This year’s River City Bluegrass Festival, traditionally held the first weekend of January in Portland, Oregon, had a new star performer; Audix microphones.
Stew Dodge, of Portland based Stew Dodge Sound, provided all the audio for the event.  Microphones used included the Audix OM5, i-5, CX-112, the DP5a drum pack (yes, drums at a bluegrass festival), and the new VX-5 condenser. The VX-5 was used for both vocal and instrument miking.
“We were really stunned at how versatile the VX5 microphone is,” said Dodge. “We put it on just about everything, from string bass to banjo.”  It was also used on fiddle, guitar, cello, and mandolin.
Phil Garfinkel, Pro Audio Sales and Artist Relations Director for Audix, said, “it was extremely gratifying to see happy faces on the sound crew and crowd when the mix came together and to know that our mics were part of that success.”
Artists appearing at the 2008 festival included the David Grisman Quintet, Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings, Tim O’Brien, Bryan Bowers, The Flatlanders, Tony Furtado, and Misty River.