Joe Grushecky and the House Rockers take some time out to rock a few trains instead, using Martin Audio PA boxes during a show as part of the Alive At Five concert series at Altoona’s Railroaders Memorial Museum. Altoona, PA (September 25, 2007)– Altoona’s Railroaders Memorial Museum is a town landmark, expousing not only the history of steam engines and the like, but also providing a spot for the local summertime concert series, “Alive at Five.” The shows, presented with a friendly, fun and folksy salt-of-the-earth appea, are held just outside the museum on weekend afternoons.
They’ve proven quite a draw, too, featuring a line up of straight-up local and regional country rockers like Pork McElhenney and the Fender Benders, Slabtown, the Povertyneck Hillbillies and Joe Grushecky and the House Rockers. Audio is provided by Phil Reigh Sound, a regional A/V provider in Pennsylvania and surrounding environs, whose goal was to make the sound seamless and an integral part of the experience.
As a part of that effort Reigh fielded six Martin W8C compact speakers, four WSX subs and two F12s for center fills throughout the summer. The FOH console was always either an Allen and Heath GL-2200 or GL-4000, with processing from Klark-Teknik and Ashly.
“The rest of the system includes Carver and Crown amplifiers,” Reigh said, “with the Soundcraft Monitor 2 32-channel as the monitor. Monitor processing includes four Ashly GQX-3102s and five dbx 166s.”
More than halfway through the series, Phil was happy to point out that the “The comments I’ve personally received have surpassed my wildest dreams. At the last two concerts, we lost count of the people who stopped by during and after the shows to give us positive compliments on how good the bands sounded.
“The sponsoring client (a local company that owns the Quaker Steak and Lube Restaurant in State College, PA) has also been very complimentary. Guest engineers have liked the rig as well. For the band, Pork McElhenney and the Fender Benders, Pork’s family and friends travel to hear him. Someone told me his father is a real critic when it comes to the sound of the band. I looked over at him during the first song of the soundcheck, and he was grinning from ear to ear. ‘You nailed it real fast,’ he said. That’s the kind of comment that makes me feel good about this business.”