"It wasn't our best show, but Dave was there, so at least we sounded good." We've heard this statement numerous times at bars while listening in as area musicians reported on their latest gigs. A true gentleman and amplification wizard who cares about supporting the Kansas City music scene almost as much as he cares about his craft, Dave Gaumé takes a fine-tooth comb to the sound of each band he works with, whether it's a no-name group of local teenagers at the Brick or Gang of Four on the roof of a parking garage at South By Southwest. That Austin, Texas, show was definitely one of the year's highlights, Gaumé says, but his best gig lately has been simply getting to work with and for his friends at the Record Bar (that'd be Steve Tulipana, Shawn Sherrill and Billy Smith of the Roman Numerals). Within the past year, he's gone on the road to run sound for the Golden Republic, and somewhere along the way he ended up briefly playing bass in righteous Los Angeles hard-rock band Open Hand. Nowadays, Gaumé surfs the local boards. But if anyone out there needs a hired gun for a wild, knob-twistin' rock adventure, he's your man.