A few weeks back I was hired to play a Derby party. I did not know the host, nor did the host know me, I was suggested by someone else who could not do the gig.
A few days after being hired the host called and wanted to know if I would mind adjusting the schedule to allow for a band to play in my agreed on time slot. I discovered he had been trying to hire an up and coming country artist before calling me and it didn't look like it would happen, then at the last minute he became available.
I offered to bow out and allow the host to just have the band but he insisted he would not change anything without my approval, and he was more than willing to have two acts, we would make it music all day and night except for the running of the Derby.
I knew going in the party would be held regardless of the weather, utilizing both the in and outside of the home. The designated music area was a covered porch that ultimately became closed in with temporary tarps draped down one side as we had rain all day. Initially the guest list was estimated at 75 to 100, but became 100 to 150 at party time.
I arrived about 30 minutes early to set up and the bands equipment was already occupying the end of the porch designated as the stage area. Porch was about 14 feet by 40 feet. They had set up in minimal space leaving room for me just in front of their drum set. I brought the S1 and the Compact, feeling confident there would never be more than 40 or so people on the porch. The band was sequestered in their tour vehicle, and I preceded to setup.
I decided to use the S1 in the monitor position with line out to the Compact. The S1 was slightly in front on my right, the Compact was in an open spot about 4 feet back left. As far as sound level is concerned the S1 is/was not needed, I used it because I prefer the sound and eq control it provides without the complexity of running a mixer.
We started with 3 ceiling fans and one industrial floor fan going full on because of the heat and humidity. About 40 minutes in I asked that the floor fan be turned off as it had cooled a bit and we didn't really need the air or the noise. Later, one by one the ceiling fans were reduced to slow speed as well, though they didn't make much noise.
If my time slot had not been changed I would have taken a Model II and planned a more energetic program of music, as it was, I played a laid back 3 hours in two sets with minimal banter as people arrived, socialized, ate, drank, and bet on the races.
I received lots of compliments from the attendees on the sound, and kept a good mix of folks on the porch and never felt ignored or out of place.
It was interesting to watch the people look at the dual 15"s set on 18" subs and wonder whether or not to sit close. As the first set progressed it became apparent that the porch was well covered with sound and it was not too loud to sit close. The S1 and Compact were a perfect combination for this gig and I was happy with my decision. However, I wondered myself if the porch would become uninhabitable when the band started.