March Madness – Wisconsin Style


Here I am…in the middle of my 7th week of work straight I think…Now I’m in Indy doing the March Madness Music Festival after doing the Sweet 16 in Houston. Before that was the rodeo there. 

Been doing this NCAA festival for the past few years and have had some great acts on the bill. Three days of concerts and college basketball. 

This year though, it’s just a little bit better. My home state of Wisconsin is now in the final matchup against Duke. Seriously great stuff to be surrounded by so much red. Hoping they do well on Monday. 

I myself will be heading home early enough to watch the game if all goes well after I load out.  More after show on Sunday!

Friday was Cold War Kids, Weezer, & Imagine Dragons

Saturday featured Bleachers, Passion Pit, & Rhianna

  

Governor’s Ball


Here in Austin this week for a party for the newly elected Governor Abbott (R). I think this is my third one as the other two were for Rick Perry. I’ve always found it interesting here politically. Austin is quite a liberal city through and through but the government has been extremely conservative for a very long time. Guess that falls under that popular phrase ‘Keep Austin Weird’.

Today, as well as yesterday, were amazingly nice outside.  I still miss snow this time of the year but I admit that 12°-15°C is pretty great! Great visit on Friday with a friend from Mumford & Sons crew. He’s out with Ben Howard for a bit filling in his calendar. Also got to catch up with my old roomie too. She’s still doing some amazing stuff with hair and I’m proud that it’s working out.

As always, good food, great coffee (Caffé Medici and Juan Pelota!) and always a cool vibe. Now for some sleep as tomorrow, the work begins.

@ Juan Pelotas

@ Juan Pelotas

The art of stillness in the Japanese wilderness


Definitely near the top of my list of things to see!

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A lyrical meditation on the quiet place within.

The wait time at the Chichu Art Museum varies depending on the hour. According to the shuttle schedule, the white bus parks for as little as three minutes and as long as twenty-one before beeping, retracting its steps, closing its door, and driving back the way it came. But no matter the condition of the roads, the layover does not vary from the plan: Arrive 10:57, leave at 11:05; park at 16:52, close doors at 16:55; and so on. The bus, plain but for the words “Benesse House” printed cheerfully across the side, winds its way up along often rain-slicked esses, past tidy beaches, elegant forests, a pumpkin sculpture the size of a small hut.

The Art of Stillness in the Japanese Wilderness. Photo: Iwan Baan

There are three islands in Japan’s Inland Sea where some of the world’s best contemporary art lives quietly nestled between trees. Naoshima, with a collection of three…

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Happy New Year!


Another crazy few weeks have passed for me here on Planet Monk, filled with tons of work and lots of accomplishments. Managed to work so much that I actually went the entire month of December all on overtime pay. A lot of this was due in part to my company purchasing a brand new PA system. It’s from a company in France called L’Acoustics and they make what is arguably one of the top 3 sound systems in the world today. Their latest system has a heart called the K1 box. This PA is out with the likes of Peter Gabriel, Radiohead, Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift, etc… Needless to say, it’s pretty awesome and I hope that it raises the bar in and around my company and staff as well…

By making this purchase, it set off a flurry of little tasks that needed to be completed once the gear began to arrive. Tasks such as barcoding each cabinet (all 390 +). Labeling of hardware, cables, and accessories (600+). Checking all the gear in officially, logging it, and documenting it then followed… I have been in charge of this little mission since sea containers began arriving in July. The biggest and final shipment arrived near the end of October.

Mind you it hasn’t been just me working on this, but I was basically handed the task of making sure it got as close to completion as possible. The hard part was herding the cats (crew guys in the shop) long enough to sit still and help.  We all have been doing shows in and around this task as well as many I’m sure, find labeling and shrink tubing cables just such a joy… I am pleased to say that overall the project is about 90% done. The remaining items to accomplish really are on the horizon but it is revolving around several other outside forces (companies) which I can’t control! Long hours studying a piece of gear and thinking such common thoughts as, “I wonder if their foot will land here… or here…and would a label make it there…..” Yes, such thoughts do occur, and I am sure I’ve just been a lovely conversationist these last several months. Boring friends with, “we discovered this pretty cool trick when you do this…. or lemme tell you about just how good this stuff sounds.”

Most of it will make it’s major debut this year at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. The rodeo here is listed as the world’s largest indoor rodeo if I remember correctly, and also touts one of the largest temporary installs of lights, video, and sound. It’s in Reliant Stadium and runs for 20 nights and days starting in late February. Everyday is a rodeo and then one large international/national music artist. I’ve had everyone from Tim McGraw, to Ray Charles, to Kid Rock, to Janet Jackson play this thing. It can get fairly large to say the least, with a capacity crowd of up to 73,000 people a night. (So it’s kinda a big deal….) I’ll begin a post a day when that kicks off with some lead up shots of the load in I’m sure. Funny thing is, I’ll have more time on my hands once we begin, then when we prep. Funny how it works like that….

Anyway, I’ll let your eyes rest a bit from this novel and leave you with a couple pics of the gear that I’ve been getting friendly with. Glad it’s finally getting done though. I have a life out there somewhere, and it’s time I go find it again…..; )

First day of listening to our new presents....

First day of listening to our new presents….

Lining up the little soldiers to give them their name tags and numbers...

Lining up the little soldiers to give them their name tags and numbers…

We've got more copper than you need here....

We’ve got more copper than you need here….

We flew 6 arrays in the stadium to see what it sounds with the new gear. Pretty amazing I must say.

We flew 6 arrays in the stadium to see how it sounds with the new gear. Pretty amazing I must say.