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And the 2013 Parnelli Award Winners Are…

2013 Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award winner George Travis. Photo by Adam KaplanLAS VEGAS — The 2013 Parnelli Awards had it all — humor (host Micky Dolenz busting on Toronto mayor Rob Ford), candor (Eric Pearce’s  gratitude for his dad’s support), insight (Mark Engebretson on the fragility of new ideas) and poignancy (Mo Morrison’s “one-two punch” — noting how the news of his Parnelli Hall of Fame honor coincided with the obituary for his longtime friend Marshall Holmes).

Patrick Stansfield with Eve and Madeleine O'BrienCharlie Hernandez and Jake Berry onstage at the 2013 Parnelli Awards in Las Vegas. Photo by Adam KaplanThere were astonishing moments —Rick “Parnelli” O’Brien’s daughters, Madeleine and Eve, reading the letters of remembrance that their mom, Kate, had saved and only just recently opened, and industry icon Patrick Stansfield, announcing plans for retirement. Together they beamed an aura of poise and competence, quelling any concerns about the fate of the industry as the torch gets passed up to those building ever higher on a secure foundation.

Parnelli Awards executive producer Terry Lowe with gala host Micky Dolenz. Photo by Adam KaplanAnd former Parnelli honorees were also there to lend a hand, and poke fun at themselves, including 2012 Parnelli Lifetime Achievement honoree Charlie Hernandez, who came prepared with an even longer speech than the one he delivered last year, which was summarily ripped to shreds by 2009 Lifetime Achiever Jake Berry.

But the overriding theme for the 13th annual Parnelli Awards gala was exactly the same as for the previous 12 — to give the industry’s backstage heroes a moment in the spotlight. And the epitome of that came at the very end of the evening, as Jon Landau presented the 2013 Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award to ever-humble Bruce Springsteen tour manager George Travis. Travis, to no one’s surprise, spent most of the time onstage trying to deflect the glory, praising the legions of regular guys (and gals) who have helped him manage all the “goop.”

And the 2013 Parnelli Award Winners Are:

2013 Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award winner George Travis. Photo by Adam KaplanParnelli Lifetime Achievement Award 

George Travis

Mo Morrison, the inaugural inductee in the new Parnelli Hall of Fame, in Las Vegas on Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Adam KaplanParnelli Hall of Fame

Mo Morrison (Inaugural Inductee)

Parnelli Visionary Award Winner Eric PearceParnelli Visionary Award

Eric Pearce

Parnelli Audio Innovator Award

2009 Parnelli Audio Innovator Stan Miller presented Mark Engebretson with the 2013 Parnelli for audio innovation.Mark Engebretson




Bandit Lites won the Parnelli for Lighting Company of the Year. Michael Golden accepted the plaque.Ryan and Sara Knutson of Brown Note Productions are also known for their sound gear, but relished their win in the Hometown Hero lighting category. PLSN editor Justin Lang is in the background. Photo by Adam KaplanLighting Company of the Year

Bandit Lites

Hometown Hero Lighting Company of the Year

Brown Note Productions

Parnelli Lighting Designer of the Year Jeff Ravitz was also on hand as an awards presenter for the 2013 ceremony. Photo by Adam KaplanLighting Designer of the Year

Jeff Ravitz

Set/Scenic Designer of the Year Tom Marzullo received his 2013 Parnelli from LD of the Year Jeff RavitzSet/Scenic Designer of the Year

Tom Marzullo

Sound Company of the Year

Solotech

Hometown Hero Sound Company of the Year

KiAN Concert Sound Services

FOH Mixer of the Year

PRG Touring's Bobby Allen welcomed inaugural Hall of Fame inductee Mo Morrison to the stage. Photo by Adam KaplanJim Yakabuski

Monitor Mixer of the Year

Ted Bible

Audio System Tech of the Year

Preston Soper

Craig Mitchell, National Sales Manager for LMG Touring, with the 2013 Parnelli Video Production Company of the Year award.Video Production Company of the Year

LMG

Video Director of the Year

Dave Davidian

John Brown of Brown United and Marshall Bissett of TMB served as awards presenters. Brown would later accept the 2013 Parnelli Award for Staging Company of the Year. Photo by Adam KaplanStaging Company of the Year

Brown United

Presenters Carol Dodds and Debi Moen awarded Atlanta Rigging Systems with the 2013 Parnelli Award for Rigging Company of the Year. ETCP and SPRAT certified rigger Ben Brian picked up the award for the company.Rigging Company of the Year

Atlanta Rigging Systems

Set Construction Company of the Year

All Access Staging and Productions won for 2013 Set Construction Company of the Year. Pictured here from left are Bob Hughes and Erik Eastland.All Access Staging and Productions

Pyro Company of the Year

The 2013 Parnelli for Pyro Company of the Year went to Pyrotek Special Effects. Accepting the award is Doug Adams.Pyrotek Special Effects

Tour Manager of the Year and Production Manager of the Year Dean Roney and Marty Hom (pictured here on video) were both on the road with touring productions, as was Video Director of the Year Dave Davidian. Photo by Adam KaplanProduction Manager of the Year

Dean Roney

Tour Manager of the Year

Marty Hom

Trent Hemphill accepted the Coach Company of the Year award on behalf of Hemphill Brothers. He noted that he and his brother, Joey, are working to address one of the touring industry's most famous unwritten rules.Robin Shaw of Upstaging, the 2013 Parnelli Trucking Company of the Year. Photo by Adam KaplanCoach Company of the Year

Hemphill Brothers

Trucking Company of the Year

Upstaging Inc.

Rock-It Cargo's David Bernstein returned to the Parnelli podium to accept the 2013 award for Freight Forwarding Company of the Year.Team Chauvet took the stage for the 2013 Indispensable Technology award in the Lighting category for their company's Nexus 4x4 fixture. Pictured here, from left, are Albert Chauvet along with product managers Michael Graham, Anthony Chiappone and product engineer Danilo Oliveira. Photo by Adam KaplanFreight Forwarding Company of the Year

Rock-It Cargo

Indispensable Technology - Lighting

Chauvet Professional - Nexus 4x4

Indispensable Technology - Audio

Joey Gallagher accepted the Parnelli Indispensable Technology award for Gallagher Staging's Mini G Block. Photo by Adam KaplanMeyer Sound - LEO Loudspeaker System

Isaac Campos picked up the 2013 Indispensable Technology award for the company's Oracle LED Systems Black Widow HD9 LED screen.Indispensable Technology - Video

Oracle LED Systems - Black Widow HD9

Indispensable Technology - Staging

Gallagher Staging - Mini G Block


In Memoriam

The 2013 Parnelli Awards, which celebrated the achievements of individuals and companies involved in the live production industry, also paused in remembrance of those who passed away in the past year. We've posted that full list (with the addition of Troels Volver, who was regrettably not included in the Parnelli program and screen images) in the online posting HERE.



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