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Don’t Fly Without a Net – Preparing for the Unknown

Artist Michael Averill wrote in about a recent experience he had at a restaurant gig.

His comment got my attention and I told him I would let all of you know how he handled a bummer situation at one of his gigs and created a great moment!

He writes:

“I played a restaurant show one summer evening on a house P.A. from the 60′s, and on its last leg as a device for delivering audio. Halfway through my set, it shorted out, stopped working all together, and I was left unplugged in a bustling noisy environment.

I took a pause in the song, pulled the cord out of my guitar, and proceeded to walk around the restaurant playing one of my tunes.

Now there were a few moments here. One: the restaurant silenced when I started walking around singing unplugged. I instantly had their full attention.

Two: I went over to the one couple that was still talking and finished my song sitting at their table. The crowd loved it, and it was a great moment for the couple.

Three: the couple jokingly asked if I knew ‘Amore.’ Coincidentally, I did, and I stood up and played it for them. They were beaming, and I left feeling great about what I did.”

Awesome, Michael. You SHOULD feel great! Obviously you were paying attention to the audience and had the know-how to go on with the show without the sound system. Let’s talk about what happened and what you did right so everyone else reading this can learn from it. … Read More, Watch, Comment – Backstage Pass Required

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