Container Department: TC Helicon Voicelive 3 Gigbag

Are you one of those fans who loves catching the acoustic show? Do you love it when your favorite bands put away all the noise and just let the songs breathe? You are not going to want to miss our intimate set at Kung Fu Necktie on October 10. Megan and Ryann will be sitting this one out so Dave, Desiree and I can bring you a small room listening experience you’re not going to forget. This is a small room and we’re really looking forward to being able to talk to all of you about the songs.

Alright, down to gear reviews. I’ve got a couple of container reviews coming out that should all be nice and short. In my regular stage setup, I use a TC Helicon Voicelive 3 as my main control/preamp for guitars and vocals. Carrying it is what we’re on about today, and my container of choice is the TC Helicon Voicelive 3 Gigbag. I got mine at Sweetwater because NOBODY had one in my area.

Ok, so it’s a great piece of kit because it’s light, and it fits, and so far it’s sturdy. It is still produced in classic “lost-backstage-black,” which is a continual bummer to me, but overall I still like using it. But, as I add pedals to the mix (e.g. expression pedal, BeatBuddy for midi syncing a click track, etc, I’m being forced to consider a larger pedalboard solution because this bag just can’t carry as much as I’d like it to.

For those of us using a Voicelive 3, there’s a minimum cable load of 4 XLR cables. One comes from the microphone, two carry the microphone signal and guitar signals to the mixing board, and a fourth carries the monitor send from the board to me. Add in my instrument cable, and power cord and this bag is full. I can store the microphone in the side pocket (except I prefer a Shure Super 55). I’m glad I have it, but I wish it’s front pockets were bigger/more useful. It does keep me in the land of urban guitarist, where I can carry an acoustic on one side, and electric on the other, and the pedals across my back. I like that kind of portability.

I don’t like the decorative front flap. There’s very thin strip of hook and loop on the flap and the bag and any amount of over-stuff prevents it from staying put. Which means things you have tucked into the pen slots, or open pocket behind the mesh pocket, just fall out.


TC Helicon GigBag

  • Price: $50
  • Pros:
    • Fits well.
    • Holds things like it’s supposed to.
    • Doesn’t take up much room.
    • Pen storage, because I’m a dweeb like that.
    • Sturdy
  • Concerns:
    • Really odd shoulder strap.
    • Won’t actually hold any accessory items.
    • Hook and Loop doesn’t inspire confidence.
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    Dewey Beach Music Conference 9/25!

    This weekend, we are playing the Dewey Beach Music Conference in Dewey Beach, DE! Catch us Friday, 9/25 at 9pm at the Rusty Rudder, Tiki Stage!

    All evening shows are FREE!

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    Sept 18-20: Philly, Yonkers, Radio!

    Hey ya’ll, it’s almost fall! Big weekend coming up for BHM – 2 shows and a radio appearance. Check out all the yummy details below.
    Friday, Sept 18
    Bourbon & Branch
    705 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA
    Doors 8pm
    The Late Saints CD release show!

    $7 advance / $10 door, 21+

    Black Horse Motel: 9:00-9:45
    This Way To the Egress: 10:00-10:45
    The Late Saints: 11:00-12:00

    Lots of appearances from your favorite Philly musicians !

    Tickets are going fast, get yours here!

    Saturday, Sept 19
    Urban H2O – Riverside Stage
    35 Alexander St., Yonkers NY 10701

    3rd Annual Roots n Roast
    Black Horse Motel, Scott Wolfson & Other Heroes, and Moonshine Falls

    4:00PM – 8:00PM

    Cuban Style Roast Pork Dinner, Veggie BBQ, Free Craft Beer from Captain Lawrence Brewing Company

    Dinner is served at 5PM


    $25: Dinner, Music and Beer – freshly roasted pork or veggie BBQ, all the trimmings, soda, dessert and free craft beer
    $10: Music and Beer only
    $5: Music only kids tickets
    Limited a la carte food will be available for purchase.

    Sunday, Sept 20
    93.7 WSTW
    Hometown Heroes

    We’ll be playing live in the studio with Mark C. Rogers from 8pm-9pm as he highlights local artists playing this year’s Dewey Beach Music Conference!

    Listen on 93.7 FM in the Wilmington/Philly area or stream HERE!

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    Philadelphia Folk Fest – Friday 8/14 12pm

    Catch us at the Philadelphia Folk Festival this Friday, 8/14/15!

    Camp Stage
    12pm – 2pm

    We are sharing the stage with our friends Psych-A-Billy and more! Our songs, their songs, old songs, new songs, cover songs, songs together!

    Here’s a pic of us from our CD signing at the 2014 Philadelphia Folk Fest!

    A quick note from Galen:

    Boy howdy, did we ever get some equipment upgrades. I don’t have time to do big writeups right now, because we’re headed out to The Philadelphia Folk Festival tomorrow, but we’ve got mixers, we’ve got in-ear monitors, hell, we’ve got a new drum kit. We might even have a van. I can’t wait to tell you all about our new inventory.


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    2 PA shows this weekend – Aug 7 & 9

    We have two awesome FREE outdoor shows this weekend and we will be premiering
    TWO BRAND NEW SONGS! Hope to see you there!

    We are super excited to be playing Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA again this year!

    Friday, August 7
    8:30pm – 10:30pm
    Provident Bank Main Street stage
    This is on the north side of the festival.
    Festival map:
    REMINDER: This is a FREE and ALL AGES event!

    Sunday, August 9
    Honey Brook Borough Concerts in the Park
    5:30pm -8pm
    Honey Brook Boro Park – 71 Pequea Ave, Honey Brook, Pennsylvania 19344

    The Honey Brook Lions Club will have food and beverages available for purchase at each concert. Concert goers are encouraged to bring picnics, lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy an evening of music in a beautiful outdoor setting.
    In the event of inclement weather the concert will be cancelled by 1:00 pm the day of the show. There will be a recorded message on the borough office line, 610-273-2020. Every effort will be made by the borough and the performers to reschedule cancelled concerts.

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