Editor's Note

Changing Priorities Through Life

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PLSN editor Justin LangWhat is the most important thing in your life? Depending on your age, position in the industry and your family life, everyone will have varying answers. Early in a career, it might be friends and your career. But in the thirty-something to forties, your values might change, and it might be your family. Then in your fifties and sixties, you might start to be thinking more about your legacy and how you can pass everything important that you’ve learned about anything on to the next generation coming up.

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On the Road

LD Jonny Gaskell with David Gray

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David Gray at the ACL Live at the Moody Theatre in Austin, TX. Photo by Debi MoenTour: David Gray Tour

Tour Dates: The tour started April 2014 in North America, visits U.K. and Europe Nov-Dec and returns to the U.S for radio promo shows in December. Might go to Australia in 2015.

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Features

2014 Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Benny Collins

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2014 Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Benny CollinsIf you don’t want to know the truth about something, don’t ask Benny Collins. Because he will tell you. That trait — at odds with the stereotype of those who get close to the stars — has taken him far in the live event business, a career that started with him hauling a Hammond B-3 in a truck as a teen to circling the world running Michael Jackson’s most audacious tours.

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Features

In Memoriam: Patrick Stansfield, 70

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In Memoriam: Patrick Stansfield, 70Patrick Stansfield, 70, tour manager for Neil Diamond, the Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, the Grateful Dead, Santana, Tina Turner and scores of others, died in the early morning hours on Oct. 28, 2014 from kidney failure. Along with his prominence in concert touring, Stansfield was the production mastermind behind the transformation of Dodgers and Yankee Stadiums for papal visits in 1987 and 2008 and was co-founder of the Parnelli Awards, named in memory of his good friend Rick "Parnelli" O'Brien. He was surrounded by family and friends at the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center here in the days before his death.

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Features

Gathering of the Vibes Festival

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Gathering of the Vibes Festival 2014 photo by Mike Thut.It’s been 19 years since Jerry Garcia died, but the Grateful Dead frontman’s “vibes” are alive and well, floating though the crowd of 25,000-plus who gather in his honor every summer for four days of music and camping — with a little ‘60s-style peace and love thrown in. Gathering of the Vibes, a modern-era, well-behaved version of Woodstock, was started in 1996 by Connecticut businessman/Deadhead Ken Hays to fill the void created by Garcia’s untimely passing from a heart attack at 53. GOTV has since become one of the Northeast’s pre-eminent festivals; over the years it has featured not only the remaining members of the Grateful Dead and various tribute bands, but world-class artists from an eclectic mix of genres: Crosby, Stills and Nash; James Brown; Allman Brothers Band; Elvis Costello; Black Crowes; Nas; Bruce Hornsby, to name a few.

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In Memoriam: Pasquale "Paky" Quadri, 1947-2014

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Pasquale Clay Paky Founder Leaves a Legacy of Innovation

Pasquale “Paky” Quadri, founder and chairman of Clay Paky SpA, died at his home in Torre de’ Roveri, Italy shortly before midnight on Sept. 6. He was 67. In the years since founding the company in 1976 with fellow musician Claudio Paredi — the company name is formed by their two nicknames — Quadri and his company have amassed close to 80 patents and 50 major industry awards for a raft of fixtures combining design innovation with optical excellence and reliable operation.

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2014 Parnelli Visionary Award Honoree Howard Ungerleider

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2014 Parnelli Visionary Award Honoree Howard UngerleiderYou are the architect of your own future, and you get out of it what you put into it,” Howard Ungerleider says. Ungerleider is, himself, a helluva architect, and he has put his heart, soul, sweat and passion into a remarkable career that continues to inspire and influence not only the work of other lighting designers, but the manufacturers who create lighting tools. For all that and more, he will be honored with the Parnelli Visionary Award at the 14th annual Parnelli Awards ceremony, set for Nov. 22 in Las Vegas.

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Inside Theatre

Lighting and Set Designer David S. Goldstein: Sculpting the Story

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David S. Goldstein's set design for Stalking the Bogeyman. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.New York-based scenic and lighting designer David S. Goldstein possesses a powerful passion for theater, and for him, his disciplines are perpetually married as he feels that they help to tell and sculpt the story that actors are portraying onstage, be it a musical or a straight play. “It’s not a prevalent practice in the United State, for a single designer to do lighting and sets,” observes Goldstein. “It is very prevalent for one designer to do set and costumes. In the United Kingdom, it’s the opposite — it’s very prevalent for one designer to do sets and lights and one to do costumes. ”

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Production Profile

Reventón Super Estrella

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Reventón Super Estrella photo by Erika Diaz. The Latin rock extravaganza got a visual assist from Global Trend Productions and othersThe seventeenth annual Reventón Latin rock festival drew close to 18,000 to Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles on July 19, 2014. Organized by KSSE Super Estrella 107.1 FM, Reventón featured a lineup that included largely accessible, if fairly diverse, Spanish-language acts, such as Caifanes, La Ley, Fobia, Roco Pachukote de Maldita Vecindad, Enrique Bunbury, La Unión, Víctimas Del Doctor Cerebro and La Santa Cecilia.

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Production Profile

Sharing Pickathon with the World

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The main Mountain View Stage, sheltered by GuildWorks’ stretch canopy. Photo by Liz DevineVideo Production Helps Bring a Locally-Grown Festival in Oregon to a Wider Audience

Over a 16-year span, the annual Pickathon Music Festival —so-named, according to executive producer Zale Schoenborn, for the “hand-picked” assortment of artists across a wide range of genres — has grown from a modest shindig at Horning’s Hideout in Portland, OR to a three-day music festival with seven unique stages on Pendarvis Farm, an 88-acre horse farm framed by the forests and mountains near Happy Valley, OR, a half-hour outside of the big city.

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