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. 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 preprogram 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 tradional 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.
I can't seem to help myself! I'm traveling again. This should be it for the year - sequestration cuts have begun and my travel is being curtailed! But, while I'm on the road in DC, I just had to pick up a couple goodies that I found for a great price. If you've read the "About Us" page, you know that we only buy good equipment and only the equipment that we truly need for our customers. Well, we have an upcoming gig that needs a bigger and better mixer than the ones we stock. The price was right so I picked up a new (to us) Mackie 1604 VLZ. This is a great, honest analog mixer with 16 XLR/line inputs, 4 buses and 4 Aux outs (plus a lot of other goodies). This is perfect for the gig and solves a problem we had with needing to get creative setting up some of our other gigs. If your band needs a live, FOH mixer or even in the studio, this is a super inexpensive and feature packed mixer. I'll put full size pictures up on the audio page.
While I was at it, we recently had a customer do some recording with our Tascam DR-05 portable recorder. The results were good and the portability was a real asset. There was a challenge though and we had to incorporate some other gear to meet their needs (we didn't charge extra!). I wanted to provide a more compact, self-contained solution. So we have added a new recorder to our stock - a Tascam DR-03. This is a wonderful 8-channel recorder and mixer. You can record 8 channels of audio onto an SD card, mix it down and burn it to a CD and do the whole job in a single unit. Or, of course, you can just save it to the SD and import it into your PC or DAW for more sophisticated editing as well, but for self contained operations this is a wonderful unit. I have full sized pics and specs on the audio page. Check the price list for pricing on the new mixer and recorder. You'll be amazed at how inexpensive it can be to put together a very good live or studio session with this gear!
Oh yeah, one other thing. A local music and lighting store has closed its doors so I had to do a bit of shopping - just because the prices were right! (kind of a violation of the "don't buy it until you need it rule but...). So I picked up some Chauvet and American DJ lights, a new 802 mixer and a couple other goodies. Pics of the new stuff are on the Audio and Lighting pages.
Okay, the fact that it's Spring really doesn't have much to do with it. As you may know from our "About Us" page, we are no-debt operation. We don't acquire stock until we need it. And we need it. We had a weekend this February where every light we owned went out and there still wasn't enough to fill the orders so we've picked up some more lights. I love picking out lights! We picked out a bunch including moon flowers, mult-head flat mirror scanners and barrel mirror scanners. Also, while on a business trip to DC, I happened on a great deal on an American DJ Spot 250 Moving Head gobo light. Woohoo - check out the rate on our price list.
One other addition to our lighting offerings - Ever since we started this business, we have gotten occasional requests for a disco ball. Well, the demand has become much more frequent so we finally caved in and got one. It comes with a rotating motor and one or two pin spot lights. Hello retro, here we come!
Our audio offerings have been updated as well. We have added a beautiful pair Yamaha S215V club series speakers. These are 500 watt RMS/1000 watt peak, 2x15 speakers. Couple them with a high powered amp and with or without subs, you have a beast that will rattle the brick walls and still sound crisp and clear! As long as we were picking out Yamaha gear, we added a pair of medium powered (200 watt program/400 watt peak) Yamaha SV 15 speakers for small and medium sized venues. And while I was on the road on the East Coast, I ran across a Craigslist deal for a pair of MXL Condenser Microphones - we picked up an MXL 990 and a 991. When you want to do some studio grade recording, the are a good mid-range solution.
To round out the audio growth, we found a fantastic Yamaha EMX640 Powered Mixer. It has 6 mic/line inputs and two more. It pushes 400 Watts per channel in bridge mode or you can run split modes for mains and monitors. It's an amazing box. So amazing, that we created an optional Audio Package B out of it. So when you're looking at Audio Package "B", you will have a choice of the dedicated amplifier and separate mixer or the high power Powered Mixer system. The only real difference is the increased level of simplicity and reduced complexity. Some folks like to turn the knobs and extract every dB of audio perfection and power from a system. Our dedicated amp and mixer combinations are for them. Other folks want to plug in the iPod and speakers, hit the power switch and go. The EMX640 is for them.
Finally, we ordered our new Gobo Projector. If you want a custom image to shine on a wall, ceiling or floor - we have that capability. We have an incredible graphic artist who can turn your idea or sketch into a piece of art. We put in in the projector and fire it up at the perfect moment - like just when the minister says "I now pronounce you man and wife!" Or how about shining on the dance floor at your daughter's Quince? Possibilities are endless!
*Laser Show makes the Red and Green streaks, not the red circles.
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.
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!
The video files on the Lights page are now working.
Great show at the graduation party, Rey. You rocked! Glad everything went smoothly.
(Rey puts on a great show. Anyone in the Houston and surrounding area can find him at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Go Londonderry Lighting Bolts! You have a great team this year. We're proud to be one of your sponsors. Swim hard!
Congratulations to Grace and a big THANK YOU to Chad for a great graduate dance this weekend!
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