- This is a bluegrass festival so let’s keep your songs going in that direction. (Hint: you can bluegrass up almost any song with a banjo and a bluegrass band.)
- Bluegrass bands are what we want to see in blackboard concerts, so as a starting point the number of songs equals the number of band members. (If you are a solo performer you probably won’t get on, so best gather some friends before putting your name down).
- The MC is the stage manager and you must respect their decisions.
- The MC will curate the list of performers, the order, and tell you how many songs you get. This means the blackboard concerts are not first in first served although that is an important consideration.
- Some spots in the blackboard concerts have been prioritised for out of town bands.
- The PA set up is central condenser mic, a couple of instrument mics, and a DI on the bass. This is a standard bluegrass PA set up, it gets a natural acoustic sound, and makes it easy to transition between bands. Please don’t expect to DI your instruments, or have individual vocal mics. It is not an option that is on offer.
- Acclimatise your instrument in the room, tune up before you go on, trust your tuner and don’t let nervousness drive you to re-tune unnecessarily.
- Blackboard concerts are concerts, so let’s chat outside.
- If you whizz in, do your spot, and then whizz straight out without decent turn as an appreciative audience, make sure you are crazy enough good so that you can get away with it.
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