Phillips Pro Audio & Rockhouse Cinema Studio Professional Sound and Video for the 2000s

KENNY PHILLIPS
Kenny Phillips started his professional music performance career in the early sixties. In the earliest group lineups he started to take responsibility for the band's equipment and set up. The system components of the era were very primitive which started Phillips on his lifelong quest to design and build better sound systems.
From 1965 until 1976 Kenny continued to work as a live performer, studio musician and touring player. In 1975 and 1976 Phillips attended music industry production courses at Belmont College, Nashville, TN.
In 1976 Kenny founded Phillips Pro Audio, an Oklahoma City based company to provide sound, lighting and back line instruments for live concerts and festivals.
Some featured clients Kenny worked with during this era were The Band, Todd Rundgren, James Brown, Stanley Clarke, Leon Russell, Mike Finnigan, Delbert McClinton, Buddy Miles, Steven Stills, King Crimson, X, Sex Pistols, Wall of Voodoo, Foghat, Clash, Iggy Pop, Herbie Hancock, Billy Cobham, Brian Auger, Chick Corea, Gary Burton, Crosby Stills & Nash, Flora Purim & Airto, Tears for Fears, Al Di Meola, Billy Preston, Jan Hammer, Steps Ahead, David Sanborn, Al Jaraeau, Kenny G., Spyro Gyra, Yellow Jackets, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Beach Boys, the Byrds, Carlos Santana, Brecker Bros., David Crosby, B.B. King, Edgar Winter, Bobby Womack, Peter Townshend, Sly Stone, Roger McGuinn, Leo Kottke, Johnny Winter, John Entwhistle, Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Blasters, Kansas, Oingo Boingo, Heart, Johnny Mathis, Henry Mancini, Enoughs Enough, Crowded House, Deep Purple, Jefferson Starship, Four Tops, Oblivion Express, Temptations, Joan Jett, Dan Fogelberg, Steve Forbert, America, Poco, Kenny Loggins, Emmy Lou Harris, Marie Osmond, Crystal Gayle, Stray Cats, Pure Prairie League, Kansas, Charlie Daniels Band, Creedence Clearwater, Bonnie Raitt, Tammy Wynette, Procol Harum, U2, Flaming Lips, Van Halen, Pat Benatar, Marshall Tucker Band, Allman Brothers, David Allen Coe, 38 Special, Michael Martin Murphy, Molly Hatchet, Henry Rollins, Rare Earth, Three Dog Night, Wishbone Ash, Jefferson Starship, Elvin Bishop, Cheap Trick, Wang Chung and REO Speedwagon.
In 1984 Phillips was accepted into the Audio Engineering Society, Inc. as an associate member. In 1986 Kenny went out on a Summer tour as sound designer with Robin Williams, The tour ended in NYC with two sold out performances at the Metropolitan Opera. The live album “A NIGHT AT THE MET” won a Grammy and the video “An Evening at the Met”won Top Comedy Video of the Year.
In the late 1980’s PPA provided sound for Restless Heart and in 1991 became the exclusive sound vendor for all of their touring dates. In the 1990's Kenny also worked with many other artists including Ringo Starr, Warren Zevon, Joe Walsh, Bruce Hornsby, Badfinger, Eric Burdon & the Animals, Black Crows, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pantera, Gwar, Kathy Matea, Richard Elliot, Urban Knights, Patti Loveless, Tony Bennett. Garth Brooks, George Strait, Travis Tritt, Reba McIntire, Skinny Puppy, Pirates of the Mississippi, Boys 2 Men, NSYNC, Radney Foster, Randy Travis, Collective Soul, Nirvana, Toby Keith, Brooks & Dunn and the Pretenders. In 1993 PPA was the exclusive sound provider for the Crown Royal Country Music Series tour.
In 1993 Kenny received his Theater and Concert Rigging Certification from Dr. Randy Davidson, Harry Donovan & Jay Glerum in Anahein, CA. In 1994 Phillips was one of the founding members of the Virtual Array Technology Association in conjunction with Kenton Forsythe and Eastern Acoustics Works. In the 1990's PPA also went more extensively into the world of Theater and Comedy. In 1994 Kenny designed and built the lights, sound and traveling sets for Rob Becker's “DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN” show on Broadway. The 1995 and 1996 run was a huge success. A Broadway tour started in January of 1997 which continued until 2006. Kenny designed the sound for every opening night in Rob Becker's touring history.
In the summer of 1999 Kenny started working with Eric Idle on a new live stage show script which became “ERIC IDLE EXPLOITS MONTY PYTHON”. PPA designed and built all of the sound system, set pieces, props, for the tour. Kenny also invented and built the technology used for the interactive digital video and live camera bits that were used on stage. The show schedule covered 25 cities in the USA and Canada over April and June of 2000 ending with sold out nights at Carnegie Hall.
In 2000 Kenny also worked with John Leguizamo on his Live U.S. Tour “SEXAHOLICS”.
Kenny is proud to have provided sound services for many years for the Arts Council of Oklahoma City on the Spring Arts Festival.
In 2004 Kenny designed and built his fourth studio. Rockhouse Cinema studio, a culmination of forty years live and studio engineering experience combined with his session playing background.
In 2004 Kenny composed the music , foley, ADR and mix for “Cloud Symphony” a short film and In 2005 Phillips created the soundtrack including original music , foley and surround mix for “Sex Machine” an independent film which has received international distribution.
Kenny continues to engineer and produce a variety of music and video projects at the Rockhousecinema studio as well as designing production elements for live, touring and museum exhibits.

A few systems designed, built and installed by Kenny Phillips and PPA inc.

China Club Chicago - Design and install live sound system and acoustics (voted best live concert venue in Chicago)
Oak Theater Chicago - Design and install live sound system and acoustics
Defending the Caveman - Designed & built the sound system, lighting system, stage props and road cases for the Broadway show run
Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python - Designed & built the sound system, lighting,
stage props plus road managed the 2000 tour of the U.S. and Canada
Brandin’ Iron San Bernardino, CA - Design live sound and acoustics install
Dillon’s Reno, NV. - Design and install live sound and acoustics
UCO Jazz Lab - Design and install live sound and video (voted OKC’s best live venue)
City Arts Space - Design and install Sound and Acoustics
"Our Body the Universe Within" - Sound, lighting and set design in U.S. and Canada
“Mummies of the World” - Manage the museum install of premiere show opening in the California Science Center Los Angeles, CA.,Production manage the trucking & move from Los Angeles to the Milwaukee Public Museum. Production manage the Mummies of the World” trucking and move from the MPM to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA.