Miami, FL (December 6, 2005)–Casa Casuarina is an exclusive private club that formerly was the Versace estate. These days, the mansion and grounds host special events like a recent concert by British soul songstress Joss Stone. Sound reinforcement duties were handled by local production company Drummer Boy Sound and its Midas, Dynacord and EV equipment.
“DBS ended up providing equipment for the whole show as a result of the Midas Heritage console’s rider-friendly reputation,” DBS owner Harold Cummings reported. “We were contacted by Bill Keister of Illinois Concert Sound, who supplies production hardware for all of Joss Stone’s eastern seaboard shows. They needed a Heritage 3000 for Davie Kirkwood, Joss’s FOH engineer, who’s worked with the Stones and with Stevie Wonder.”
Originally, DBS was only hired to provide the Heritage console, but eventually wound up providing lighting, staging and sound. “The only gear that wasn’t ours was the backline, mics and monitor console,” said Cummings. “I also spec’d the venue–the garden at the Casa. The stage was originally going to be 32’x24′, extending onto a plexiglass surface over the main pool in the garden. For safety reasons, this ended up getting shrunk to 21’x16′, and there was some anxiety that there wouldn’t be enough footprint space for proper mains and monitors.
“This wasn’t a problem,” Cummings continued. “We used the opportunity to introduce the organizers to the Dynacord Cobra system. Unlike Midas, Dynacord is still a relatively new brand here in the US, and they were hesitant at first. However, when we fired the Cobra up, everyone was blown away. We got the all-clear on the Cobra, added our trusty EV QRx monitors and fills to the list, and the whole show sounded fantastic–for the artists, crew and 800 guests.”
Cummings added: “Our QRx boxes also raised a few eyebrows. Brian Hendry, Joss Stone’s monitor engineer loved them. It’s standard practice to run biamped boxes at this level of performance, and Brian couldn’t believe it when I told him my QRxs were running full-range. He was amazed at how flat they sounded. Joss herself commented on how intelligible things were on stage–she could hear the whole show clear as a bell from the QRx sidefills alone.”
As a result of the show, DBS is now the exclusive sound contractor for all of Illinois Concert Sound’s Florida productions.