On May 20th, for the fifth year in a row, the Music Resource Center had the opportunity to go backstage with the Dave Matthews Band at Riverbend Music Center to see how much behind-the-scenes work goes into a concert. In fact, MRC senior, Sydney Steele had the opportunity to go once as an 8th grader and again this year. “I took a lot more from the experience this time than I did as an 8th grader. I’m sincerely grateful for it!”
On the tour, students were able to see everything that makes a concert happen. They received detailed explanations of the lighting, front of house engineering, stage monitoring, show management and guitar tech work of DMB’s crew. They found it interesting that the band tours with their own catering crew, who shop with local farmers and dairies to provide healthy, locally grown and organic food options for the band and crew to eat.
The students got to explore in-depth what it actually takes to make a concert such as Dave Matthews Band a reality. They learned how much work it takes the sound and lighting department to properly calibrate the stage in order to give the performance that the crowd experiences. They learned that many of the crew workers start work at seven in the morning and don’t get off until as late as two in the morning. These are just a few things that the upperclassmen of MRC learned from this great experience.
MRC would like to give a big thanks to everybody who made it possible for us to come see the Dave Matthews Band once again.