Wheelhouse Band, Clovis, California
Wheelhouse Modern Country Band, Clovis, California
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Neighbor to Neighbor Concerts are two-hour music events designed to bring neighbors together for the purpose of building interconnected, safe, and healthier neighborhood communities.

The concerts are meant to be a way of attracting neighborhood members (who might not otherwise attend a neighborhood watch meeting) by providing an enjoyable musical event for the purpose of meeting other neighbors, and get information about organizing a neighborhood watch program.

The event begins with an hour of hosted music, followed by a 15 minute intermission for presentations; and a final hour of music. During the intermission, local law enforcement officers speak about how to make neighborhoods safer, and provide ways of organizing a neighborhood watch program.  Reading material is made available at a booth during the entire concert, and Wheelhouse prompts talking points during the show so that neighbors can “break the ice” and get to know one another.

Planning for this type of event begins with organizing a neighborhood committee to delegate various tasks such as:

  • Outreach - What is the primary neighborhood area you want to cover? How many households will be invited?
  • Obtaining City or County Permit - Since this is an event held on a public street or road, you should provide notice so that law enforcement can help provide a safe environment.
  • Communications - Notification to neighbors though the Nextdoor Application, Facebook Groups, or distributing flyers.
  • Accommodation - Event Date and Time, Setup Access, Electrical Hook-Ups. Safety - Traffic Flow and Detour, signage, event supervision.

The concert staging area is setup on a neighborhood street which has the least amount of impact on “through” traffic, and minimum impedance to homes in the area.  The staging area is configured so that emergency vehicles may pass through.  Safety signage, traffic cones, caution tape, and portable barriers are available through the band. 

Wheelhouse provides the PA system, stage lights, and music.  Electricity is provided by residents.  Wheelhouse has the necessary power cables, and cable covers to get the power from residence to stage.

Residents are encouraged to bring comfortable seats, such as lawn chairs, and their favorite beverage; alcohol is discouraged due to the nature of the event, and the possible presence of children.

If your neighborhood is interested in hosting a Neighbor to Neighbor Concert, give Wheelhouse a call to discuss your event.

Not only does this refer to location, but it also has to do with staging.

If possible, elevated staging is important because loudspeakers can be better positioned to project out, and the audience has better line of sight with the band.

There are nine musicians in Wheelhouse and at minimum we need about a 24' x 20' stage for ourselves and an area footprint of 32' x 28'. 

There are a few local stage companies Wheelhouse has worked with in the Central Valley; Audioworks, Speeda Sound, and Bulldog Event Group in Fresno.

Funny how we all overlook this basic essential.  For our normal amps and PA system, we ideally need to two 20-amp circuits.  These circuits need to be "clean", meaning you don't have motorized appliances on the circuit (refrigerators, dishwashers, cutting saws).

When we are asked to perform at larger venues (over 1,000 listeners), we need to bring our concert sound system.  This system draws more power, thus we need one (better two) 30-amp circuits.

If you want us to bring the lighting, we need one additional 20-amp circuit for each bank of fifteen lights we bring. 

We have up to 7 banks of DMX controlled spot lights, and 6 special effects projectors (yes, we can really light up the stage and dance floor if you ask).

For outdoor events, it is best to get at least a 20kW to 24kW (kilo-watt) towable power generator.   These generators rent for an average of $225 per day, and can be rented from United Rentals, Sunbelt Rentals, or Blueline Rentals in Fresno.

Wheelhouse can handle the a generator rental, but we charge up because of the addition time required to get the generator (rental, fuel, transportation & setup).

If you are renting a facility, Wheelhouse will call the facility electrician to ensure there is adequate power.

We deliver our sound and lighting equipment on a large truck.  We need to get that truck as close to the stage as possible.  We also need parking for the trucks.

Set up requires a minimum of 4 hours; longer if we have lights.  Plus we need time to test the sound equipment to ensure that the room or area is balanced for optimum performance.

To maintain the magic of the evening, we want to have the setup completed and sound check finished at least one hour before guests arrive.  Because of the time factor, we usually ask for site access at least 6 hours before guests arrive.  For example, if guests arrive at 6:00pm, we need access to the site by 12 noon.

Breakdown of equipment usually takes at least 60 minutes.  If you are renting a facility, please allow time for the band to set-up and pack-up in the rental agreement.

For outdoor venues, if there's a chance of rain, we need pop-up tents, or awnings.  Water and electricity don't mix well. 

If it's a hot day or bright sunshine, we'll probably need some shade and access to fresh water, especially for our stage crew.

We need a place to rest our bones prior to, and during the show.  Generally, we take short breaks between music sets to adjust equipment, and rejuvenate.

For indoor events, Wheelhouse uses a PA system large enough to easily cover an audience of 500 people.  

If you planning a large outdoor event, Wheelhouse has a Level One Large Format concert system that will accommodate up to 2,500 listeners.  Our Level Two Large Format concert system is suitable for audiences up to 5,000 people.

Beyond 5,000 participants, we can arrange to bring in a multi-tower sound system.

 

MicrophoneSinger - Steve Morgan

MicrophoneSinger - Vicki VonTersch

 

MicrophoneSinger - Erin Bryant

 

GuitarLead Guitar - Mike Kelley

 

GuitarLead Guitar - Danny Anderson

 

KeyboardsKeyboards - Bill Bilhou

DrumsDrums -  Kirby Alstrom

 

Bass GuitarBass Guitar & Manager -
Tom Weil