Forgot to mention that last week did a show with some comedy friends on the west coast of Florida. This community, like most had a clubhouse with stage, ok lighting and a sound board in a booth. In most cases, I plug my ipad into the board and control my music with a remote. If possible, I like to have the ipad on a little easel at the front of the stage so I can see the tracks. For some reason, the audio-in jacks built into the stage did not work (maybe had never been hooked up??). The mics were wireless and worked fine but no way to hook up the ipad at the stage and as the gentlemen volunteers from the community didn't seem too experienced, I opted not to plug into the board in the sound booth. Now, I don't have to have music for my act but it does make it better.
To the rescue was my little PA system (the one I designed, sell and do use!) that something had told me to put in the car (I wasn't going to as most places I can use the house system) and so glad I did! I brought it in, set it up in a minute and had my music! The audience was about 200 and had no problem hearing. An extra bonus, Gene needed to plug in his guitar that he uses in his act, so he plugged into the 1/4" jack on my PA and all was good.
Show went well and my little AlphaVox PAS-8500 PA helped to make it better!