface made for a challenging acoustical environment. The open steel ceiling also presented the crew with another problem: so many boxes, so few rigging points. To overcome these issues, AVS deployed the first ever combination of the EAW KF760 line array system with EAW's new KF730 small line array module (SLAM) loudspeakers.

"For a small box, the KF730 has a good throw distance [covering about 130 feet for the show], even coverage and lines up well with the KF760s," said Jason Geshelin of massAV. "And with limited rigging capabilities, the pre-rigged assembly was able to fly off of one point."

The main system comprised 12 KF760 long-throw modules, four KF761 near-field modules, 12 KF730 small line array modules for side coverage of the stage and four KF650 loudspeakers for frontfill; 12 SB1000s provided low-end coverage. The KF760 system was powered by 12 Crest 9001s and eight Crest 8002s. Two Lab Gruppen fP6400 amps powered the KF730s. A QSC PL 6.0, PL 236 and PL 218 powered the KF650's low, mid- and high sections, respectively. Processing for the system consisted of a dbx DriveRack 480R, two dbx DriveRack 480s, three dbx DriveRack 482s and an EAW MX8750 processor.

Huey Lewis and The News carried their own monitor rig and FOH console and electrics. Jim Moran, FOH engineer for Huey Lewis, mixed the show on a Gamble EX56 console. Jason Geshelin and Howard Rose of massAV served as system engineers for the event.

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