Chauvet enhances West Coast Music Festival
Thursday, 5 December 2019
westcoastfest3Supporting the festival, was a punchy and flexible light show created by John Garberson
USA - Building on the momentum of last year’s inaugural event, the West Coast Music Festival treated fans to a star-studded line up of hip-hop, DJ and rap artists this fall. Headlining the festival at Tucson’s Mercado district was Ice Cube. Supporting the festival, was a punchy and flexible light show created by John Garberson and his team at Creative BackStage that featured Chauvet Professional fixtures.
“We built our design around a large video wall,” says Garberson. “Inter Technologies, supplied the screen and hired us to do the lighting. The wall displayed some iconic images for Ice Cube. We needed lights that would stand up to the bright wall and provide colour and movement to energize the looks for Ice Cube’s show. We also needed the fixtures to be flexible enough to create distinctive looks that reflected the music of the other artists.”
Garberson and his lighting programmer Ellie Knight, relied on 10 Maverick MK2 Spot fixtures to complement the video wall, flying four of the 440W moving fixtures on mid stage truss, and six on upstage truss. Drawing on the fixtures 3-facet prisms and 13° to 37° zoom range created a flow of new looks by changing coverage areas.
“The performance features of the Mavericks were important in terms of creating variety, but what really made the design work was their output,” said Garberson. “We had a lot of brightness from the video walls, so we needed fixtures that could stand out.”
Also standing out were the eight STRIKE 4 blinders in the Creative BackStage rig. Garberson and his team hung four of the units on downstage truss, as well as two each on mid and upstage truss. From these positions, the high output fixtures provided multiple levels of crowd lighting, strengthening the connection between the performers and the audience.
“All of the performers, including Ice Cube, fed off the crowd,” said Garberson. “The STRIKE 4s on the downstage truss gave us good crowd lighting. The units on the mid and upstage truss also lit the crowd, while creating a nice glow on the stage at the same time.”
Garberson also added depth to the stage by creating multiple levels of wash light. He flew 10 Rogue R2 Wash fixtures on downstage truss for front washing, while hanging eight of the RGBW units on mid-stage truss and six on upstage truss.
(Jim Evans)

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