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LD Travis Shirley Lights Pentatonix, Enrique Iglesias Tours

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Pentatonix tour photo by Steve JenningsIn his teenage years Travis Shirley dreamt of the day when he would be a lighting & production designer. He remembered contacting designers like Steve Cohen, Joe Paradise and Joel Young asking them every question he could think of. As fate would have it, Shirley’s father became golf buddies with the highly successful country act, Brooks & Dunn, which led him to their very talented lighting designer, Larry Boster. He studied and watched Larry for as long as he can remember and he says, quite honestly, Boster is the reason he is in this industry.

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Elton John- The Diving Board Tour

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Elton John (c) Steve JenningsBefore embarking on a second three-year Million Dollar Piano residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas this month, Elton John headlined a New Year’s Eve concert at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The Barclays Center show incorporated set elements and visuals from the artist’s 2013-2014 Diving Board tour — which marked the last chance for LD Patrick Woodroffe and the late Mark Fisher of Stufish Entertainment Architects to collaborate on the look of an Elton John concert. Fisher died June 25, 2013; the tour launched Nov. 8 and ran through Feb. 28, 2014.

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Eric Cathcart, Michael Grant and The Black Keys' "Turn Blue" Tour

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THE BLACK KEYS, c. Steve JenningsEric Cathcart says that, in terms of a career, he really hasn’t done anything but lighting. In high school, he was involved in the theatre tech departments, then was a technical theatre major in college when he picked up a gig with a local production company. From there, he worked in the San Francisco Bay Area with Morpheus Lights and a few other California lighting companies. He move on to Midnight Lighting in Austin, TX as an LD and tech and did his first tour for Asleep at the Wheel. From there, it was on to Nashville, working for Bandit Lites (Def Leppard, Brooks & Dunn, Reba McEntire and many others). In 1995, he was given the opportunity to be the designer for Olivia Newton-John. From there, the design/director gigs started trickling in. He’s also working as LD under Dan Hadley on tours. Prior to The Black Keys he’s designed Michael Bolton, Thievery Corporation, LCD Soundsystem and The Darkness. The last couple of years he’s been doing CAD drawings for Premier Global Production, including designs for some sizeable festivals.

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Linkin Park Carnivores Tour 2014

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Linkin Park Carnivores Tour 2014 photo by Steve JenningsFollowing the mid-June release of Linkin Park’s The Hunting Party album and 30 Seconds To Mars’ Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams in mid-May, “The Carnivores” tour, which also featured opening act AFI, took shape this year. The 25-date arena and shed trek kicked off in early August at the Cruzan Amphitheatre (West Palm Beach, FL) and we caught up with the tour where it wrapped up Sept. 19 at the Concord Pavilion (outside San Francisco).

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Easton Corbin with Dylan Scott and Old Dominion

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Easton Corbin with Dylan Scott and Old DominionLighting Cos
Stewart Independent Production, Performance Lighting Chicago

Venue
Merillat Sports Center
Adrian, MI

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Education First 50th Anniversary

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Education First 50th Anniversary photo by Ken LukasLighting Co
Port Lighting Systems

Venue
Hynes Convention Center Hall,
Boston, MA

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Billy Idol 2015 Tour

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Billy Idol tour photo by Steve JenningsLighting Cos
HSL & Neg Earth (Europe)

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Various (Tour)

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Dancing With The Stars Live Tour

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Dancing with the Stars Live tour photo by Steve JenningsLighting Co
RK Diversified Entertainment

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Various (Tour)

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Global Dance Festival

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Global Dance Festival photo by Jacob Tyler Dunn Photography - jacobtylerdunn.com courtesy Nexus Audio VisualLighting/Video Co
Nexus Audio Visual

Venue
Tempe Beach Park,
Tempe, AZ

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Die Antwoord

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Die Antwoord 2014 tour photo by Anne ShultzLighting Co
Christie Lites

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Various (Tour)

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