Yesterday I played at the opening of a new art gallery in town. The owner wanted me to play in the parking lot adjacent to a busy street. Right across was an auto mechanic complete with an air wrench!
She said that she wanted me to be out front as people assembled under a large awning to await the ceremony. I really thought that this was a bad idea. The noise was horrible and the people would not even hear me.
Then the sound man showed up.
He positioned 5 extremely large speakers around the area where the people were to be seated. I am not sure I remember correctly, but I think he said he had 3000 watts of power. It may have been more.
I plugged in my lowly Kremona pick up and went to it.
My wife and loyal assistant had a look of surprise on her face as did I. From my vantage, I was covering the sound of the traffic. EVERYBODY could hear me, including the people across the street.
I truly enjoyed it. And the gallery is a wonderful new addition to the community.
Forget bracing. When you REALLY need sound go electric!