Tedeschi Trucks Band tours with L-Acoustics
Thursday, 1 September 2022
l-acousticsTedeschi Trucks Band is known for its relentless touring
USA - The Grammy Award-wining Tedeschi Trucks Band is known for its relentless touring, but plans for the group’s sixth Wheels of Soul Tour, originally slated for 2020, obviously had to put on the brakes for a couple of years. Now the band is finally back out doing what it does best, rolling through its North American tour accompanied by opening acts Los Lobos and Gabe Dixon as well as an L-Acoustics K2 loudspeaker system supplied by PRG.
The current tour leg comes on the heels of a three-week break from Wheel of Soul’s initial return to the road, which kicked off on June 24 in Jacksonville, Florida, hometown of vocalist/guitarist Susan Tedeschi and guitarist Derek Trucks, the band’s two married principals who front a 12-piece band often augmented by guest artists.
Recently picking back up at San Diego’s Cal Coast Credit Union Amphitheater on August 18, the West Coast run is stopping at a mix of amphitheaters, sheds, and theaters, before the group moves into New York City’s Beacon Theatre in late September for its annually sold-out residency of seven shows. An 18-date European tour in October and November is currently on the books to follow.
The PA for the North American tour is in the hands of two longtime TTB crew members: FOH engineer/production manager Brian Speiser and systems engineer Chris Bedry. “When Chris and I were deciding what would be best for the Wheels of Soul Tour, we wanted a system that would cover the larger venues with a big, full-range sound,” shares Speiser, who has previously mixed tours for Indigo Girls, Brandi Carlile, and They Might Be Giants. “We wanted to pull that off without having to fly subs because there’s only the two of us deploying the entire rig every day.”
Although the current tour’s PA deployment changes from day to day based on differing venue sizes and weight restrictions, the most common show design features 16 K2 enclosures flown per side for the main hangs, with side hangs each sporting eight Kara. Below, six KS28 subs per side are set up in two stacks of three arranged in a cardioid configuration, with six Kara spread across the stage delivering front-fill.
For power, the tour’s LA-RAK racks house 18 LA8 amplified controllers for the mains and front-fills plus six LA12X driving the side hangs and subs.
According to Speiser, one of the things that the band members appreciate is that they aren’t having to “compete” with the subs or the back of this PA. “With the K Series, the little sound they hear coming off the back of the cabinets is enjoyable and easy to play along with, so I’m not having to make as many critical mix choices based on the band being affected by the front-of-house sound.
“Out front, I definitely feel like the coverage has been extremely even throughout the venues. I notice some variances in volume in the very far seats, but it’s not a change in frequency response. What you hear in the back of the venues is representative of what you hear closer to the stage, just a little quieter. And the shows have been sounding consistently good on this tour, even in some of the more difficult environments.”
Speiser and Bedry are very appreciative of the support they’ve received, both from PRG and L-Acoustics. “The customer service that we’ve had from David Brooks and Vic Wager at L-Acoustics as well as Chance Stahlhut, Joe Biegel, and all of the folks at PRG in getting transitioned over to this L-Acoustics rig has been unmatched,” Speiser adds. “They’ve all gone above and beyond to welcome us and to make sure that we were well prepared and comfortable with the gear and software, and that’s been a huge part of our success.”

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