Chauvet creates big looks for a small crowd
Tuesday, 10 November 2020
le-getaway1Lespecial play Le Gateway (photo: Chris Beikirch)
USA - Smaller crowds equal smaller lighting budgets. Like virtually every designer working a socially distant show, Evan Antal faced this reality when he met with his client to draw up plans to light Le Getaway, a one-day October outdoor event featuring jam band masters lespecial and Eggy in the Camp Getaway Berkshire resort in Kent, CT.
Despite these limitations, the event’s promoter had set lofty goals. “I was asked to put together a package that delivered big rock show looks on a pretty tight budget,” said Antal. “Because of the pandemic and the limited audiences, it’s become a razor-thin balancing act to make a show on a budget work for everyone involved.”
Antal met this challenge in stunning fashion, turning Le Getaway’s small (24ft’ x 20ft) mobile stage into a panorama of overlapping colours. Swirling gobo patterns and fast-moving beams. Helping him accomplish this feat were six Chauvet Professional Maverick MK1 Spot and six Maverick MK1 Hybrid fixtures supplied by High Peaks Event Production.
Flying his spot fixtures on upstage truss and arranging the hybrid units on the stage deck, Antal relied on their smooth transitions, wide zoom ranges and CMY colour mixing to create a variety of looks that outstripped the size of the stage and its rig in terms of the excitement generated.
“I punted my way through lespecial’s very dynamic and edgy sound, so the responsiveness of the Mavericks was very appreciated,” says Antal. “They zoom really wide, and all the different functions work quickly. They also snap from a frosted, zoomed out wide spot look, to a tight beam almost instantly.
“This was a fun project,” reflects Antal. “Lespecial is one of the most enjoyable bands to do lights for, period. We’ve known each other for over 10 years now. I think that when there’s good energy and your looks are flowing quickly and smoothly; people forget the size of the rig. They just get caught up in the moment, which is how it should be.”

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