Providence, RI (February 15, 2005)–Massachusetts isn’t the only place where Red Sox fans reside; nearby Rhode Island has its share of enthusiasts who love last year’s World Series winners. As a result, when word got out that RI Governor Don Carcieri was going to have some of team members and the winners’ trophy at a rally held on the statehouse steps late last year, no one could be certain how big the audience would get.
Announced only two days before the event was to occur, the rally took place with the help of Providence, RI-based ATR/Treehouse, a sound company that handles special events nationwide. Receiving notice that they were going to supply sound reinforcement for the bash less than 24 hours in advance, the ATR/Treehouse staff simply started packing a truck.
“The short time frame didn’t scare us as much as the fact that we never know how many people are going to show up for these kinds of things,” ATR/Treehouse general manager Bill Murray noted. “One time at another impromptu statehouse event, we were told 500-1000 people would be there. Ultimately, around 15,000 packed the grounds. We had the gear to make it work at hand, but barely.”
This time out, Murray showed up for the Red Sox rally with a WideLine rig from QSC. “Since I started taking WideLine to these events, I’ve found that I’m ready for anything,” he said. “With their open, natural sound and wide 140º horizontal dispersion, everyone is in their own audio sweet spot from the front row out to the very back.”
Utilizing four WideLine cabinets per side mounted on Genie lifts, ATR/Treehouse brought sound to both musical program material and speech for the statehouse Red Sox crowd. “It worked perfectly,” Murray added, “and compared to other things we’ve done in the past, it’s easier and quicker to setup too.”