Here is another cut from local guitar phenom Randy Hansen. This video was created at Jazzbones, a seminal Blues/Jazz nightclub in the heart of Tacoma. (2803 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98406 ) . It was a rather cramped environment to work in. The front of the stage has very little room before it becomes a sea of restaurant tables with narrow passage ways. It’s as if the place was configured for Jazz mode not Rock mode(so that’s why they call it jazzbones I guess). This video will show you exactly what I am taking about has Randy exits the stage and entertains the audience for a brief period. The biggest challenge of this shoot was simply finding a decent place to set up that didn’t obstruct someones “sitting down from the table” view.
So here are the lessons that I am absorbing from this experience. 1) Get there early… I arrived there after the warm-up band was already playing so I couldn’t really set set-up in front until they where done. I could have had a better spot to shoot and less stress dealing with people who where concerned I would block their view. 2.) Utilize a large (24″ or greater HD monitor that would act has a viewing portal for people whose views might otherwise be obstructed. I have done this in the past but under normal venue circumstances I found it was more of a pain to deal with than its worth. Right now I use an Ikan D7w 7″ field monitor which has an HDMI loop-thru so I can run the aforementioned large monitor anywhere I want. The next step up from that would be to use a wireless HDMI transmission system and deliver to HD monitor(s) strategically located so no patron should suffer the indignity of having their seated view compromised.