Showtime

8: Beyoncé & Jay-Z

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Beyoncé & Jay-Z (c) TMB / SolarisLighting Co: VER

Video Co: Bowman Touring Video

NOTE: An earlier posting listed the wrong crew and gear for this tour. This posting was updated Jan. 24, 2015.  PLSN regrets the error.

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Showtime

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

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Bob Seger tour photo by Steve JenningsLighting Co
Upstaging Inc

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Various (Tour)

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Festival Spotlight

Staging Companies Support NYC-Area Electric Daisy Carnival at MetLife Stadium

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The main Stageco stage was adorned with inflatable owls from Netherlands-based Airworks. Photo by Todd KaplanGirls in kabuki-style makeup donning butterfly wings, dancers in floppy panda suits, faux hippie chicks in rose-colored sunglasses and a halo of flowers around their heads, giant daisies like something straight out of a Lewis Carroll opium delusion. Welcome to the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), often dubbed North America’s largest electronic music festival, where the phrase “making a scene” has never been more apt.

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Buyer's Guide

Strobes

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PLSN Magazine July 2015 Buyers Guide on StrobesStroboscopic lamps are defined as a fixture that emits flashes of light. Since being invented back in the 1930s, they were predominantly made of xenon flash tubes that emitted discharges of light that were about 5600° Kelvin and lasting only milliseconds. Strobes have really come to life lately in the advent of LED technology. These advances are happening rapidly and there are now a ton of options in a market that was quite limited just a few years ago.

To download a PDF of the PLSN July 2015 Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE.

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Company 411

Harting USA: A Family Business with Global Connections

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From left, Philip Harting, Maresa Harting-Hertz, Dietmar Harting and Margrit Harting“Part of our vision which was developed in the mid 1990s was to become a global company. In order for us to achieve that, we needed to be near to our customers, understand their requirements and grow with them.” So says Jon DeSouza, president and CEO of Harting USA. This explains the reasoning behind Harting opening up a branch in the USA back in 1986, and their continuous growth all over the planet for that matter.

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Company 411

Catching Up with Parasol’s Latest Moves

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Parasol Advanced Systems inventor/co-founder Hermann Fruhm with the system used for American Idol. Like a few others, Hermann Fruhm imagined lights moving. Unlike others, he took a wholly unique approach to the proposition, and after nearly three decades of gestation, his vision of a truss rig that moves lights is coming to fruition.

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Event Design

The Rio in Las Vegas Goes All-In for 2015 World Series of Poker

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Innovative Show Design (ISD) worked with CYM Lighting and Rio Casino’s in-house AV arm, Encore Event Technologies, on the visual design. Photo by Stephanie MooreThe 46th annual World Series of Poker will have 23,000 players this year according to executive producer Mori Eskandani. The event returns to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV May 27-July 14, 2015, a 2,522-room property owned by Caesars Entertainment. An enormous undertaking, the WSOP occupies the Pavilion, Miranda and Brasilia Ballrooms, with the main event and set in the Amazon Ballroom.

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Product Spotlight

Mountain Productions Safety and Rigging Products

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Python safety holster from Mountain ProductionsGravity and its related safety hazards never sleep, so crews working at height need to be vigilant about protecting themselves and others. Mountain Productions is helping with an expanded array of fall protection offerings including harnesses, lanyards, fall arrest systems, helmets and more. Their inventory from DBI-SALA includes some of the most trusted fall protection equipment in the industry. Along with DBI-SALA’s extensive product line, they are also now offering Python Safety’s drop prevention products and KASK’s Super Plasma helmets to keep crew members safe on site.

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Road Tests

Ayrton MagicDot-R and CosmoPix-R

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Ayrton MagicDot-R and CosmoPix-RI walk into the Morpheus Lights shop in Las Vegas, and the first thing I see are these black balls. Row upon row of little rolling balls emitting light in synchronous harmony. That alone was a pretty big “wow” factor upon first sight. But then I round the corner, and there are bigger balls with multiple light beams emitted in every angle. Rotating continuously in every angle. I am experiencing flashbacks to the 1970’s and the days of disco. I instantly realize that Ayrton, the leading innovator in new LED product manufacturing, has once again come up with some revolutionary products.

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Road Tests

PRG Nocturne Karrera S-series SD/HD/3G Capable Video Flypack

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PRG Nocturne video flypack on display at Prolight+SoundPRG Nocturne recently announced that they were building ten new HD Video Flypacks to better serve their touring music clients. I recently got a walk through a typical flypack arrangement, which have already been out on some of the biggest current tours including U2, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Paul McCartney, The Eagles, Maroon 5, and others. The PRG Nocturne Karrera S-Series SD/HD/3G capable Video Flypacks really are next generation solutions. These HD flypacks employ equipment from Grass Valley, Ross Video and Fujinon; all long-time partners with PRG Nocturne. Add a comment

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