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ERIC JOHNSON, AH VIA MUSICOM AT THE CREST IN SACRAMENTO
I completely agree with the other reviewer; this was a bucket list for me and except for the sound issues, the show was just awesome. I love Eric Johnson and it was so great to see in and the band on stage. It was a bonus to have Arielle as the opening act as she was really good. The Crest was the perfect venue, there really are no bad seats, in fact, it's often better to be closer to the rear than close to the front in terms of volume and clarity. I, too, would see Eric again, given the chance.
Skatingskis from Detroit, Michigan
PRO EJ MUSCLES THRU OCCASIONAL SOUND GLITCHES
But wow! Most of the time I could close my eyes and it sounded just like my CD’s. Fantastic Set! Fantastic Show!
Lou H from Wheatland, California
ERIC JOHNSON AND UNEXPECTED GUEST
Great show put on by an amazing musical talent, Mr. Eric Johnson. Opening the show though was a young lady by the name of Arielle who has talent herself. A powerful singing voice and no slouch on the guitar either, she performed several songs and also joined Eric later on in his performance. I would see either again. Our seats were at the highest level yet the small size of the stage and the closeness made any seat in the house a good seat. On the not so good side was the number of technical issues on stage with switches that didn't work (Eric handled all problems with humor and is a true professional) and the board operators inability to get the vocal mics high enough to hear much of the time. The sound quality while good was loud at times and the bass super overpowering at times. Even with that it was a performance I enjoyed positively and definitely will see him again when/if he comes back to Sacramento. Same goes for Arielle.
Mike M from Fort Lauderdale, Florida
The guitar playing was great, but the sound was awful. The bass was way too loud and drowned out the guitar a good deal of the night. Eric's playing was phenomenal, but he needs a new sound guy. I had seen him several times years earlier, and the sound was always great and mixed well. The sound here was terrible; you couldn't make out any of the vocals and the bass was way too loud.
Rick Dack from Minneapolis, Minnesota
JOHNSON WAS FINE. SOUND MIX > NOT ACCEPTABLE
Eric Johnson and band were fine. My biggest
issue was how poorly the sound was
handled throughout the show. After the first
or second song the sound was fine so leave
it alone. For some reason the sound guy
kept tweaking with the sound cranking Up
the Volume making everything muddled and
muffled. I'd rather hear less volume and a
good mix hearing vocals clearly than having
loud volume with everything muffled.
Throughout most of the first set and some
of the second set you could barely
distinguish any vocals at all. Being a three-
piece you would think you would be able to
hear Eric Johnson guitar screaming through
the speakers but even that was muffled and
sometimes it was hard to discern while he
was playing. Good grief Eric Johnson isn't
even going up against a rhythm player when
he's playing lead.
Dan Jansen from Champaign, IL
ERIC JOHNSON AT THE CASTLE THEATER FEB 20 2020
Eric did what he does best - play a Fender Stratocaster to within an inch of its life - and that's what people paid to see. He and his bass player are just too loud for the room and the PA couldn't keep up. You couldn't hear any of the vocals, and because the guitar and bass were so loud they couldn't be put through the PA. All you heard was the sound of Eric's guitar reflecting off the walls of the theater which makes it turn into sonic mush. When Eric played piano or acoustic guitar - instruments which aren't amplified like electric guitars - the sound became instantly more recognizable. Eric needs spend some time designing a guitar rig that's 25 percent of his regular rig but sounds the way he likes it. His stage volume ruins what is some of the best and most interesting guitar playing in the world. Being critical of one of my guitar heroes is hard but I will never go to another one of his shows in a small room like the Castle again.
DanaDach from St. Louis, Missouri
EJ - GREAT. SOUND QUALITY -TERRIBLE
Eric and his band displayed their high musical prowess and having never seen him before my friends and I really enjoyed seeing what he’s got, live at The Pageant in StL last night (9Mar23).
The Pageant sound man on the other hand just about ruined it. Nothing was balanced and, especially as Eric used his foot pedals to switch between tones during the electric set, the sound would drastically shift from clarity to deeply muddy and at different volume levels. This was extremely disappointing when the tones for which Eric is highly regarded are totally compromised.
Eric - if by chance you read this, please do come back, and next time have one of your team stand behind the sound board to make sure the mix meets the standards you have set.
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