What we do and what we don't:
Our goal is to provide extremely inexpensive Audio and Lighting solutions for weddings, receptions, meetings, parties and all types of other events. In order to do that, we supply the amplifiers, speakers, mixers, lights, controllers and other equipment. Optionally, we can deliver, set up and pick up the equipment. As for the DJ part, well that's up to you. You can hire a professional DJ to use our gear, do it yourself, have a friend be your DJ or even just play your favorite playlist from your MP3/iPod, computer or other audio source. We have the gear and expertise to get your equipment connected to ours. We provide the equipment and can set it up. The rest is up to you and it's really easy!. Talk about a great way to save! Of course, we have great contacts among some fantastic local DJs. If you need a great DJ, let us know and we will be happy to refer you to someone. But the real nature of our service is to keep your costs down by supplying the audio and lighting equipment you need so you can provide your own music operator and save your funds for other pieces of your event.
We set up our solutions up so that they are easy for anyone to operate. Lighting systems can be as simple as on/off switches on a console or we can pre0program lighting scenes, sequences and chases on more sophisticated controllers. Most of our lights also have built in programs or can be sound activated. Just play your musical choice and watch the lights react.
And we aren't limited to parties. We provide traditional and modern LED uplighting for engagement parities, weddings, wedding receptions and other elegant affairs.
We also prove sound services for live events. We can provide equipment, setup and run sound and lights for churches, plays, concerts, recitals, school events and other live venues.
We build solutions so that anyone can operate our audio systems with simple turn on/off and adjust the volume. Mics are available as wired or wireless, whatever you're comfortable with.
So if you are looking to host an event and want great, easy to use gear at minimal cost, contact us to put together a custom solution that's perfect for your needs.
We have picked up some new equipment this fall. For stage shows and DJs that need stage lighting, we now have a self-contained Chauvet PK1 lighting package. We have created stage light systems for the past few years using PAR and LED lights but it is time consuming, bulky and heavy. This system sets up in a few minutes and comes with an easy to use foot switch so anyone in the band or the DJ can operate it without working on a full blown DMX controller board. Woohoo.
More and more, weddings, receptions, quinceaneras and other parties are using gobos to set the mood, light up the celebrants memorable dates and put amazing images on walls, ceilings and floors. We have found ourselves in several cases not having enough gobo projectors. So this month, we took steps to fix that problem. We have multiple gobo projector systems that can go out to several events or you can use more than one at a single event.
Give some thought to your New Year's Eve and Christmas parties. We have a wonderful disco ball package that sets up in no time and really rings in the spirit of the New Year!
Shoutout to our customers
We try to take a moment to say congratulations and "Thank you!" to the nice folks who we've worked with each week.
Last weekend before Thanksgiving and still busy
As we approach the end of November, there is always much for which to be thankful. People express that gratitude in all sorts of ways but the common thread is that they do it with each other. Here are some folks to came together this week for different reasons but all with joy and grace in their hearts.
On Friday, November 22nd, Lindsay and Matt joined together as husband and wife up at the Belle Rose Maison in Conroe. It's a fantastic hall. We've been doing a lot of prep work up there for fall, winter and spring and Lindsey's wedding is the first one that where we moved out of the survey phase and into the real thing. We provided up lighting to complement the bridesmaids color scheme - a lovely royal purple. We lit the main dais, the columns on either side and highlights for the cake tables. We got to reception just before it ended and it was one heck of a party. We got the rare joy to see the happy couple before they left to explore married life and they were clearly a great match for each other. Make sure you check out the facebook page - this event was very special and we did two albums including live pictures of the party as well as the usual, static pre-event photos.
Then on Saturday the 23rd, Sophie turned three years old. Her parents are friends so we took a house-party sized PA system over so the kids could listen to their tunes, then when cake and gifts were over and playtime was in full swing, the visiting adults switched over to to more contemporary tunes. It's a simple system but it added to the spectacle of a great party for a wonderful little lady.
And then came Sunday. We try to avoid Sunday gigs as it is a traditional day of rest. But sometimes there are events that are going to happen and we do our best to make them special - even if it means not being able to watch the Texans (maybe it was best - we got to watch another tragic fourth quarter when we were done setting up!). So Teena called about a month ago to arrange lights for the 50th anniversary party of her parents wedding. They held it in one of the ballrooms at the Hilton Galleria. Teena is a friend of Charlie, a musician for whom we did some lighting last year down in Pearland. She wanted lighting for a dance floor and for Charlie's band. Now it turns out that Teena is a milestone customer so we added in some stuff as a surprise. We got a new stage lighting system so we set that up to illuminate the band and attached a foot controller so Charlie can easily adjust the lights while he plays. Then we were able to do more lights on the dance floor, walls and ceiling. Again, check our our facebook page for this one as we have a bunch of pictures of an amazing setup.
So, we are all thankful for a new life of togetherness for Lindsey and Matt, that our children are growing up healthy and safe and that our parents are here and to remind us that marriage is a lifelong commitment and they Teena's parents are up to that commitment.
November 15th - Four non-stop days
Weekday activity is growing and weekend gigs are using all the gear we have. I'll keep this one short but there were a lot of memorable events.
Anita threw a party for her young daughter - Rock Star Theme. A pink limo delivered the birthday girl and dropped her off at a red-velvet rope walkway. That's when she hit our first bank of lights with spot lights, strobes and a circus. The walkway took her into the main party room where she encountered the second bank - chocked full of lasers, scanners, spinners, blacklights and others. What a fine party!
Jason hosted a 70's themed birthday for his wife. Nothing says "70's" like a disco ball and spot lights so we provided our disco ball kit with the ball attached to a motor and mounted on the arm of a tall stand and the spots mounted on a lower arm. When we finished the setup, we fired up the lights and started the ball motor, I was transported to 1974. Peace, man!
Shane hosted the school dance for the Learning Adventures of Fort Bend home school group held at the St. Teresa Community Center. The theme was Northern Lights. We provided two banks of lights to set the tone for the Aurora Borealis and some high energy lights for the dance floor. Shane spun tunes through a great audio system with a major, thumping bass system. Thanks for all of your efforts, Shane!
DJ NightKap called to provide uplighting for his friends, Mike and Holli at their wedding in the Omni Hotel out by Katy. Kap spun tunes late into the night and we lit up the walls to complement the color scheme of the bride's maids and groom's men. Many thanks to Kap for bringing us in - it's always a pleasure to work with him!
Robert and Hayley got married at Oak Tree Manor, in Spring. OTM is a reception hall that specializes in outdoor weddings and receptions. We set up a mobile audio system to mic a four piece band and the minister. After the ceremony, friends of the wedding moved the gear to the "next field over" and ran music and another wireless microphone through it for the reception. As evening fell and the outdoor lighting began to shine, the sound and the visuals were absolutely stunning. As we have a peripheral connection to the wedding party, we were very glad to be able to help out - and sure glad that we brought a surplus of gear to deal with surprise, last-minute growth in system requirements - grin! Congratulations, Robert and Haley and many thanks to our good friend Michael for taking such good care of the gear in a busy, outside event.
November 2 - Exhausted!
I hardly know where to begin. Let's just say that we started at 4:00 AM on Saturday and went to bed at 3:00 AM on Sunday. But what a worthwhile day!
It began with Kiahn, who threw a birthday party for her niece in her home. Homes don't need a killer PA system so we set her up with the small, 300 Watt package, a laser for the ceiling and a black light for her dance floor. Saturday was scheduled to be so busy that we delivered it the day before. That gave Auntie time to experiment with the gear as she was also the DJ.
Then, Saturday came. We loaded out for the day at 0h-Dark-Thirty and headed up to Town Green Park in the Woodlands - right next door to Cynthia Woods. Once the park people got sorted out, we built out a system to support an audience of a thousand or more. Why, you ask? This was the eighth annual Walk out of the Darkness walk held by the American Federation for Suicide Prevention. They hold walks all over the country and this one was up in The Woodlands. So we put together 5,000 watts worth of PA gear. DJ Torcher came up from Galveston, hooked into our gear and spun jams while walkers walked to honor lost loved ones, raise funds and to save lives. We are very proud to have been selected to help out this very worthy cause. Best of luck to AFSP in their future efforts.
Then, it was down to SW downtown at the Clayton Library on Caroline. This is where Bevin and Audrey selected to exchange vows. Clayton Library has beautiful outdoor grounds in front, back and side and the weather was absolutely wonderful for an outdoor ceremony and reception. For our part, we put together a 500 Watt PA system with wireless microphones for Pastor Paul and the groom's sister, who did a reading as part of the ceremony for 200 of the couples friends and family. After that, a string quartet provided entertainment while the usual reception revelries ensued. Congratulations guys - enjoy a long and happy life together!
And then the rest of the afternoon was filled with deliveries and pickups. No time to eat and certainly no time for sleep. I picked up the last gig from Kiahn at 1:30 and got to bed around 3:00. Thank goodness for the time change. The extra hour of zzzs are appreciated.
October 26th - Our busiest weekend!
Alright, we were swamped. We had almost every piece of gear we have out somewhere. If you called and I didn't call back for gear this weekend, I apologize! There just wasn't any gear left!
Alright, as for what was out there, I'm just going to post two here. There's more pics at our FB site.
First, we have Chad who decorates his barn every year for a party and dance for the kids at their Christian School. They moved it to fall this year and amped up the decor. We have provided gear in the past and there was a snafu with one of the amps so it was very gracious for Chad to give us a chance make good. And we did, if I do say so myself. We put together a very high powered amp and speaker system and two racks of a dozen lights with a high capacity fogger. Chad also got a bunch of LED finger lights and the kids all had a blast. Great tunes, great lights, great atmosphere and most of all, a great host! Looking forward to next year.
Another old customer, Alex, threw his annual back yard bash. He too, moved it to late October and gave it a Halloween theme. Forgive the picture. It was after the party and cleanup had not yet begun. Be assured though, that the party looked great and you can see by the "aftermath," that the party was off the hook! Equipment-wise, we came up with 600 watts of amp and top notch speakers - enough to make the party fun without causing too much grief for the neighbors (all of whom had given their official okey-dokey for a good party in advance!). Best feature (besides our stuff!) was a home made slip-and-slide coated with corn syrup and Halloween gore blood! Thanks Alex, see you next year!
October 19th - The slow season is over!
I could not have been more wrong! We had a couple of light weeks and the fall was dead for us last year so I presumed that this was the slow season. Not so! It seems that no one knew us last year so we were thin. I have been "instructed" by more experienced folks in the field that the season heats up starting in the second week in October and goes through the fall. Well, they're right. We are swamped with bookings and more coming in every day. It's great for everyone - we get to acquire new and better gear and make it available to everyone.
Okay, on to the weekend. Every event is special but there is only so much room in these shoutouts so... First, we had a wedding reception for Jermaine and Crystal. They said "I do" then before they could throw a good bash, Jermaine shipped overseas to serve our country. He's home safe with his family now so it was time to throw that long-awaited party. We kept it simple for a small hall with 300 watts of PA system and a hookup so the DJ could jam through it. The place was still rumbling when we got their for pickup so we just relaxed in the ProCo-Mobile until folks started to stream out and Jermaine gave us the "okay." Congratulations Jermaine and Crystal!
Then there was the sweet sixteen party for Tamara and Rachel. We were contacted by Caleb who was putting together an incredible entertainment package. Caleb is a multi-talented musician and manager and he put together an amazing package of musicians, singers, dancers, rappers, sound operators, equipment providers (yes, that means us!) and the whole shebang. We delivered our super deluxe custom audio package with triple amps, subs, dual tops, monitors, rolling rack, mixer and lots of other audio gear. We also provided stage lighting with two large racks of colored lights controlled by a DMX system at the Front Of House board. I don't have to tell you that the event was spectacular and a great time was had by all! - make sure you check out our FB page - http://facebook.com/procoaudio - for lots of pictures of these and our other events. Our many thanks to Caleb and to Scott the sound engineer who can do more with a wire and a roll of duct tape than any magician!
Sept 28th - Oct 12th - Entering the slow season but...
Okay, it's fall and things are relaxing a bit as school taken hold, sports are in full swing and people are assessing the new personal costs as legislation that took effect on October 1st begins to affect us all. Still, there are weddings, parties, events and life going on. I though I would point out some interesting new types of things that we've been doing the past few weeks. There is a company on the SE side that has been growing its video production business. Of course we always want a wide arrangement of gear to create the best product. They had a sudden need to do some higher quality audio recording for some overdub work. We'll, we got the goods. They built a pretty successful sound booth and we put together a good studio mic package. Heck, I even got a try-out for the announcer but they had a guy on staff with one of those deep, overnight radio DJ voices that sounded wonderful.
Later on, they were shooting with some blue paper background as a blue screen. It has worked for them in the past but because of some wardrobe issues with this shot, blue wasn't going to cut it. The spent the better part of a day in post trying to resolve the issue but in the end, they decided it would be quicker to reshoot it on green screen. If only they HAD a green screen. So we got the call and were glad to take down a truss and an 8x10 green screen. It was amazing. I helped out with the shoot. We set up, did a couple of takes and the stayed with the set while the cameraman took the shot it to test is with editing. He came back in two minutes and annouced "Perfection!" The setup and striking of the set took longer than the shoot and the rough edit!
Think about is if you need some simple photographic gear to do a basic shoot or to augment your existing equipment. We have pro tripods, cameras, lenses, continuous lighting, hair lighting, green screens, backdrop stands and the like.
The only event that I got pictures this weekend was the wedding and reception of Robin and Tiffany. This was a fun one! The picked up our "B" audio package for two days - the first day was a rehearsal and the second was for the ceremony and reception. DJ Patrick tied his rig through our amp so it got a lot of use. We used the Behringer powered mixer system as the rig needed to be easily portable. Did I mention that the whole event was outdoors. The DJ was on a covered porch and the dance floor was under a tent but the waterworks really flew on the first day so they needed to be able to re-locate gear if the wind kicked the rain under the covers.
They used our multi-pack of lavalier microphones to mic the pastor, bride and groom. There's always the unexpected, of course - like a loud squeal when the first kiss occurred. They think it was a feedback or interference issue but I think it was love - grin! At any rate, Saturday had no rain and everything went very well. We turned up for cleanup just as the last guests were leaving so we didn't get pictures of Tiffany and Robin but we got some good shots of the environment. Check out our facebook (www.facebook.com/procoaudio) for a photo album. Congratulations to Robin and Tiffany!
September 9th through 14th
Okay, another busy one. It starts with Adrienne, the head of the PTO for the Memorial Christian Academy. The PTO hosted a dance for the kids and we got the honor to provide some dance lighting. MCA is a wonderful school with great parents, staff, facilities and of course, kids! I made up for a clerical error by adding some lights to their order and providing a bunch of finger lights for the chaperones and kids.
Then there was a new one for the books. Dan put on a seminar and video in one of the theaters at the Star Cinema Grill in Conroe. The inhouse audio system didn't meet the needs of a seminar so we brought in a real power house system and a pro-grade wireless Shure mic system. We quickly tuned it to provide powerful, clear sound to the entire movie theater and the presentation was a total hit. Well done to Dan, Trena and all of the fine folks and associates of Provident Wealth Builders!
Then we had two receptions. Kathi put on a reception for friends and family in Texas who could not attend her son's wedding in California. We set up in the Cypresswood clubhouse with a PA system that was just the right for the room. They used it to play background music from a smart phone using and online music source and we had a microphone for them to do announcements and such. This was no informal get-together. It was professionally decorated, catered and had all the trimmings. Congrats to the happy couple - we're glad we could help out in our small way!
The other reception was held in a banquet room at Maggiano's Little Italy, near the Galleria. It was a good sized affair for Giselle and Harold. We provided purple uplighting around the perimeter of the hall. The results were fantastic! It was a challenge setting up as one party was finishing and cleaning up while we were going in and setting up! Giselle and Harold are a wonderful couple and they and their family put on an amazing reception with live band, a beautiful hall and (if I do say so myself), great lighting! Best wishes guys!
September 7th and 8th
What a week! There was so much prep and organizing to put the weekend together and make it go smoothly. But it all went off without a hitch. The rest of the month is going to be the same. Okay, down to brass tacks. There were a couple of special that were particularly noteworthy. DJ Tony called to add some dance lights to a Sweet 16/Quince party he was doing for Angelina. After a couple of hiccups on my part, we got it together. We did a dozen lights on either side of the dance floor on tall, crankup stands. Because Tony has some real beat blasting tunes to work with, we put most of the lights on sound-active and he ran them all. I don't know where to begin here because there are two amazing things about this event. Let's start with Tony. Wow! Easily, the most well equipped DJ I have ever worked with. And not just good gear - he's good! Every music type and what a voice! Check him out at: http://www.wedding.com/wedding-vendors/tx/pasadena/dj/dj-tony-o/141408
And then there was the party. We have done a lot of parties, 16s, Quinces and everything else. This was the most elaborate 16/Quince I have ever worked! Done at the big ballroom of the Double Tree, the young people were amazing! Dressed to the nines in gowns and tuxes, great choreography and dancing and they were absolute ladies and gentlemen! My only wish is that I had gotten involved sooner as the guest of honor picked a purple theme and I would have uplit behind the honor table in a fantastic plum shade. Still, great music, great young people and, if I do say so myself, great lights!
Every event is special and if your event isn't here, it's just because of space or lack of pictures. But sometimes I put things in our Shoutout area because they are special to me. Of course you have seen for the past two months, the opening of a wonderful new church - The Birthing Place in Pearland and our small involvement with their beginning. Well, they are growing and have reached the point where they no longer need access to our gear. You see, all the time that we were providing a PA system to Pastor C, we were gathering and building an audio system that they could call their own. This was the weekend that it all came together. We packed up the trailer on Saturday with months of effort in building a cost-effective, powerful sound system that they can use now and will grow with their needs. At the heart of the system is a Crown XLS amp driving mains and monitors. A powerful and flexible mixer supports their mics, drums, keyboards, MP3 inputs and the like. Good Shure microphones and powerful speakers and monitors make the Word available to everyone.
So I got there first on Sunday morning and set everything up. Pastor C came in and we did a very satisfactory mic check. Then Mike came in and got a crash course on the system. Not only is he the musical director and percussionist but he is now the sound man. So now they are self-contained. I'll be there again to attend the service on occasion. I look forward to going in and parking in a "pew" and just enjoy my time hearing the Word, worshipping and praising! All the best guys, you deserve it!
August 25th and September 1st
Another week down at the Birthing Place. In fact, we did a couple when we add in the Wednesday night service. We have it down to a science now and we don't need to post much more about it but... This photo was a great moment - a musical worship session turned into training session as Mike started working with Milton and handed off his sticks to the church youth. Pastor C is also a fine percussionist so he moved into the musical mentor role and the music was incredible!
It is time for the church to move away from a rental system so they can own and operate their own gear. To that end, we have enabled our new capacity as a facilitator. We have spent the last month sourcing and purchasing the components of a cost effective PA. It isn't the knock down, dragout beast that we provide every Sunday (yet) but it has all the power and quality that the Pastor will need to be heard clearly and to let the band in. We'll use it next week for the first time and report here.
We had a lovely Quinceanera on the 1st. Vianey turned the big 15 and mom (Christina) reserved the Sterling Banquet Hall on the Northwest side off of BW8 to throw a super party. We brought in a great audio system. We had purchased some new speakers a couple of days prior and tested them in the shop but I was a little concerned after checking them out that their published specs may have been a bit optimistic so we brought along some old standby speakers that we knew we could rely on, just in case there were any issues. The folks at Sterling were very accommodating and we were set up and testing in short order. That's when I SAW the problem. The overload protection circuits started glowing (they use light bulbs to dissipate excess power). Not good - the horns would not be able to handle the power from the amp. We didn't blow them, fortunately, but we hauled them down and put up some good ol' Yamaha speakers. They've been around the block so they're not quite as pretty as the new ones but they are as reliable as a hammer and always sound sweet! Whew! We also threw in a couple of lasers to bounce up the place. The result - DJ Christian spun tunes through our gear, the pink uplighting (not done by us but a fine job, nonetheless), our big audio package and our lasers made a great atmosphere. Congratulations to Vianey on "the big 15!"
August 11th - 18th
I can hardly put into words how blessed we are. First of all, we have had more jobs this past week than we've ever had A million thanks to all of our great customers! We've got pics from some. A quick shout to a few who did true DIY gigs. First to Rosy who threw a nice outdoor party for her father. We had to meet in a parking lot at my day job. She picked up our audio package "A." We did a quick load up and class on the gear and she took it from there. She is a natural at understanding and handled it all like a pro. (if you're looking for a little audio installation work, Rosy... - grin!). Then there was Stephen and Mia, proprietors of Arts On The Rise. Their summer camp thespians wrote a sequel to Alice Through The Looking Glass and preformed it downtown. The got 8 lav and headset mics and some strobes for "falling down rabbit holes." Again, true DIYers. We really appreciate all that you folks do for the kids! (send us some pics, eh?)
And there's some that we get involved in personally. The growth at the new church continues. See pictures of that on our fb page. Pastor C and First Lady L are wonderfully passionate with a great message. If you're ever in the Pearland area and you haven't been to an old fashioned bible-teachin' church in a while, you could do far worse than to stop on in! We've been providing gear since he started and we are now on a quest to help the church get their own gear. I'm donating some stuff, they're buying some stuff. If anyone has anything they can donate - speakers, cables, amps, mixers and all that stuff, won't you drop me a note? Thanks!
Then comes Mia who is leading a children's outreach to Build Leaders In the Next Generation. She put on a stage show and video presentation at the Boys and Girls club just outside the loop on the south side. Mia is amazing with amazing credentials and a dedication to helping kids. We didn't have to do much for her - we set up some stage lights and a projection system and she and her equally dedicated family, friends and staff helped the kids put on a great show! Keep up the great work, Mia (I know you will!)
Ahh, First Lady Jackie. What can I say about this one? Over at the LIght of the World Christian Fellowship, Jackie and the ladies put on a stunning evening for the women in the church including a fashion show that was too cool to describe. Suffice it to say that the women modeled their own creations that were made with incredible imagination and ingenuity. And they had a tremendous number of other events. Again, if you're looking for a dynamic church up in the Humble area, poke your head in and see Pastor J (and Pastor J, too!) Our part here was fairly minimal - we set up some lighting at the judging end of the catwalk to help the beautiful women of the church strut their stuff for the very fair-minded judges. All I can say is "Wow!"
There was one more special event that kind of touched us. Suroor got married and held her reception at one of my favorite halls in the Houston area - Le Jardin on Bamwood. What a beautiful facility. We have come to know a lot of the wedding decorators, party planners and other folks in the business in our time here. We were pleased to see our favorite decorator there. Our services kind of mesh and you can see from the photo that she does a beautiful job. Suroor and her husband were absolute resplendent, the hall was fantastic and our audio system was a perfect compliment to it all. We did a custom system with dual amps, dual mics, audio feed and top notch speakers. Oh, we also were fortunate enough to have a podium that they needed for speeches.
The amazing thing about this one is that when we finished setup and testing, no one from the party had arrived yet. We had to launch for another engagement so I set up some notes on masking tape by the mixer about settings and a message to call me. When the call came, we talked for about 5 minutes and that's all anyone needed. The gent who ran audio had little experience with the type of gear that we provided but he was able to do a perfect job. A tribute to himself, our gear and our service (I hope!).
Alright, there's much more but I'll hold it up here for now. It's end of summer and bookings are coming thick and fast for fall and winter.
August 3rd - 5th - Very busy stuff!
I hardly know where to begin. There was a ton of events and sales this weekend. We're starting to really move the LED finger lights. If you've been thinking of getting some, think about doing it soon, as the supplies are beginning to deplete.
Okay, there were there were a few notable events but I don't have pics for everything. Jesus (Spanish pronunciation, of course) got our Audio Package "A" for his daughter's birthday party. Along the way, we discussed that it was for sale. Long and short, I gave him a great deal and after the party, the gear stayed there!
Then Carla and Cassie have a reception hall just outside of downtown needed a solution to light up the outside of the hall. We worked hard to create a good looking and cost effective solution. There were no outside outlets and running power from inside was impractical so it was either battery powered LED uplights or a generator. We went with the second choice. For the price, we were able to provide twelve lights and the generator at the same cost as 4 battery lights. Not that there weren't issues. The generator was new and we didn't know how long it would really run. Turns out that under full load, it's about a hour and a half! Fortunately, a second fill-up got through the event. The generator was quiet and the look was beautiful! We also lit up the interior with our regular LED uplights in a dark, pink shade to complement the existing traditional gel pinks that were already installed. Awesome effect.
Finally, until they can get their own, we are the regular providers of audio systems for the new startup church in Pearland. After some fine-tuning on gear selection, we built a better solution that last week for a much lower cost. Lessons learned and applied! Keep up the great work, Pastor C. We know that the church will grow and thrive under your leadership and passion and with the amazing support of your family!
July 28th - A new church is born!
Well, this one has been a long time in coming. Got a call from a Pastor who is ready to branch out and start a new church in Pearland. As with all ventures like this, it consumed an incredible amount of time and effort. We are honored that he asked us to provide audio for his inaugural service. We planned for an overwhelming response and pulled out all the stops - a large mobile rack with amps for mains, subs and monitors, 5 wireless mics, stands, effects, large mixer, instrument feeds, alt source feeds and 4 monitors and all of the other myriad components. The challenge was setup timing - we had an hour to get in, get setup, mic checks and all of the details. We got things started pretty close to on time. Aside from switching to better quality wireless mics as the service went on (provided by the wonderful folks from the gospel trio; Soulfruit), everything went well. I stayed for the service and had a wonderful experience (plus I didn't have to feel guilty for missing services at my home church!). The church was spirit filled with a great message and fantastic participation from the singers, musicians, presenters and a "cast of thousands." Andres and the singers from Soulfruit (check them out on FB) are amazing in both talent and tech savy. Congratulations on the new worship center, Pastor - we're looking forward to continuing to help out.
July 13th - Lion's Club Play
Wil called a while back looking for an audio system for their Lion's Club play at the Multi-Service Center in South Houston. There needs were up there - big amp and speakers, 6 wireless lapel mics and 2 more handheld mics. I was kind of sweatin' because, even though we had it all, the mics were a hodge-podge of different types and brands. Worse, we were out of rack cases for the weekend so it was going to be a big stack of gear on a table - ugh! Then, amazingly, two pieces of gear that solve all of the problems appeared on Houston CL the day before the event. I got them and started assembling and testing. Nice - got all of the wireless mics integrated into a single receiver, got a new rack case with a slant top for the big mixer and everything else was covered. We delivered and set up. One of the hand-held mics was a little finicky and didn't have a reliable signal from the stage to the audio table but we brought spares and whipped up a secondary system that did the trick. Of course, the play was great and everything was wonderful. Also, Wil has another life as a full time DJ who is good in any genre and works the entire Houston and outlying area. Check him out as DJ Nitekap on FB, Twit and all the usual places. Congrats to everyone on the play!
July 6th - Awards, Movie Night and receptions
Okay, we've been swamped and I've gotten behind on shout-outs. I'll get a few here. First to TC and Bolts. We did their season finale with audio setups for an outdoor awards ceremony, followed by a hookup into the outdoor video system for the annual end of season DVD that the team creates. The kids had a ton of heart and never gave up a yard! Can't wait until next year.
Mindy is an event planner and needed some cost effective uplighting. We built a dozen, traditional PAR-type uplights with red gels and mounted them on "H" frames. She did the rest. As soon as we get the pics, we'll put them here and on FB. Mindy is absolutely dedicated to her customers and meeting their needs for organization, appearance and budget. We are very impressed here. Check out her site on facebook at www.facebook.com/mindyresbyevents .
We got a short notice call from Artt this week. Artt is a renaissance man with more go than a teenager! He got married a few weeks ago but with his busy schedule, didn't get to put on the reception until this weekend. So, it happened. We were honored to provide a couple racks of dance lights. We did two stands with 9 lights. The place was dark and the ceiling and floor was white so everything really popped! Congratulations to Artt and the new little lady. I'm sure you will be both happy and very busy!
June 8th - Swimmers, engagements and birthdays
Lot going on this weekend. It started with Chase who needed a big pile of wireless microphones for a rehearsal and a party during the middle of the week. We got em and set them up with microphones, receivers and stands. This was one of those deals where he picked up and brought back so we don't have any pictures. Man, that's the one thing I don't like about this. I like to meet everyone and see everything! Still, congratulations to Chase and Karen on their upcoming big day!
Then there was Michelle. She contacted us awhile back to provide some dance and atmosphere lighting for a birthday party at Brady's Landing in the ship channel. A little coordination with her DJ and party planner and we put together a simple but fun rack of lights with strobes and pink floods, to go with the rest of the party decor. This was quite a bash with the lights, DJ, live band and some amazing food (got to see and smell it during setup - grin!) Happy 20/20, Michelle!
And we top it off with the 'Bolts. I love supporting the Lighting 'Bolts and I use them as a trial ground for different gear and configuations. We have been using separate amps and mixers for the first half of the season and have switched to a powered mixer for the last two meets. Both are doing yeoman's service, as did Travis who did the DJ and announcer honors this week. Thanks Travis. Go 'Bolts!
June 1st - Swimmers and Graduates
And what a weekend! As always, we sponsor our local swim team - the Lighting Bolts (Go Bolts!) by providing their announcement and PA gear. They're having a rough time of it this year but they have the heart to keep going after it. Way to go, kids - swim strong! We never get any photos so I took a bit of time this morning after setup to fix that.
The day continued on with a pair of graduation parties. Leticia called us earlier to put together a combo package of audio and lights for an outdoor celebration. We built a perfect solution with enough volume to make the event unforgettable but not so much that anyone had to call the "gendarmes."
While that was cooking, DJ TC arranged for a powered mixer setup with big speakers, computer connection and the rest of the works. I popped in on that event while it was just getting its legs and TC was in fine form. I have know TC for many years and he is a multi-talented and multi-faceted man with sick DJ skills. Drop us a line if you need a DJ up in the northern parts of Houston and further up and we'll be glad to hook you up with him. At any rate, DJ TC spun jams for a couple of friends who both graduated and their folks threw a blowout grad party. With our gear and TC makin' the noise, you can't go wrong. Top it off with perfect food and dessert and it only got better!
May 24th - The Tomfooligans!
We had a family event on the 24th that took the whole staff out of operation. We promised ourselves that we wouldn't be taken away from this major family commitment. But in the end, there were folks who's families would have been disappointed if we didn't at least do something. So, we only took "pick up" orders and helped out that way. The first was from Roger of the Tomfooligans - a Celtic "rock" band who were gigging at the Goose's Acre in the Woodlands. They needed a powered mixer to replace their's so we set up the new Behringer mixer/amp and the results were just what the band needed. Check these folks out - they are excellent musicians and do a great deal of philanthropic work. Cheers, guys! You can see them at http://www.youtube.com/user/Tomfooligans
Congratulations on the engagement of Pastor Michael and Lisbeth! They gave us a call looking to provide some atmosphere for their engagement party but to keep things in budget. Like some other places, they wanted to skip the existing lighting in the facility and just use their own accent lighting. So the trick was to create plenty of light, plenty of atmosphere and keep it affordable. The solution was perfect: traditional uplighting! We did a stand with some clear lights so folks could see the wonderful food they were enjoying and surrounded the perimeter with green and blue uplights. The camera had a bit of a focus issue (operator error!), the results are still perfectly visible. Best of luck to the happy couple - hope to see you in February for the next big day!
Hurrah! I’m done travelling for the rest of the year. Not really sure if that’s good or bad but it will allow me to focus on ProCo for the busy Spring and Summer season. So what happened this weekend? Well, I can tell you it was packed with adventure and drama! There are two events that stuck out this weekend. The first was a wedding reception for Truong and his bride at the Petroleum Club, high atop of the 43rd floor of the Exxon Mobil building, downtown. Not surprisingly, it is a beautiful facility with incredible views of the city. We did a custom light package for the reception made of PARs with pink gels, LEDs programmed to pink and set both types of lights around the perimeter and at the gift table in an uplight configuration. We also did two racks of clear PARs and some dance lights including our new high powered strobes and the Python barrel scanner to light up the Bride and Groom table and the dance floor. The couple had a great celebration and were joined by a cast of hundreds!
The other event was a bit strange. We got a last minute call to do a combo sound and light package at an outdoor family gathering. We managed to deliver and set up a high powered sound reinforcement system and a double rack of eight lights about the time that the event started, well after dark. We set everything up then headed downtown to gather up the gear from the Petroleum Club. Before we left, we got a couple pictures of the setup. There were some issues with collecting the outdoor setup the next day but they were quickly resolved and, notwithstanding some of the other issues, I can say that the audio and the lighting were amazing!
Got a last minute call from Kim to provide some equipment that their DJ was a little short on. The event was the Spring High JrROTC Military Ball. Call us American or Patriots or whatever you want but I just want to bend over backwards to help out such a dedicated and honorable group of young people. We pulled out the stops and cut a very sweet deal. We put together a high powered audio system with a connection for DJ Terrell's laptop and a 7-light crank-up rack and fogger. The staff and JrROTC officials were outstanding folks to work with and the young women and men of Jr ROTC are a true credit to the future of this nation. We're in good hands!
We met Juliet and her wedding planner, Sandra at the Bridal Extravaganza. After some challenges of putting details together (mostly stemming from my extensive travels this year!), we finally got our end put together and helped to stage a lovely reception. DJ Obie (email@example.com) spun some amazing tunes and ran our Light Package "B" for the dancing (8 lights and lasers and a fogger) and we set to uplight the room in Juliet's favorite color - RED! By the way, DJ Obie is really awesome with a full complement of music from old school, Hip Hop/R&B, Reggae, Funk and whatever. Check him out or hire him for your shindig!
The reception was held at Signature Manor, a fantastic ballroom and reception hall on the southwest side, just inside Route 6. We lit the perimeter of the room with red LED uplighting and also highlighted the cake with the same approach. The decor was beautiful and there were a lot of good folks who gave their all to make the day wonderful for Juliet and Uche. Best of luck to you both!
March 22nd and 23rd
I'm still out of town so the home team is taking care of business. Two interesting gigs happened this weekend. We got a short notice call from Jessica of a local elementary school PTO. They were throwing an outdoor movie night in the park. There original sound people were unavailable so we stepped in to fill the void. We set up the new EMX 640 with a pair of high powered speakers. We mated it to the laptop that provided audio and fed video to the projector and the kids enjoyed Hop! on a large, inflatable screen as a prelude to Easter. There was popcorn, pizza and the whole works. Weather was excellent for outdoor movies and a wonderful time was had by everyone! Thanks, Jessica.
Then there is our longtime DJ friend, Rey. He called ages ago to reserve lights for an 80's event at the American Legion Hall in the Aldine area. We built an 8-light system (we may have thrown in an extra or two - after all, Rey is a very regular customer!). We set up a stand with two bars and tried out some of the new lights including the LX-10s and the new Brat. By mounting the fogger on the stand with the other lights, the beams are amazing. Zoe became our fogger test operator and when we dimmed the lights, the show was amazing - even to us. (I saw the pictures!). So the event went deep into the night with pickup in the pre-dawn hours. Such is the life of lighting and sound people. Of course, Rey was his usual hit. What a renaissance man he is. If you need a DJ, drop us a note and we'll get you in touch with him - he's awesome! Thanks, as always, Rey.
March 2nd and 16th
I'm traveling again so I can't post pictures until I get back. While I was gone, a few outdoor events occurred. Of course, plenty of other things happened but we never seem to have good luck getting pics of the outside occasions so this is the month.
It started out at the Chateau Polonez on Malcomson. All reports said it is a lovely facility. Bill and he new bride conducted the ceremony outside and then headed indoors for the reception. We had the honor of providing audio for the ceremony. We used the new Audio Package "B" with the Yamaha Powered Mixer, a pair of upgraded speakers and two microphones. One microphone was for a beautiful singer and we also put a wireless lapel mic on the officiant. It was a perfect solution and, of course, the ceremony was beautiful. Best of luck, you two!
Next, we got a short notice call from Krystal for a backyard birthday party as she welcomed her daughter into the ranks of teenagers! There was a bit of challenge putting all the detail as my ability to communicate on the trip is pretty curtailed (secure facilities and very long days!). Nevertheless, we got it put together in time and Amy and Ben delivered and set up the perfect audio system for the party. A bit of a snafu involving a wrong cable took a quick side trip to the local cable supplier but they were back in a jiffy. We set up the system so they could hook up a MacBook to the Peavey Mixer/Amp and a microphone made for announcements. The system was designed to provide maximum sound for the party without too much disruption for the neighbors. A great time was had by all. Congrats on entering the teenage years - it will be a piece of cake (grin)!
February 15th and 16th
What a fun weekend! Lots going on but our two standouts for the weekend were a stint back at Rockaberry's and a dance up at Conroe High School. Rockaberry's called with a last minute request for some gear to top off a big event they were holding. There was a band, a DJ, comedians and a cast party. Took a bit of fast, short notice coordinating but we got everyone's stuff integrated and the night was a huge hit. Rockaberry's (on 1960 West and Walters) is getting ready to re-open as a comedy club and I urge everyone to check the place out!
Then there was the dance. Some of the band officers threw a dance for their classmates. Looking to make it extra professional, they decided to go with pro PA systems and pro lighting. We couldn't help putting together a package that went above the call - they're the future of this country and perhaps they will carry these moments forward when they are in charge! So we took up a full scale audio system and a two light racks packed with lasers, scanners, foggers and a bunch of other goodies. They used a common area and put the lights out. The results were wonderful. It took a lot of hard work on the part of these young people (and some gentle assistance from great parents!) and that hard work paid off. I had to pop in briefly to swap out a tempermental speaker (later troubleshooting showed that a connector came loose) and watched some of the organized festivities including a raffle, several re-shoots of the Harlem Shake and of course, some well lit and great sounding dancing and music! Special kudos to Grant and Daniel (and Joslyn and Gregg - grin!) for their strong organizational skills. Well done, gang!
February 8th and 9th - I hardly know where to begin
Okay, so we'll start with this was a record busy weekend for us. I'm going to mention just four of the events. It started off with Adventures At Middle School. As one of my youth is in National Junior Honor Society (big pat on the back for myself - grin!), we volunteered our services to the school wherever appropriate. The school hosted a 9-school academic competition and we got tagged. The initial discussion was some simple lighting ideas in the gym. Along the way, I asked if they were going to use the little portable PA that I had seen them use in the past (it's horrible!). With the "yes" answer, I proposed bringing one of ours online. Like most of these types of things, the plan ballooned and turned into a full scale production. The theme was "The Hunger Games" so we lit up the side walls in a forest green and red/yellow fires. The main wall was done up in fire orange. Then we put up a 10' translucent screen and lit it up from behind with a rolling flames light effect. The presenter stood in front of the screen for awards and the effect was incredible! I also acquired some badly damage speakers (totally dead) a week or two before so I spent the week resurrecting them. The gym seemed a great place to test them out so we put together a couple thousand watts of public address and the new speakers. We pumped microphones and music from Hunger Games through the system Couple that with the lights and the results were spectacular!
Next is something new for us: Heather called a month ago and proposed providing audio for a float that they were doing in the Mardi Gras parage in Port Arthur. What a cool thing. They have done this in the past and were happy with the results but they needed a closer vendor. So we put together a 600 watt audio package with a pile of speakers and they are off and running. As I write this, the event is ongoing. I have included a picture of the float. Reports from Port Arthur say all is well and we're awaiting updated pictures.
Even farther back, Charlie contacted us for a large light system to light up a band and dance floor for a reception at the VFW hall in Pearland. He requested our big truss package with a dozen lights and fogger. Because of logistic issues, we had to build the whole thing on site so we packed up a bunch of lights, the truss and all of the gear for two other gigs in the trailer. Post 7109 has a very nice hall and stage. The band was setting up so we joined the fray. We put 9 lights on the dance floor including a couple new ones we got recently and some gel PARs on the band. Two different lasers, a pair of scanners and an assortment of strobes, beams and colors made the place. Charlie also got a large supply of LED Finger Lights and they were a hit. Charlie and his band, The Sound Gang are amazing. Drop us a note if you are looking for very talented and flexible band and we'll get you in touch with him.
Finally, another new project. Got a note from John, one of the regulars of a web site where we just started hanging out http://www.houstonbeats.com He is a party DJ for an awesome club in the University Heights area - the Hudson Lounge http://www.hudsonlounge.com at Kirby and Robinhood. Amazing place. If you're in the area some evening, Adam owns the place - let him show you a great time there! At any rate, John wanted to "punch up" the bass from his DJ rig. We just picked up some new subs so we took them, the new 2x15 speakers and the new style amp with the built-in crossover and hooked it up to his rig. Had a few temperamental moments with the gear but got it sorted out quickly. The requested "thump" was there! John also got a bunch of LED Finger lights for club goers. It was a cool evening as there was also a kind of vampire them going with capes and such. We got there for pickup around 2:00 AM and the party was still going. I could hear and feel the whump of the gear in the parking lot!
There were other gigs this weekend as well but space is limited. I should mention that James at Rockaberry's is letting some folks from his church use the hall to rehearse their upcoming production of Love and Fire. We were honored to provide some audio gear to help out that effort - break a leg guys, the play is looking great!
Thanks, everyone, for a great weekend of sound and lights!
January 26th - Spring is here with weddings and parties starting up
Had some great events the last couple weeks but I'm light on pictures. DJ Rey had a couple gigs and has more coming up. We had our hands full this weekend. Three really stuck out for us. The first was a nice little audio system for the men's church choral group. James owns Rockaberry's on 1960 - a Zydeco and Blues club that is transforming into comedy club. Huge room! James also lets out the place to the church on Sunday and the men of the chorus have quite the voice.
Next was a back yard wedding down in Sugar Land. Finally! I got to take pictures of one of our outdoor gigs. The place was beautiful, as of course, was the bride. They had dancing inside on a great dance floor and a banquet outside with a fantastic tented structure for the adults and tables in the shade for the younger attendees. We had a few challenges getting the indoor and outdoor operation for the audio system going right but in the end, it all worked.
Finally, something new for us. A nice young lady came up to us at the wedding show to describe an "issue" she was having at her wedding hall. It seems that the great hall is either a lights "all on" or "all off" proposition. Then there was the issue of the very large room having very few electrical recepticles. The couple wanted something a bit more "in-between" and limited " trip hazards from running power cables all over the place. We put together a series of AC LED uplights, battery powered uplights and some traditional PAR uplights. We lit walls, pillars, catering, the band and a nice bright one to focus on the cake. Spectacular! Oh, did I mention that the great hall is in the St. Arnolds Brewing Company? And the them was pizza and beer? Totally cool! Best to Amanda and Jerrod!
The upcoming weeks and months are booking fast as wedding "season" is in full bloom. Give us a call if you need anything to reserve your gear soon.
January 5th and 6th, 2013 It's a New Year Again!
And what a weekend was the first weekend of 2013. We took everyone down to the Houston Bridal Extravaganza and met with about 1,500 bridal parties! Spring and Summer are going to be jumping in the Houston area with couples taking that blissful plunge. Of course, the offerings were beautiful and varied. As for us, we had a cute little booth showing a simple audio package, a 5-light stand and our new uplights.
In my Bridal Show announcement above, I said I would tell you about the cool swag we were giving away at the show so here it is. The real highlight of our booth was one of the hits of the show: LED Finger Lights. These little finger rings come in four, super bright LED colors - Red, Green, Blue and White. We gave them out to everyone who came by and they were all over the show and as we imagined, there were thousands of them shining all over George R Brown!
They can be the hit of your party as well. We are selling these as part of our offerings. For quantities under 99, they're 50 cents each and for quantities of 100 or more you can have them for just 25 cents. So for just a dollar per guest, you can equip your each party-goer with four finger lights. They are wonderful on the dance floor, as hair adornments, accessory lighting and lots of other uses! I saw one person with her pony tail being held. We put a red and a white one on a can handle as head and tail lights. Find your way to the bathroom in the dark. A lady at my "regular job" is using them doing therapy work with kids. The uses are endless!
We discovered something very important at the show. Of course, every bridal party was scouting for deals. Now, I'm not sure if what we found out is a good or a bad thing but I can say that we're not surprised. It turns out that when it comes to Audio Equipment Rental, Lighting Rental and Uplighting, we were the lowest price providers in the show! I am pleased to say that this has been our goal from the start and I have no intention of raising my prices to match the other folks around town. If you need low cost, high quality sound systems, dance and DJ lighting or uplighting, talk to us. We think you'll be glad you did.
Gotta mention one other thing from the weekend. We had to cut back a bit getting ready for the show. But there was one person in particular who found our pricing several weeks prior and was bound to get one of our lighting packages for a birthday party she was throwing for the love of her life. The party was Saturday night, right in the middle of the show. Logistics were extremely complicated but she dug in like a pitbull to make it happen. We wound up meeting in a parking lot at George R Brown for a car-to-car transfer and quick course on how to set up and operate the lights. I'm pleased to report that she did a great job with the gear and the lights were a hit at the party. Thanks for sticking with us, Tamika! See you for your birthday party, next time!
12/1 - Christmas Parties, Showers and Gigs
What a weekend! Between family events and keeping everyone supplied with gear, I got three hours sleep in two days! I'm sure glad I love to do this stuff - grin!! Okay, let's start with the far North. We got a call a while back to reserve some big powered audio and lights for a party. And a party for a more deserving group, there never was! Our Army reserves took the opportunity to cut loose in North Montgomery county. DJ Rafael spun tunes on very high powered system with two racks of lights. Amazing. The party ran many hours past it's "scheduled" conclusion but I sure couldn't say no to these very deserving men and women. DJ Raf is one of the best - drop us a note to contact him - he is in Montgomery county but I think he'll travel!
Then there was a last minute call a couple days ago to provide some audio for a band doing a gig at Molly's on Kuykendahl and 1960 (you know the place!). The band was well equipped but wanted some extra oomph for their vocals. Amazingly, we had a lot of gear out and there wasn't much selection left but we were able to set 'em up with a system that did the job well thanks to good acoustics at Molly's and the great musicianship of the band. Kudos to Christopher, their manager for his super efforts in getting the Intergalactic Banditos some great exposure.
What are friends for, you ask? For starters, for being friends! Also, we can experiment on them. Friends of ours were throwing a joint baby shower followed by a couples party with Karaoke. We wanted to try out and configure some of the new gear so we took advantage of the opportunity. And while we were at it, we make a door buster system! Most of the lights were committed so we were left with building a rig that could blow the windows out at a quarter mile. The venue was small (a clubhouse) so they were only able to crank it for a few moments for "demonstration" purposes but I can tell you that the glass by the pool rattled and bowed. You want this system for your next event! Congratulations to TC and Jennifer on the upcoming new arrival and thanks for a wonderful party!
11/17 - Festivals, birthdays and weddings
It's the "slow" season for the party business. We went into the week with no bookings for the weekend. By the time Saturday afternoon rolled around, 80% of our inventory was booked. The first was a birthday party the Aaraj threw for his twin 5-year olds. We lit his large living room with strobes, blacklights, lasers, spinners and other lights and highlighted it all with fog. His house was perfect for the fog - it thinned and hung as a light mist and really made all of the light beams pop. The kids at the party were agog! (and I think the parents liked it too - girn) Then there was a Diwali festival in Cypress. The hall had a last minute problem with their in-house system so we got the nod. We put together a rack package to amp up a party for 400 at La Hacienda on Telge. La Hacienda is a wonderful, two-facility site with a big restaurant at the front of the property and a great banquet hall in the rear. Ms. Betsy is their coordinator and she and her staff, as well as the hall, are great! On to the party, though. We set up in the mid-afternoon and got our equipment married up to the customer's gear. When Patrick and the party planners came by the shop to check out our systems, they saw some of the light racks we had going out. Since Diwali is the Festival of Lights, we set them a rack full of colored cans and color switchers. The rack lit up a tall stage that the kids danced on while the adults had the main dance floor. What a blast! I got there for pickup while the party was still raging and some great food and saw a lot of folks having an action-filled dance storm. There were also a couple of last minute gigs that came in on Saturday morning. We love to help out in these situations. We don't charge any more for the short notice - if the gear is available, it's all normal price so we were able to take care of a party and a reception that needed some equipment. A good weekend for the "slow" season.
11/1 & 2/12 Quinceanera, Engagement and Birthday Parties
Busy weekend with two short notice events and one, long planned party. It started with our first Quince. Erika called for some basic speakers and lights. When it was time to deliver, some of the other equipment that she was going to use wasn't available. Fortunately, we always have some extras in the truck so the show went on. It was my first Quinceanera - I got to watch setup and rehearsal on setup day and see some of the real party on the day. What a wonderful rite! From there, I got a call on Saturday morning for a basic PA system that afternoon. What a day - I had a big gig loaded up and had to make a stop at the election center to get supplies for the upcoming presidential election this week. Talk about loaded. Nonthless, we packed up an "A" Audio Package and set it up for Solzail and his lovely bride to be. When we picked up the event later, we were early and got to check out the festivities. It was another first for me - an Indian engagement party. Talk about beautiful!
The weekend finished off with a 30th birthday party held for Michael. After seven years in the military - in all the hot spots! - Michael separated from the service a year ago and this year, Kristen put on a party for his big 30! It was held at American Legion post 560. If you're a vet and a fan of the F-4 Phantom, go there! Great folks! Well, Kristen and Michael pulled out all the stops. They put together a huge audio system complete with dual monitors, dual amps, major power and lots of extras. Michael brought some of his own gear and set up a super karaoke system with the Post's stage and big screen and our gear. With all the audio sources, in and out, we completely maxed out the mixer. Now don't ask me details about the party. All I can tell you is that I was there for the tail end and American fighting men party as hard as they serve our Nation. Thank you Michael, your outfit and all the members of America's military services!
10/27 & 28/12 - No Pics but Three Fun Gigs
Argg! I hate it when I can't get pictures! Had some fun stuff this weekend, too. Started with Lisa who was putting on a birthday party for her mom. Her DJ had some dead equipment so we worked her a super deal and built up a great audio system for music, announcements and the works. Lisa is a principle with MLE Corp, a thriving commercial recovery company. If you need commercial recovery service, you can check out her site at http://www.mle-corp.com/
This being the weekend before Halloween, there were great parties going on so we had some lights to go out to Tom for his Halloween bash on Saturday night. It was outdoor so the fogger didn't get much use but the report of the lights were great. On Sunday, Ruben had a wedding reception which he dj'd with his audio gear and we built up a big set of lights - 11 lights and a fogger on two stands. The word is that everything was wonderful. Halloween night is coming this week and we have a lot of stuff going out. Can't wait to see the results!
10/20/12 House Warming and Receptions
What a nice weekend. Fantastic weather and good folks getting together for nice time. Got a call mid-week for an audio package for a Karaoke/house warming party. A wonderful family had recently moved into their new home and had family in from "the old country." The christened it with a wonderful party and an evening of Karaoke. We put together a high powered system, multiple microphones for duets and such and shook the house. We have a fall special so we added a laser light show to the stars and they looked as fabulous as they sounded. Then there was the wedding and reception at Nuevo Leon in Baytown. Wow, what a wonderful facility. Huge, modern hall with gigantic ceilings and a decor that knocks your socks off. Out back, they have three beautiful gazebos for ceremonies and pictures. Check it out if you're looking for great hall in that area. But, of course, the hit of the event was the newly married Wendy and Bob. Bob contacted us many months ago to put a sound system together that was up to the challenge of such a large facility. We put together a large rack-mount system with four speakers, wireless microphones and we put a wireless lapel mic on the minister so everyone could hear everything. DJ and "sound engineer" services were handled by the couples good friend, Shelly who did yeoman's service - great job Shelly!. The hall was beautiful, the couple were perfect and the technology was just right for the event. Thanks for your great hospitality and excellent planning. Best wishes to the happy couple!
10/13/12 Birthdays and Receptions
Some nice doings this weekend. Donna had booked us quite some time ago to provide the audio gear for her wedding reception. I know that all couples (and most especially the brides) put a lot of effort and work into making their special day just perfect. Donna was the most hands on, hardest working bride I've ever worked directly with. And, wow, did it pay off! She and her "team" had the most wonderful reception, banquet and I have to say, the most interesting center pieces ever! Setup was in a large HOA clubhouse so we did a high powered system. Dan DJ'd the event with our gear and his music. Wireless mics made toasts and speeches a piece of cake. A great event and super wedding cupcakes! Congratulations and a long life together!
Not to be outdone, we got a last minute request from David who was throwing a large birthday bash for his lovely wife, Elaine. He put up a huge tent in the back garden, had a floor and dance floor installed, built a stage for the band and brought us in to provide dance lighting and high powered audio. We put in two large banks of lights and, at David's suggestion, added some laser lighting to his outdoor decor to augment his existing lighting. We put an animated green and red laser on the palm trees and the effect was stunning! The audio was top notch and the lighting made the place sparkle. Happy birthday to Elaine and thank you for all of your wonderful hospitality.
9/30/12 Wedding and Reception at Ashton Gardens
Got a call from Sun a few days ago to put together an audio system for a reception at Ashton Gardens on 1960, just West of Humble. We did a simple setup with a small amp, speakers and a couple wireless microphones. Fan spun tunes on his laptop through the gear and managed all of the speeches and the dance floor. Of course, the bride and groom were wonderful and are truly made for each other. The facility is top notch - selected best location four years running. Situated in secluded wood, they have a beautiful chapel and multiple reception halls. I have to say that given the nature of our service, I seldom get to see the wedding party. Timing on this event was favorable and it was a real pleasure to see such a nice group of folks and a lovely couple. What a great wedding, reception and hall. Congratulations to everyone!
9/7/12 DJ Rey Does It Again
DJ Rey is our most prolific DJ. In addition to being a great guy and a super DJ, he is a FIre Fighter and just finshed his EMT exams. Well, he put all of those skills together and DJ'd an event for the Fire Fighters and Rescue Teams of the Aldine FD at their R&R conference center. We put a new light package together - all LEDs, no hot bulbs. We put a couple of lasers and a new Chauvet Circus, which is a awesome light. Turnout was light but Rey did his usual yeoman's service. If you need a good DJ, contact me or check down below for his direct contact info.
9/2 Labor Day Bash in the Heights
No pictures for this one but there was a barn burner in the Heights this weekend. Alex called a few days ago to upgrade the sound system that he used for his second annual Labor Day party. It was held in the back yard (I don't know why I never seem to get pictures for our outside events!). We dropped of a high powered system and set it up in the afternoon for the party that evening. Now I wasn't there for the shindig but I came in the next day the next day to "witness the carnage." Some cleanup efforts had begun after the soiree but there was plenty of "evidence" of a truly successful party. Kudos to Alex for helping us all to remember that there is still a holiday in this great nation of ours that is focused on just letting us take a day to relax!
8/26 Reception at Villa Rinata
We got a last minute call to do the audio for what turned out to be a beautiful wedding reception at Villa Rinata near the Galleria on Sunday night. We used the new racked up gear and just for fun brought the "whole crew" in to do the setup. The facility was great but it was quite a tall staircase to haul the gear up so having all of us there really helped. Jasmine was a radiant bride and the reception ranged from dinner and dancing to gaming! Howard was in charge of the gear and had to leave before the festivities started so I didn't have a chance to hold a "class" on the equipment. The equipment is so easy to use (and Howard is one sharp guy!) that I left a few notes by the mixer and gave him a quick phone call with some details and he ran it like a professional audio tech. Congratulations to the happy couple!
8/12 The Dual Purpose Party
I'm out of town again, conducting seminars on the east coast. Amy is running the shop and is doing a bang-up job. She and Ben have put together a couple of light shows. The one on the 12th was a send-off for a young lady who has joined the ranks of those pursuing higher education. Woohoo! Also, her father and his band are launching their first album. Double woohoo! I'll get details of his upcoming shows and post them here. This is an actual picture of his event - just 4 lights! A Laser Show, Mini-Ball, Light Bank, Strobe and a fogger. The fogger really makes the beams pop. Brandon called and knew exactly what he wanted. He selected his lights, put a delivery time on it and took care of everything. All we had to do was assemble and deliver it. Nice for everyone. Best wishes to Brandon and his family on all of life's great adventures!
7/29 and 8/3 - Wedding Receptions and Youth Group Revival
Some interesting challenges. I got sent on the road on the morning of the 29th but we had a wedding reception that afternoon. The rest of the staff was up in Austin for a swim meet so we brought in our good friend and audio guru, Pete to take care of the reception. Great gig. DJ Julio was providing dance and music for friends so we showed up with combo Audio and Lighting package with upgraded sound. We didn't get pictures but from all reports it went well. We tried something new - a rack case. We pre-loaded a case of gear with Amps and other support equipment. It helped everyone out, sped up the installation and made using the gear easy. The reception was held at the Old Civic Center in Humble - great place for a reception. There were some logistic issues as they had booked two events on the same day - we were bringing in gear while they were finishing the earlier event. The other party was very gracious to let us do that - thanks! In talking with everyone afterward, the reception was lovely and everything went well. Ahh.!
August 3rd was a fun weekend. I was still out of town again but Amy and Benjamin were back and took care of business Okay, the event of the weekend was a youth retreat at the Occasions Banquet Hall in Humble. Occasions is a nice, standard and flexible facility. If you are hosting an event in the Humble area, be sure to check them out. Joshua contacted us several months ago to put a custom audio package together. While we are always glad to help out a short notice event, it's a real pleasure to have a little time to plan and make an event even more special.
We brought the gear online the week before to make delivery, setup and usage much easier. It got the trial run last week at the reception in Humble and went really well so tried it again with Joshua. It was a great success and will now become a standard for our high-power package. It is a rack mounted set of gear. We can build it at the office and make delivery and setup a "one step" process. Joshua's setup included a big amplifier, dual 31-band equalizers, a feedback destroyer, a rack mount wireless receiver and power system. There is room for a couple more items and a custom selected mixer depending on event requirements. Joshua had more special requirements including extra speakers, six microphones (four wireless) and a large mixer to deal with some additional equipment.
Of course, the event was a wonderful success and the acoustics of the facility was excellent. Congratulations and blessings to Joshua and all the kids to whom his efforts are devoted!
7/20 - Church plays, Class Reunions and back to Dionisio for a Fashion Show
I hardly know how to begin. The weekend was busy and had some excellent moments. Let's start with Genny and the kids doing a play for the church. This was a long planned event. When Genny called us, we had about half the gear she would need to mic, amp and light a stage play. Over many months, we refined the equipment list and slowly acquired what we needed. By the 17th, we had it all and set it up for the dress rehearsal. A second trip on the 18th got everything tuned up and the show was ready to go on. The play was staged at The Gardens on Beamer near Pear Land. A great facility with several halls including the big one that the kids performed in. Of course, the show was a smash hit and the kids were great. Thanks to Genny for her excellent management and direction and thanks to the Valarie and Isaiah who ran sound and lighting. Mostly, of course, congratulations to the kids. Way to go!
Then it was back to Dionisio where they hosted an outdoor fashion show!
Jimmy and Clarise hosted a Fashion Show in their lot this weekend. For our part, we provide the sound system for DJ Simon Says and we created a lighting system for the models as they walked the red carpet runway. It was quite an affair with reserved VIP seating, full audience seating and some of the finest locally made wines to top it off. Guests enjoyed great wines from Dionisio and wonderful cuisine from Caliope who have a full range of Po-Boys, Cajun and homestyle cooking. Momentum Porsche brought one of their showcase models and the ladies and outfits were stunning. Turnout was incredible and a great time was had by all. Wonderful show, Jimmy and Clarise. We wish you great success as Dionisio continues to grow an already excellent reputation!
Class Reunion at the Art Gallery
The weekend finished out for with Verlincia holding her 10 year High School reunion for the class of 2002. New for us is that it was held at the Archway Gallery in the Heights on Dunlavey. That was really something. We provided audio support and a connection for their music source - an iPad packed with great jazz and awsome beats. The layout made for great socializing with tables interspersed between art exhibits - all by local artists who not only show in the gallery but who also run it. The event was catered and photographed by an amazing staff of professionals and the sound carried beautifully through every corner of the facility. If you haven't considered an event in an art gallery, consider it! We talked with the folks at Archway who said that it's a common thing and they welcome folks to their place - www.archwaygallery.com The gals and guys from the class were a very impressive group and showed all of the signs of sucess that their education and friendship prepared them form. Way to go class of '02 - see you at your 20th in 2022!
7/13 - Corporate Meetings and Karaoke
Friday the 13th wasn't too bad for everyone. Diana threw her first corporate convention and it was a smash hit. It was held across three ball rooms in the Hilton Gardens, Energy Corridor to a packed house. First of all, kudos to the hotel manager, Marco. Marco is a great, hands-on manager and extremely helpful. If you're looking for a place for your next meeting, give strong consideration to the Hilton off of I-10. Okay, back to the event. We pulled out all the stops and used about 2/3rd of our stock. Big amps, large mixer, 4 high power speakers, wireless lapel and handheld microphones. As the event progressed, they needed a better quality lavalier mic so I brought out an improved system on Saturday morning. Also, many thanks to Shelby. Shelby is a longtime friend of the organizer and an even longer time audio professional. He taught me some tricks and ran the boards himself. It would have gone well without but went that much better with his help. Thanks! Good luck as you grow your business, Diana!
7/13 - The Dionisio Wine Bar and Winery
While we were setting up at the Hilton, I got a call from the Dionisio Winery and wine bar, downtown on Jefferson. They were having trouble with their karaoke system. The good news was that I had enough gear in the van that I was able to stop off and get it hooked up before karaoke night started. Now, a word about the Winery. Go there! Jimmy and his wife opened the place in January and it's been getting great press and gold medals for their fine wines. The place is intimate and beautiful. You can get started at WWW.DIONISIOWINERY.COM Karaoke is a new venture for them and (the bad news) would probably have gone even better had the amp not burned out halfway through the night! It seems that a previous user put a bit too much strain on it and it overheated and gave out. Up until then, though, karaoke was the happening thing. By the time I got there with a new amp, the mood was over. Next week, they are doing a fashion show. We'll provide audio with a whole new amp and setup. They will have a DJ and the event will be out in the lot, surrounded by Porches!
7/6 and 7/7 - Parties and Receptions
It was a rainy weekend in Houston. But people here know how to have a good time! It started off with a last minute call from Katrina who was throwing a party in Missouri City for some friends. She rented out the Alpha Center, put the word out on FaceBook and had a great blowout. DJ Mel officiated the music and dancing while we did our part with a high powered audio system and an eight light rig with fogger, spot, lasers and a pile of other types of lights. Thanks Katrina and Mel - keep the party going. I need to get Mel's email address but if you need a DJ on the Southwest side, drop me a note and I'll get it to her. Let's just call this picture the "before" picture. When we cleaned up, all of the mirrored walls were still mirrored!
Then there was the wedding reception over in the back yard near Mission Bend. DJ Walt was scratchin' up a storm in the yard until the rains threatened and they had to move the festivities into the house. A little crowded but they shook the house down. Congratulations to the happy couple! Another excellent DJ with an amazing rig - dual scratch mixer and a tower full of music. Walt works the west side and if you need a DJ over there, drop him a note at gGonzalez0585@yahoo.com I can't believe it but I didn't get pics. Sorry - this is the second time I missed getting photos of a back yard event. The whole thing gets me going and I just forget.
6/23 and 6/30 - Amazing weekends
Okay, where to begin? To start with, my work sometimes takes me on the road. This month, I was out for two solid weeks to the East Coast. I took care of the Saturday gigs back on the 16th then the rest of the team finished the weekend and the weekend of the 23rd. So I missed a wedding reception that has been planned with us for many months. Congratulations to Amanda and John - send me a pic! You two are very special to us and we were sure glad to provide our services! Also, DJ Rey did another DIY gig. I'm telling you that if you want a an impressive young man and talented DJ, give Rey a call (firstname.lastname@example.org). I got back on a Friday night in time to set up for reception of Jenn and Justin. DJ Adrian was my contact - it was his show to conduct. Again, a very talented young man who is a flexible DJ (heard him warming up everything from rock to Christian to the wedding classics - Unchained Melody, In the Mood...). He is also a professional photographer. What is truly admirable about him is that he knows that no one can do it all. For this wedding, he focused on being the best DJ he could be and let another photog have the photographic honors (contact Adrian at email@example.com). The reception was held at Fung's Kitchen on the SW side off of 59 just past 610. They have some wonderful, spacious and well appointed banquet rooms. Also, kudos to Adrian for his help in breaking down the gear before I got there - the event was over and the room was scheduled for another event so Adrian took the situation in hand and handled it. Thanks Adrian! All the best!
6/24 - Another Nice Weekend
Well, the Londonderry Lighting Bolts are at divisionals this weekend. We don't have the results in yet but you can be sure that they did well! And we also had a couple of interesting gigs. Rey (great DJ - see his contact info below) had a gig that he did with a DIY "Better" Light Package. He came by for a quick course on setup and operation and trundled off with the gear. To be fair, his package was entitled to free delivery and setup but I was out of town and he was a good sport to do it. Thanks Rey! I have a great plan to make his next rental an even better experience.
We also did the audio at the wedding reception for Mike and Amanda. Congratulations, you two! Way up in the wilds of Montgomery county, my boss did the delivery, setup and pickup. The boss isn't a full time audio technician but did the job perfectly - good placement, no feedback and good hookup for the DIY audio equipment used by the wedding party. The reception was a big event at a restaurant and was a great fete. Amanda and her wedding planning "committee" contacted us months ago to plan this out and it went off exactly according to plan. Congratulations to everyone up there! We'll have pics posted as soon as I get back in town (I'm back and they're up). In the mean time, the place is in good hands so go ahead and call - we're ready to help everyone out.
6/16/12 - Busy weekend but no pics
Well, it's been a fun filled weekend. Of course, every booking is special and there's something interesting about all of them. We try to note a couple of them them in these little notes. Apologies for not having any photos this week. Because we focus on DIY, we don't always get to see or photograph our efforts!. So...
We did the 'Bolts final regular season meet. It was a home meet which they won bringing their season record to 4 and 1. Way to go, kids! Good luck at the Divisionals next week!
Got a last minute call to light up a 10th Birthday party for Haley. What a wonderful setup. The event was outdoors on a large, covered porch and we set up two stands full of lights, lasers and a very high powered fogger. It was wonderful and a great time was had by all. Congratulations, Haley - glad you enjoyed your party!
Finally, a true do-it-yourself job for Luis who threw a Pink Floyd "Dark Side" party for his dad on Father's day. Music, dark room and a wide variety of lights made for an amazing show the Luis put on. He picked up the gear, we talked about it how to set it up and run it. He took the ball and ran with it. Now Luis is a sharp guy and had no trouble doing everything. It's easy, right Luis? We're glad your show went well - "Wish we were theeerrree" - grin!
Mary Kay, Timber Creek, Bolts and the unseen wedding
Well, like a lot of things, this can be a strange business. We're growing and had a record number of bookings this weekend. My partner, of course, had to travel this week so I was running like a scalded ape to get everyone delivered and set up.
But back to the "strangeness" part of things. We're finding more and more that many times, we never see the people who book us and sometimes, we never even get to see the event.! We get the booking then deliver and set up but the principle is often there later. Or, we get a booking and all we see is someone who comes by to pick up or drop off gear. Still, we do get to meet some great people.
The first gig was a wedding a little north of the office. I spent a good deal of time working with Tommy to get all the details right. This job is the quintessential core of our business - we prep the gear and the customer gets it, sets it up, uses it and returns it. So it was perfect for Tommy and the wedding but no one here ever got to see the wedding, reception or even Tommy! By all reports, it was a very successful event with a wireless mic on the minister, mic'd and amp'd live guitarist, speeches and background music. Never got to meet Tommy in person but I met his very impressive sons and nephew. Nice job, guys!
New Mary Kay Offices
Then, we had our first "hiccup." I started a setup at 6:15 on Saturday morning as we did our usual installation for the Lighting Bolts Swim Team It was a "simple" job and should have been done in 20 or 30 minutes. After several trips back to the office and substituting amps, cables, mics and mixers, we found the the problem to be a shorted "extra" wire on one of the speakers. It made things look and sound like the amps were fried but fortunately, they are all self protected so no harm was done. Fixed it in two seconds but all the trouble shooting delayed the next job by over an hour. Sorry Wesley! But the next job was interesting. It was a Mary Kay meeting with a new Director in an office that was so new, it was still being built out. Jessica, the new Director wanted to put on a great presentation, and she did! Since we were late, we brought out all the guns to make up for it including a top notch amp and PA system and brand new speakers that I picked up the night before. We also did a a light show with four lasers painting 3 walls, the floor and ceiling. Plus we had some additional colorful and motion lights to top off the effect. Awesome presentation! And we managed to get everything up, running and tested before the meeting started - whew! (we even got a bit of a finger wag from the office next door about shake factor from the volume of the new amp and speakers - grin). The main speaker was mic'd with new a brand new Shure mic and Wesley send atmosphere music through the mixer from his laptop. Good show.
Then there was the Birthday on the Golf Course. Another situation where we never got to meet the gentleman throwing the party but he sure put on a wonderful event. Thank you Brandon! The birthday was celebrated in the outdoor pavilion at the Timber Creek Golf Course in Friendswood, TX (See the photo above). I highly recommend this as a venue that you might want to consider. Even with the outdoor heat, Andy (the golf course supervisor) and his staff and visiting relatives had the place configured so that it was both well appointed for a party but also was downright comfortable. Believe me, I have been traveling and doing setups all day and for an outdoor event, it was a real pleasure to work in the pavillioni. Andy and his people were great to work with and extremely friendly and helpful. Get down there and shoot a couple rounds and rent the pavilion for an event. You won't regret it. Nice facility, and the view - well have you ever seen anything more lush and green on a summer day than a well kept golf course? Of course not! It's just fantastic!
Yeah, there was more that went late into the night. It was a good weekend for everyone except for your intrepid delivery guy who finally got some sleep in the early morning hours. Also, a shout out to the Kid who helped me do some setups and pickups. Thanks Ben, you're a great help.
Got the lighting videos cleaned up and synced with music. Enjoy the on the DJ LIghts Page.
Red Rideau and the Outlaws in Egypt, TX
What a great weekend
We did the PA system for the Lighting Bolts. Did some improvements to the setup and configuration and now they can hear the announcer in Idaho! The 'Bolts won for the second week in a row making the season so far, undefeated. Keep up the good work, kids!
Buck Anderson and R.B. Newsome Memorial Trailride
- Roping and Zydeco - at Jefferson Arena in Egypt, TX
Every job has something interesting and new but this weekend had something special. It was a bit of a hike down to Egypt, TX - just outside of Wharton, especially for a "small" job but it looked so interesting that I had to say "yes." Boy was it worth it! This is a multi-faceted, carnival type of event with a zillion families coming with their smokers, pits, and horses to enjoy the food, amusements, listen to a great live Zydeco band and for some horsemanship competition. It is held in a large field with a full sized competition horse corral at the center. There is no power so everyone who needs electricity brings their own. There was a great, 40KW generator for the band and lighting that was so quiet, you could hold a whispered conversation next to it. The stage was a pair of flatbed trailers from 18-wheelers that were mated side-by-side. The band was Step Rideau and the Zydeco Outlaws from Houston. If you haven't caught a live Zydeco band, don't miss your next opportunity to catch these guys. They've got a website and a very busy touring schedule so there's plenty of opportunity to see them. If you catch them, let 'em know you heard about them here. For our part, we had to snag a little power from the generator and light up the band. They were very accommodating and appreciative. Thanks for your warm reception, guys! The trip was too far to go home so we stayed and enjoyed the hospitality, the music and the great horsemanship. For the kids, there was a bounce house, a small mechanical bull and everyone rode horses around the fields. For kids and adults, there was horseback riding, a calf roping contest that was extremely and professionally run followed by a calf scramble after the roping. Of course, everyone was jamming all night to the joyful sounds of accordions and washboard vests until the wee hours of the morning. Congratulations to all the cowboys, musicians and especially to Robyn for putting on this wonderful event!