Friday, May 8th Kelly Perkins and Joe the Audio Pro hosted two sessions of live stream events for Shure SM58 Day 2020 that included live music, interviews with sound engineers and even some fun SM58 history from Shure’s full-time historian.
The full line-up kicked off with five up-and-coming Twin-Cities-based live sound engineers sharing why the SM58 microphone is an industry standard for both live sound and studio use. Featured engineers included Rhaelee Gronholz, sound engineer, audio instructor and owner of a portable staging company; Keith Kopatz, 12-year studio and live sound engineer; Zach Thayer, live audio engineer, owner of Thayer Productions, and Production Coordinator at Crooners Supper Club; Nate Way, live audio engineer.
Michael Pettersen, full-time historian at Shure, followed with a story of his first experience with the SM58 and Frank Sinatra’s reaction when the live sound engineer tried to take it away.
The main event concluded with a four-song set by Minneapolis-based, Lena Elizabeth. Elizabeth is a singer/songwriter writing songs influenced by folk with a voice rooted in the blues. The youngest in a household of musicians, she blends old and new to create a pop sound that is approachable across generations.
We had a great time during the #SM58Day event and can’t wait until next year!