the val air ballroom in des moines. built in 1939. historic.
runners are locally provided assistants. on this tour, we hire 3 local runners. they generally use their own vehicle or a rented van (depending on the needs), and must to know the area well. they are used to shop for hospitality items, transport people to and from hotels, and run general errands from the start of the day to the end. it makes for a smooth day to have good runners that are experienced and know the routine. no autograph hounds, fans of the act, generally slow, or crazies please.
rolled into the venue at 8 am this morning. this is certainly our most challenging show…small venue, small stage, very little backstage working space and so on. runners (which i’ll touch on later) were suppose to be onsite at 8 am, venue scheduled for 10 am. we are using some of the house sound system due to time and space constraints. it’s not working properly and the the venue does not have anyone knowledgeable onsite. thanks to a patient crew, we’ll get through the day…we just may never return.
a rigger handles affixing the chains, ropes, cables, etc…to ‘fly’ the sound & lighting systems for a concert. they need to be able to climb and certainly cannot have a fear of heights. in our case today we are hanging 14 points, using 2 up riggers and 1 down rigger. the up riggers climb and the down rigger assists their needs from the ground.