Mackenzie Longpre Group @ Burdock Music Hall

Mack. Burdock. Awesome.

 

My first visit to Burdock Music Hall did not disappoint. Bar/lounge on one side and beautifully appointed live venue on the other side; this place made me smile as soon as I walked in. 

 
 Mackenzie Longpre Group

Mackenzie Longpre Group

 

It's hard not to judge every venue from the perspective of a sound engineer. Usually my first thought is "Where can I sit so that I won't go deaf from all the reflections in this place..."

I was pleased to see that the walls lining the performance side of Burdock were actually wood panels with protruding shelves all the way to the ceiling. These not only provide patrons with a spot to rest their drinks, but also add sound diffusion that helps tone down the nasty frequency build-up that is so prevalent at most live venues. 

This was particularly helpful as I spent most of the night at the foot of the stage taking photos. A terrific lighting system made for some very moody moments. 

 Tara Kannangara

Tara Kannangara

 Mark Godfrey

Mark Godfrey

 Allison Au

Allison Au

It's always a pleasure getting to work with artists in multiple capacities. The E.P. that was being released that evening is titled a failed entertainment and I had the privilege of working with Mack and the rest of group for the recording and mixing process. Have a listen to the end result here

As usual these guys and gals absolutely killed it. Syncopated horn lines, dazzling keys and ripping solos all backed by the driving, frenetic timekeeping of Mack himself. This show was incredibly engaging start to finish and I was thrilled to take photos on the same night that the E.P. I produced was being released.

 Mackenzie Longpre

Mackenzie Longpre

 Chris Pruden

Chris Pruden

I'm definitely looking forward to watching more shows at Burdock. A quick look at the engineer's booth in the middle of the hall will tell you that they put some serious thought into making the best possible listening environment (also I just couldn't stop staring at the beautiful Behringer X-32 Digital Mixer that they use to run everything). 

After such a great show the only thing left to do was relax at the bar and sample some of Burdock's excellent beer selection.