In the land of inadequate PA systems, "Turn the vocals up!" is among the most common proclamations by tactless audience members. Not at Cicero's, not when mixing-board veteran John John is at the helm. The sound engineer so nice they named him twice always does good by his bands, making their guitars punch and their drums kick. Most important, he treats singers with the utmost sonic respect, and even the most mumbling singer shines in the mix. Thanks to the hand-in-glove combo of John John's ears and Cicero's muscular setup, St. Louisans are stripped of their right to whine about how bands sound and are forced to invent new heckles; given the venue's legendary beer selection, this shouldn't be an issue.