JOSE FELICIANO LIGHTS HIS AUDIENCE'S FIRE WITH CON
ASR ProEvents & Martin Audio Back Legendary Singer-Guitarist's Annual Florida Tour
When Jose Feliciano tours Florida every year, ASR ProEvents in Orlando provides full audio and backline support. ASR, a successful production company that works with most of the leading artists appearing in the Sunshine State and throughout the South, invariably relies on a complement of Martin Audio speakers and monitor wedges to ensure the level of sound quality expected by their high profile clients.
Feliciano, the prodigiously gifted singer/guitarist with a string of international hits such as his inimitable versions of 'Light My Fire,' 'Hi-Heel Sneakers,' and the Holiday classic, 'Feliz Navidad,' keeps things fresh for his audience by rarely repeating the same song in successive concerts.
According to ASR's Director of Audio Productions Sergio Leenen who served as Monitor engineer, 'Jose's shows are always very cool. He never works from a set list and loves to change things around. In the three days we worked with him, he only repeated two songs, offering his audience a variety of different material to keep things fresh and interesting.'
For this tour, two keyboardists, a percussionist, drummer and bass player backed Jose's incandescent guitar playing and vocals. He appeared at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center in Sarasota (1736 seats), the Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce (1200 seats) and the King Performing Arts Center in Melbourne, Florida (2000 seats). According to Leenen, concertgoers included 'a wide variety of people from young kids to older folks and everything in between. Jose obviously attracts a lot of Spanish-speaking fans as well.'
Leenen acknowledges that some of the venues presented unique acoustic challenges but that 'ASR's experience in these theaters with rigs that have been flown and ground-stacked has taught us what we need to get an optimum sound.'
The FOH system for the first show consisted of 10 Martin Audio W8LC line array enclosures ground-stacked 5 per side; with two Martin WSX subs per side and two W8LMD mini downfill speakers for front fills. Other key components included a Yamaha PMSD-RH digital console, QSC PowerLight and Crown amplification, a KT DN9848 digital system controller and KT DN3600 equalizer. FOH engineer was Jim Durkin, Feliciano's Technical Director.
For Monitors, the system consisted of 8 Martin Audio LE1200 and two LE2100 high performance, high output wedges, along with a Yamaha PM5D and QSC amplification. Asked about the monitors, Leenen responded, 'Working with Martin Audio is always a breeze. Jose has perfect pitch and hears everything on stage, and he kept saying throughout the shows that the monitors sounded awesome. And we wouldn't want it any other way.'