Hosted in the mountains of Front Royal VA, the annual Appaloosa Music Festival is one of Klassic Sound & Stage’s longest-running event partnerships. The 2016 show was especially notable with 7 stages in total, and their convenient and compact Apex 2016 mobile stage setup was put to the test with fantastic acts like Scythian, The Black Lillies, Billy Strings, Humming House and so many more. The JBL VRX 918s subwoofer handled raw bass with minimal distortion and our EAWS Flying Speakers were set up perfectly to prevent feedback, a tricky feat considering the multitude of musicians and instruments that graced the stages that day. We were lucky to have taken part in this outstanding event and to have helped delight audiences and performers alike by helping to create a top-notch live listening experience.
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Over on the main stage, the heavy celtic-bluegrass sounds of Scythian shook the house hard on the main stage closing the event on Sunday evening. Delivering hits from their latest album, Old Tin Can, which displays their unusual and eclectic style. If you’ve ever heard of heavy metal, well these guys could be described as heavy celtic, thrashing and fiddling and dancing with every ounce of energy they’ve got. Their groove was incredibly infectious. Sightlines stayed clear and sounds crisp thanks to the compact JBL VRX 915 two-way stage monitors and VRX932LAP lightweight two-way speakers, which were a breeze at setup and takedown due to their lightweight features. Zahn Thugg 18″ subwoofers delivered clean bass lines, and the Yamaha M7 mixer sustained the high energy, high volume sounds that kept the crowds on their toes late into the night during a high-energy celtic-style fiddle jam.
At the songwriter stage, things were a little softer. The Soundcraft Expression 3 audio mixer carried the dulcet tones of Lowland Hum rue clear during harmony-heavy hits like Palm Lines. Delicately picked notes rang clear and true to an intimate and carefully listening audience. Swing Theory offered a fun change of tune with classic retro jazz, and Marie Miller and Carbon Leaf played hard and fast into the night with enough sass to keep the crowd dancing and swaying through sunset. This festival was new experience for the audio engineering company, Maryland Sound Shack; We are more accustomed to hip hop and rap but this country vibe was a great change up.
Over at the apex support (ranch) stage, the JBL VRX 915 floor monitors looked good…but the audience couldn’t tell, thank goodness, because they needed to see the performers. There were so many great acts happening it was hard to keep grips on who was where. Sounds stayed clean straight through Humming House’s high energy pop-folk performance and the up-and-coming super talented young trio, The Accidentals. The incredible Gothard Sisters trio impressed the crowd with their fiddle stylings during their string-based hit, Hummingbird. Fiddle pitch is difficult to hold, but sounds stayed crisp and even with the console Soundcraft UI Expression mixer which was able to hold maximum control and range without cutting quality. Bud’s Collective brought it home over here with their authentic sound and deep harmonics on songs like Tennessee Stud. They played out their groovy, almost jazz-like bluegrass jam session with top notch vocal harmonies.The Huffington Post has a lot great coverage in regards to Appaloosa. Don’t sleep on this festival, check out www.appaloosafestival.com for upcoming tickets and grab yours before they sell out!