Tonight I’m performing with my fiery rumba flamenco, latin jazz quartet and flamenco dancer Stephanie Pedraza at the Vernon Jazz Club.
We left Kamloops at noon and arrived in Vernon just before 2pm to check into the Travel Lodge. It was nice to have 30 minutes to close my eyes before going to the club for a 3pm load in and sound check.
At 3pm we arrived at the club and met Ron our sound engineer. We lugged our gear upstairs into the jazz club and began setting up. First we had to lay the plywood dance floor for Stephanie then we set up our gear.
For this tour my guitar rig consisted of my flamenco guitar plugged into a boss GE7 eq pedal then into my RC50 into my bose T1 digital mixer then split by a DI to the Vernon house system and to my on stage monitor. I also blend in an AKG C535 EB microphone on my guitar for a more natural sound. The C535 is plugged into and mixed at the bose T1. The GE7 is used to decrease my guitar volume during other musicians solos.
At 5:30pm we were finished our sound check and it was time to meet the Vernon Jazz Club board members for a meet and greet dinner at KT’s on 30th. The VJC board members are a wonderful group of people who are very passionate about bringing good live music to people here in Vernon.
After dinner it was time for me to head back to the club to prepare for the show. First to do was to get all my Cd’s & Dvd’s to Cathy at the band merchandise table. Then make sure the band had setlists and water on stage for the performance. Then I had time to get changed, relax and warm up before the show.
The doors to the club opened at 7:15pm and our performance began at 8pm. We performed a 60 minute first set, then played two 45 minute sets to take us to 11pm.
We had a great time playing for everyone here and we’re all looking forward to returning soon.
After the performance it’s nice to meet everyone and sign cd’s. Then I packed up my gear and we returned to the Travel Lodge to relax and sleep.
The next morning I’ll return home and rest. Then it’s back to Vancouver to play the new Vancouver Convention Ctr. with Gabriel Mark Hasselbach big band.