even after all of our years in theatre, it never fails to amaze me how much work goes into making these touring shows happen. the broadway touring shows that we work in the theatre throughout the fall/winter/spring are intense, but the concerts that we work at the pavilion in the summer months are a whole different beast. it really makes me wonder if the audience appreciates the number of people behind the scenes working around the clock to get these shows to the stage. the answer is no, especially for this crowd since most of them were drunk . . .
. . . anyway, ryan snapped a few photos on his phone during the day. i got there early before my call time for the load out and was able to hear a majority of the show, even though i didn't know who dierks bentley was before saturday. i kept asking, is this show a group or a solo act? goes to show you i don't listen to much country music.
while we were waiting to start working, i was standing backstage with ryan when a very tall cowboy walked right past me. i didn't think much of it, but then after the person passed by ryan was like, "ummm, do you know that was jon pardi who just walked right by you?!" of course i had no idea who he was and that he was the opening act for dierks bentley. a little while later, at the end of the show i was standing right at the edge of the stage with ryan ready to run on because we start loading out the concerts as soon as they end. another incredibly tall man walked by me with a body guard on each side of him. he smiled at me and winked as he passed. i looked over at ryan puzzled. he was like, "okay, so that was just dierks bentley!" yikes, i guess i better look these singers up before i work any more of these concerts this summer. ryan and i were joking about how i had no idea what dierks bentley looked like, yet his face is printed ginormous on the sides of the trucks that were right next to me! it was pretty funny. anyone else would have been falling all over him, yet there i was half asleep at that hour of the night. ha!
we were both on lighting crew for this show which was nice, because i love it when ryan and i are both are on the same crew, but as it turned out we really didn't get to work together much at all since we were each at different stations. oh well, maybe for the next show!