Chauvet gives retro look to Greta Van Fleet
Wednesday, 9 January 2019
smgretavanfleetphotocreditericcathcartGreta Van Fleet on tour (photo: Eric Cathcart)
USA - When Eric Cathcart got the call to create a lighting design for Greta Van Fleet, he didn’t view it as an open-ended gig. “My friends from Premier Global Productions brought me to the table to design and programme a show. At the time, the idea was to turn it over to a director for the tour,” says Cathcart, the owner of Bigtime Lighting Design.
As he neared completion of his work, however, Cathcart had a change of plans. “The more I got to know the guys and listen to their music, the more I got the feeling that this would be a great band to hit the road with,” he explains.
It was a wise intuition. Working the boards for the Michigan-based rockers for their current March of the Peaceful Army tour has put Cathcart in the middle of an incredible adventure, one that has seen his new clients reach the top of the Billboard charts with their debut album and garner four Grammy award nominations in the process.
Travelling with him every step of the way is a power-packed lighting rig featuring 25 COLORado 2-Quad Zoom Tour fixtures from Chauvet Professional. Cathcart selected the RGBW wash fixtures with an eye toward creating retro looks to match the band’s big 1970s classic rock-influenced sound.
“This music calls for big looks with a retro touch,” adds Cathcart. “I give many of my designs a retro vibe in one form or another, so this was right up my alley. My design concept involves creating a lot of old school par can-style looks, and the COLORados are essential to making this happen.
“They are the main workhorse of the floor package that we are currently touring with. We have five pipe and base towers, each with five COLORados on them. It’s very similar to having a par can six-bar hanging vertically back in the day.”
Although they evoke images of retro par designs, the COLORado 2-Quad Zoom Tour fixtures also include performance features that allow Cathcart to put contemporary flourishes on his classic design. “The COLORados have a wide aperture similar to a conventional par can, but with the bonus of colour mixing and a zoom,” he explains. “The decay of the dimmer curve is just fantastic and adds to the par can feel. The zoom allows me to have bright, colorful beam looks, as well as a solid wall of light without definition behind the band when the haze is going strong.”
(Jim Evans)

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