Capital Jazz Festival ~ Merriweather Post Pavilion
Thank You Festival w/ Tiesto ~ Merriweather Post
The Union BBQ ~ U Street Music Hall
Willie Nelson ~ Merriweather Post
Rebelution ~ Pier Six Pavilion
Firefly Music Festival ~ Dover, DE
Shogun Fights X ~ Baltimore Arena
Mike Epps ~ Baltimore Arena
Our Ocean Conference ~ Washington, DC

Celebrate America ~ DAR Constitution Hall
Maryland Symphony Orchestra ~ July 4th
Google Grand Opening ~ Washington,DC
Thompson Square ~ Calvert Marine Museum
Mayweather Press Conference ~ DAR Constitution Hall
Queens of the Stone Age ~ Merriweather Post
John Fogerty / Dave Mason ~ Rochester, NY
Neutral Milk Hotel ~ Merriweather Post
Under the Sun Tour ~ Calvert Marine Museum
Dirty Heads & Pepper ~ Pier Six Pavilion

Jurassic 5 ~ Pier Six Pavilion
Bloomberg ~ US Africa Business Forum ~ Mandarin Oriental Hotel,DC
Summer Spirit Festival
John Legend ~ Pier Six Pavilion
Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration w/ BSO
Heart ~ Pier Six Pavilion
Gavin DeGraw ~ Pier Six Pavilion
Journey ~ Calvert Marine Museum
Boston ~ Pier Six Pavilion

2012 Concerts

The Persian Stars, Direct TV Celebrity Beach Bowl, Peter Frampton, Flamenco Festival, Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, Angelique Kidjo, Shogun Fights VI, Anoushka Shankar, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Guster, Katy Perry, Sweet Life Festival, Lynyrd Skynryd, The Fab Faux, Michael Cavanaugh, Cyndi Lauper & Bill Clinton, DC101 Chili Cook-Off, M3 Festival, Rob Zombie & Megadeth, Dierks Bentley, Preakness Infield with Wiz Khalifa & Maroon 5, Route 29 Revue featuring Lucinda Williams & Drive By Truckers, Western Maryland Blues Festival, Capital Jazz Festival, Gavin DeGraw, Merriweather Post Lawn System, Foster the People, Puscifer, Fiona Apple, Childish Gambino, Ringo Starr & His All Star Band, Ledisi, Kaskade, Jackson's Unity Tour, Firefly Music Festival, Luke Bryan, Dark Star Orchestra, Hot Chip & Sleigh Bells, Daughtry, Summer Spirit Festival, Will Downing, Jane's Addiction, My Morning Jacket, Maryland State Fair, Mark Wills, Thievery Corporation, WPOC Sunday in the Country, Avicii, Seether, The Avett Brothers, Third Eye Blind, Blondie & Cheap Trick, Animal Collective, Virgin Mobil FreeFest, Dispatch, Capital Jazz SuperCruise, Jennifer Hudson, Lauren Alaina, Brandi Carlisle, Lauren Hill, NAS, The Script, Tristan Prettyman, Ron White, Gilberto Gil, Train, Laurie Berkner, Sandi Patti, Eddie Money, Michael W. Smith and The Killers Tour.


Capital Jazz Supercruise ~ October 2012

MHA Audio provided sound systems for the 7th annual Capital Jazz Supercruise aboard the Carnival Freedom ship, departing out of Ft. Lauderdale. Performers this year were Gerald Albright, Lalah Hathaway, Will Downing, DL Hughley, Yolanda Adams, Peabo Bryson, George Duke and Boney James.



Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2012

For the sixth year, MHA Audio provided multiple sound systems for the Virgin Mobile FreeFest held at Merriweather Post Pavilion.
For the first time we provided our new MLA System for the Pavilion Stage for performers Jack White, ZZ Top, Alabama Shakes, Ben Folds Five and Trampled by Turtles. The West Stage used the Martin Longbow rig for Skrillix, M83, NAS, Santigold & The Dismemberment Plan. The Dance Forest used a large Martin W8LC rig with 16 Martin W8LS subs.


MSO " Salute to Independence" ~ July 2012

For over 20 years MHA Audio has supplied the sound system for the Maryland Symphony Orchestra's annual Independence Day concert on the hallowed grounds of the Antietam National Battlefield. The annual event attracts over 40,000 visitors. The distributed sound system uses Lectrosonics UHF wireless receivers to send the audio signal to the twelve delay positions.
The independence celebration program "Vintage Americana" was conducted by music director, Elizabeth Schulze. Traditional numbers included, "The Star Spangled Banner", "Maryland, My Maryland" and Sousa marches. The 65 piece orchestra performed Aaron Copeland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" narrated this year by Governor Martin O'Malley. The concert ended with the crowd pleasing "1812 Overture" by Tchaikovsky, fireworks and cannons firing on cue.



Capital Jazz Festival ~ June 2012

Merriweather Post Pavilion ~ Started in 1993, this annual festival showcasing contemporary jazz and soul music on 2 big stages, and MHA Audio has been there every year. Every year in June, tens of thousands of music lovers from throughout the country flock to the suburbs of Washington, D.C. to attend The Capital Jazz Festival. This year's event featured comedy by Bill Cosby and musical artists Anita Baker, George Benson, Kirk Whalum, Musiq Soulchild, Fourplay, Charlie Wilson, along with many others.


Black Tie & Boots Inaugural Ball ~ January 2009

National Harbor, MD ~ The two-story purple cowboy boot, at the entrance of the Gaylord Convention Center, set the tone for the this mega sized event presented by the Texas State Society of Washington, DC. Every room, hallway and alcove on 3 floors of the Gaylord featured different country music favorites performing on elaborate sets. The five different stages showcased Jack Ingram, Neal McCoy, Tracy Byrd, Asleep at the Wheel, Dale Watson and Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys.


Artscape Festival ~ July 2009

Baltimore, MD ~ For the sixth year in a row, MHA provided sound and production management for this free festival. This event is one of America's largest art celebrations, featuring arts, crafts, the funkiness of the Art Cars and dozens of natioanl and local musical acts. The three stages of entertainment featured Dionne Warwick, The Cheaters, Robin Thicke, Robert Randolf, April Sampe, Dave Tieff Band, Basshound, Tim Warfield and Jason Dove. For more info on Artscape, visit www.artscape.org


A Celebration of Freedom ~ January 2005

Photos of "A Celebration of Freedom"
See story below.
Photos Courtesy of Bruce Nelms



A Celebration of Freedom ~ January 19, 2005

With fresh snow blanketing the Ellipse just outside the south lawn of the White House, and temperatures in the teens, engineers, technicians, news media, and countless volunteers readied the site for the President, friends and guests for the opening celebration of the 2005 Inauguration. Ryan Seacrest emceed the musical extravaganza and salute to freedom to a large crowd, who braved the cold to hear President Bush's address and view the spectacular fireworks display by Grucci, Inc.

With Presidential party seated outdoors on a heated stage, American Idol winner, Ruben Studdard sang the National Anthem. Gary Sinise introduced the salute to America's space program and the Apollo astronauts, with memories spoken by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Musical artists included the Gatlin Brothers, Kenny Chesney, Patti LaBelle, Yolanda Adams with the Eastern High School Choir of Washington, DC and opera singer, Andrea Bocelli.
After President Bush and Vice President Cheney addressed the audience, fireworks sparkled above the White House and the Washington Monument.

MHA Audio owner, Michael Scarfe, designed the audio system and worked as production manager for this event in conjunction with Blayne Candy and Ajay Patil, owners of Showcall, Inc. Showcall was responsible for overall technical direction and production management and George Schlatter Productions were the event producers.

The sound system was designed for an audience on the ellipse of 65,000 and consisted of a full complement of Martin Audio Line Array technology with 40 W8L in the main L/R hang and 24 W8LC distributed in four groups of six for the delays. 9 Martin Audio WSX horn loaded subs were deployed each side of the stage and were used to great effect during the video segment saluting the Apollo astronauts. In addition, two Martin W8C enclosures were used for front fill.
All the speakers were driven by Martin MA4.2 power amplifiers and controlled using XTA DP226 processors via XTA Audiocore. The delays received their signal via Lectrosonics Digital 400 Series wideband UHF systems. A Midas XL4 was the main music console with a Yamaha PM4000 being used for all other production inputs, and a Midas Venice 320 was used to distribute the press feed to over 540 channels of press mult. The monitor system centered around a Yamaha PM4000M and TC Electronics EQ station. Monitor speakers were either Martin Audio LE700 or LE12J, all Crown driven.

FOH engineers were Trueman Montfort, Jr. and Charlie Emmons. Monitor engineers were Bruce Nelms and David Colella. Robert Bowers, Keith Suffecool and Chuck Wells were the stage crew.

Photos for this event are courtesy of photographer, William Gray of Gray Pictures LLC.

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