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  Hootie & the Blowfish Tour

Hootie and the Blowfish are known around the world for their musical hits like "Time" and "Only Wanna Be with You". An overnight sensation, Hootie has been a long-time client of Special Event Services, out of Winston-Salem, NC.

For years, the band toured with the world-standard EAW KF850 speaker systems. Of course, they were happy with the great results. But as the band moved into the new millenium, they opted to try out EAW's new KF750 touring system. EAW's system represented a paradigm-shift in the methods used to fly and tune speaker arrays. While they looked like smaller versions of the KF850, they behaved radically different.

At the time, Hootie was one of the first major acts on the road to use the new KF750 system. The goals was assisting the band in getting the most out of the system. Will Sargent was called in to help the engineer's make the transition to the new technologies.

After 2 weeks of measuring, troubleshooting, and testing new ideas, we were able to work out the best practices for the system. The band's engineer was able to achieve consistent results night after night. Our on-tour diagnostics were followed up by a trip to EAW's world headquarters. There we discussed our discoveries with the design engineers. The EAW KF750 system has great potential, but it also requires more knowledge to operate than the KF850's. Sargent Solutions helped Hootie and the Blowfish make the most of this powerful new speaker system.


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