Billed as “America’s Biggest Birthday Party,” Fair St. Louis this summer hosted a series of Friday and Saturday night concerts on the banks of the Mississippi River featuring national and local talent, capped off by extensive fireworks displays.
The lineup of performers on the Mississippi River Overlook Budweiser Stage included Counting Crows, Train, Sonic Youth, Little Feat, Angie Stone, Gretchen Wilson, Guster, and rapper Lupe Fiasco, all supported with sound reinforcement by local provider Production Solutions LLC utilizing Martin Audio line arrays and subwoofers.
Production Solutions Owner Jim Cutshall explains, “We flew nine Martin Audio W8LCs a side with six WSX subwoofers a side on the main stage. The system was flown over some steps leading up to the stage and was very easy to install. The arrays were also turned out a little on both sides to cover the wide area along the river where the audience was.”
The rest of the system consisted of Crown Macro-Tech MA9000i power amplifiers, Dolby Lake processing, EAW KF850 for delays, Midas H3000 mixing consoles for FOH and monitoring, and three Martin Audio WS218s for sidefills and drums. Saving more time for the system setup was the Martin Audio Display software that Cutshall describes as “extremely accurate.”
Besides Cutshall, who served as production manager and system tech for the event, members of the Production Solutions crew included Mark Burris as FOH Engineer and Rusty Shaw as Monitor Engineer.
Cutshall notes, “The Counting Crows tech really liked the rig, and Mark Burris, who freelances for us, commented on how much fun it is to mix on this system.”
“The Fireworks committee mentioned how this year’s music for their part of the program sounded the best it ever has,” he adds. “Everyone was pleasantly surprised how a ‘small box’ like the W8LC could sound so huge.”
Martin Audio Website