Setting up for a performance – it’s harder than it looks!

By James Ferguson
Jan. 21, 2014

Whether it’s a concert, a play or a sporting event, there is always plenty to do in advance.
From contacting the participants to heavy lifting to just making sure everyone has a smile on his or her face, it can take months of planning but the payoff is always heartwarming.
Olivia King, who sets up music shows at Solid Rock Café, said she has to contact a lot of people to make a show happen.
“First, I talk to the headlining act about possible dates that work for them. I then take those dates to the person who owns or controls the venue and then they take the dates to a committee that runs the events.”
After she gets that date, she goes back to the performance act and asks them how much they want the show to cost, what equipment they need, King said.
“Usually, it’s a very long process. I have to get the dates cleared like a month before, because a lot of the bigger bands get booked quickly.”
Mat Sheidow, singer and bassist of the band Uncle, said besides the obvious things like lugging copious amounts of gear, getting ready to play a show (music-related) is usually fairly painless.
“Playing shows is one of the only times in my life that I’m not super anxious or nervous.”
Todd MacLean, pianist and saxophonist for English Words, one of the most popular acts on P.E.I., said once a band has reached the stage of being recording artists, the amount of prep for each show is minimal.
He said the band often performs the same songs that they already practiced hard as a band can.
“So, all it takes is a good ‘dress rehearsal’ run-through of the songs in a practice during the week leading up to a show.”