This past weekend I took out a Zoom H4n to record a show with my band and then with The Mark Cameron Band. The audio from my show had a terrible mix as I had the recorder too close to the mains. The vocals and harmonica were way too high in the mix. However, my show with Mark turned out pretty well. I had the recorder about 15' from stage all the way to the side where the sound guy was. Probably not a good place to tape from as it was not inline with the stage at all. I aimed the recorder back at the inside of the PA speaker and middle of the stage.
The room was pretty big. The stage was large. I used the VHT miked to the PA with a Sennheiser e906. The drums were miked, but the guitar and bass were not. They were loud! I shoulda used the HarpGear HG50, but I could resist seeing how the 6w VHT would hang. It was enough for stage volume with regular playing technique for all but the loudest passages. I played harder (not something I like to do) and could then hear myself just fine during those parts. I was totally floored!
The amp was elevated closer to my ears. I am using a Samson Wireless with my Ultimate 57 into a Kinder AFB (not needed at this gig) into a Line 6 M13 into the VHT. These cuts have a lot of ambient and trippy effects. I'll try to post some blues stuff with the band soon.