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The Most Heard, Least Known Composers In America
Well, that’s another pair of Promax conferences wrapped up and in the vault (no, not that Vault). It was great getting to see everyone in Los Angeles and Las Vegas this year! Normally, we’d be congratulating our two guitar winners, but this year we think Stephen may’ve been affected by that 115º Vegas summer heat, because he decided to give away six (6!) extra guitars in Vegas!
So first off, we’d like to congratulate Peter Burke from Accessible Media Inc, winner of our Tom Petty-signed Fender Stratocaster in L.A.
Next up is Esther Daily (KTVE/KARD), winner of our Las Vegas “Les Paul signed by Les Paul” giveaway.
And as we all know, if it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing! So congrats to Coeli Lara (Taylor 6-String Acoustic), Chad Larsen (Gibson Les Paul), Pat Beard (Martin 12-String Acoustic), Mikayla Steberl (Bohemian ‘Moonshine’), Larry Watzman (Fender Telecaster), and Ricardo Sigala (Fender Stratocaster).
And then of course, there was the 5th Annual SAM Jam at the V-Bar, with special guest Byron Bordeaux. It was a great night, made all the more fun by the large crowd of music lovers, including several who got up and joined in on the jam. At one point, Byron and his bassist were sitting down, and the entire band was made up of party-goers jamming out to some classic Janis!
So we’d like to give a big thanks to everyone who came out to see us. Hope to run into you again next year!
We’re excited to announce our annual guitar giveaway for Promax Station Summit:
Straight from Stephen’s collection, a Gibson Les Paul signed by the late jazz guitarist and electronics inventor Les Paul!
The autographed Gibson Les Paul six-string will be part of our “Guitar Legends” exhibit on display at the Stephen Arnold Music kiosk throughout Station Summit at The Mirage in Las Vegas. Joining the Les Paul will be a signed B.B. King “Lucille” Gibson, an exact replica of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Number One” Fender Stratocaster, and a historic 1927 Gibson L-1 that matches the model played by blues master Robert Johnson.
The beautiful Gibson Les Paul six-string features the factory coil taps, so you can switch the pickups from Humbucking to Single Coil. It also features Schaller Strap Locks and Grover Locking Tuners.
*Les Paul signature authenticated by PSA/DNA
So make sure you stop by our “Guitar Legends” display kiosk and enter the giveaway!
The drawing will take place at the Stephen Arnold Music kiosk Thursday, June 25th, around 4:15pm, following THE NEXT NEWS INDUSTRY session.
Must Be Present To Win
Rules and Regulations:
Good luck to all the Entrants!
If you are attending the conference at The Mirage in Las Vegas, then stop by our special Promax guitar display — you’ll see some amazing legendary guitars from Stephen’s personal collection that are featured in his book, A Story of Six Strings.
We’ll also be giving away a collectible Gibson Les Paul signed by the legendary Les Paul.
So make plans to stop by, have a chat, drop your card in the box and maybe walk away with a classic, signed guitar. The drawing is Thursday, June 25 around 4:15pm, immediately after “The Next News Industry” session lets out. Remember, you must be present to win.
Thursday night, don’t miss our 5th annual “After Hours SAM JAM,” featuring the sensational Byron Bordaux. This year we’ll be jammin’ at V Bar at The Venetian along with our many station friends from across the country from 9 until 11pm!
Good luck and hope to see you kickin’ it with us in Vegas … baby!
The Tom Petty six-string will be part of our “Guitar Legends” exhibit on display at the Stephen Arnold Music kiosk throughout PromaxBDA. Joining Petty’s axe will be a signed B.B. King “Lucille” Gibson, an exact replica of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Fender Stratocaster, and a historic 1927 Gibson L-1 that matches the model played by blues master Robert Johnson.
So make sure you stop by our guitar display kiosk and enter the giveaway! The drawing will take place on Thursday, June 11th, around 1:15 PM, at the Stephen Arnold Music kiosk. PromaxBDA 2015 takes place June 9-11th at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live.
Rules and Regulations:
Good luck to all the Entrants!
In the world of music – be it blues, rock, pop or even country – there are few names as revered as B.B. King. He was a pioneer of popularizing a sound that had been brewing along the banks of the Mississippi for generations.
As a very young man in the mid-‘90s, I was lucky enough to see B.B. King at the (then) recently rejuvenated, and now defunct, Bronco Bowl, in Dallas, TX.
It was a special night and I will never forget the silk suits, fedoras, and walking canes that were the chosen outfits of that evening. As an 11 year-old boy it was eye-opening – not for the venue and patrons, but for the man on stage. Little did I realize that few performances later in my life would rival what I saw that night.
Fast forward 15 years and I witnessed what, still to this day, stands as the most unique sound check I would ever experience. I was a young road dog – a glorified roadie – living in London and hanging concert PA’s for a family-run sound company called Canegreen; based just steps from White Hart Lane in Tottenham.
Our first show in our UK “tour” of five shows was at Manchester’s MEN Arena and having hung the stage left PA (16 Meyer Milo‘s on the main hang, 10 box side hang) I settled in stage left for what I thought would be an awesome sound check – watching a living legend play with his backing band without an audience.
It did not disappoint, but not for the reasons I had anticipated.
Keep in mind that this was the first of four or five arena shows and we were supplying every piece of equipment barring backline, including front of house and monitor engineers. So naturally you’d expect the band to come out and sound check, right?
But rather than seeing B.B. King make his way on stage with his band, out came his band leader James “Boogaloo” Bolden. I can only try to recount in writing what happened next (Editor’s note: This may have in fact been the drummer or bass player instead of Boogaloo as James was a killer trumpet player.):
Boogaloo: “Ok, we ready for sound check?”
Us: “Sure, the band coming out?”
Boogaloo: “Nah, I got this”
[MD moves to far stage right position, horn section]
Boogaloo: “Ok, ya’ll ready”
Us: “Uh, yea, ok… you want a trumpet?”
Boogaloo: “Naw…. [shouting in the microphone, NOT playing a trumpet] Bap bap bap bap bap!!! I’m a trumpet!”
[Silence from the sound crew]
Boogaloo: “Bah bap bap bap bap!!!! I’m a trumpet!”
Boogaloo: “Hey turn this up a bit…. Bap bah bap bap bap!!… hey, perfect!”
[moves to sax position]
Boogaloo: “Bee bee bee bee beep!! Be bee bee bee beeeeeeep!! I’m a sax!!”
You get the idea…
So we set the stage levels per the bandleader’s musical direction. Needless to say, when the band came out and we un-muted everything, a wall of feedback greeted the crowd and sound crew; and the first song was spent dialing in the band.
It was the most fun and laid-back set of shows I ever was a part of, and it sounded fantastic. The backing band – and B.B. King – had been performing and touring for decades. They mixed themselves, as the best musicians and performers do.
Luckily, I had a chance to meet B.B. King in person. He was gracious and I couldn’t help mentioning to him my father’s signed “Lucille” ES-355
Want to see B.B. King? Unfortunately he passed last week at the ripe old age of 89. But you can see Steve Arnold’s signed B.B. King Gibson ES-355 “Lucille” at both Promax NY and LA this June, where we’ll proudly have it on display. It’s our own small tribute to a man who transformed music – and the art of the sound check.
The King is Dead – Long Live B.B. King.