Sound decisions:

from The Beach Boys to the Bar-B-Que Schnake has a ‘volume’ of experience

When The Beach Boys took the stage in Springfield May 26, and began belting out staple hits like “Help Me Rhonda” and “California Girls,” the “good vibrations,” that went ringing through the stands were largely made possible by a former Beardstown resident.

Bill Schnake, owner of Schnake Sound & Light, was the man responsible for providing the stage, thespeakers,themicsand the lighting for the iconic 60s era band and perennial purveyors of “summertime” song.

“It’s kind of ironic that I’m doing this show,” Schnake said. “The first big show I ever signed a contract for (where I was responsible for everything,) was for a show at the I-Wireless Center in the Quad-Cities, and it was The Beach Boys.”

“The first thing I did was call Mike Mason and ask him for help.” Mike Mason was the owner of Mason Sound, an icon of midwest stage sound and one of Schnake’s mentors. Schnake said Mason, as fate would have it, was on his way home from working a concert in Nebraska and offered his help in exchange for meals and a room. “The show came off without a hitch,” Schnake said. &nbsp;&nbsp;<ahref=""><spanstyl... 13px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">To view more, please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.</span></a></p>