Brownsville/Sixes. OR (October 16, 2014)—Two of the year's most successful regional country music festivals took place this August with the help of U.S. Audio & Lighting, who provided a L-Acoustics K2 system for the two weekends.
The five-year-old BI-MART Willamette Country Music Festival in Brownsville, OR (August 15-17) drew upwards of 25,000 fans who came to hear acts like Blake Shelton, Gary Allen and Eric Church. The second festival, Cape Blanco Country Music Festival (August 1-3) in Sixes, OR, attracted as many as 15,000 to hear Brad Paisley, Eric Church and Justin Moore, among others.
Patrick Coughlin, general manager of U.S. Audio & Lighting North, flew a combined total of 52 K2 enclosures for the main and outfill hangs for the Willamette Country Music Festival, anchored by 32 SB28 ground-stacked subs. A full complement of L-Acoustics gear also blanketed the stage, including 115XT HiQ monitors, flown ARCS II/SB28 sidefills and 108P stage lip fills. For Cape Blanco, 48 K2 belted out the main LR house sound bolstered by 28 boot-shaking SB28, while LA8-equipped LA-RAKs supplied the power and processing for both festivals.
Coughlin says what attracted him to the K2 is the sonic and directional flexibility afforded by its steerable pattern down to 300 Hz. “It assures us of even, consistent coverage for the audience,” he explains. “We also like how light the boxes are, which makes transporting and rigging them easier. Plus we like that the 12-inch speaker allows us good control of the low end. It’s just a great package, and we were able to run the entire system wirelessly via LA Network Manager. It’s unbelievable control. I use no outboard EQ at all; all of the EQ is on the network.”