Old Sloop Coffeehouse presents about one concert per month, September through June. If you are interested in performing, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The booking committee will want to hear examples of your music, and would much prefer to see you perform. You may provide links to online music and videos. CDs and press kits may be sent to Old Sloop Coffeehouse, First Congregational Church of Rockport, 12 School St, Rockport, MA 01966. Old Sloop Coffeehouse receives many booking inquiries, and it may take some time to respond. We beg for your patience!
Performances take place in the church’s Fellowship Hall. The room is 53 feet long and 30 feet wide, and it has an 11 1/2 foot suspended ceiling. It is on the second floor and is accessible by elevator, making load in and out easy. We set the hall up only in concert layout, in which it holds up to 150 seats. A stage occupies one end of the room. The kitchen, from which food is served at intermission, is at the opposite end.
Acoustically, the room is quite dead, making it unsuitable for purely acoustic performances. But the dry natural sound characteristics lend themselves nicely to sound support, and the room sounds very good with a bit of artificial reverb. Performers and audiences have been very pleased with the sound.
The stage is portable and is set up for each performance. The church has ten 4 foot square IntelliStage decks with 16 inch risers. Several different deployments are possible. For solo performers, we often use six decks to set up a stage that is 12 feet wide and 8 feet deep. For groups, we use eight decks to create a 16 by 8 foot stage. When there is a drummer, we can use the remaining two decks to arrange a 4 foot deep extension off the back of the stage.
Above the stage are 24 fixed vertically-mounted PAR 32 lamps arranged in two rows with red, green, and blue gels. There are eight foot horizontal pipes in front and back of the stage and a four foot vertical pipe on each side wall. There are 12 PAR 56 lamps with a variety of gel colors that can be deployed on these pipes. A DMX controller manages the lighting from the back of the audience.
Two Mackie SRM450s serve as mains, supplemented by a Mackie SRM1801 subwoofer. Four Mackie SRM350s and a spare SRM450 are available as monitors, configurable in up to five channels. There are three Shure Beta87A condenser mics, one Sennheiser e945 dynamic mic, and four Shure SM58 dynamic mics for vocals. We have two Shure SM81 condenser mics, two MXL 604 condenser mics, and three Shure SM57 dynamic mics for instruments. There is also an AKG D112 kick/bass mic. There is one Rupert Neve RNDI direct box and five Radial JDI direct boxes. There is a Mackie DL32R 32-channel digital mixer that is controlled via WiFi by MasterFader software running on an iPad. The mixer has Onyx+ microphone preamplifiers and a full Digital Signal Processing suite that includes equalization, compression/limiting/gating, and reverb. There is also a Kawai KG-1E baby grand piano with a Helpinstill pickup system and a Yamaha PF P100 Clavinova.
The mixer can record raw tracks to a hard disk. We can add a couple of house mics to supplement the channels that feed the house mix to create the basis for a live recording. The band KBMG recorded most of its album It’s A Beautiful World at Old Sloop Coffeehouse.