UK/France - Showlight 2021, scheduled to take place May 2021 in Fontainebleau, France, has been postponed until further notice due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. First held in 1981 at London’s Barbican Centre and usually taking place every four years, the enduringly popular lighting event is renowned for its industry-leading programme of papers presented by the great and good of the lighting industry, along with its often unique setting and many networking opportunities.
A statement from Showlight reads: “This has been an extremely difficult decision, which has been made in view of both the immediate effects and anticipated recovery period that will be needed by companies and individuals across the industry in the coming months.
“The state of the lighting industry, the probable extension of restrictions on gatherings and the effect that this is having on theatres, cinemas, events and concerts worldwide where audiences are involved, are immediate and catastrophic, and the resulting effect to employment and income within all aspects of performance and the technical support of entertainment at all levels, are equally devastating.
“While we sincerely hope that by May 2021 the situation will have improved, we cannot tell to what extent events and social interaction will have returned to ‘normal’. While last month we were confident enough to continue preparing for the original dates, the ongoing feedback from the industry makes it evident that the after-effects will take longer to subside. The industry will need time to recover, and comp
USA - Serving people in a time of crisis is nothing new for Kaiser Permanente. The giant not-for-profit healthcare consortium began life in 1933, during the Great Depression, when a young physician, Sidney R. Garfield, opened a 12-bed hospital in the middle of California’s Mojave Desert to care for itinerant workers at the Colorado River Aqueduct.
Although much larger today (it has over 12m members), the nationally renowned institution remains deeply rooted in its community, as evidenced by its all-out effort to provide care during the current pandemic.
Kaiser Permanente’s gratitude to the dedicated healthcare professionals who make this extraordinary level of service possible is plain to see on many of its Los Angeles area facilities. There on the exterior walls, in bold and colourful light is a declaration thanking the ‘Health Care Heroes’ who are leading the fight against COVID-19.
Kinetic Lighting worked with the Kaiser Permanente to create these displays using Chauvet Professional Ovation E-910FC IP ellipsoidal fixtures. The company positioned the RGBA-Lime units outside different hospitals throughout the Los Angeles area.
“Thus far we have the fixtures in place at Kaiser Permanente Medical Centres in Los Angeles, Panorama City, West Los Angeles, Baldwin Park and Woodland Hills with more being added,” said Laura Green, who managed the project for the company, working with her colleague at Kinetic Lighting, Mark Flaisher.
The Ovation E-910FC IP fixtures are projecting the gobo designs, which were provided by Kaiser Perman
USA - ESTA reports that two standards have been revised, and are being offered for public review.
BSR E1.6 - 1 - 202x, Powered Rigging Systems has been revised to correct errata in section 6.6, which addresses design factors for certain system elements. The public review only covers the revisions made in that section, and no comments regarding other sections are being solicited at this time.
BSR E1.39 - 202x, Entertainment Technology - Selection and Use of Personal Fall Arrest Systems on Portable Structures Used in the Entertainment Industry, is a revision of ANSI E1.39-2015, which is being updated for consistency with current industry practice and technologies. This standard establishes minimum requirements for the selection and use of personal fall arrest systems (PFAS) on portable structures in the entertainment industry. In addition, the standard establishes minimum requirements for products and portable structures used in the service of PFAS.
The public review period for both draft standards runs through 28 June 2020. The draft revisions, review instructions, and pubic review forms for each document are now available for download at https://tsp.esta.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php.
USA - Professional camera and lighting rental companies have come together to collaborate in creating guidance documents for safely resuming rentals to the film/television/commercial production community in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The task group was assembled by the Production Equipment Rental Group (part of entertainment trade association ESTA). The objective is to provide a unified set of industry-wide guidelines that address health and safety challenges related to the rental of production equipment and ensure that any risks to production companies, studios, and customers are minimised.
The task group is working with other industry groups to ensure that PERG’s recommendations address client needs and concerns and harmonize with safety protocols developed by the studios and others, while also adhering to the recommendations of the CDC, OSHA, and state and local health departments. The group recognizes the challenges of providing protection against contagion for cast and crew on set. PERG aims to alleviate at least part of that challenge by giving productions full confidence in their equipment partners.
France - Mass Hysteria shook the port city of Nantes two years ago, when they performed a show for the 10th anniversary of the Elvish. The metal icons selected this show for their 8 April 8 stream.
Throwing fuel on the flames of Mass Hysteria’s sound was a relentless Romain Dronne designed lightshow powered by a ChamSys MagicQ MQ80 with an Extra Wing.
Part of the Chirac Design team, Dronne turned up the brightness of his rig at key points throughout the show, transforming the relatively tight confines of Club Le Ferraileur into a ball of light. The close-in setting of the club made the show well-suited for streaming, since many fans would be watching on mobile phones with their relatively small screens.
However, beyond this “technical” consideration, the size of the venue also reinforced the close relationship that the band has with their fans according to Dronne. “This is a small venue by the standards of Mass Hysteria,” he said, noting that the band has opened for the likes of Metallica. “But, the intimacy of this show’s venue is in keeping with the kind of connection that the guys share with fans.”
The connection, Dronne speaks of is readily apparent during the streamed show, as the band exchanges quips with the crowd and tosses swag into the audience, while fans share the moment with Mass Hysteria singing along and clapping in rhythm to songs.
If the lighting seemed to flow naturally with the music to those watching the stream, it’s because Dronne is fully immersed in his client’s sound. He busked the entire sho
USA - Dance Studio Vol. 1 is the latest addition to the nightlife scene in Chicago’s River North neighbourhood. Filling the ceiling above its dance floor are 470 ADJ mirror balls, both static and kinetic, that mix with Elation Professional DARTZ 360 and Fuze Wash Z120 moving heads for a lightshow with a difference.
The new nightclub and event space, a renovation of a previous club that closed in early 2019, is a 350-capacity venue that hosts live music, DJs and other entertainment. Chicago-based AV design and integration company Craft Lighting was tasked with designing, installing and commissioning the space and came up with an immersive and nostalgic yet distinctly modern concept that goes beyond the nightclub’s second-floor dance area to include the outer alley, hallway, and stairwell.
Noah Craft, owner and lead designer at Craft Lighting, explains the Elation fixtures’ role in the new design. “My colleague and business partner Jason Reberski at JRLX was a huge proponent of the DARTZ / Fuze combo,” he says, adding that their companies have been increasingly collaborating on projects over the past few years. “I had seen both fixtures a few times at tradeshows and demos and was very impressed. The previous iteration of this venue (Studio Paris) had a lighting package that mostly consisted of Elation fixtures, which served them well over its eight-year lifespan so the owners were happy that we specified an Elation moving light package.”
Craft says the DARTZ fixtures were a no-brainer to specify as the main workhorse for the dance floor
Europe - Spanish AV equipment manufacturer Equipson has appointed Netherlands-based Tau Audio Solutions as its audio distributor in Benelux, with responsibility for its entire range of Work Pro products.
For more than 20 years, TAU Audio Solutions has been a wholesaler and distributor of audio and communications systems. The company handles a variety of commercial and professional audio products including induction/hearing loops, microphone systems, voice alarm systems, rack and accessories. As well as selling products, Tau also provides advice and training to customers from its extensive showroom facilities in Groningen.
As Equipson's Benelux distributor, Tau will be responsible for handling the company's entire range of Work Pro audio products which include loudspeakers, amplifiers, mixers, microphones and control systems, as well as an extensive range of audio accessories. With a continuous focus on research and development and by aligning product development with feedback from the market, Work Pro is constantly expanding its portfolio.
Senta van der Vaart, TAU Audio Solutions' business manager, says: "We are very excited to become the distributor for Work Pro in the Benelux. It is a perfect addition to our product portfolio and allows us to serve our customers even better. We have experienced very pleasant and professional support from Work Pro and we are looking forward to a long-term cooperation."
Juan José Vila, Equipson’s CEO, adds: "Tau Audio Solutions is well-known and recognised as a reference company in the territory and we are
USA - Apollo Design Technology, the manufacturer of gobos, colour filters and lights, has announced the appointments of Connor Digan and Aaron Prins to sister company, AVID Labs.
Connor Digan is named a project manager for AVID. Digan graduated from Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne, and Purdue University in West Lafayette with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology.
Joel Nichols, chief innovation officer for Apollo Design and AVID, shares, "It has been great to bring on Connor. He has done a great job of ramping up, leading the AVID team and taking project management to the next level."
Aaron Prins now serves as mechanical engineer for AVID. Aaron graduated from Rose-Hulman with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2019 with a concentration in Aerospace. Aaron did an internship at Precision Aerospace Corp last summer.
"We’re excited to have Aaron join the AVID team. He is excited to build on his aerospace engineering experience with the AVID family," states Connor. "His addition in this role strengthens the mechanical aptitude of the team. Aaron’s curiosity for product development is equally matched by his tenacious problem-solving ability. The crew and I are excited to welcome him aboard."
Europe - MA Lighting has highlighted its free educational web tools as it aims to help its users cope with the downtime during the coronavirus crisis “in the best possible way”.
MA Tips videos provide new grandMA3 knowledge every week. MA Lighting‘s own free of cost E-learning platform is a powerful tool when entering the world of MA training.
The grandMA3 software is the soul of the grandMA3 platform and is designed to accommodate the current and future needs of lighting control. Users can download and test it for free.
For those who wish to connect with fellow MA users, the MA Forum is the place where they can ask questions about grandMA3 and dot2 and exchange views with other users about all kinds of MA topics.
MA has compiled a list of its free resources here: www.malighting.com/news/stayhomeandlearn.
UK - Television and event lighting company JLLighting worked alongside Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to provide ‘the biggest #Clapforourcarers thank you yet’.
Using 40,000 watts of projections, JLL projected messages of thanks across the Children's Hospital and West wing façade, this thanks also extends to the teams at OUH and Oxford University working on multiple trials for COVID-19 vaccines.
UK - In a collective action on 19 April, over 50 lighting and laser companies joined UK lighting rental company Clearsound Productions to shine lights in the sky, united by the hashtag #ourshininglight.
The campaign was initiated a few weeks ago when Clearsound’s Steven Haynes and Dan Ridd fired up eight Robe MegaPointes on the roof of their warehouse in Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, and got the town - and their social media feeds - buzzing. The duo were in turn inspired by the weekly national Thursday night Clap for Carers action taking place across the UK.
That first installation had such a great reaction that two weeks later, Steven and Dan deployed two MegaPointes each in five locations - the gardens of Clearsound employees - around Shipston shooting beams all around the town again in support of essential workers.
For this latest #ourshininglight action, Steven wanted to involve as much of the lighting, laser, and production community as possible.
First, he emailed all his relevant industry contacts with the idea, then did some Facebook posting, all of which yielded a fantastic response.
Having gauged how many companies were committed to doing some sort of lighting display on the approaching Sunday evening, by midday on the Friday, with assistance from Genius Bros in Daventry, he applied for all the necessary regional permissions and NOTAMs from the CAA for 33 sites around the UK.
While there are very few commercial passenger aircraft flying right now, there are still cargo flights and plenty of other aircraft util
UK - Acting & Theatre Production students at London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) rigged a dynamic scene change using an Electro Kabuki drop in a recent performance of Oscar’s Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.
The play calls for a scene change between Act 1, based in the Piccadilly rooms of character Algernon Moncrief and Act 2, set in the garden of the Manor House in Woolton belonging to character Jack Worthing (aka. Earnest). In this lively and engaging production, the creative team came up with a novel idea to mark the transition.
With Electro Kabuki dropper modules rigged to the grid high above the production in a cargo net configuration, several hundred flower heads were dropped to the stage, bang on cue with accompanying sound effects, as the actor playing Miss Prism took her seat at the garden table. Marked by appreciative gasps, the audience was left in no doubt that the setting of the play had shifted.
Cargo net applications are just one of many Electro Kabuki configurations that can be deployed for staged drops and theatrical reveals, and are often used for balloons, artificial snowflakes or poppy petals. Members of the Electro Kabuki team were invited to the RADA performance as VIP guests. They have huge experience of all sorts of kabuki drops and concluded that this was the first known instance of dropping full flower heads.
The entire production of The Importance of Being Earnest was a resounding success, with the only disappointment being that its run in RADA’s Jerwood Vanbrug
UK - Music Support has launched weekly online support group meetings to allow the music industry’s 12 Step recovery community to continue to connect during the Covid-19 lockdown. Meetings will take place every Monday 18:00-19:00 GMT from 27 April to 28 September 2020.
Available to any music industry peers throughout the summer, Music Support will provide a confidential and non-judgemental space for people to share and encourage one another on the journey of recovery.
Music Support Services Officer, Joanne Croxford, states: “It might be that someone is in need of a secure virtual space to share their experiences, while others may want to take part in these meetings simply by listening in and feeling accepted and connected during isolation. Music Support will offer strength and hope as we all navigate our way through these testing times.”
Music Support Managing Director, Eric Mtungwazi, adds: “The 12 Step Support Group Meetings have been a key part of our work backstage at festivals during the typical summer season. This year, as we’re unable to offer this service in-person due to the Covid-19 lockdown - which has resulted in the cancellation of festivals across the UK - we’re delighted to be able to offer support online and keep this community connected.”
To receive personalised login instructions, please email: email@example.com with the subject ‘12 Step Support Group Meetings’. All data remains confidential.
UK - When Projects Department Ltd won the contract to create two live studios and two breaking news spots for the Financial Times TV studio in London, Doughty Engineering was quickly brought on board to supply a range of broadcast kit.
Peter Daffarn, managing director, Projects Department Ltd explains: "The client briefed us to create the studios and news spots for presenting live news bulletins at short notice and for occasional use and, with Doughty being our go-to company for hoists and grids, we knew they'd be fundamental to the project from the start."
Building a bulletin studio meant that Projects Department Ltd had a smaller than usual space to work with, therefore the design and build needed to be imaginative. The studios were required to be integrated into a working office space and, with a number of high-profile guests visiting, the client wanted it to be aesthetically pleasing as well as functional. The lack of height in the studios was a major factor as Daffarn explains: "Due to limited space, Doughty's Dan Phillips and I spent time creating a grid that was both aesthetically pleasing and functionally slimline. Dan has been central to the reason I work a lot with Doughty. I often share early design thoughts with him and we bounce ideas between us as no two studios are ever the same. Once we are on site installing, I know I could call Dan on a Sunday and he would try his best to help."
Doughty and Projects Department Ltd designed and installed the ‘Flat Grid’ which was first used at the Tate Modern and was essential to the clean look
UK - Satore Studio has appointed Zillah Watson as Director of Content and Executive Producer. She will lead Satore’s development of virtual production and experiential content, as the company enters an ambitious new phase of growth.
Watson was Commissioning Editor for Virtual Reality at the BBC and headed up the BBC’s VR studio. She was executive producer of a number of award-winning VR experiences and led a project to push VR out to over 170 public libraries around the UK, resulting in the most comprehensive VR audience research in the UK to date.
Satore Studio combines design and technology to bring bold, beautiful concepts to life, delivering truly memorable virtual experiences from runways, stages and sets to audiences worldwide. The studio is led by creative director Tupac Martir.
Discussing Watson’s appointment, Martir said: “I am incredibly excited to be able to share this news with the community. Zillah has always been someone that we can trust on giving us the correct opinion and constructive criticism to move our projects forward. To have her as part of the Satore team brings joy and fills me with enthusiasm for what we can build together; we have become stronger and more creative with the arrival of Zillah.”
Watson brings a wealth of experience in creating and commissioning high-quality content from over 20 years in broadcasting prior to her work in VR. A former Head of Editorial Standards for Radio 4, she started her career in TV documentaries and later worked as a journalist for BBC News.
Before leading the BBC
USA - On Tuesday evening, Verge Aero, the leader in high performance drone light shows, delivered a unique aerial tribute to medical staff and essential workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The display of gratitude took place opposite the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania as part of the global #LightItBlue and local #PhillyShinesBlue campaigns, not far from Verge Aero’s Pennovation Works offices at the University of Pennsylvania.
The aerial light show was launched from Philadelphia’s Franklin Field football stadium, adjacent to the hospital complex. 140 extremely bright drones configured themselves into giant images up to 400ft above the ground, making themselves visible throughout the University of Pennsylvania campus and medical centre as well as far away across the Schuylkill River in downtown Philadelphia.
The drone light show featured images designed to offer hope, thanks, and love. There were also reminders to wear masks, wash hands, and maintain social distancing. Giant hearts danced around, and the iconic LOVE artwork by Pop artist Robert Indiana floated gracefully over the City of Brotherly (and Sisterly) Love.
Emergency vehicles with lights flashing appeared in front of the hospital to announce the start of the drone light show. “The show was planned to ensure maximum visibility for those inside the hospital and allow them to view the show while maintaining social distance,” says Verge Aero CEO Nils Thorjussen. “There was no advance publicity. We flew th
USA - NanoLumens has announced a series of product upgrades to their outdoor Performance Series line of LED displays.
The upgrades to the Performance Series bring customers’ creative freedoms with the outdoor product more in line with what they’d enjoy designing a NanoLumens indoor product, says the company.
Announced upgrades include the addition of two new pixel pitches, at 3.1mm and 3.9mm, to complement the product line’s broad existing range of pitches, which currently extends from 3.1mm to 10.0mm. Another major change to the product line is the shift from using steel cabinets to smaller cast cabinets that measure 500mm by 500mm. These smaller cast cabinets grant greater design freedom with regard to display size and shape while allowing seamless alignment for the new smaller pixel pitches.
The new cabinets also improve the display’s heat dissipation, and therefore, its performance. An increase in max brightness has been engineered as well to help the displays stand out against strong ambient sunlight and despite the diverse alterations, the Performance line retains the same IP rating it has always boasted.
“Each of the NanoLumens product developments this year have focused on giving customers greater performance and flexibility and this continues that pattern,” said Brice McPheeters, director of product line management and customer experience for NanoLumens. “With smaller cabinets, more available pitches, and new cabinets, the Performance Series is more customisable than ever while improving upon its already strong display
Belgium - Looking for an alternative venue to the norm, a young couple in West Flanders held their wedding reception at Transfo Zweegem, a former power plant that was built in 1911.
With its matrix of crisscrossing steel girders and beams, boilers, tanks and generator housings, the venue’s long narrow main hall resonates with echoes of a distant industrial past. Accenting the evocative power of this setting, while complementing it with a stylish 21st century touch, was a vividly coloured lighting arrangement by Présence that featured over 40 Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied by Solico Events & Expo Technics.
The warm amber, and purple-blue light form these fixtures endowed the room with an inviting sense of intimacy without detracting from the stark, intense effect of its industrial nature. “We definitely liked the industrial atmosphere,” said Isabel D’Hulster of Présence. “It was captivating and distinctive. Our goal was to give the industrial element a warm, cozy touch with the lighting.”
Featured in the lighting rig, which was brought to the venue for the wedding, were 22 Well Fit fixtures, 20 Rogue R2 Washes and two Rogue RH1 Hybrid units. Positioned at the base of the former power plant’s tower, as well as at its elevator and main entrance, the RGBA Well Fit uplights accented key architectural elements and set an elegant tone for the wedding. The sleek aluminium casing of these fixtures complemented the venue’s industrial setting.
Providing added visual excitement to the reception room entrance were the Rogue RH
USA - Following the success of ADJ’s first run of Stay Connected educational live video broadcasts, the company has announced that more have been planned. Covering a wide variety of lighting-related topics, and including panel sessions with industry leaders, the next wave of broadcasts will take place twice each week throughout May and into June.
Each new instalment of Stay Connected will have a particular focus and provide an opportunity for lighting and event professionals to upskill from the safety and comfort of their own homes or offices. Some will take a deep dive into a specific piece of software or technology, while others will cover a more general topic. All the sessions are designed “to teach, equip and inspire”.
Broadcast via Facebook Live, the videos will also feature interactive elements allowing viewers to ask questions directly to the product specialists and special guests on camera.
“Here at ADJ we have been overwhelmed by the response to our Stay Connected series of Facebook Live videos,” comments ADJ USA’s national sales manager, Alfred Gonzales. “Each video has attracted a healthy and engaged live audience, who have interacted with our presenters in real-time by making comments and asking questions. Then, after their initial broadcast, we’ve published the videos on our YouTube channel where each one is being viewed hundreds, if not thousands of times.
“We’ve also received lots of messages from viewers who have found them useful, while others have requested additional topics they’d l
Europe - During these challenging times, Christie continues to support its partners and customers in many ways, including the provision of online courses through Christie University, many of which are open to anyone with an interest in the technology, and free.
“Need to sharpen your understanding of processing with products such as Spyder, or hone your skills in content management or switching and distribution with products like Pandoras Box and Terra SDVoE technology? Sign up for one of our webinars for Pandoras Box or Christie Terra and Christie Spyder,” says Christie.
USA - Australian alternative dance trio Rüfüs Du Sol,have been steadily building their reputation over the past decade. Masterminding the lighting on their tours since 2014 - respectively in support of the albums Atlas, Bloom, Solace, and now Live From Joshua Tree - has been Matthew Smith from Melbourne-based Colourblind.
As part of the Solace album tour, the band had appeared at CRSSD Festival in San Diego’s Waterfront Park at the beginning of March. “We redesigned the show to give it new life for the second half of the album cycle, deciding to replace the 24 GLP impression X4 Bar 20’s with more [GLP] JDC1’s,” explained Colourblind director, Matthew Smith, who was responsible for carrying out the redesign.
In fact the production is now using 38 of the JDC1’s in total, run in SPix mode 3 (68-channels) - seven upstage behind the band, seven on the front truss and 24 behind the transparent video wall.
Colourblind was fortunate that local San Diego vendor, Maktive, had plenty of JDC1s in its hire stock, enabling the company to ‘top up’ to the requisite number in its festival design. “The show at CRSSD looked incredible as a result,” said Smith.
Maktive proprietors, Bryan McClanahan and Patrick Randall, have been the festival lighting designers and providers since CRSSD started in the Spring of 2015. But they introduced an additional surprise to this year’s event as the rig also incorporated 54 of GLP’s new Fusion Exo Beams, since Maktive had become an early investor.
On the festi
USA - Like many DJs, Brent Schmidt who has been side-lined by the Covid-19 lockdown, has taken to streaming performances every week, partly to stay busy, partly to reach out to friends and fans in his community. In the process, thanks in part to their attractive visuals, his livestreamed shows have actually resulted in new business.
Sporting catchy titles like the Six Feet Apart Party, Schmidt’s streams emanate from his home studio. From a production standpoint, this ‘venue’ is a far cry from the rooms that he has worked while lighting major conferences like SkySprout, or touring with celebrated TV magician Rick Smith Jr.
Still, Schmidt strives to give these online shows at least a basic level of production looks.
“I love doing these streams, and I think it’s great that other DJ are going on line to do this kind of thing,” he said. “In my view, these streamed shows help take everyone’s mind off what’s happening in the world today.
“However, I think it’s important not to go out there with just a plain lighting setup, or worse,” continued Schmidt. “You have to remember, every show you stream is a reflection on your services, so it makes sense to create a good impression. You never know who is watching!”
Using two camera positions in his livestreamed shows to create more variation, Schmidt delivers visually engaging presentation with multiple colours, overlapping layers of light, and deep texture. Helping him accomplish this in his improvised studio is a collection of Chauvet DJ fixtures from the inventory
Belgium - CC de Warandepoort Theatre in Tervuren near Brussels took delivery of Elation Fuze Profile luminaires shortly before performance venues went dark in March and looks forward to using the new full-colour framing moving heads on a variety of productions once the theatre can again welcome patrons to its stage.
Warandepoort Theatre is a 370-seat performance arts venue and the cultural centre of the municipality of Tervuren, presenting both modern and classic theatre, concerts, comedy, dance, film, and the occasional corporate or community event.
Although many of the productions the theatre hosts carry their own equipment, according to Alexander Remmerswaal, technician at the theatre, many do not. “When that is the case, we are glad to step in with technical support by providing our own equipment,” he says, clarifying that there is little budget for renting in gear. “We have wash fixtures in the rig but needed a fixture with breakup gobos to complement those so I started looking around at expos at the different possibilities.”
Elation key account manager for Benelux, Bert Schmeits, reports: “Alexander was looking for a high-quality profile moving head with framing shutters. He also needed a fixture with variable colour temperature with a high CRI value so that the spots can be used universally, also as front light. As we had just launched the Fuze Profile and it fulfilled his main requirements, I suggested it to him.”
The most important features, says Alexander, besides the profile framing requirement with breakup gobo functio
USA - Taking the stage at the Boulder Theatre in Frisco, CO, on Saturday 21 February, the six members of Eminence Ensemble likely had even more spring in their step than usual. The jam band was clearly on a roll. Their recently released first EP, Real News a mash-up of jazz, rock, electronic, funk and hip-hop, had cemented their reputation as one of the brightest rising stars in the West.
The Boulder-based group was also about to embark on a national Road to Red Rocks tour in celebration of their first-ever appearance at the famed outdoor amphitheatre, which was scheduled for Saturday 25 April. Then Covid-19 happened, putting the tour, the Red Rocks show milestone, and every other live event on indefinite hold.
Undeterred, the band continued to stay connected to its loyal fan base. A video of their Boulder Theatre show (the last before the lockdown) was posted on social media. Taking this connection, a step further, Eminence Ensemble performed at an empty 10 Mile Music Hall in the Rocky Mountain town of Frisco, CO and had their show livestreamed on Nugs.tv.
Over 11,000 people saw the livestream show, which was part of the Live From Out There series. To ensure that their show engaged viewers quickly, Eminence Ensemble started off their stream in the middle of Queen Bee, a hard-driving bluesy tune reminiscent of the early Allman Brothers.
Also adding an instantaneous kinetic force to the live stream was a dynamic Jake Gibson-designed lightshow that featured Chauvet Professional Rogue R1 Spot fixtures.
“As far as the energy