Mavericks join Raised on Country tour
Wednesday, 14 August 2019
chrisyoung2photocredittoddkaplanjpgChris Young’s summer tour runs through 14 September (photo: Todd Kaplan)
USA - On his current tour, Grammy-nominated Chris Young is being supported by a light and video show that is pointed emphatically toward the future. “We do have moments for sure when everything settles and there’s a nice solid traditional look, but overall we pushed things the other way toward pretty advanced technology,” said Chris Lisle of CLLD, who designed the forward-looking show for Young’s Raised On Country tour, using a rig supplied by Bandit Lites.
A key contributor to Lisle’s fluid and dynamic design for the 28-city summer tour, which runs through 14 September, are the 60 Chauvet Professional Maverick MK Pyxis fixtures in his rig. Positioned 10-apiece in six square automated truss pods that move throughout the show, the RGBW fixtures provide a steady stream of multi-faceted looks, thanks to their continuous 360° pan and tilt movement and outer rim of 15W RGBW LEDs.
“We love the overall eye candy that the Pyxis’ outer rim gives us,” said Lisle. “Their internal macros open up a lot of creative options, and their solid middle beam really pops too. Combining the two of them gives us a wide variety of different looks.”
In addition to relying on the movement created by the Maverick MK Pyxis itself, Lisle is generating an expansive sense of motion on stage by repositioning the truss pods that hold the fixtures. Flowing with the pods as they seamlessly change their coordinates over the stage are four moving video panels. Displaying custom content from MooCreative, the automated panels work in harmony with the pods as they both shift positions to give the production an airy, open look brimming with possibilities.
“The show is very upbeat and forward looking,” said Lisle. “The eye candy element of the Pyxis is an ideal complement to this design concept, given all the movement we have with the pods and video panels.”
Adding to the impact of the show are the 84 Chauvet Professional ÉPIX Bar Tour linear units that are built into the set. “We use the bars to line the trusses and make the set look really huge,” said Lisle. “They provide a nice balance to the movement we get on our set.”
(Jim Evans)

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