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Asleep At The Wheel
The Gap Band
The S.O.S. band
The 9th Annual Indian Arts Festival at Fair Park Stadium
featuring David Allen Coe and Ricky Linn Gregg
The Magnolia Street Festival of Ft. Worth
with Joe Ely
The Cattleman’s Drive Ball
Woodstock Event Services provides for many corporate events such as:
The Dallas Zoo Society
featuring a benefit dinner show for American Airlines
The Dallas Stars
with the West End Association
Magnolia Street Merchants Society
Woodstock Event Services has gained national recognition by providing sound for recognized acts such as:
Mike Leach, founder of Woodstock Sound and Lighting, began touring in 1976 as a sound and lighting engineer. At this time he worked with acts like Danny Johnson and the Bandits (formally with Rod Stewart), Rick Derringer and Alice Cooper. In 1986 Mike decided it was time to get off the road and create his vision. Mike moved to Dallas, TX and contacted Randy Williams of Shreveport, LA to begin what has become Woodstock Sound and Lighting. They began by providing production for several local artists. There first national acts were at the Muddy Creek Festival, held between Sachse and Wylie, TX. Woodstock productions produced the entire event the following year in 1987. Together they presented various local bands and national talents like Pat Travers, Foghat, Black Oak Arkansas and Head East. Woodstock was contracted to produce sound for the Fort Worth Stock Yards for the next five years, providing sound for three stages a night.
In 1989 Randy hit the road with acts like Clint Black and Phil Collins. While Randy was touring for Showco, Mike was building the local business with productions like the First Deep Ellum Festival, the Cattleman’s Ball and Taste of West End. In 1991 Mike decided to become the sole proprietor of Woodstock and bought out Randy’s portion of the company. In the early nineties Woodstock Sound and Lighting and Lone Star Park hosted a MGM production for their Vegas Casio opening. MGM Grand VIPs were flown in from Vegas to enjoy an evening with Ronnie Millsap. Staying with the casino theme, Woodstock provided stage, lighting and sound for the first Choctaw Casino production featuring a concert with Tracy Bird.
In 1997, Woodstock Sound and Lighting tapped Mike’s Louisiana heritage by providing sound and lights for the Shreveport Fourth of July Celebration for over 100,000 people. Mike eventually moved back to Louisiana producing sound for many national acts at the Isle of Capri Casino for the next three years. During this period Mike organized and produced the Star Front Festival. The Star Front Festival was Mike’s first venture into a three day entertainment event that brought the attention of multiple radio and television stations and brought national sponsors to the table. The Star Front Festival, hosted at a local waterpark, featured live entertainment, hot air balloon rides and local arts and crafts for families to enjoy. The event generated so much publicity it spun off Mike’s magazine, The River City News, and the Mayor of Bossier City presented Mike with a certificate honoring the days of the festival. The new century brought Mike a new opportunity and feather in his cap; a night club. Opened in 2000, The Venue became the hottest rock and roll spot on the Bossier City scene. Mike’s club progressed through various formats over the years, changing with the times and the heartbeat of the areas music scene. From rock to country to R&B, the club eventually grew to the most successful teen club the Bossier/Shreveport area had ever seen.
Mike moved back to Dallas in 2004 and began freelancing for local ballroom corporate events, providing audio engineering for breakouts to general sessions. Working for several different companies at this time Mike began to see the industry changing. Becoming aware of ‘middle man’ A/V companies’ trend to lower freelance rates in an attempt to increase profit margins, Mike decided to begin reestablishing Woodstock Sound and Lighting in the Dallas area. Woodstock Sound and Lighting, Dallas, was reborn when Mike began refitting his business model. He began assembling a list of talented resources and reconnecting with previous Woodstock clients. Mike felt that buy offering a premium rate to his technicians he could secure the most talented and reliable techs in the area. Woodstock’s business model has removed the ever increasing greed of the ‘middle man’ A/V company and increased customer satisfaction and placed the rewards of a show well done in the hands of those responsible.
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