Rogue looks for Zion & Lennox at Rosemont
Thursday, 17 May 2018
zionlennox1smZion & Lennox rocked the sold-out 4,400-seat Rosemont Theatre outside Chicago
USA - After 18 years of touring and a fistful of Top Ten hits, the Puerto Rican duo Zion & Lennox still exhibit the raw hungry power that has made them a defining force in their musical genre. This fervour was on full display in their recent hit music video Mi Tesoro, recorded with Nicky Jam. It was also very much in evidence on a cloudy Sunday night, 22 April, when they rocked the sold-out 4,400-seat Rosemont Theatre outside Chicago.
Supporting the duo’s high-energy performance was a plethora of aerial effects, stage sweeps, blinders and intense audience lighting created by Juan Ocampo of High Frequency Productions (Gurnee, IL). Using a collection of Rogue and STRIKE fixtures from Chauvet Professional, Ocampo’s rig featured 28 Rogue R2 Wash fixtures, 16 Rogue RH1 Hybrids and four STRIKE 4 multi-formatted blinders, along with 16 Chauvet DJ Intimidator Hybrid 140SR units, all supplied by High Frequency Productions.
“This project came to us just two weeks before the show date,” comments Ocampo. “The V5 Group out of Chicago reached out to us about the show and put us in contact with the tour manager, Giovanni Ortiz. He sent us their touring stage design and told us to replicate it as close as possible. When we mentioned that we would be using Chauvet Professional fixtures, he immediately approved, no questions asked.”
Ocampo’s design called for 16 Rogue R2 Wash fixtures to be flown on downstage truss for stage wash and crowd specials. A collection of four Rogue R2 Wash units was flown on the upstage batten directly in front of the LED video wall, used primarily for backlighting the performers. Another six Rogue R2 Washes were flown, along with eight Rogue RH1 Hybrid units and four Intimidator Hybrid 140SR units, on mid-stage truss, and were used for downlighting, crossing beam patterns and intense specials.
“There were also eight RH1 Hybrids, eight 140SRs and six more R2 washes on the stage decks as part of the floor package,” says Ocampo. Completing the rig were the STRIKE 4 fixtures that were flown on downstage truss.
“The crowd came looking to connect to Zion & Lennox, and hopefully our lighting contributed to making that happen,” adds Ocampo. “The entire team of Glenn Ottenbacher, Garrett Vanderveen, Sabrina Seaman and Nick Manchenn deserves a big shout-out. In the end, our lighting helped give these very gifted artists a platform to showcase their talents.”
(Jim Evans)

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