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!
“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