Thanx to a friend I saw a Facebook post showing an old band, the Blasters, was playing my city the other night. They were one of my favorite bands in the 80s and excel at the seemingly lost set of Rockabilly music. They didn't miss a beat as they nailed all their old tunes in typical 1-4-5 time. The great thing about Rockabilly music is it's made up of a lot of funk mixed with a lot of stop cues. In other words, this stuff is fun to light.
So there I was for an 11PM set in a total dive bar, downtown Minneapolis. It was called Lens' Liquor Lounge. The guy that built the place 63 years ago, still tends bar. The stage was 18" high and the bar had a good crowd. The majority of which was my age, but appeared to appreciate some good ole American music.
The light rig consisted of 8 LED pars which was almost perfect. 4 fixtures in the front, 2 on each side. Unfortunately the front ones were located approximately 4’ from the band’s faces.
As the band hit the stage, the lights came on at full. The singer immediately cringed and asked that they be turned down a little. Didn’t happen, so the band started up. Finally, around 5 minutes in, somebody pulled the grandmaster down to half and the singer could actually open his eyes.
I imagine there was no console, or something that just fed the LEDs some color combos. There wasn’t an LD apparently as half the show was done in a combination of pink and green lights. But mixed randomly with no rhyme or reason. That look would stay up for a whole song, then change to a blue and red scene on alternating numbers.
I would have been happy if they played the whole set in just a blue and amber wash myself. But a dive bar can’t really afford a lighting guy. Just glad they had cans of cold Pabst Blue Ribbon available. Perfect beverage for a great night in a dive bar.