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The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 1998

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Kiefer UNO Lakefront Arena 

This year's New Orleans Jazz Festival (NOJF) featured a dazzling array of talented performers, diverse musical genres, and Meyer Sound equipment during its run from April 24 through May 2. Three Meyer dealers supplied equipment for venues showcasing the numerous jazz, blues, and rock acts participating in the festival.

Andrews Audio of New York City provided an all-Meyer rig for evening concerts at the Keifer Lake Front Arena at the University of New Orleans (UNO). The 10, 000-capacity arena was the site for performances by international stars like Bonnie Raitt, Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, John Fogerty, and the Doobie Brothers, who were reunited with lead singer Michael McDonald during their May 2 performance at UNO.

The high-powered Meyer MSL-10 system incorporated MSL-3 loudspeakers as side clusters, MSL-2 loudspeakers as down fills, and UPA loudspeakers as front fills. 650-R2 subwoofers and UM-1monitors onstage rounded out the system for this key festival venue.

From Betty Carter to the Zawainal Syndicate, the constant stream of talented performers at the BET On Jazz/WWOZ Jazz Tent daytime stage relied on Meyer monitors provided by Pro Mix of Mount Vernon, New York. A variety of UltraMonitor models served as the sole on-stage monitors at this busy venue, where the sounds of swing, classic jazz, modern jazz, and blues could be heard at all hours of the day. Artists performing at the Jazz Tent included Carmen Lundy (see photo), Terence Blanchard, Ernestine Anderson, Jeremy Davenport, Benny Golson, and the Al Belletto Big Jazz Band.

The Howlin' Wolf, a 1,200 capacity club in New Orlean's warehouse district, offered eclectic nightly rock shows throughout the duration of NOJF. Headlining performers like the Radiators, Better Than Ezra, and the Iguanas (see photo) packed in audiences, while the mid-week line-up featured alternative rock, country rock, and punkabilly showcases. The house system at the Wolf relies on the precise directional control of Meyer Sound's MSL-4 Self-Powered loudspeaker to balance the demands of high SPL with the acoustic limitations of the club's space.

"We used MSL-4s as both inside and outside clusters, with the 2 outside boxes directing the sound away from the bars on either side of the stage," explained Simon Fraser of Kingston Audio, the New Orleans sound company that installed the house system. "The narrow coverage pattern of the MSL-4 really allowed us to shield the patrons at the bar while maintaining 110% coverage of the main floor." Two additional MSL-4s used as balcony fills augment the inside and outside clusters.

May, 1998

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Photo IDs:

1. Audio engineer Keith Lockett with audio consultant David Andrews of Andrews Audio, and engineers John Dorsey and Pat McLaughlin

2. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Poster

3. High-powered Meyer MSL-10 system by Andrews Audio at Kiefer UNO Lakefront Arena

4. The Iguanas performing at Howlin' Wolf during the Gambit Weekly/Cointreau Cinco de Mayo Kickoff, April 30

5. Side view of Howlin' Wolf stage during the Iguanas show - MSL-4 supplied by Kingston Audio

6. View from the Howlin' Wolf balcony during opening set by the Grandsons at the Cinco de Mayo Kickoff

7. Vocalist Carmen Lundy performing with UltraMonitors provided by Pro Mix at the BET On Jazz/WWOZ Jazz Tent, April 30

8. View from stage of the BET On Jazz/WWOZ Jazz Tent

9. 650-R2 subwoofers supplied by Andrews Audio at Kiefer UNO Lakefront Arena

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