Hosting a Concert:
Our arrival time often varies based on our travel that day. We will give you an estimated time, but sometimes our arrival will vary by an hour or more. We will call or text with updates the day of our arrival. Please be sure that Michelle has a current cell phone number that we can text with travel updates.
After parking, we would like the see the location of the concert if possible. This is also a good time to meet the priest or other staff as necessary. If the space is available early, then we will likely choose to set up at that time to allow for a break before the concert.
Please account for a full 3 hours. If the space is not available for that length of time, please let us know in advance so we can plan on a fast or alternate set-up.
Space & Equipment:
We request a performing space that is 24 feet wide by 16 feet deep. This can be a raised platform or floor level. We can accommodate spaces as small as 18 feet wide by 12 feet deep. Please let us know if your space will include a step, ramp or any other obstacles. Our new lighting is on wheel, but very heavy. Please let us know if the load-in area contains stairs. For the full effect of the concert, it is best if the room can be made very dim for the concert. This may include temporarily covering widows for the event. We will need an area to store our empty cases during the concert. This can be behind or under the stage or in an adjacent storage closet or classroom. Because of the style of music and set up time required, it is our preference to be in a social hall instead of the church. If the sanctuary is the best space available, just be sure that Father is OK with the set-up and the style of music. Often the Blessed Sacrament will be relocated during the concert.
We will need power accessible from the stage area. Two separate outlets, on two separate circuits. This will keep us from blowing a fuse during the show. We have 50 foot extension cords available. If two circuits are not available, let us know and we will turn off portions of the lighting so that the sound of the show is not compromised.
We will set up a table for selling CD's and merchandise. This should be close to the entrance or near refreshments if they are served. We request one competent adult volunteer who can help at the merchandise table 20 minutes before the concert, during the concert, and 20 minutes after. The band members can handle most of the sales, but are not able to supervise the table at all times.
Please plan on dark or dim lighting. We will provide lighting for the stage area.
A green room is very helpful. This can be a classroom, bride's room, or kitchen off the parish hall.
It is preferred if the host provides an introduction before the concert. This can be a short story about how you met Michael or a summary of his bio. Please end the introduction by saying "Please welcome MJM7!" and begin clapping. After the announcement, the band will go directly into the first song. (Our last name "Mette" rhymes with "Spaghetti.")
We could use one competent volunteer to manage the sales table during the concert. Most sales will take place after the concert and the band member will be present. While they are on stage it is nice to have someone watching over the table, making sales, and answering questions as needed.
Trinity will clearly announce when it is time for the collection. This happens about 3/4 through the show. Please provide 2 baskets or bowls for the offering and volunteers who will pass them.
After the final song, often people linger for further instructions. This is a good time for the host to mention any parish events or announcements.