This Past Weekend in MI, OH & PA
Mon., Sep. 11. 2006 12:13am EDT
With concerts in Bronson MI, Toledo OH, and Butler PA this past weekend, we weren't too far from home ... but some of our fans were.
At Friday's concert, we made new fans out of four exchange students from Thailand, South Korea, and Norway. At Saturday's concert, we met old fans from Romania, who were visiting the United States and had never seen us live before. Keeping the streak alive, at Sunday's concert, England's own Heidi Micher was in attendance, as she often is when we play in Pennsylvania or Ohio.
We played to packed houses on Friday and Sunday, and the same would have been true for Saturday, except it was an outdoor concert, YES Fest, sponsored by one of our favorite radio stations, YES-FM in Toledo. God definitely blessed us, as always.
For the second week in a row, we recorded portions of our upcoming CD, "Wordplay," while on the road. Our keyboard player, Bill "Wild Thing" Hubauer, recorded keyboard tracks for one song in the van Friday on the way to Michigan. Our bass player, Keith Haynie, recorded bass parts (with producer Karl Messner) for a few other songs on Sunday's drive to Pennsylvania.
But Saturday's recording session was one of the strangest in ApologetiX history. Our concert in Toledo was scheduled for 5 p.m., and even though it ran late (as many festivals do), we were packed up and checked into a nearby Red Roof Inn by 9 p.m. Using an assortment of mattresses, box springs, pillows, sheets, and the necessary recording equipment*, Karl turned his hotel room into a mobile studio, so lead singer J. Jackson was able to lay down vocal tracks for two more songs with him until 3 a.m.
God graciously granted us a section of the hotel where the surrounding rooms were occupied by members of ApologetiX and one of the other bands from YES Fest, Manic Drive, so we didn't have to worry about too much noise. Manic Drive also lent us a much-needed extra set of headphones.
Thanks to Manic Drive and the other bands from YES Fest, Pawn and Looking Up.
You can click on those pictures to see what mayhem we wrought upon the hotel, but don't worry, we put it all back.
Thanks also to:
Our concert coordinators: Mike Sackett (Bronson), Mia Pedraza of YES-FM (Toledo), and Doug Raraigh, Jr. (Butler). Special thanks also to Chad and Rob from YES-FM for their help.
Our merchandise coordinators: Sue, Chris, Robert, and Charlie (Bronson); Diane, Austin, Larry, and Vicki (Toledo); and Cindy, Elizabeth, Caitlin, Melissa, and Tony (Butler).
Our soundmen, Larry (Saturday) and Greg (Sunday).
Our roadies, Brandon, Evan, Larry, and Beth (Saturday and Sunday); and Rich and Greg (Sunday).
* What was the "necessary recording equipment?"
Ok, just for you techies and audiophiles, here's what we used: