Miami (February 17, 2006)–The Lyric Theater in Miami’s revitalized Overtown district opened this month, marking the completion of a 9,000 sq. ft. extension and remodeling program. Harold Cummings of Drummer Boy Sound (DBS) provided sound reinforcement for the Lyric’s reopening ceremony, which featured a performance by the Jubilate Vocal Ensemble in the theater’s stylish new lobby. He brought his portable Electro-Voice ZX1 loudspeakers along to get the job done.
The event was certainly important to the community. Originally opened in 1913 and featured on the National Register of Historic Places, the Lyric has a rich heritage as an African-American owned and operated theater. During a 50-year long heyday, the Lyric and other venues in what was known as the “Little Broadway” district of Miami showcased performances by such luminaries as Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, B.B. King, Aretha Franklin and Redd Foxx. Today the Lyric is the only site still standing, and, thanks to community support and the efforts of The Black Archives, it is poised to become a cultural epicenter once again.
As a result, Cummins was bent on providing the best sound possible. “I wanted to give the lobby a surround sound feel,” he said. “The ZX1 gives great coverage and intelligibility in a small package that can handle plenty of headroom, so we were able to create an ambience that was just right for a ceremony like this, rather than blasting sound from bigger boxes in the corner of the room. The organizers expected 400 people in the main lobby area, and the band was set to perform from the second floor lobby balcony. Four ZX1 boxes on stands took care of the main room sound, and I placed just three ZX1 boxes around the nine-piece band for monitors. Two Sb121 subs handled of the low end impressively, with an equally tidy footprint.
“We used our EV RE1 wireless systems with N/D767a handhelds for the vocals,” he added, “along with a Midas Venice 320 console and Klark Teknik DN370 EQ. Needless to say, the group sounded amazing. For shows like this, it’s perfect. It was a real honor to help inaugurate a new era at the Lyric Theater with some great audio!”
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