SYRACUSE, NY — Preston Hoffman of Pulse Lighting, LD for jam band Moe., used 16 Robe Robin Pointes and 16 LEDWash 300s for the band’s East Coast U.S. winter tour, relying on three companies to provide the much-in-demand fixtures — KM Productions, Main Light Industries and TERI Productions.Add a comment
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Tour Legs: Feb. 10-18 (U.S.); March 3-16 (U.K./Europe); April 3- May 15 (U.S.)
Design Concept: "The shows in February will be one-offs, so I’ll spec out a system. The new tour design happens in April when we’re carrying gear again. We’re talking about adding more video elements and beam fixtures surrounding and encasing the band."
Tackling both scenic and costume design on a play is challenging enough, but when one is doing it for two productions in rep at the same theater, the stakes are raised substantially. Stephen Brimson Lewis took on those responsibilities in designing for the recent pairing of famed existential plays co-starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart (Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot and Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land).
You’ve never seen country music performances quite like these. Then, again, you’ve never seen a country music award show quite like this, either. The fourth annual American Country Awards (ACA) gala, telecast live from Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Event Center Dec. 10, 2013, pushed the envelope in many, if not all, directions.
After 142 shows, Pink’s The Truth About Love world tour concluded Jan. 31 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The tour received rave reviews as it traveled to 16 countries and, as ranked by Billboard, became the third highest-grossing tour of 2013. In support of her sixth album of the same name, Pink once again teamed up with show director Baz Halpin of Silent House.
Pearl Jam toured North America in 2013 with shows that followed the July release of “Mind Your Manners,” the lead single off the band’s 10th studio album, Lightning Bolt (the album debuted a few months later, in mid-October, 2013). As with any big-name act with songs that have achieved iconic status, audiences have come to expect a huge “wow” factor in terms of a complex interplay of visual elements tightly synched with the music. But for Pearl Jam, that mandate was offset with the band’s directive to focus on the music, and not the “stuff” surrounding it.
The Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub at Las Vegas’ Cosmopolitan casino resort, which opened in late 2010, quickly vaulted to the top of Nightclub & Bar’s rankings of top U.S. nightclubs by annual revenue, tying XS at Steve Wynn’s Encore casino resort, also in Las Vegas, with annual revenues estimated to be in the $80 to $90 million range for 2012. But don’t let those Las Vegas palm trees fool you.
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Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, FL
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The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
It’s no secret that many houses of worship have gone high-tech in order to amplify their message and provide dazzling services for their congregations. Northview Church in Carmel, IN certainly had that in mind when they built a $16 million auditorium that boasts plenty of cutting edge sound and lighting. What they did not bank on (but can now) was the fact that many Christian music acts would regularly play there, even luring people away from a major secular venue in the Indianapolis area. It seems that the means for delivering their message appeals to others as well.
The live entertainment industry still hasn’t figured out a way to safely create an impressive audience effect by mounting laser projectors on sharks (or even mutated sea bass, for that matter). But laser shows have come a long way since the days when a few overhead green beams were enough to wow the crowds.
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YouTube is known for the spontaneous creativity of the artists and fans who post their videos to the site, and it was in that spirit that the inaugural YouTube Music Awards (YTMA) streamed live on Sunday, Nov. 3. The awards honoring the songs and artists that were viral hits globally this year were presented live at Pier 36 in New York City, and the 90-minute show lived up to YouTube’s promise of an untraditional event. Several of the winning artists, including Arcade Fire; Avicii; CDZA; Earl Sweatshirt; Tyler, the Creator; Eminem; Lady Gaga; Lindsey Stirling; and M.I.A., created live music videos on sets placed throughout the venue.
The week-long press event to launch Sony’s PlayStation 4 (PS4) console, held a trendy boutique hotel in lower Manhattan known as The Standard, High Line last fall, was a virtual feast for the eyes, meshing elements of high- and low-tech, including ad hoc and supersized video projection, an “interactive” LED walkway, hundreds of LED lighting fixtures simultaneously blasting color into the night and outdoor guerrilla gaming zones.
True to its name, Blizzard Lighting appears to be taking the world of small and mid-sized lighting design by storm. The Waukesha, WI, company offers more than 100 lighting products (not counting accessories, bags, cables and the like). “We’ve got a really strong base of products,” says founder Will Komassa. “They start at performance and price points that a mobile DJ or local band can use and go all the way up to something that production companies could use on a tour of any size [including KISS’ rig].