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Bandit Lites Provides Lighting for the Firefly Music Festival

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Equipment for the main stage included VL 2500 Spots, Bandit 5x5s, Clay Paky Sharpys, GRN 8 Lite, GRN Moving Washes, Martin Atomic 3000 Strobes, one GrandMA 1 full console and one GrandMA 1 Lite Console.DOVER, DE – Lighting for the Firefly Music Festival held in The Woodlands, featuring performances by The Killers, Foster the People, Snoop Dogg and more was provided by Bandit Lites.

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XL Video Supplies LED Gear for Bassnectar Concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater

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Bassnectar performing at Red Rocks Amphitheater with XL Video' ROE Visual MC-7 high res LEDs. (c) Darsak PatelMORRISON, CO - Continuing their work with some of the world’s highest profile EDM artists, XL Video worked with DJ/Producer Bassnectar to light up Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater with an abundance of LED, as well as supply control systems and crew for two shows in late May.

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International News

Robe BMFLs Purchased by Stagelight

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Stagelight’s Jacco van der Heijden on the left and Controllux’s Jeroen van Aalst on the right. (c) Louise Stickland

DEN BOSCH, The Netherlands - Dutch technical production and rental company recently invested in Robe’s BMFL moving lights.

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On the Move

Karl Haas Announced as ETC's New Architectural National Sales Manager

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Karl Haas, Architectural National Sales Manager, ETCMIDDLETON, WI – On Wednesday, July 1st, ETC’s Karl Haas officially began a new role with the company as architectural national sales manager. Haas will be responsible for managing ETC’s architectural regional managers and the company’s sales territories of North and South America, India and Australia.

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International News

Florence + The Machine Headlines Glastonbury Festival with Jands Vista

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Florence + The Machine at Glastonbury using a Jands Vista L5 lighting console (c) - Renowned lighting designer, Rob Sinclair and programmer Louisa Smurthwaite used a Jands Vista L5 lighting console to deliver a memorable performance for Florence + The Machine's triumphant Friday night headlining slot on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival.

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Church On The Move Enhances Worship Message with Renewed Vision ProPresenter

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Church on the Move using its new ProPresenter lyric and media presentation softwareTULSA, OK - Church on The Move is using Renewed Vision’s ProPresenter lyric and media presentation software. Andrew Stone, production manager at Church on the Move for the past decade, credited ProPresenter for its ease of use and quick learning curve.

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LD William Kenyon Lights “Company” at Bucknell with Chauvet Professional Gear

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Chauvet Professional COLORado 1-Quad Tour LED fixtures were used for the production of the Stephen Sondheim musical, 'Company'LEWISBURG, PA – For a production of the Stephen Sondheim musical, Company, staged in 160-seat Natalie Davis Rooke Recital Hall at Bucknell University, LD William Kenyon used Chauvet Professional COLORado 1-Quad Tour LED fixtures provided by 4Wall Entertainment.

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Product News

New LEDRK Retrofit Kits from LEDtronics Inc. Now Available

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LEDRK Retrofit KitsThe new series of LEDRK UL-Listed LED Universal Retrofit Kits have been released by LEDtronics Inc.

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Projection Connection News

Barco Stages Massive Projection Mapping for Electronic Opus

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RANCHO CORDOVA, CA – Barco supplies Electronic Opus, an immersive electronic symphonic concert featuring world-renowned EDM artist Brian Transeau (BT) with projection mapping services.

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USITT Tech Expo Catalog Offers Backstage Solutions

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USITT LogoNEW YORK - USITT’s 2015 Tech Expo spotlighted 18 ingenious theatre tech solutions, now collected in catalog form as a resource for technical directors and theatrical designers everywhere.

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Current Issue - June 2015
Online Exclusive

Lighting Usher and Blake in the Home of the Cowboys

Written by: Nook Schoenfeld

LD Eric Wade lit up AT&T Stadium for the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ 90th Anniversary GalaLD Eric Wade lit up AT&T Stadium for the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ 90th Anniversary Gala.

The United Way is a national system of volunteers, charities and contributors who help people in their communities. In the metropolitan area of Dallas/Fort Worth they have now done this for 90 years. To celebrate that milestone and gather funds for a worthy cause, they threw a gala party at the biggest room in town, the AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL’s Cowboys.

Editor's Note

Relishing the Relics

Written by: Nook Schoenfeld

View Nook Schoenfeld's intro to the June 2015 PLSN at I believe this is a term used to describe ancient stuff. Like rock bands that never seem to die. I want to know what happened to the mantra “Hope I die before I get old” that the Who preached back in the ‘60s. But hey, we’re all happy to see the remaining live members celebrate their 50th anniversary with a tour. Albeit with cancelled dates to rest an ailing throat, these guys are still working it.

On the Road

Jon Pollak, LD for Boz Scaggs

Written by: Debi Moen

Jon Pollak, circa 1976, in NYCTour: LD Jon Pollak is supporting Boz Scaggs' 2015 tour, with U.S. shows in May, July-August, 2015. The photo here is of Pollak in New York City circa 1976, when Scaggs' album, Silk Degrees, scored a #2 on Billboard's Top 200. The more recent shot of Scaggs himself (below, performing in Austin, TX) was taken by Debi Moen in 2015.


In Memoriam: Dennis Sheehan, 1946-2015

Written by: Kevin M. Mitchell

Dennis Sheehan accepted the Parnelli Award for Lifetime Achievement on Oct. 24, 2008.Dennis Sheehan, longtime tour manager for U2 and 2008 Parnelli Lifetime Achievement award winner, died May 27. He was 68. Sheehan had been in Los Angeles with U2 for a series of shows in the early part of the band’s 2015 iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour. U2 had opened the first of five shows at the Forum the night before.


Rock in Rio Plays Vegas

Written by: Angela Marlett

Echosmith on the Main Stage. The band turned to PLSN contributor Vickie Claiborne for a lighting assist.It took 12 weeks, and more than 90 truckloads of construction materials, but what was a dusty, forlorn corner of the Las Vegas Strip was transformed into the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll playground by Brown United. The company’s largest undertaking to date, Rock in Rio USA took outdoor festivals to a new level, incorporating not just multiple stages, but an elaborate VIP area, “Rock Streets” filled with shops and eateries and even a Ferris wheel and zip line.


Biggest Projection by a Dam Site

Written by: Mike Wharton

Photo courtesy of CTCT Plays Key Role in Record-Setting 1.17 Million Lumen Projection on Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam, one of the top engineering miracles in the world, recently became the sight for the reveal of Daimler Trucks North America Freightliners Infinite Inspiration. The event required months of planning, preparation, and set up by a team of individuals steeped in knowledge garnered from long-term experience with the latest in technological innovations.

Inside Theatre

Lighting the Rockettes' New York Spring Spectacular

Written by: Bryan Reesman

The Rockettes' New York Spring Spectacular

LD David Agress Sheds Light on the Inaugural Production

The New York Spring Spectacular that recently dazzled thousands of fans per show at Radio City Music Hall was a monster production — a Manhattan-focused extravaganza that encompassed numerous actors, the Rockettes, and impressive video and set pieces that took audiences from the depths of the subway system to the top of the Empire State Building.

Production Profile

Kenny Chesney's Big Revival Tour

Written by: Nook Schoenfeld

Kenny Chesney's Big Revival Tour (c) Brian PetersenKenny Chesney has embarked on his 2015 trek across America. It’s his 14th headlining concert tour in support of his 16th studio album, The Big Revival, and some of the different stadium gigs will also feature a long roster of co-headliners/supporting acts including Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Cole Swindell, Jake Owen, Brantley Gilbert, Chase Rice and Old Dominion.

Wide Angle


Written by: Nook Schoenfeld

U2 opened the show wiith a single lightbulb over Bono. 2015 tour photo by Steve JenningsAfter six weeks of rehearsals in Vancouver, the band officially kicked off their new tour in Rogers Arena on May 14. The iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour proves to be a visual masterpiece. Once again the production design team knows no boundaries and ventures into untested waters with their visual concepts.


Simple Church Easter

Written by: PLSN Staff

Simple Church EasterLighting Co
Paxton Sound

CenturyLink Center,
Bossier City, LA


Berklee Commencement Concert

Written by: PLSN Staff

Berklee Commencement ConcertLighting Co
East Coast Lighting & Production Services

Agganis Arena at Boston University
Boston, MA.


The Moody Blues Timeless Flight 2015 Tour

Written by: Steve Jennings (Photos and Text)

Moody Blues Timeless Flight 2015 Tour (c) Steve JenningsLighting Co. Bandit Lites


Various (Tour)


SB150 Anniversary Celebration

Written by: PLSN Staff

The event featured Ben Folds and the South Bend Symphony Orchestra

Lighting Co
Stewart Independent Production

South Bend Century Center South Lots
South Bend, IN


Wet Electric

Written by: PLSN Staff

Wet ElectricLighting Co
Creative Backstage

Big Surf  Water Park

Tempe, AZ


KIIS FM Wango Tango

Written by: PLSN Staff

KIIS FM Wango Tango Lighting Co
Visions Lighting

Stub Hub Center
Carson, CA

Festival Spotlight

Lasers Intensify Masters of Hardcore Visuals

Written by: Angela Marlett

The Laserfabrik crew used laser gear from Laserworld for the March 28 event. The RTI units were chosen in part for reliability and Laserworld’s show support.When the first Masters of Hardcore festival debuted in 1995, Hootie & The Blowfish, TLC and Dr. Dre ruled the charts. Electronic dance music (EDM) was in its infancy, relegated to warehouse rave parties. From its humble beginnings, EDM has gone mainstream, from the beaches of Ibiza to posh Vegas nightclubs. Production company Art of Dance has worked to fuel the growth of EDM in Europe, currently producing eight festivals across the Netherlands.

Wide Focus

The Who Hits 50...

Written by: Michael S Eddy

The Who (c) Carlos Cardenas...And Tom Kenny Hits the Road Again to Light One of Rock’s Biggest Acts

For the current North America and European tour, The Who Hits 50!, production and lighting designer Tom Kenny is back with the band he has been designing for since 1990.

PLSN Interview

Neil Diamond's 2015 Tour

Written by: Steve Jennings & Nook Schoenfeld

Neil Diamond 2015 tour photo by Steve Jennings

Hitting the Melody Road with Marilyn Lowey, Gregg Maltby and Michael Weiss

Neil Diamond’s 2015 tour kicked off Feb. 27 and wrapped up its North American run on May 31 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The tour has now headed overseas, with tour legs planned for Europe and the U.K. before traveling to Australia and New Zealand later this year. It’s all in support of the artist’s 2014 album release, Memory Road, but the shows will also feature, inevitably, such old-time hits as “Sweet Caroline,” “September Morn” and “America.”


Brian Pearson, Cinematographer for Insidious: Chapter 3

Written by: Will Romano

Brian Pearson on the set of Insidious: Chapter 3For the film crew of Insidious: Chapter 3, the latest installment of the successful horror franchise, capturing darkness, framing vibrant and bloodcurdling demons, and beholding the flame is all in a day’s work.


"Smart" Sailing

Written by: Mike Wharton

The Music Hall can be a relaxing lounge or turn into a club with live dance musicElation, Daktronics and Flying by Foy Help Engineer a New Cruise Ship Experience

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL) bills their newest cruise ship as the most technologically advanced to date, with broadband Internet access, digital wristbands to track passengers’ movements and purchases and personalized mobile apps. In short, a “smart ship,” named “Quantum of the Seas.”


Success in XS

Written by: Tim Bradley

Photo courtesy Wynn Las VegasLD Steve Lieberman Incorporates New Lighting, Video Gear

The XS Nightclub at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas has been named “best nightclub in the United States” by revenue an unprecedented five times in the annual Top 100 listing by Nightclub & Bar magazine, the bible of the bibulous.

Buyer's Guide

Strip Lights and Cyc Lights

Written by: Nook Schoenfeld

PLSN June 2015 Buyers Guide - Strip Lights and Cyc LightsStrip lights and cyc lights are some of the oldest theatrical light fixtures. From the days of lining the downstage edge of a theater with 100 candles placed behind glass lenses cut out from the bottom of bottles, these fixtures have been illuminating actors as well as scenery for centuries.

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


ADJ and Elation Look Back on 30 Years of Innovation

Written by: Kevin M. Mitchell

Timeless Communications, parent company to PLSN magazine, presented a plaque commemorating ADJ’s 30 years at Winter NAMM 2015. Pictured from left are Eric Loader, Chuck Davies and Toby Velazquez.As a young man, Chuck Davies turned his back on those rude, Chicago winters for the exultant warmth of Southern California. Back then, he couldn’t have known that he would build an international live event manufacturing company that would be one of the dominant brands in the industry 30 years later. But that’s what he did, and now, as he enjoys semi-retirement, his team, including Toby Velazquez, president; Eric Loader, director of sales; and others including Alfred Gonzales, national sales manager for ADJ USA; and Brian Dowdle, marketing director; continue to build on what he started with the founding of American D.J. back in 1985.

Product Spotlight

Whirlwind Offers Solution for Real Time Monitoring of Power

Written by: Craig Rutherford

Whirlwind's PLR power distro, front and back viewsWhirlwind, Inc. is a name well known to anybody in the music industry, with good reason. Makers of some of most ubiquitous and long-lasting electronic infrastructure equipment you’re likely to find on the road, they’ve been a leader in creating high-quality audio interfaces for more than 40 years.

Road Tests

Martin MAC Quantum Profile

Written by: Craig Rutherford

MAC Quantum ProfileMartin Professional has been a leading manufacturer of moving lights for many years, and their MAC series of lights has been incredibly successful. With the MAC Quantum Profile, the company moves into previously unexplored territory, combining the fast-growing area of LED technology with their optics and color systems, and the result is the company’s latest LED profile light.


Barco HDX-W20 Flex

Written by: Jeff Gooch

Barco HDX-W20 Flex projector with optional rigging fly-flameThe problem with new technology and gear is that you usually only get to put your hands on it the day before a gig, or worse, actually on the gig. I’ll admit — under duress is usually the best way to learn a piece of gear, but not exactly the most stress-free activity in the world. So I was delighted to be able to get my hands on the Barco HDX W20 Flex actually in a shop and not under any time gun or a client breathing down my neck.


dot2 Console from MA Lighting

Written by: Nook Schoenfeld

MA Lighting featured the dot2 Console at PL+S 2015 in Frankfurt, GermanyMA Lighting has somehow hidden the secret that they have been working on a new console pretty much since they debuted the grandMA Series 2 line five years ago. I was amazed, not only by their ability to keep it a secret all this time, but also by how easy this console is to operate. But let’s cut to the chase and give you the facts.

Video Digerati

Palette/Preset Types: When and Why They Make a Difference

Written by: Vickie Claiborne

Selective (S) and Global (G) grandMA2 palettes used for a John Legend showOn a Hog4 they are called Per Fixture, Per Type and Global. On a grandMA2 they are called Selective, Global and Universal. What do these labels mean? When should you use them, and why? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of palette types.

Focus on Fundamentals

Survey Says...

Written by: Nook Schoenfeld

The typical PLSN reader We took a survey of our readers last month. We wanted to see what interests you the most as well as determine how resourceful this magazine is to you. Do you read it for the entertaining articles or for the technical jargon? And are we doing all right with our current curriculum? I have some facts, but as in all surveys, are they really facts, or are they figures that reflect a certain demographic?

Feeding the Machines

Perfect Patching

Written by: Brad Schiller

Automated lighting consoles are full of features, many of which rarely get used. However there is one feature that is required for every single show: patching. A patch is a set of instructions that assign specific controls on the desk to fixtures and their attributes in the real world. Without a patch, no communication between the console and devices can take place. It is vital for lighting programmers to understand how to patch their console and how to use the various options within the patch window. While some of the terminology may change from desk to desk, the basic procedures remain the same regardless of the console.

Designer Watch

In the Driver's Seat for Mercedes-Benz; The Return of Steve Owens; More

Written by: Debi Moen

Mercedes-Benz LD Richard Profe's lighting rig is hidden from view. (c) Richard Profe

This year Mercedes-Benz has been launching its new model luxury automobiles, but along with its sophisticated exteriors, the lighting needed to shine on the advanced electronic technology inside. A key theme: “driverless driving.” To accomplish this, the German auto manufacturer tasked its longtime lighting designer Richard Profe with using lighting technology that would also reflect the luxury, efficiency and high technology of its own cars.

LD at Large

Lady Roadie at Large

Written by: Becky Pell

Illustration by Andy AuTouring Life on the Tech Crew (When You Don't Look Like The Other Boys...)

My name is Becky Pell, and I am an anomaly. I’m a live sound engineer, and I’m a woman. It’s an unusual combination, but I’m rarely conscious of it until someone points it out. Usually the conversation goes something like: “Wow, a female monitor engineer, you don’t see that very often.” Me: “No, there aren’t many of us.” Them: “Why is that?” Well, here I have to confess ignorance; as I am one, I’m kind of the wrong person to ask! Why are we the unicorns of the touring world? And what’s life like as a woman on the road?