Krauss Owner/Operator SKY-TALK-IT PRODUCTIONS began my career as a "Roadie" for many bands.
A Roadie moves, sets-up and tears down all
equipment quickly and efficiently. A Roadie must be on call 24-Hours a day, ready to travel at anytime.
Being a Roadie is a good opportunity to
see what a band's needs are, and to become knowledgeable about everything involved in producing and setting up a band or stage.
One day, at the end of 1990, I met a band called Rakis, and became one of their Roadies. About one year later, during one
of the shows, Sue the lady in charge of the lights, asked me to do lights for a little while. On the very next break Rakis
asked, "What happened to Sue?" I said, "She took a break". The next thing I knew the band was asking me to be permanent lighting
person. That's how I got started doing lights.
Rakis opened for the following bands in California: Lonesome Dave's FogHat twice, in 1991 at the Cotati Cabaret and in 1992
at the City Limits in Santa Rosa.
Molly Hatchet and Quiet Riot also in 1991 at Cotati Cabaret. NightRanger in 1992 at the
And in 1993 Greg Kin and Cats Choir at the Ukiah Fair Grounds at Carl Purdy Hall.
I now have worked with many bands over the years. I now have 18 plus years Roadie experience, 15 plus years Lighting
experience, 12 plus years Independent Contractor, and 11 plus years Owner/Operator Sky-Talk-It Productions.
Even though our preference is doing lights for music, we have run and
set up lights for many plays at the Willits Community Theatre over the past 10 years, including some of the following plays
and performances: Top Girls, Egad the Woman in White, Seven Keys to Baldpate, Bullshot Crummond, The Emperor's New Clothes,
Kindred Souls and the Willits Improv Group and The Emandal Chorale, Dracula, The 100th Monkey, Santa Land Diaries, Agatha
Christie's Mousetrap; Comedians Sherry Glaser, Swami from Beyondananda, Richard Stockton; helped with three Lighting Workshops
and many other W.C.T. productions. We also have done all the lighting for the Willits Shakespeare Company over the past 7
years. Plays have been done at W.C.T. in the past and are now done at W.S.C.'s own place at 1195 So. Main Street. Those plays
are: The Comedie of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, Love's Labours Lost, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, MacBeth, A Midsummer
Night's Dream, Taming of the Shrew, and The Twelfth Night. Love's Labours Lost was actually a joint production with W.S.C.
and W.Y.A.T.(Willits young Actors Theater) held at the Willits High School Auditorium. So we are experienced in many different types of stage lighting.
We also do an Annual Music Festival called DANCE FOR FREEDOM. It is a Benefit for Fibromyalgia Resreach. And dedicated
to all loved ones who have passed on before us.
It has been running for eight years
now. It is going on to its ninth year. For those of you counting. For more info CLICK HERE
It will be an annual event for as long as
we can keep it running.
(DON'T MISS IT!! THERE WILL BE 18 ACT'S)
SEE OUR EVENTS PAGE for updates
to D.F.F. Music Festival and other shows, festivals, or events we might be doing, or just working at.
Some of the bands we have worked with include: BrokenTyes, RAKIS
LITTLE JOHN CRISLEY
DAVE STEFFEN BAND
TUBESTEAK JONES(Now Rhyme Related)
JOHN TRUDELL AND THE BAD DOG
CHARLIE VALLY BAND
JUBBA LEE AND THE CROSS CONNECTION
TOMMY CASTRO BAND
JOHN REESE AND THE OPEN HEARTS BAND
FRYED BROTHERS BAND
3-MAN BLUES BAND,
RONNY LEE AND THE JUMPIN ARMADILOS
BLACK HORSE BLUES BAND
DAVID NELSON BAND
JIMIJEFF AND THE GYPSY BAND
Just to mention a few.
We also have worked at some of the largest music festivals in Northern California, such as the Summer Arts and Music Festival
(Lights and Stage Crew on the Solar Stage) Trinity Tribal Stomp(Back Stage Hospitality/Security) Kate Wolf Music Festival
(Security) EarthDance Northern Ca.(Lights at the Diner Divine), and the RedWood Run(Back Stage Security).
**********************WE ARE SORRY********************
BUT WE ONLY DO LIGHTS IN NORTHERN CA.
AT THIS TIME. WE WILL BE EXPANDING IN THE NEAR FUTURE.
Our prices are the best anywhere. For example, anywhere inside of Mendocino County we charge $50 to $100 per. Hour. Plus
food, gas, or both. For anywhere outside of Mendocino County we charge $100 to $200 per Hour. Plus food, gas or
OUR PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITH
Food and Gas will depend on how much you are paying us, how far
it is, and the length of your event.
We are always willing to negotiate our prices, no matter what our price is. We even do lights for free
for the right event or cause.
We are always looking for bands or solo acts to add to the Annual Dance For Freedom Music Festival. Sorry no Thrash Metal
at D.F.F., but we will do your lights if you need them anywhere else.
Try to catch one of our Light Shows to see if you want to hire us. The name of our Light Show is "Robin's Light Show Experience"
Look for it on flyers. Or look
for Lights By Sky-Talk-It Productions.
Check out our EVENTS PAGE
If you need a Band, Sound, Lights, for any type of musical event or cause, no matter what size, or what your musical preferences
are, we can help you find it to suit your needs. Also if you need help getting an event started, we can can help get
you going in the right direction with all the information you may need to get started.
We now Own/Operate 26 Par
Cans of all different sizes. Plus some Special F/X
3-Red Lasers 4.9mW,AmericanDJ Lotus Light, A.D.J. Sparkle,
A.D.J. ShadowII Fog Machine, A.D.J. Topaz 250, 7
3 Lighting Controlers, and 8 Tripod Stands (2
have 10' Truss.)
Our goal is to have 48
lights some day; we are getting closer to that goal every day.
(NO JOB IS EVER TOO SMALL FOR US)
SO COME DANCE UNDER THE RAINBOW
OF OUR LIGHTS WHILE YOU BRING YOUR MUSIC, EVENT OR FESTIVAL TO A FULL CLIMAX.
The name SKY-TALK-IT means "recognized by many people". It was a Native American name
given to me by a man named Melvin Chiloquin, from Oregon. He did the whole naming ceremony, calling on the Ancestors to find
my name. I didn't use it much until I started this company back in 1994