This year was my second as an MC during the Kinsmen Cornwall Lift-Off Festivities. And it was an absolute success. Behind the scenes that is. Next week we’ll get the numbers from Lift-Off co-chair Jason Jesmer but I can already tell you that it was a tightly run ship that kept the 30 bands on time and in sync all weekend.
Kudos goes out to Jason Mitchell and his sound & back stage crew. All weekend I watched with amazement as the sound techs set each and every band up and transitioned fluidly into the next act to hit the stage. All the while having only a few minutes to do a sound check of each instrument and vocal mics. During the entire festival, Backstage Manager Davey Bedard and his wife Guyanne kept everyone’s eye on the clock and making sure that everything was ready to go for the next stage flip. All this and at the same time keeping the atmosphere light and fun for all involved. It’s how the backstage area should be. Safe & Secure as well as fun and exciting. Great job guys and gals.
Also, the expertise of the technicians was second to none. From the front of house Sound Tech to the guys “slinging gear” backstage, everyone contributed. For example, on Sunday morning, the band Lovesick Mistress was only a few minutes into their set when their drummer ripped the snare drum on the percussion kit and it had to be replaced. The drum tech backstage, Rene Martin of King Street Percussion got his spare snare drum (which had been signed by country singer Dean Brody the night before) and while the song was still going, replaced it with the broken one with just moments to go before a drum solo. The swap in mid-song was so seamless, it looked like it was rehearsed. This was just one of a number of “techs saving the day” stories that happened throughout the weekend.
So a big thank you to all the people behind the scenes that made KCLO a verifiable success once again this year. To the technicians and backstage crew, to the security people who kept the peace, and the countless volunteers who gave til the wee hours of the night most times, thank you and I know you can’t wait to do it all again next year. By the way, there is a Volunteer Appreciation night coming up on Wednesday. Details are found by clicking here.
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