I just got the go-ahead to record a live show. This is a very small venue (30 is crowded) and the show is totally acoustic. The woman I'm recording has a strong, soulful voice, plays guitar, a bad-ass blues harp, and sometimes just a tambourine. Her CDs to date are, IMHO, flat. Her live shows are MAGIC. I want to capture that live magic she creates. The venue is the back end of a bookstore, so irregular surfaces abound. I think it's going to be an OK space. The crowd will be right there - just a few feet from the performer. My current plan is to record this with a stereo pair between the singer and audience. I'm thinking that my new toys - a pair of Rode NT2000's might be the right choice - MS, probably. I can play with the mid-mic pattern to see what works best. I also have a pair of AKG Bluelines with 2 cardioid capsules and a figure-8, so I could do MS with those too, and they'd be a whole-lot more discreet than the big Rodes. Considering the cramped quarters these might be the better choice. XY or ORTF would be an option with either mics, but I want to make sure the crowd responses sound clean. I would not be opposed to XY for the singer and another pair of mics for the crowd. I'll have 4 channels of preamp there. Blumlein with the Rodes ... ? I know this is risky, so I've offered to do the recording no-charge. If I get something good, then we'll talk about what to do with it. I haven't attempted anything quite like this before - I'd be interested in hearing from others who have attempted this sort of recording - lessons learned, success stories ... Thanks.