Last night Cliff Eberhardt (www.cliffeberhardt.net) and I performed in the cultural hub of Tarboro, North Carolina for our All Wood and Doors Tour (www.allwoodanddoors.com). The venue was an old chapel that had been turned into a community space.
We pulled up to this chapel in the middle of a field in, seemingly, the middle of nowhere. There was a portapotty with the door swinging open in the wind just to the left of the chapel. Not a good sign, I thought.
No one was around but the door was open, so we went in. Nice stage area, sound system, a couple of mic stands and a piano with most of the keys working. Chairs set up and a vaulted ceiling. I sang a couple of notes. Fantastic acoustics. My voice sounded great in there without a sound system.
Soon the presenter drove up. A charming fellow full of hospitality and glad to see us. “Hope you brought some microphones,” he said.
It’s going to be one of those nights we figured. Cliff and I decided that the room had such good acoustics, we could probably do the show unamplified.
So the first lesson here is to make the most of every situation. Rather than make yourself crazy, you figure out what will make the situation work and you do it.
When the show started, we had a good crowd, and we sounded great. Even though the crowd was small, we still did fifty percent cd sales. Something that I do almost every concert.
I’ve written a whole page about how to sell CD’s from the stage. Just go to the search engine on the left and type in “how to sell CD’s from the stage”
The people presenting the show were charming, down to earth and as accommodating as they could be. And by not making a big deal about whatever we thought might be missing from the stage set up, we ended up having a wonderful time, the audience was warm and receptive and we are probably coming back again.
I had a great evening and it’s all about building relationships and friends and doing the best concert you know how. You keep that in mind and everything else will work out.