As acoustic musicians living in Vermont, a couple of fundamental yet opposing things are apparent...
On one hand, in the warm summer months, from mid-June to early October, most people would like to enjoy the sunshine, breathe the fresh air, and listen to their concerts in beautiful outdoor settings. In the summer, in our region, wonderful outdoor locations are abundant. Rather than filing into crowded halls and sitting elbow to elbow in rows, looking around the head of the person in front of them, most folks would rather find a good spot on the grass, throw down their blanket, unfold their chair, and open their picnic basket or cooler.
On the other hand, generally, acoustic musicians would rather not play outdoors. The sound energy and resonance from their instruments dissipates immediately into the air. Direct sunshine, a gentle breeze, or light rain, welcomed by many audience members (who thought to bring an umbrella with them), wreaks havoc with acoustic musicians - the sun blinding or overheating them, the rain compromising or damaging their instruments, and the wind sending their sheet music fluttering away. Acoustic musicians prefer an environment that provides some amplification and reverberation of their sound - a space where light and heat are more controlled and they are protected from the rain and wind.
Our solution then, for bringing audiences and musicians together, is to have a controlled performance space suited to musicians that is portable, able to go anywhere audiences might want to attend concerts. Our environment combines an acoustic shell/canopy with reflective modular flooring, designed for sound containment and projection while also protecting performers from weather; a sound system that allows musicians to monitor themselves during performance, and as needed, supplies amplification to audiences; and an off-grid power supply that is clean, silent, and enduring.
Our purpose is to bring acoustic musicians and audiences together outdoors. Let's go play outdoors!