GLENVIEW, Ill.â”€Known to most Midwest concert promoters as â€˜the NEXO guys', Gand Concert Sound of Glenview, Ill. has completed the first half of the year with record utilization of their expansive NEXO speaker inventory. Gand supplied over 140 NEXO GEO T Boxes in June alone for such artists as Dickey Betts (also using a Yamaha M7CL console), Jo Dee Messina, Pat Benatar, Merle Haggard, Charlie Daniels, 38 Special, Shooter Jennings, Blue Truth, Gavin DeGraw, Frankie Valli, REO Speedwagon, Sawyer Brown, Wayne Newton, Trisha Yearwood, Loretta Lynn, Kenny Rogers, Muddy Waters Blues Fest, and Herbie Hancock.
“We had over 100 NEXO speakers out the last weekend of June which gave us a chance to mop our warehouse floors! states Gary Gand, President. The company took delivery of another full GEO T system in March of this year including 24 NEXO GEO T tangent array cabinets, 12 CD18 subwoofers and thirty Yamaha PC9501N amps along with NEXO 242 processors, some Alpha boxes for side fills and more PS series cabinets for stage monitors and front fill. Infrastructure was added to support the new systems including new snakes, power distribution from Motion Labs, and rigging. Tim Swan GCS vice president said “We purchased two additional GEO T stackers to allow us to provide them to venues without rigging such as outdoor parks and small theaters.” In addition, the Gand staff developed a rolling stacker, which allows six GEO T speakers to literally roll off the truck and onto a stage, pre-aimed and ready to rock.
In early August, Gand lent a hand to Fox Fire Fest in Elgin, Ill. With production managers Butch Wilhelmi and Patrick Raddatz, and Gand system techs Joe Perona, Adam Rosenthal, Bob Murr, the team provided audio for three stages: the main stage featured 24 GEO-Ts, 12 CD-18s, a Yamaha PM5D at front of house; the side stage featured 16 GEO-Ts, 8 CD-18s, a Yamaha M7CL at front of house; and the kids stage featured a new GEO S line array and a Yamaha LS9 digital console. Friday's concert featured the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Saturday evening Blues Traveler, and Sunday Sister Hazel. The band Starship performed as the â€˜B' stage headliner.
“We have provided sound systems for the "Elgin Symphony Orchestra" for decades, notes Swan. The NEXO GEO T system is particularly well-suited for symphonic reinforcement. Symphony FOH mixer Adam Rosenthal says "not only is it a very accurate and musical system, the cardioid pattern is especially crucial when managing 60 large diaphragm condenser mics scattered about the stage." The day after the symphony, the same system rocked the town with Blues Traveler.
“We've used GEO-T for hundreds of shows, and it is always amazing how this system can reproduce every nuance of a singer like Tony Bennett one night and follow that up the next night with bone-crushing SPL for Ted Nugent, always with the same end result...fantastic audio quality that clients, audiences, artists, and engineers rave about.”
For more information on Gand Concert Sound, visit www.gandsound.com.
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Photo ID:"Mariache Morales" was first band to perform Saturday on the main stage at Fox Fire Fest.
Photo ID: NEXO GEO T Stackers for Dickey Betts at Aurora Fest