Charlie's Corner - Meet the Steppenwolf Crew
“Behind every good man is a good woman”, I know you’ve heard that saying several times in your life. Well, that same philosophy of behind-the-scenes-support holds true when it comes to an international touring rock band and it certainly holds true for us in “John Kay & Steppenwolf”
When fans go to a concert, they arrive in time to see the house lights go down, the stage lights go up, the band takes the stage play their hearts out. Most don't realize the amount of work that it takes to get to that point. Let’s meet the guys in our crew who help make the magic happen.
John Kay & Steppenwolf have a crew of 4 (and each wears multiple hats). Chris Bray, our Production Manager (also drives the band gear from show to show), operates the stage monitors during the show and directs the spot light operator and is responsible for Michael Wilks’ keyboard rig and video replay system. Doug Adams is our Front of House Sound Man (mixing all of the instruments & vocals) Doug mixes the sound that the audience hears. He also is the bands stage manager and assists with set up, our backline gear (drums, guitar amps keyboards etc.) sets monitors for the band, and hookup with the monitor board. Sets all mic’s, stands and cables and checks each channel to ensure everything is working as it should. Jerry Sumner is our Guitar and Drum Tech, responsible for all guitars and Ron’s drum set (just setting up each drum, each cymbal with a microphone for each takes hours by itself). During the show Jerry hides out behind the amplifiers,... read more