Monday, May 12, 2014

PHOTOS: 'Twas a Great Winter with the Lantern Sound Recording Rig

One more session tonight, then we pack up the plantation tomorrow, after a great winter run at the secret hideout, working on making happy times and great sounds with nice folks such as Butchers Blind, Bryan Gallo, Marigrace Dineen, Skip English, Whaleheart, (Code Name) Separator, and session heavyweights like Randy Hudson, Bosco Michne, Klyph Black, Skip Krevins, James Benard, and Kevin Foran. Jackson, Chris, and Steve Clark were all here at one point or another, too. Matty Liot, Anthony Liberatore, and Pitt Reeves came in. Even the Mick Hargreaves & The King Guys crew posted some great takes and things are very far along on that front. The Hangdogs and the Long Island Hornets both got recorded at the Rodeo Bar (NYC) with the LSRR mobile thing. A productive winter. Probably even more names to add, here too, and they will be. :)

Many thanks, of course, to Chris Mehos.

We hope to see many of you guys this coming FRI MAY 16 and SAT MAY 17 at The Hideaway (MONTAUK NY) where the Lantern Sound Recording Rig Stage will be part of the Montauk Music Festival. Please pray for some nice weather so the stage is outdoors and not indoors (Plan B). See the related post in this blog for a listing of performers at the LSRR Stage. Thanks to all who graced us with their presence, humor, and talent!

Here's some eye-candy photos showing evidence of goings-on with the LSRR, on location this week. We usually don't take photos until the artist has left, so there's no humans shown. Hey, get those microphone lines off the piano.

- mh -

Thursday, May 8, 2014

SCHEDULE: LSRR Stage #MontaukMusicFest FRI 5/16 & SAT 5/17 2014

The Lantern Sound Recording Rig will be hosting a stage at the Montauk Music Festival for two nights, FRI May 16th and SAT May 17th at the Hideaway:

MAP: 364 W Lake Dr, Montauk, NY 11954 (631) 668-6592

Admission is free, and if the weather permits, the stage will be outdoors on the patio. I'll be master of ceremonies for the two nights, herding cats, and making sure all artists are accommodated with what they'll need on stage, and making sure things sound good to all present. Oh yeah, I'll be performing both nights as well. Almost forgot to mention that one.

The music starts each night at 6pm. See you there! Mick Hargreaves.

FRIDAY MAY 16th 2014

FRI 5/16 6pm - Lynn Blue & Mick Hargreaves

Vocal Duets. Nice ones.

FRI 5/16 7pm - Soundsource

ScottE. plays a mix of smooth acoustic classics and original. You can catch him with his band Soundsource or his solo duo projects. Singer /Songwriter, Percussionist/ good people/ humble/Quiet. Friends call him ScottE. Hop. He comes from a place out on Eastern Long Island called Shinnecock, which happens to be in the town of Southampton N.Y.

FRI 5/16 8pm - Zak Smith

2012 Jersey Acoustic Music Award Winner for Best Vocalist, Zak has a traditional and gospel influenced alternative/americana sound that has come from years of listening to artists like Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, and Bruce Springsteen. Zak has been on several successful east coast and international tours, filmed many music videos, and received coast to coast buzz and sales from his releases including the latest album, THE PRECAMBRIAN AGE.

FRI 5/16 9pm  - Kayla Stockert

Having become a seasoned pro at a young age, Kayla has already performed at places like the Dunkin Donuts Center in Rhode Island, the Highline Ballroom, the Apollo Theater in New York City, The Friars Club, Nikon Jones Beach Theater Side Stage, and many other large venues. In the summer of 2012, Kayla collaborated with The Como Brothers Band to write and record three original songs that make up their debut EP Castles in the Sand. Her songs off “Castles in the Sand”, continues to play on over 50 independent radio stations worldwide. Most recently, Kayla has begun writing songs on her own, trying to combine her love of oldies with a more contemporary sound; “Retro Infused Pop” music.‎

SATURDAY MAY 17th 2014  

SAT 5/17 6pm - Marigrace Dineen

Marigrace began her long journey into the deep abyss of rock-n-roll at 12 yrs, playing on the east end of Long Island in an extended network of family and friends of great musicians and lovers of all things rock-n-roll. Marigrace has been compared to many but has created a style all of her own. Her music has been licensed to commercials, television and movie features. The new band of misfits toured in support of her new CD in the spring and summer of 2013.

Sat 5/17 6:45pm - Kevin McWha Steele

Kevin is a poet and songwriter, who finds inspiration through singing, writing poetry/lyrics, and travel. After studying music and poetry in France for four years, he relocated to New York City in 1996. Since then, his professional music credits range from session vocalist for Virgin U.K. to performing/recording with a variety of musicians, performance artists and songwriters in both New York and Los Angeles. Kevin's most recent release is his self-titled 21 track LP. flezaDoza joins on guitar and bass, Andrew Potenza on drums. The album was recorded in Brooklyn and Binghampton, NY with fleza Doza as the engineer. Although, primarily a French cabaret inspired-folk/pop singer, Kevin is first and foremost a songwriter and inspired by taking risks.‎

SAT 5/17 7:30 pm - Mick Hargreaves and Friends

"The songs of Mick Hargreaves can be easily pigeonholed as "Americana", but that would do a grave injustice to the breadth of styles his tunes encompass. Having fronted many different outfits over the years, Mick's songs manage to contain a little slice of each of the roads he's traveled. A little classic twang here, some Early 80's college rock flavor there, but always tied together with strong pop hooks and melodies. It's hard not to compare him to another musical jack-of-all-trades in the legendary songwriter/producer Nick Lowe, as Mick also happens to be known for slinging a 4 string electric bass in addition to pickin' the six string. A veteran of the business, Mr. Hargreaves has cracked the code of what it takes to create some seriously infectious American pop/rock." - Bryan Gallo

SAT 5/17 7:45pm - Bryan Gallo

Bryan is a Long Island based singer-songwriter and former front man of the band Attic Space. His songs are inspired by late nights in bars, the backseats of cars, and the pressures and consequences of living life romantically. Intrigued by both the sounds of alternative country-rock and wistful pop music he embarked on a solo career and began to pen songs that would be deeply personal but still readily accessible. Steeped in reflective heartache, the lexicon of Gallo’s lyrics stands as a testament to his raw talent as a musician while weaving a flush and relatable narrative.

SAT 5/17 9pm - Butchers Blind

These guys are, put simply, a band that plays American Music. Their sound hearkens back to a simpler time before Rock & Roll was divided into a million small sub-genres and songwriting was still the order of the day. One may be able to hear the influences of Uncle Tupelo, Gram Parsons and The Band in their songs, but the real magic is how they blend these ingredients into a musical recipe all their own.

*** ARTISTS: Backline Info ***
4 VOCAL MICS Max. I have SM58 (3) SM57 (1).

There are additional inputs on the mixing desk for keyboards and/or acoustic guitars. Supply me with 1/4" mono or TRS stereo feeds for this stuff. It is recommended that keyboard players bring a small monitor amp regardless.

DRUM KIT: Kick Drum and Pedal, Floor Tom, Rack Tom, Hi-hat Stand, cymbal/snare stands, drum throne, drum rug provided.

BASS RIG: SVT-II head with a 2x10 cabinet. Eminence Legend drivers, the ones used in the full SVT cabinets.

YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN: Guitar amplifiers, keyboards, snare drum, cymbals/hi hats.

If you prefer your own microphone(s), that's not a problem. Let me know.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Blog Returns, With New Show Dates

The blog is back and we're making sure everything is all working here, getting the cobwebs and rust shaken out.

Until THU May 22 2014... I'm Master of Ceremonies at the weekly (every Thursday) "Outrageous Open Mic" (Mike Mazzaraco is Master of Sound, Phil is bartending) at the Stephen Talkhouse (Amagansett).

SAT MAY 05 - MH & The King Guys have some very cool dates lined up for the warm months of 2014 - more on that tomorrow - at Saturday's show (May 5, Gicacomo Jack's, Amityville NY), we'll be celebrating the fact that they're continuing live music on the docks there. We start at 8pm.

The Lantern Sound Recording Rig has been very busy - six different artists in and recording right now, some very close to wrapping up - I'll be hosting the LSRR Stage at the Montauk Music Fest FRI MAY 16 & FRI MAY 17 - more on all that soon.



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