Anytime someone asks what a typical day is like for us in Artist Relations here at Shure, I can’t help but laugh a little at the word “typical.” Try as we might to carefully plan and stick to our agendas for the day, something random comes our way and the focus quickly shifts. Entire weeks have gotten off track, but rock n’ roll does not have a schedule and we are always at the ready when the call comes… and we never have a case of the “Mondays” here either.
Just last week, I sat down in front of my laptop on a quiet Monday morning, intent on getting through some of the things that have lingered on my “to do” list, when I heard from Brian French, Smokey Robinson’s production manager. Brian sent an email to let me know that Smokey was in town to perform with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall that evening. He invited us to come down for rehearsal and to stay for the show later as well.
Hmmm… plow through some emails in my stuffy office or go hang with a Motown legend? Guess which one we picked?
So, this week’s random-ness brought us to a really cool rehearsal facility in the Fulton Market area of Chicago called the Music Garage. The place is owned and operated by a guy named Scott Spector, and it is state-of-the-art when in comes to a practice space or small studio. Oh, and there’s this AMAZING drum shop called Vic’s that lives in the same building… it’s your heaven if you’re a drummer, trust me. Check it out here: www.musicgarage.com
No, we were not looking for a place to rehearse with our artist relations band… we do have cool names if we ever do go down that questionable path. We were actually there to drop off some mics and listen to a little of the the Chris Robinson Brotherhood band while they prepped for their tour. Chris (yes, that guy from The Black Crowes) and his band just released an album entitled Big Moon Ritual, very cool stuff and different from the Crowes. The band is comprised of all of the same members that appear on the album, so these guys know each other and the material very well.
During our visit, they were actually working on a new song Chris wrote, trying to put everything in its right place. It’s always cool to see a band working on a new idea that evolves into a song… and sometimes it happens pretty quickly when the musicians know each other and their instruments that well. Aside from the musical aspect of our visit, the witty banter in between was just as enjoyable.
Be sure to check out the new album and catch the guys on tour! They’re playing this weekend in Chicago if you’re around. I’ll be sure to write you next week about something random in my week. Although next week is gonna be completely bananas… I already know it.