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I don't think I'll be going to this but for anyone that is, here you go.
Chick-fil-a is putting coupons on their bags for discounts on this.
 
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Saw the Newsboys with Abandon and Anthem Lights last night (6 May 2012) at the first of the Glory in the Garden events for 2012. Nice show. Well run and staffed.

The Royal Palace theater was about half to 3/4 full.



Wish list:

0. For the family-oriented concerts, such as the Glory in the Gardens events, a Saturday night schedule is better than a Sunday night schedule. Monday is a school day. We hit the parking lot after the 7:00 show at 9:30 PM. I know one family that would have attended if the start time was earlier or the event was on a Saturday.

1. A better physical queuing system for those waiting for the gates to open. Something to more explicitly mark "here is the line" and "these people are sitting here because they are in line" and "the end of the line is that way --> ".

2. A method to approximate how many persons are in line, and how much of the Royal Palace concert theater will be occupied by this many people in a line this long...... Because seating is first come, first seated, one has to fret over "will I get a seat if I wait" and "should I get in line now."

3. Restrooms in the theater space, so you don't have to get a potty pass and leave the theater boundaries.

4. Better advertising of the reserved, up close seating. I didn't know this option existed.

5. Some way to sneak into the Smokehouse and steal big racks of ribs. It is right through the bushes and so very tempting.

6. The theater is better than the hard ground behind the Festhaus in Germany.
 

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mbarker12474 said:
5. Some way to sneak into the Smokehouse and steal big racks of ribs. It is right through the bushes and so very tempting.

So...the thought of stealing something came to mind while attending Glory at the Gardens?

Interesting.
 

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Shafor said:
Hey, didn't God technically steal one of Adam's ribs? I think they're fair game. :angel:

Yeah, and how'd that turn out. Because of that stolen rib, now we have to do stuff like wear clothes and go to work and pay taxes.
 
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I'm with RocketChk on this one.

also, just to sort of stay on topic, I think they do this on sunday nights, as a way to get the after church groups and stuff there. Not sure if that's working or not. Don't youth groups go out on fridays/saturdays too?
 
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It's working. I went that day (not for the concert) and I saw at least ten church groups, maybe more.
 
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RocketChk said:
mbarker12474 said:
5. Some way to sneak into the Smokehouse and steal big racks of ribs. It is right through the bushes and so very tempting.

So...the thought of stealing something came to mind while attending Glory at the Gardens?

Interesting.

Hey, I'm an original sinner. That why I need Jesus Christ. ;)
 
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mbarker12474

Kirk Franklin at Glory at the Gardens Production

Anybody have insider scoop on the production value of the Kirk Franklin show at Glory at the Gardens on Sunday evening, 20 May.

There were some small things that seemed out of kilter in either Franklin's show preparation or crew performance. (But note that it was raining.)

First, the show began at 6:30 with the opening act Group 1 Crew, rather than at the advertised 7:00 time. I assume this was due to approaching rain systems, systems bringing heavier rain than had occurred during the afternoon. Yes.

Even though the stage was prepped for the two acts, where presumably, the crew simply needed to remove the small amount of Group 1 Crew gear and switch the sound and lights ops over to Kirk Franklin's settings, it took about 30 minutes to transition from Group 1 Crew to Franklin.

Franklin seemed to come out onto the stage prior to the crew and band being fully ready. This seemed to be in response to the crowd getting antsy and shouting "Kirk! Kirk! Kirk!" Franklin explicitly looked back to a member of the band or crew (stage right keyboard?) and remarked that they weren't ready. Then he made an impromptu decision to sing a "rain" -themed song with an audience member as commentary on the rain and poking a bit of fun with the bald headed man in the audience.

Franklin's band was dressed in everyday clothing, as if for a sound check, rather than in the snazzy suits and outfits I would have imagined. Is this unusual for Franklin?

At one point during the set, Franklin segued over to himself on solo keyboard, where he sang a medley of tunes with the three female vocalists and very minimal band accompaniment. This left the musicians without "something to do" largely, it seemed somewhat ad hoc, and seemed to run on for a bit longer than one would prepare for any a well-thought out performance.

During solo performances by the female and male backup singers, the spotlight operators (two) spent much of the time lighting up an individual who was not singing, and leaving the actual singer in the dark.

The kick drum of the drummers kit was well-presented in the house mix, but the toms were not present at all, and if I remember correctly, neither was the hat or the overheads on the cymbals. This was the case for Franklin's drummer, but not for the drummer in the opening act.

Finally, Franklin seemed to be told by some back stage manager that he had 15 minutes left for his show, and made a point of asking for 20 to 25 more minutes.

I also did not notice a Busch Garden's staff photographer present, as I did for the Newsboys event two weeks ago.

I'm not sure if all these imperfections which I've pointed out are my imagination or of substance. And if they are real, were they a product of the rainfall, then the early start time? And are they the result of Franklin's own lack of show prep, or BG's production staff competence?

I really dig Kirk Franklin by the way. All three performing individuals on stage last night had their lives saved and turned around by Jesus Christ.

Anybody else have observations on this show's production quality?

mb
 
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RE: Kirk Franklin at Glory at the Gardens Production

I think think should be discussed in the Glory at the Gardens thread in the Special Events section. But in reply, the park does do an amazing job, I would assume it is Kirk's technical crew and others that probably had the issues. If it was the park's fault it could have been they were misinformed by the performer on what was going to happen. Remember, they only have 1 morning to practice and then show time.
 
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RE: Kirk Franklin at Glory at the Gardens Production

Party Rocker said:
I think think should be discussed in the Glory at the Gardens thread in the Special Events section. But in reply, the park does do an amazing job, I would assume it is Kirk's technical crew and others that probably had the issues. If it was the park's fault it could have been they were misinformed by the performer on what was going to happen. Remember, they only have 1 morning to practice and then show time.

I note, btw, that BG seems to have had a staff photographer at the event. They posted some pics on their Facebook site.
 
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The park has its own way of promoting the event, and therefore it would make sense to have their own photographer.
 
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I got an e-mail from the park advertising fireworks and under coming events, it had a Glory at The Gardens Encore on August 12. Anyone know who is coming?
 
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It's just for a contest they had, I think third day and/or the Matt Bartlett band is returning to do a show with some contest winners and that's it.
 
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They just posted it on Facebook. Your right, its just three bands from the contest. Nothing to get excited about.
 
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