David Duchovny at Social Hall San Francisco Duchovniacs 2/15 Wrap-Up

David Duchovny at Social Hall San Francisco Duchovniacs 2/15 Wrap-Up
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David Duchovny at Social Hall San Francisco Duchovniacs 2/15 Wrap-Up

Wednesday February 15 started with a very early alarm. We were wired the night before, and while we all crashed early, none of us truly slept well. I expected to be much more relaxed with so much second hand mary jane smoke. Or was it SWEET JANE…

After checking into the hotel we went straight to the venue to line up. We were later than usual (by our standards) but only one friend from Germany beat us to the front.

Parking was rough. It was 4pm. Many of the main roads had NO PARKING / RUSH HOUR limits 4-6pm. The side streets had metered parking untill 6pm with 30-minute limits. The public garages closed at 7 or 8pm. Eventually I found a spot very close to the venue – metered till 6pm w/o other restrictions.

Social Hall is an interesting space.

Their door process was considerably slower.   One at a time we went through a metal detector, then a podium for 21+ wrist bands, and then another guy would scan tickets. And each of the three check points was a slow bottle necked process.

“Are we going to a square dance?” “50’s Sock Hop”

Social Hall is actually a social hall. In many ways it looked like an over-sized catholic high school gym. In others I expected the floor to open up and reveal an old bath house. Or perhaps this is the place to hide when Godzilla or worse comes to town. Nuclear Fallout Shelter.

FYI Despite our initial impression of the space – San Francisco was by far the best crowd, energy wise. So no more book cover judgments.

The few folding chairs in the back appeared to be for school dance chaperones. VIP section? Band mom and dad did sit there at some point so…

And now I am done.

The main room was one huge football field size area with a stage on the far side form the entrance and arched ceiling with rib style supporting arches and a side room – about 1/2 the size – where the set up a make shift bar and David took photos.

The Sound Check Party was fun. There was a lot more Sound Checking still going on than the previous two events. We actually could hear vocals at this venue better than others down front. I think it’s for the same reason David was struggling with his microphone and ear piece.

If you ever perform on a proscenium stage, you sometimes have an issue with sound getting stuck behind the proscenium. If too far upstage (away form the audience) a lot of sound can get sent up to the rafters above the stage instead of getting sent out to the audience.

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Take a look at the row of lights over the front row and the support arch directly behind/above. Now look at the stacks of speakers. Not only are they behind that arch line, they are pointed upwards into the arches and they are closer to the band than usual.

The way they are set up, David is hearing more from the main feed than usual. Many of the guys were complaining about their monitor mix. The bigger problem is having a small stage in a room that large (especial that deep – a wider venue would have less issue) without having more surround sound – a few speakers around the theater.

And the sound table in the back is hearing things so differently than up front.

All this being said by show time things were just fine. After the sound check party, their team worked non-stop adjusting levels. It was a cool educational process watching the sound engineer test all hi/lo peaks, pops and vowel sounds on each microphone.

David sat down with Brad for a special segment of Good Morning San Francisco, answering twitter and live questions.

“Walt, how do you have a question? You know everything, right?” (I am paraphrasing David’s reaction to me raising my hand)

ME “What is your vocal warm up process?”

David said he was a bit off for the sound check because he had not warmed up yet. David then credited his teacher Don Larson for a series of scales and arpeggios he knows.

(I saw a tweet today regarding book signing in Seattle… David’s favorite question about his writing “What is your favorite X-Files episode?” Artist’s life is rough)

After that fans got their photos taken.

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Keenan O’Meara opened the show. Keenan is the new guitarist (We miss you Nate. We love Keenan too now). Keenan admitted he was not used to the large room. One might expect to hear his music in a small bar, sitting with acoustic guitar and microphone.

Two things stand out.

  1. KEENAN CAN REALLY PLAY GUITAR!!! I mean, while low key, there was nothing simple about these songs.
    I heard another say this to a friend as I thought it. Remember CROSSROADS (1986) the movie. Ralph Macchio (Karate Kid) is a classical musician that ditches music school to go learn/play the blues. He basically sells his soul to the devil at the Crossroads (Long before Sam & dean made it there). At the end he starts rocking out a classical cello concerto on blues guitar and wins his soul back in a hellish battle of the bands.

    Keenan’s guitar playing in his songs reminds me of that. Think Segovia playing for Miles Davis. No wonder David brought back December. Keenan made that song sing too.
  2. KEENAN CAN REALLY REALLY SING!!! This kid soars up into some high notes so sweetly. I might say he is crooning, but he is not. He is sitting on some high notes and just lilting up there, gently in the breeze. David truly does not need me on Another Year anymore (single tear).

Next time Keenan is playing NYC we need to get a group together. Don’t worry Pat; you’re still my musical bromance crush.

The second David took stage, the Press overtook the pit, and the tallest female photographer ever was right down center.

I hope David and the guys worked out all their sound kinks and enjoyed the show. For me, it was awesome.

Highlight for me was when David asked me to take off my shirt. I was wearing the ‘milk carton’ shirt from Chicago the year before at Joe’s, which he signed in Chicago this past summer at book signing after comic con.

David and the guys wore the pink hats again. This time with a slightly better explanation.

Sebastian’s drum solo is getting more bad ass every night – and longer I think.

 

Like I said above, for all the reasons I think the guys struggled, the sound mix in front row was better than ever. We cold actually hear David and back up vocals.

Being in the basement of the old building made it impossible to live tweet or periscope much. But I think you will agree these videos sound better than most we take down front.

We all had a great time at the San Francisco concert. See you all in Boston! We’ll have a busload of Duchovniacs bringing out all the news from the front row!

 

 

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