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Tour Tales | Ronnie Stephenson talks working with Ne-Yo, JAY-Z, TLC, Cardi B and more

By Keith Nelson Jr  Apr 7, 2020 In this installment of “Tour Tales,” the tour manager discusses his duties on the “Best of Both Worlds Tour,” helping Cardi B reveal her pregnancy to the world, working with Ne-Yo and more. Read here.  Musicians are barely getting a slice of music industry revenue, largely eating off of live…
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The Reason For “Bad Sound” May Not Be The Sound System

By Pat Brown Three factors of roughly equal importance play the key role in good sound – and two out of three isn’t good enough. The Operator I’ve intentionally saved this one until last. The most overlooked link in the chain is the end user of the system. This includes the mixer operator and any…
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PRG Pivots Toward Combating COVID-19

By: Francisco Rendon Production Resource Group, LLC – a worldwide leader in event, entertainment and scenic production – is dedicating its substantial resources to supporting the medical industry while the world grapples with COVID-19. PRG and two local sub-contracting companies are working to manufacture face shields for 300,000 health workers in New York and the…
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The History of the Ghost Light

By Cristina D’Almeida IIt’s usually known as an end of night procedure. You might hear people say, “hey don’t forget to put the ghost light on” before they leave the theater for the night. A night would not be complete without lighting it. So many have asked through the years what is the purpose of…
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Live Entertainment Professionals Buried in the COVID-19 Mix

Chris Ward “ We need to share and get this information out to the Media as well as our representatives in the Senate and Congress.  “We are an industry almost 2.5 times the size of GM with total yearly revenues  in excess of $337 Billion in 2016 compared to  $125 Billion for GM in 2019.…
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Charlie Watkins Audio Pioneer 1923 — 2014

By Gary Cooper Few have contributed as much to the technology behind rock & roll as Charlie Watkins and his company, WEM. We celebrate the life of one of audio’s great inventors. Look closely at the video of Stones In The Park and there, among the Hell’s Angels, Mick Jagger in his frock, Keith Richards…
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Gibson is donating guitars to musicians who lost instruments in Tennessee tornadoes

Matthew Leimkuehler, Nashville Tennessean Nashville-based guitar maker Gibson wants to help musicians impacted by the deadly  tornadoes that struck Middle Tennessee earlier this week.  Gibson Gives, a nonprofit wing of the global guitar brand, plans to donate guitars to players with damaged or destroyed instruments as a result of the early Tuesday storm, a news release…
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Parents Need to End the Stigma Surrounding Trade School

by Katie BinghamSmith I’m going to be completely transparent: When I attended high school in the ‘90s, if you were a student who took vocational classes, everyone thought it meant you couldn’t cut it in regular school. The cool thing to do was to graduate high school the traditional way and if you didn’t, you were…
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Hitting The Road: Touring Etiquette For The Uninitiated

By Becky Pell Considering instinctual behaviors from long-time roadies for surviving your first time on the road with a large-scale tour. Going on a large-scale tour for the first time is a daunting experience. Thrown together in close quarters with a bunch of people you’ve never met before, the days are long, you’re away from…
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Solid State Logic AWS Console Goes RVing With Mobile Sessions Studio

February 27, 2020 PSW Staff PSW Staff “We were thinking about ways we could give artists, producers, and songwriters new and different inspiration by bringing them outside of their usual environment, and we thought what better way to achieve that than with a studio that can literally take you wherever you want to go.” –…
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