Gig Report: @Ranger Studios


This was the most fun I have ever had at a gig. Period. It was like an amusement park ride. At one point, there was fog, then a thousand points of lights with lasers painting many snowflakes of light, I just had to smile, I felt like I was at an international festival! It’s jus the magic of Ranger Studios, built on the legacy of the late sound engineer Mike Jones and kept alive by the talents of Mike Narvaez and a great staff. We were joined by touring band (and sometimes Chicagoan) Jeff Brown & The New Black. It was geat to see Chicago Acoustic Underground founder Michael Teach, who has helped hundreds if not thousands of original musicians with his podcast at

Here’s some pics to give you an idea of the lighting that was going on. We were “just” a trio that night look forward to returning with the full regalia with Meg Thomas. This little gem of a studio, sound stage, practice space, and place for video/photo shoots is in Franklin Park, IL, just outside Chicago: Venue website.

Photos by Mark Lester

Mike Jones was an incredible person and sound engineer. I remember meeting him years ago and he had me laughing no time flat, talking about sound engineering woes and how he handled them with wisdom and humor.

Main article image by Eric Dinse
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