Bandit backs Cam at Ryman Auditorium
Wednesday, 10 October 2018
cam-photobychelseakornseCam headlines at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium (photo: Chelsea Kornse)
USA - Country singer Cam returned to Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium for a headlining show with a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites.
Based off the lighting design by Gordon Droitcour of Cour Design, tour manager Gabe Hodge created the one-off design by adding ground supported fixtures to bring more depth to the stage in addition to back light specials.
“There was also already a good amount of programming that existed with the previous show file and lighting design (done by Larry Foote), so we wanted to take advantage of that,” explained Hodge. “Having said that, there were a lot of special moments in this show that required Vanessa Sexton to programme a handful of new songs and looks with her own flare.”
Hodge had been the LD on Cam’s previous tour and was looking for a replacement following his move to tour manager. “Vanessa and I had worked together before, and I knew she would be a great fit for this team. She came in and had a great attitude, worked hard, and added her own programming and style to the show.”
Bandit Lites supplied Robe CycFX8 fixtures, VL2500 Spots on top of pipe and base for specials, piano, and band lighting, GLP X4S to act as backlight and eye candy and a grandMA 2 lite console for control.
“The Ayrton Ghibli was a fixture we knew Bandit had just recently installed in the Ryman and Vanessa and I were interested to see them in action,” Hodge said. “They ended up being a pretty versatile fixture that helped create the looks we wanted for the show.”
Balancing both a budget and a short time frame, it was crucial that Hodge could find a reliable vendor that had both access to a variety of gear and the capability to deliver a quality product quickly.
“Bandit has always been great in anything I’ve been involved in with them, and this was no exception,” finished Hodge. “Our client representative Shawn Lear and Bandit project manager Jimmy Hatten were both very timely, gracious, patient and professional. I came to them with a very short time frame to get things together, and they got everything sorted and ready unbelievably fast.”
(Jim Evans)

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