ABOUT US

Southard Audio LLC is located near Harrisonburg, Virginia, about two hours from Washington DC, Richmond VA, and Roanoke VA.  Our company provides technical production for concerts, festivals, and special events.  Founded by partner and CEO Mike Southard in 1980, we are approaching our 35th successful year of providing the eastern United States with quality, professional event support.  Our success comes from developing a trust with our clients; Our clients trust that they will receive exceptional, consistent, and reliable service from both our staff and our hardware.

The formula is simple: provide quality, service, and value.

QUALITY

The production staff is the most crucial aspect of any successful event. Our staff is unsurpassed. Friendly, flexible, experienced, and highly skilled personnel are the cornerstones of each event we produce.

Immense care and research is given to every piece of equipment we purchase, to ensure that any system we provide will meet the highest standards of sonic quality, artist acceptance, and reliability. Components are packaged for quick set up and safe travel, and all equipment is meticulously maintained and serviced.

SERVICE

From our first phone conversation to the final encore, you will know that we take customer service seriously. We listen, we ask, we do our homework. And on the day of the show, you can be confident that we will arrive on time, provide a competent and experienced crew, and be prepared to present the quality our clients have come to expect.

VALUE

We know you still have to watch the budget, so we watch ours. Our careful advance-work ensures that you aren’t paying for things that you don’t need, while important details – which are critical to the smooth operation of an event – are covered. And our location, outside of major metropolitan areas, drastically reduces our operating expenses and allows us to be surprisingly price competitive.

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MEET OUR TEAM...they are always up to something good!

Mike Southard
Mike Southard
Partner, Founder

Southard Audio founder Mike Southard was a commercial pilot and flight instructor before his overriding interest in music led him into a career in live sound reinforcement. He performed in a band, taught music, and attended James Madison University while nursing Southard Audio into existence, but left JMU for good when presented the opportunity to pack his gear and drive to British Columbia to tour with a band. During the 35 years since Southard Audio was founded, Mike has been featured in various trade publications including Mix Magazine, was a contributor to a textbook on concert production, visited 45 countries throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa as a sound engineer on four USIA music tours, and continued teaching music as a sideline for 20 years. Mike remains at the helm of Southard Audio while daily operations have been handed to managing partner Jason Misterka.

Jason Misterka
Jason Misterka
Partner, Operator

Partner and Operations Manager. Beginning with a college internship, Jason joined Southard Audio in 1997 and continues to enjoy the challenge of managing large productions and deploying complex systems day in and day out. Jason studied classical music intensely, and has degrees in both Music and Business from James Madison University.

Chris Davis
Chris Davis
A1 Technician, Designer

Chris studied Music Composition and Voice at James Madison University, and has completed advanced training for Smaart measurement software, Yamaha consoles, and QSC Q-Sys Design. Chris's experience has a specific emphasis on acoustic music, including having worked for five years as a Monitor Engineer for an internationally touring string band, and music theatre, where he first began working in audio. Chris is also active as a bassist and vocalist with various regional theatre groups and his band, Bourbon Barrel Congress.

Jesse Stover
Jesse Stover
A1 Technician

Jesse began as a stage helper working festivals with Southard Audio around 2001, and then shortly afterward began learning the art of mixing monitors and FOH. He is one of the best at figuring out how to get "all that stuff" from the truck onto the stage, put it in position for an event, and then get it back into the truck at the end of the night. Jesse currently splits his time with Southard Audio and on the road as the touring FOH technician for the band, the Steel Wheels.

Matt Hudson
Matt Hudson
A1 Technician

Matt started as an intern with Southard Audio in 2010 and quickly worked his way up through the ranks. He loves deploying systems both large and small, and is equally at home behind a console or lifting the heaviest of equipment. Matt studied American Literature and Music Industry at James Madison University.

Cameron Triplett
Cameron Triplett
A1 Technician, Networking & Web Guru

Cameron started working for Southard Audio in 2012 and has an extensive background in data networks and RF communications. Coming from the corporate IT world he manages the our digital audio networking and other dependant systems. Always glad to lend a hand, you can usually find him near a stage or setting up a PA.

Chad Wyatt
Chad Wyatt
A1 Technician & Repair Technician

Chad studied Electronics Engineering Technology at BRCC, as well as Music Production and Technology through Berklee College of Music's online school. He is currently a Band Engineer for a disco/funk band in the region and owns a small repair shop in Fishersville, VA.

Bob McNichols
Bob McNichols
A1 Technician

Even before graduating from James Madison University in 1990, Bob had been involved in regional and national touring with his own production company, and then as the FOH engineer for Eddie From Ohio. Bob has freelanced with Southard Audio for many years but beginning in 2005 has become a regular fixture. Always smiling behind a FOH console, you will find Bob right at home at the helm of many concert and festival stages.

Ryan Berry
Ryan Berry
V1, Director, Editor, Producer

Ryan Berry has worked in the broadcast and video production industry for 16 years. He has worked on projects ranging from nationally produced television programming, to marketing content and commercials for various Fortune 500 companies, to feature films. His formal training includes qualifications in video production and broadcast engineering. His duties for Southard Audio include: Director, Editor, Producer and lead video technician

Eric Shy
Eric Shy
A2 Technician & Stage Hand
Luke Kiser
Luke Kiser
A2 Technician & Stage Hand
Thomas Dameron
Thomas Dameron
A1 Technician

A mainstay of Southard Audio for many years, Thomas has moved back to his hometown of Raleigh, NC to be closer to family. Now working with several high caliber production teams in his home state, from time to time we are lucky to find a hole in his schedule and can properly deploy him to the windswept muddy field du jour.

Zach Zimmerman
Zach Zimmerman
A1 & Cabling Tech

Artists & Events

Artists we have served include: Herbie Hancock, Snoop Dogg, Jennifer Nettles, Kenny Rogers, Kathy Griffin, Alan Jackson, Aziz Ansari, Sheryl Crow, BB King, String Cheese Incident, Ludacris, Josh Turner, Whoopi Goldberg, Tina Fey, Gary Allan, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Gabriel Iglesias, The Newsboys, Kris Kristofferson, Trey Anastasio, Lotus, Bill Maher, A$AP Rocky, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kirk Whalum, Martina McBride, Ravi Coltrane, The Irish Tenors, Third Day, Steve Martin, Luke Bryan, Mac Miller, Michael McDonald, Alabama, Russell Brand, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Wanda Sykes, Goo Goo Dolls, Kansas, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Puddle of Mudd, Beach Boys, Wiz Khalifa, Plain White Tees, Ceelo Green, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Sara Evans, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Linda Ronstadt, Fugees, Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie, Lou Rawls, Daughtry, Third Day, Travis, Mel Torme, Dave Matthews Band, Lee Brice, The Temptations, Ziggy Marley, Yonder Mountain String Band, Stephen Stills, Little Feat, Emmy Lou Harris, Peter Paul & Mary, Marty Stuart, All Time Low, Bruce Hornsby, Randy Travis, Mercy Me, Dwight Yoakam, Blues Traveler, Casting Crowns, Ricky Van Shelton, Patty Loveless, B.O.B., They Might Be Giants, Avett Brothers, Rick Springfield, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Dierks Bentley, Alison Krauss, Bobby McFerrin, Dark Star Orchestra, Tori Amos, Charlie Daniels Band, Walter Kronkite, Wynonna Judd, The Neville Brothers, The Seldom Scene, Garrison Keeler, Lynyrd Skynard, The B-52s, Merle Haggard, All American Rejects, Rosanne Cash, Michael W Smith, Old Crow Medicine Show, Vince Gill, K’Naan, Trace Adkins, and hundreds of others.