Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Toledo, Ohio

Sitting in my comfy chair backstage at the Stranahan Center in Toledo.  Not quite the same size or grandeur as the Benedum in Pittsburgh, but still a good venue.  The house guys seem great, the locals left a little something to be desired.

The out in Pittsburgh was a little on the painful side.  Our show came down around 6:30 or 6:45.  Our boxes were packed by 8:30.  Around 11, the stagehands went into overtime, so we moved all the gear that wasn't on a truck yet out into the alleyway so we could cut the crew.  Then we proceeded to, via Teamsters and a forklift, pack the rest of the gear (and repacked a few times, too) until about 1:45 in the AM.  The problem we had run into was that even with our 3 trucks packed, we still had 20'-26' of boxes left to pack.  Eventually, we climbed on the bus, leaving our production manager with the Teamsters to wait for a truck to show up to truck the rest of the gear to meet us in Toledo.

I didn't sleep well at all that night.  It's been a couple years since I slept on a bus, so it'll take me a few days to get used to that.  Woke up a couple of times throughout the night and finally got up about 7:30 for load-in.  Load-in was going really well, and then dragged to a halt as we waited on riggers for hanging points for the arrays.  Got finished up about 5:30, just in time for our 7p show.

Last night was about a long shower and a quick drink.  Then bed.

10:30 show and then a 7p show...I think there's a Wal-Mart trip in between.  How exciting.

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