SHELTON, CT and ROYAL OAK, MI — Lex Products, a supplier of power distros for 25+ years, and TM3 Systems Inc., a developer of “smart” power applications such as microgrids and hybrid power systems, are merging to form a new company, LexTM3 LLC. Bob Luther, founder of Lex Products, will serve as CEO.
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I took the summer off from lighting any shows to concentrate on the magazine and be available to see all the shows coming through my city.
I have caught up with so many old lighting designer colleagues as well as meeting a few new board operators that have tons of talent. I really wish I had enough time to catch up with everyone out on the road.
Tour: May 28-Aug. 16 North America; Oct. 20-Nov. 2 Japan; Europe/UK Dec. 6-19Design: “This show is big, bold looks. It’s the old school looks of a rock and roll show but with new technology. There’s barely any gobos — just in two songs — and no video, although in Europe we may use video.
David Cunningham will accept the 2015 Parnelli Visionary Award at the annual gala to be held at the Rio Hotel and Casino Oct. 24, in recognition of advances including the ETC Source Four fixture and advancements in lighting consoles and dimming.
Bryan Reesman expands his focus this month from Broadway to 11th Ave. and 34th St., the site of the Jacob Javits Convention Center and New York Comic Con, first launched at Javits by ReedPOP in 2006. This year’s event is set for Oct. 8-11, 2015. —ed.
The “Heart and Soul” Tour that played in sheds across the USA this summer featured a unique performance unlike any co-headline tour before it. Well, almost any tour. 2015 marked Earth, Wind and Fire’s fourth time out playing with Chicago in this format.
Ligting designer and director Dan Hadley first started working with the Foo Fighters when he started filling in for shows here and there in 2001, then eventually took over full duties. Hadley has also worked with the Foo’s Dave Grohl with the band Them Crooked Vultures where Dave plays drums, as well as for Tenacious D where Dave would also fill that seat once in a blue moon.
Designer Paul “Arlo” Guthrie who set up Toss Film & Design back in 2002, a company that handles tour design, video and content, has kept busy lately. Along with the 2015 Van Halen tour design and recent Fleetwood Mac tour, Guthrie’s design on Lady Antebellum’s “Wheels Up” tour is his second outing with the band. His first collaboration with Lady A was their 2013 ‘Take Me Downtown” tour.
Hynes Convention Center,
Anaheim Convention Center Arena,
Gemini Light Sound Video
Jon Pollak must be something of a mathematician, because he’s dealing with a lot of numbers. The first is Steely Dan’s band: There are 14 musicians to keep track of, and even on the typical big shed stage here on a not-too-hot July evening, that’s a crowded stage. Next, any given show’s set list comes from a master list of 70 tunes, all of which he has to be ready for.
Bob Gordon has been a major player in the live concert business since the 1960’s. While long known and revered as the founder of A.C.T Lighting, few realize the Bob spent the first half of his adult life on the road with touring acts as a lighting designer and production manager. When it was time to get off of the road, he became an account rep for various light and sound companies.
Avalon Keeps Old-Hollywood Details, but Adds a New EDM Vibe
Albania’s Folie Terrace Upgrades with a Retractable Roof and 5,150 VC-Dots
Griffin Automation Helps Broaden the Club’s Array of Colors and Looks.
There are few better ways to sparkle up a tradeshow booth or stage design then through the use of some rows of brightly colored LEDs. Each year new improved models of LED products appear. There are more than 600 manufacturers of LED tape alone in the world. We contacted reputable dealers to see what they had to offer.
To download a PDF of the PLSN September 2015 Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE.
Laserworld’s world is getting a bit bigger. Founded in 2007 in Switzerland, its array of products quickly dominated the European continent. More recently they have increased their visibility in the U.S., serving the laser needs of live event professionals from the modest DJ to the lighting designer of the largest concert tour act and producer of mega live events.
Forever Cunard Marks 175 Years with a Queen Mary 2 Sound and Light Show in New York
DTS perhaps might not be familiar to many Americans, but the Italian company has been around since the 1980s when they started making domestic and commercial lighting and working with fiber optics. Today, they make a range of LED and arc-source fixtures for entertainment and architectural applications. The company’s WONDER.D enters the scene with a few tricks up its proverbial sleeve, including some unique and very interesting zoom effects.
Since 1983, TMB has supplied some of our industry’s hottest products — ProPlex Data Distribution equipment and cabling, ProPower power distros, and others. A year and a half ago, they introduced their Solaris LED line of fixtures, including the new Solaris LED Linear battens, which come in four different configurations for not only direct viewing, but also as a cyclorama wash role or as a high-powered performer wash.
Top Vote-Getters for Five U.S. Regions and Canada Honored for Taking Care of Business
PLSN readers have put the latest spotlight — scratch that — hybrid LED moving light — on who they think are the best of the best of their region when it comes to lighting, staging and video. We have some fresh faces and some “repeat offenders.”
This column is the first in a series of articles about drones, professionally known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). We’ll call them drones to keep things clear for our audio/video world, yet the following thoughts apply to each type of unmanned system — regardless of the acronym.
There was a time in the not-too-distant past that video racks were big. Not because we needed room for all the blinky lights or Star Trek navigational gear. The reason was because video people, like our audio cousins, tend to be very …um…. thorough (read retentive to a fault).
Richard Neville of Sydney-based Mandylights said the “big project of note” is Ricky Martin’s “One World Tour,” which hits North American arenas Sept. 15-Oct. 25 after previous tour legs in New Zealand, Australia and Mexico earlier this year.
I have been working in lighting on a national scale for almost 35 years, five more if you count regional club bands in the 70’s. I have worked in every sized venue, designing and programming lights for every type act, from hardcore country to the heaviest of heavy metal. I’m not exactly sure where my latest band falls in that category, but I can certainly say they’re never boring.