PK SOUND Trinity Powers Road Rage Drive-In Concert

A PK SOUND Trinity robotic line source system sounds out Road Rage Drive-In at Portland International Raceway, courtesy of Detox Nightlife.

Treadway Events and Detox Nightlife paired an enviable lineup and top-tier production technologies package – including a PK SOUND Trinity robotic line source system – for the Road Rage Drive-In Concert at Portland International Raceway.

“This was actually the first concert Detox Nightlife and Treadway Events has ever produced, so we needed to form a great relationship with our community and attendees from the start,” said Brandon Treadway, President & Creative Director of Treadway Events, which specialises in themed entertainment and experiential activations for brands. “To create a name for ourselves and blow away our attendees’ expectations, we knew we needed to go with the flagship system from PK SOUND. Plus, Trinity’s ability to prevent unwanted noise from spilling into surrounding areas made it an even easier decision.”

Organisers tapped freelance specialist Benny Sanchez as the Audio Contractor and Production Manager for Road Rage, which saw performers including Midnight Tyrannosaurus, Downlink, Truth, Megalodon, and Stylust command the stage over two nights from 16 to 17 April 2021. Sanchez explains that in a series of advance meetings, Portland city officials made it clear that noise pollution was one of their biggest concerns.

“Thanks to Trinity’s robotic multi-axis coverage, we were able to show them EASE models on how we could achieve a safe and compliant show level that let our patrons feel the full impact of the system while keeping the neighbours happy,” Sanchez explained. “Beyond that, I can’t stress how incredible it is to have these tools and be able to adjust the system in real-time if there are any changes in weather or crowd dynamics.”

The PK deployment for Road Rage included main arrays of 15 Trinity robotic line source elements per side, delay arrays of six T10 medium-format robotic elements per side, and three additional T10s lining the stage as front fills. Low frequency came courtesy of 30 PK SOUND Gravity 218 subwoofers in a unique configuration tailored to the event.

“Because of the drive-in layout, we had more space in between the stage and first row of cars, allowing us to deploy the subs in a triple end-fire configuration and achieve the 1,200-ft. throw we needed,” Sanchez added, noting the difference of just a few dB between the front and back of the audience area.

The entire complement of PK equipment came from St. Louis, MO’s Logic Systems Sound & Lighting, which also sent System Tech Ben Schulte and Audio Technician Nathan Hagan to realize the event alongside Sanchez and his frequent collaborator, Shane Thomas of Signal Bath Audio.

To ensure concertgoers could safely enjoy the spectacle, the site was divided into four tiered sections with a very comfortable distance between each parked vehicle. Visitors were screened as they entered, and an expansive team of qualified medical professionals was onsite.

“Overall, the system blew our team’s and our guests’ expectations out of the water, and there’s no good reason we wouldn’t want to continue working with PK SOUND as we grow,” Treadway enthused in closing. “The combination of talented and skilled crew, amazing sound by PK, and over-the-top production made Portland’s first drive-in EDM show a great success.”