So you've booked a show with PDP Productions. What to expect? Read on.
OK, it's gig time. What do I want my band members to know to stay on the good side of PDP Productions, of touring bands, venue owners, and of fans in general?
It's of vital importance in nearly all venues to be punctual! If we give you a load-in time of 4:30pm, be there at 4:00pm organized, and ready to load-in at 4:30pm. If your set is at 6:30pm, find the stage manager or sound guy and ask him what you need to do to be ready to strike your first chord at 6:30pm. Have gear working properly, drums built, guitars tuned, and whatever else you need to do. Even 3 minutes late makes a huge difference!
When you arrive immediately contact the show coordinator. She will tell you where to park, which door to load-in, where to store your gear. If this is a ticketed show with bands selling tickets, she will also collect any unsold tickets and money you might have. If you are the opening band you will generally be loading your gear onto the stage immediately.
At some shows where there is sufficient stage space we will backline some or all of the gear. What that means is lining up all guitar and bass amps in reverse order of performance. The headliner will start the backline, putting their gear up against the back wall. All bands will follow, not worrying about plugging amps in or getting them 100% where they want them. It just makes changeovers between so much easier. There might also be a backlined drum set or not, but guitars, keyboards, lighting, and other equipment will be stored someplace else, until gig time.
Speaking of backline, do not assume there will be any backline gear (drums, amps, cabs) for you to use unless you are told this is the case. Sound folks usually provide mics, main speakers, monitors and all the stuff to power them and hook them up. You need to bring all the instruments, cables, drums, cymbals, pedals, keyboards you need. You can even bring your favorite microphone if it's not a P.O.S.
Keyboard players don't forget your power supply and you really should have instrument cables to plug into the DI box... just like an acoustic guitar player should. Please bring acoustic electric guitars if you plan on playing acoustic guitar - they are so much easier to deal with than micing a quiet guitar. Along those lines, any string instruments (violins, upright bases, etc.) should have their own integral pickups with a 1/4" or XLR (even better) output. Horns can go either way as they are load enough, but if you have a pickup that's great too. If you need more than 2 or 3 outlets to plug your stuff into you should bring your own power strips. Don't assume the venue or sound people can provide you with 20 conveniently placed outlets for your band.
Finally, a few things we like to see from bands we work with. 99% of you already know these things, but for the 1% who don't... Please...