Occasionally acts will showcase for work from events companies,wedding planners,venues etc etc.Below is a blog written by one of our jazz swing acts about a showcase held a month or so ago.
The event took three months to put together – and felt like planning a wedding! So, with venue booked, musicians and singers ready, food and drink ordered and guest list full, we arrived at the Grand at 3pm.
The next three hours were a near-military operation involving setting up instruments, lights, PA, and the all-important recording and video equipment, as we were filming the whole evening. Soon, we were ready to sound check. The fortunate, but unsuspecting diners in the restaurant listened to a few numbers as microphones, monitors and mixes were checked and rechecked.
Demo CDs were laid out; a bowl of limes carefully prepared for our guests’ business cards, and it was time to head to our dressing room – cleverly disguised as the Grand’s on-site meeting room. Almost as important as getting the equipment ready is getting the make up just right! And for the boys? Black suits and our trademark green ties.
Before long, the guests were arriving for three hours of meeting, greeting and entertainment. It was time to step into the Limelite! The day and evening ran like clockwork – thank goodness for forward planning and for the trusty black clipboard! A great time was had by all and lots of interest ensued from guests and diners alike.”