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"Country Cares Concert" Raises $476,000 for AZ Firefighter Families

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Country Cares ConcertPRESCOTT VALLEY, AZ — Dierks Bentley, The Band Perry and other artists teamed up and raised a reported $476,000 with the “Country Cares Concert,” a benefit performance that took place here on July 22.  All proceeds are going to the United Phoenix Firefighters, for direct distribution to surviving family members of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots from the Prescott Fire Department who lost their lives fighting a wildfire near here on June 30, 2013.

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OCESA PRG Mexico Backs Soundgarden with Harman's Martin

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Soundgarden in Mexico City.MEXICO CITY – Playing to a crowd of more than 20,000, Seattle-based grunge band Soundgarden recently performed at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City during its international tour, running through summer 2013. The band’s 26-song set list was brought to life by a Harman Martin lighting system, deployed by OCESA PRG Mexico.

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Lighting Pros Nominated for Creative Arts Emmy Awards

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Emmy Awards 2013LOS ANGELES - The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the list of nominees for this year's Primetime Emmy Awards at a July 18 ceremony held at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in the NoHo Arts District here on July 18. The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards will air live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 8pm EDT/5pm PDT on CBS. The Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards will take place the week before: on Sunday, Sept. 15.

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TLS Productions Announces New Staff, Equipment, Projects

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TLS Productions' logoBRIGHTON, MI — TLS Productions announced the addition of two new team members. Katie Lewkowicz joins as administrative assistant, and Amir Gamzu as assistant shop manager. TLSP, which also added 200 Elation Design Par 575 fixtures to its rental inventory, now offers more than 350 of the fixtures in all.

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Stage Technologies Supplies Big Automation for Oz's King Kong

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“The Chase” scene. Photo: James MorganLONDON - Five years in the making, the King Kong musical, produced by Australia’s Global Creatures, has opened to thrilled and awed audiences Melbourne, Australia’s Regent Theatre. The star of the show is undoubtedly the six meter, one ton King Kong puppet, designed by Global Creature Technology. King Kong is considered a breakthrough in automation control, allowing the puppeteering of large scenic elements while retaining the full control and safety systems within the automation system.

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GLP impression X4s Go Their Own Way on Fleetwood Mac

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Fleetwood Mac on tour. Photo: Todd KaplanLOS ANGELES - Designing shows for artists ranging from Sheryl Crow to Fleetwood Mac over a long period, experienced LD Paul ‘Arlo’ Guthrie has been increasingly finding GLP’s impression X4s an essential component in his touring inventory. Earlier this summer, PRG supplied production for the evergreen Fleetwood Mac’s Live 2013 48-city U.S. arena tour — and this time Guthrie requisitioned 36 of the new generation LED moving heads.

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IATSE Local One Certifies 30+ ETCP Theatre Riggers, Pushing Total to 85

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ETCP LogoNEW YORK – More than 30 IATSE Local One members passed the ETCP Rigger – Theatre examination in June, bringing the total number of certified riggers in Local One to 85.  The New York Local says it now has more ETCP Certified Technicians that any other in North America. The certified technicians include those working at major venues including those at Lincoln Center along with the Metropolitan Opera House and various TV studios.

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Under the Big Top with Bandit, Seth Jackson, Cirque Musica

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Cirque Musica.NASHVILLE – Bandit Lites is on the road bringing the elaborate performances of the circus to stages across the country with Cirque Musica. The stage and arena production blends all the wonders under the big top, including acrobats, violinists in flight, and tight-rope walkers with symphonic renditions of classical and pop music.

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Vincent Lighting's Clay Paky Fixtures Busy with Projects

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The Grand Opening of Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati.SOLON, OH – Vincent Lighting Systems has invested in a large inventory of Clay Paky fixtures and has begun deploying them on an array of projects, including a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame gala benefit concert. No sooner had Vincent Lighting Systems acquired their complement of Clay Paky Sharpy Beams, Sharpy Washes and GlowUps than the fixtures began going out on jobs.  “We have had these fixtures out on so many productions, and they have been receiving rave reviews,” says Marketing Director Kim Craigie.

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Chauvet Professional Paints PrideFest

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Chauvet Paints PridefestST. LOUIS — Chauvet Professional COLORado fixtures colored a dramatic rainbow on the Civil Courts Building for a PrideFest initiative in downtown St. Louis. Ironman Sound Industries specified 36 COLORado 4 IP wash battens and 24 COLORado 1 Tour PAR-style wash fixtures for the project. They were used for saturated color uplighting on the upper portion of the building.

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