Recent Show Production graduate Ryan Luistro is on the road with the Vans Warped Tour all summer, working as an intern on the Acoustic Basement presented by Full Sail University. We checked in with Ryan by phone last Friday during the tour’s stop in Pomona, California, and here’s what he had to say:
Q: You had a tech rehearsal day on Friday before the tour kicked off on Saturday, June 16 in Salt Lake City, Utah. How’d that go?
A: It was kind of chaotic. We got to our hotel, had to find our bus, then ride straight to the fairgrounds. Everybody started unloading their gear but nobody knew where to go at first. We eventually got our tent set up later in the day. The Acoustic Basement isn’t actually a stage, just a small tented area.
Q: What’s living out of a bus like?
A: The bus is packed. There were 18 of us on it, but then another bus broke down so we added three more people. I’m pretty tall and was worried about fitting in a bunk, but I found one of the couches in the back lounge that turns into a bigger bunk, so I called dibs on that. The bus is full of people working on the Acoustic Basement stage, plus a lot of interns. On our days off, we get to stay in hotels.
Q: What have your days been like so far?
A: We roll in to the venue and help the setup guys unload our truck, then we help set up the tent, the audio, and the merchandise. We’ll get power and test everything and hang out until doors open. Once doors open, we do our best to get the word out about who’s playing on the stage and when to make sure that we can get the tent full. (We’ve been doing very, very good so far; yesterday it was full pretty much all day.) The goal is to have me start working more behind the soundboard soon.
Pictured above: Ryan’s living quarters for the summer.