Avolites in control at the Big Easy’s Fillmore
Wednesday, 6 March 2019
avolitesfillmore3John Jenkinson, Bandit Lites; Brad White, Avolites/Group One; Austin Dominique, Fillmore New Orleans and Dan Schartoff, Live Nation
USA - Even after this year’s Mardi Gras festivities have come and gone, Harrah’s Casino in the famous French Quarter will still be drawing in the droves to its latest spectacle: Fillmore New Orleans, Live Nation’s Crescent City take on the San Francisco music hall. The newest Fillmore, whose old-fashioned theatre marquee is prominently located at the foot of Canal Street, is a spacious 2,200-capacity entertainment venue that opened its doors in mid-February with back-to-back shows by Coheed and Cambria and Duran Duran.
Decked out with signature Fillmore nostalgia - including the classic chandeliers - the new second-story, 22,000sq.ft venue also features aesthetic nods to NOLA, including recycled wood and wrought iron. On the much more shiny and modern end of things, however, the club is also now home to a new Avolites Tiger Touch II lighting control console, installed by Knoxville-based Bandit Lites.
“Live Nation is using the Tiger Touch II in several of its Fillmores, House of Blues clubs and select theatres, including in New York City, San Antonio and Detroit.
Dan Schartoff, SVP production, Live Nation Clubs notes that lighting directors appreciate the power, flexibility, and packed feature set that the compact Tiger Touch II offers. Among these are the powerful Keyframe effect engine, pixel mapping, flexible fixture exchange, and SMPTE timecode support, all included with the very latest version of Avolites’ powerful Titan v11 software.
“With our Tiger Touch II, lighting designers can react quickly during the course of a show, and they can intuitively mix and create scenes on the fly,” adds Schartoff. “Plus, the fader wings are optional, so users can work on a surface that’s best suited to the way they want to work. And we’ve gotten unwavering support from Avolites, both here and in the UK. It’s a great piece of technology from a great company to work with.”
Although it only just opened, the Fillmore New Orleans has given this music-destination city a mid-sized performance space that the touring circuit previously lacked. Artists scheduled to play the venue include Foo Fighters, Garbage, The Cult, STS9, Ice Cube, Kacy Musgraves and Willie Nelson.
(Jim Evans)

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