Montreux Jazz Festival 2012 – Diary (Part III)

Time goes by that fast – it’s time to look back at the weekend.

Friday, 07/06: The weather is still quite unpredictable, muggy during the day, windy and rainy at night. Today it’s time for the Brasilian night at Stravinski. Three bands (Luiz Melodia, Adriana Calcanhotto, Cidade Negra) were about to arrange for the respective mood – didn’t work out too well. In the past I experienced lots of wild parties during these Brasilian nights but this one night was far apart from those.

Garland Jeffreys, Rodrigo Y Gabriela (and C.U.B.A.) and Bebe Winans performed at Miles Davis. I had to change the entire frequency setup at Miles as one of the bands used an own wireless system which ran in the same band as our systems. Also the monitor guy was uncertain if he should stick to the frequencies or change them once again prior to the peformance. After a short chat with the responsible stage manager it was clear that this was not an option as the frequency setup finalised during the soundcheck must be maintained.

All frequency calculations are coordinated in the afternoon and normally there is absolutely no reason to change anything in the evening. When the monitor engineer had finally decided on a setup I integrated our frequencies accordingly. During the performances, everything worked out smoothly and without any issues. After the show I visisted the Funky Claude Jam stage in the foyer of the Miles Davis Hall, as usual 🙂

Van Morrison’s golden UR2 handheld

Saturday, 07/07: What a day! Great weather and the most crowded day so far. Lots of people alongside the boardwalk and in front of the various stands. Also the park around the open air stage was very crowded. At Stravinski we had Van Morrison and Buddy Guy performing. At Miles the James Carter Organ Trio, Spectrum Road and Neneh Cherry & The Thing.

Spectrum Road is a band project with Jack Bruce from Cream (bass), Vernon Reed from Living Color (guitar), Cindy Blackman-Santana from Lenny Kravitz (drums) and John Medeski (keyboard, respectively Hammond organ). Plus guitar player John McLaughlin as special guest. Unfortunately the sound wasn’t very good and in terms of music the one hour lasting concert was limited to the soli of the various artists. Certainly nothing for the masses. To that effect the hall was also not very highly frequented.

Neneh Cherry who performed as last artist was the weakest act (at least of those who I saw during the last days). She virtually cleared the hall.

Sunday, 07/08: Bob Dylan at the Auditorium Stravinski – own production and crew. The entire afternoon was planned for the setup and soundcheck. The band playing after Bob Dylan had to start without any soundcheck directly at 22:00. Therefore the reconstruction took quite long. I think it was around 23:00 when Chicago Blues: A Living History finally began.

At Miles it was quiet and peaceful – French chanson with Juliette GrĂ©co and Axelle Red, replacing Jane Birkin. Yawn 😉

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