Monitor wedges are an essential part of most shows that feature musicians on stage. Some musicians love them big and loud, some like them unobtrusive and quiet, and a rare few don't care for them at all. Ray Charles did not always feel the need for wedges. Francis Elers, sound operator on Spring Awakening, toured with Charles and says that Charles told him monitors were not allowed on stage. “I remember him saying, ‘The band should listen to me,’ but the musicians were complaining that they ...

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