Beale Street Festival with D.A.S.
The Beale Street Music Festival 2008 featured over sixty acts on four stages in scenic Tom Lee Park
where Beale Street meets the Mississippi. This year's festival drew close to capacity crowds-hampered only by a Friday evening torrential downpour that brought the day's festivities to an early close. Featuring a wide range of artists spanning every musical style from Colbie Caillat to Jerry Lee Lewis, there was music for every imaginable preference.
As was the case for all but two of the past nineteen years, Smyrna, TN-based Allstar Audio Systems, Inc. served as the audio contractor for this year's festival. Of the four stages, Allstar Audio provided sound reinforcement for the three primary stages-two of which consisted of sizeable deployments of D.A.S. Audioenclosures.
For the Cellular South Stage, Allstar Audio, with technical and logistical support from Las Vegas based H.A.S. Productions, erected a massive sound system consisting of 24 D.A.S. Audio Aero 48 line array elements, 6 Aero 28A line array elements, and 16 of D.A.S. Audio's new LX-218 subwoofers. The system was assembled with 12 Aero 48 enclosures flown for the left and right mains, with 8 D.A.S. LX-218 subwoofers per side, vertically aligned with and groundstacked directly beneath the Aero 48's. According to Mike Borne, President of Allstar Audio Systems, "The stage was exceptionally wide, so in order to ensure adequate coverage for the front center area, we chose to groundstack the Aero 28A's on the stage and faced them slightly inward."
"The Cellular South Stage was a massive undertaking," explains Borne, "and it turned out really well. We had approximately 25,000 music enthusiasts here and there was a lot of high power entertainment on this stage-including performances by Santana, Buddy Guy, Fergie, and Gavin DeGraw, among others, so it was critically important that everything be just right. On both the Cellular South and Sam's Town Stage (also known as the Center stage), we made extensive use of D.A.S. Audio's version of the EASE Focus loudspeaker aiming and acoustic modeling software. Proper alignment of loudspeakers is always a challenge, but with EASE Focus, you specify your trim height and audience area parameters and the software takes the guesswork out of how you're going to make your pin adjustments as you fly the system. By using an upstage and downstage motor, slight shifting of the entire array was achievable for fine tuning. This application is a tremendous help for obtaining the broad, even coverage we needed."
"Just like the Cellular South Stage, the Sam's Town Stage had an impressive roster of artists," said Borne. "This is where Sheryl Crow, the rock band Disturbed, Michael McDonald, Aretha Franklin, and Jerry Lee Lewis performed. Everyone was very impressed with the sound quality of the D.A.S. system, including several acts that had never used D.A.S. equipment before. "The Beale Street Music Festival is a terrific event and I'm honored to have Allstar Audio Systems chosen to provide sound reinforcement," said Borne.
Reflecting on the event Borne concludes, "Thanks to the efforts of a wonderful crew of hard working, enthusiastic guys, including Tony Cooper, Dan Taylor, Don Muzquiz, and Josh Bergstrom, as well as the solid performance of the D.A.S. Audio sound equipment; this year's festival was better than ever. Already, we've been contracted to provide sound for next year's festival."
Text by Roger Maycock