|From Steve Duell and One
Busy Guy! Not everyone has had the chance to work
with Live Entertainment! How much space is needed? Is it loud? What are
the power requirements? Read on for some answers to these very good
Stage Requirements... (FYI)
Depending upon the ensemble configuration you select, each group differs slightly in performance requirements.
Generally all groups require only one A/C receptacle. We bring enough power strips to provide for everything from one main outlet. Speakers can sit on the floor or atop tripod stands as pictured below (the sound travels better across a large room).
We are not rock bands and so it's never over loud!
On the right is a photo of the outdoor stage being assembled near the shore at the Ritz-Carlton on Key Biscayne.
On the left you see Steve playing on the Majesty of the Seas. The big rack behind belongs to Royal Caribbean. Also on the left and below is seated the percussionist, flute and keyboardist in that order. On the right is the standard duo stage with percussion.
Minimum Space Requirements: Each performer requires an area equal to about 30 sq ft (5 x 6 for a solo etc) A duo needs roughly 54 sq ft (6 x 9). A trio needs an area equal to 70 Sq Ft (7 x10). Add another 20 Sq Ft for a quartet (9 x 10).
Entertainment must be located out of the direct sun (remember the sun moves)! A flat, dry surface is required. You'll need a platform. We cannot set-up directly on the turf (it's damp and soils the gear) plus, there's a danger of electrical shock.
Keep the bar, food and entertainment areas together! This is a common error. Guests tend to congregate near the beverages. Don't force them to choose between refreshments and entertainment when they can have both!
Random stage photos from a variety of venues solo and otherwise...