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Archive for March, 2011

Caitie’s Chandler Crawl Episode One

So I got my hands on our camera the other day and decided that it would be fun to do a video series about Chandler Center for the Arts and downtown Chandler in general. So here is the first episode, and let me know what you think!

My Fox Phoenix at Glee Camp newscast

If your schedule didn’t allow you to see Kirstin at Chandler Center for the Arts yesterday, never fear! We have the clip for you!

My Fox Phoenix vists Glee Camp!

This morning Kristin from Fox 10 came down to CCA and showed everyone how awesome our Glee Campers are! Here are some photos I took before, during and after the shoot. 

(Psssst. Didn’t get a chance to catch the live spot? Look for Kristen and the kids dancing on Friday!)

Tech Tuesday: Soundboard

If a performance looks great, but no one in the audience can hear anything, it can very quickly lead to a riot. Which is why we need Dean (who you’ll meet later) and a soundboard.

Call it what you will, audio mixer, mixing console or mixing desk. This vital and giant piece of equpiment makes sure that any sound coming out of the speakers in CCA sounds like it supposed to.  It also helps our sound techs know which microphones will pick up what sounds, and when they should come on or go silent. When you have multiple microphones, you have to make sure that no one will dominate the others, so you can hear the singer just as easily as the rest of the band.  When a mic is not doing it’s job properly, the who performance is off.  Sometime during April Dean may let me sit in on a sound check so you can see him and the board in action.

Seriously though, this thing is a beast. I would have gotten in the photo to show how big it is compared to a person, but being  in a giant empty and semi-dark theatre is down right creepy. I snapped my two pictures and booked it out of there.

Yes I’m a giant scaredy cat. No shame.

Monday Mashup: Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, and Steve Warnier.

By the length of that title, it looks like we have a ton going on, which we do!

Last weekend Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder paid us a visit, and it was awesome! Bluegrass can be hard for people to play, because you have to play with such passion; either you love something or loathe its existance, there’s no middle ground.  I have to say, Ricky NAILED it. Here’s a clip if you missed it, or if you just want to relive the great music!

Wow. The man can pick a mandolin.

This Saturday we have Steve Warnier with Firefly as his opening act.  That means you get two shows for the price of one, because we love you like that.  You don’t even have to buy us dinner (but if you want to buy ME dinner, well…I don’t say no to free food).  

Steve has been playing since he was a teenager in the 1970s, and has had many top 10 hits since then, like “Your Memory”, “I Should Be With You,” “I Got Dreams” and “Baby I’m Yours.”  And Firefly is made up of Gilbert natives Melanie, McKenzie, and Madelyn, so you should come out and support them! They’re often featured on KMLE, so if you haven’t heard of them yet, call the station and request a song!

Spring Break Glee Camp Finale

These kids have worked so hard and did so much in a very short amount of time! Congratulations to all the performers, and we hope to see you during our summer camps!

This was their finale song, Justin Bieber’s “Somebody to Love”.

Weekend Preview: Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder

This weekend, Chandler Center for the Arts is offering something different than what we saw last weekend.  Saturday night, we’re ready for a little of the down home in Downtown Chandler with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder.

Skaggs started off performing bluegrass music, but he found his fame and fortune in country music. Now, with 52 years of performing under his belt, he’s returned to his bluegrass roots.  He started playing when he was 5, played with the father of bluegrass Bill Monroe when he was 6 and by the time he was 21 was recognized as a master of  bluegrass music and the mandolin. 

Skaggs entered the world of professional music in the 1970s and hasn’t looked back since. He has 14 Grammy Awards, 11 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, 6 CMA Awards, 3 GMA Dove Awards, and countless others including honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music and Eastern Kentucky University.

I haven’t had a chance to see Skaggs play, but I love bluegrass, so I hope I’ll see you tomorrow night!

I’ll be clomping around with a camera. Come say hi.

Glee Camp Day Three

Tech Tuesday, the Jimmie edition.

Jimmie is Chandler Center for the Arts’ Senior Production Coordinator, who does (in his words) everything.

“I do everything needed to get ready for every show and event, well, as much as humanly possible,” he added with a laugh.

Jimmie has been here since 1989 when the center opened, and loves when he gets to work with younger technicians.

“My favorite thing is when I work with students and younger technicians, and they get it.  They understand what they’re doing and they develop a passion for it,” he said.

Jimmie works with other CCA technicians (including Bill) even on days with no performance.  Because they get in plenty of practice time, everything works together on performance days or night, and the show can go off without a hitch.

“When things run like they’re supposed to, it keeps everyone happy.  And that really isn’t that big of a challenge,” he said.

But just because his title has the word “Senior” in it, doesn’t give Jimmie any special treatment when it comes to his work.

“Really, the show must go on, so we can’t stop for one person.  We’ll stop if the building is on fire, but not if we’re missing people.”

Spring Glee Camp Day 1