Brummies celebrate New Year’s Eve with Chauvet
Wednesday, 8 January 2020
brummiesphotocrediterindicksonThe Brummies performed a NYE show at the city’s Saturn live music venue (photo: Erin Dickson)
USA - It was quite a run for the Brummies in 2019. Since making a splash a year earlier with their breakout LP Eternal Reach, the indie folk trio has maintained a global touring schedule appearing at festivals from Electric Picnic to Bonarro. The rapidly rising band capped off the year with a homecoming of sorts, returning to their native Birmingham, Alabama to perform a NYE show at the city’s Saturn live music venue.
Contributing to the good time atmosphere was a Jessica Sanders designed lightshow that featured a whirlwind of colours along with some intense audience lighting, all provided by a house rig anchored by Chauvet Professional Rogue, COLORado, and STRIKE fixtures.
Positioned overhead on ceiling mounted truss structures, the rig gave Sanders the opportunity to create dome-like colour panoramas over the stage. “It was a really good arrangement that let me come up with some unique downlighting specials and saturated looks,” says Sanders. “I got to create some colour combinations that I never worked with before. The idea was to create a backyard party atmosphere, since this is the band’s hometown, and there was this great sense of familiarity in the crowd.”
Sanders had six Rogue R2 Spot fixtures spread evenly across the overhead truss, and four Rogue R2 Wash oriented more toward the centre. She used the spot fixtures to highlight individual band members, while relying on the washes to reflect the festive mood with bold colours.
The five COLORado Batten 72 and eight COLORaodo 1-Quad Zoom Tour fixtures in the house rig also played key roles in colorizing the stage. “I really like the way the Zoom Tours worked as key lights,” she says. “They were bright enough to show up fine, even with all that was happening on the stage. They also did a great job back lighting the band to provide some continuity.”
To accent special moments, Sanders relied on audience lighting created with the two STRIKE 882 units in the house rig.
(Jim Evans)

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