Black Friday magic with Chauvet DJ
Tuesday, 5 December 2017
matthew-stubbs5Matthew Stubbs and the Antiguas
USA - Great deals on televisions and refrigerators? That’s nice, but for progressive music fans in the Boston area, the really big news on Black Friday was the album release party for the eponymous LP by Matthew Stubbs and the Antiguas.
Lending some eye-popping sizzle to the sold-out event at the Sinclair club in the heart of Harvard Square was a fast-moving lightshow by freelance visual artist and lighting designer Vin Pugliese that was supercharged by a Chauvet DJ Intimidator floor package.
Pugliese brought eight Intimidator Hybrid 140SR moving fixtures to the club, positioning them tightly on upstage risers. “I was looking to create coloured aerials we could use to accentuate the psychedelic timecoded visuals and live camera feed that would be projected on the center stage screen,” he said. “The Intimidators are punchy and jam packed full of features. Using them as the floor package gave me the versatility to accentuate the visuals with a wide variety of killer looks."
Using Resolume Arena 6 to create content, Pugliese projected edgy breakout patterns and historic counterculture videos on the wall. These images were essential to evoking the desired mood for the party, since the psychedelic surf rock fusion sound of Matthew Stubbs and the Antiguas’ new album represented something of a departure for its frontman. A world-class guitarist who does 50-60 tour dates a year with the legendary Grammy-nominated harmonicist and Blues Hall of Fame inductee Charlie Musselwhite, Stubbs has always been strongly associated with blues.
“The video images were important to setting an atmosphere that represented the ’60s psychedelia vibe Matt is going for,” said Pugliese. “If we didn’t have lights that could match them in color and intensity, it would have been much more difficult to set the mood.”
(Jim Evans)

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