One week ago, I took full advantage of an opportunity that was presented to me by the perfect storm of personal perseverance and the professional relationships I have cultivated coast to coast and on two sides of the Atlantic. I was tasked by a number of leading manufactures and arguably the largest chain of family owned music stores in the country to host a live looping workshop at the Sam Ash Music Store location in Las Vegas. The groundwork for the workshop was initially laid two months prior as a vague outline of a looping event to take place at roughly the halfway point of summer. It would take every bit of that two months to gather vendors and corporate partners to make this one of the biggest events I have ever put together.
Finding a venue to host a show, concert, film fest, etc is sometimes the hardest part of any idea. It’s always the idea that is easy, but the execution is the difficulty. The team at Sam Ash was very excited to host the looping workshop and after a date was tied down, it was my own choice to get other vendors involved. Emails, phone calls, meetings and more solidified the support needed to make a note-worthy event. Once vendor support, and an idea of what I wanted to present took form, I took a look at my own calendar and saw the 18th of July fast approaching.
An earlier blog here on my site talked about the who’s and how’s of my teaching approach to workshops as a whole. This time around I was faced with a question with no clear answer, “How do I present a workshop with an array of gear to an audience….with an array of experience?” The choice was then made to give everybody the tools they could utilize that night after walking out with a new loop pedal from Pigtronix, a new mic from Electro Voice, new in-ear monitors from Westone or brand new cables from my friends in Tennessee at George L’s Cables. Learn today, put into action tonight. That was my mantra.
The drive to Sam Ash that afternoon was a windy, gloomy, cloudy and wet affair as an early monsoon made it’s way across the desert floor to unleash all sorts of trouble in Las Vegas. Pulling into Sam Ash I soon discovered they (Sam ash) were ready for the event, ready to receive the dozens of people that had made plans to be there and ready to make this event shine……If only the power wasn’t knocked out.
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