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The January 2019 Digital Edition

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Articles from the January 2019 Issue

See You At NAMM!

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Nook Schoenfeld •
  • Editor's Note
  • January 2019
• January 14, 2019
It’s the start of the New Year, and I’m optimistic for what’s coming this year in our business. I realize that’s difficult. With the country divided and no economic growth in the stock market so far under this administration, everyone is a little on edge. Folks are looking at their own bank accounts (and 401K’s) […] Read More...

Dave Boots and The Oak Ridge Boys

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Debi Moen •
  • January 2019
  • On the Road
• January 14, 2019
THE DESIGN: “Being a group from the early ‘80s and coming from the big PAR can era, I take a pretty basic approach to the lighting. I have to rely heavily on local vendors and/or venue-supplied lighting, and it’s not always good. I have a knack for taking the most basic of light rigs and […] Read More...

Showtime Feature: Top Tours of 2018

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PLSN Staff •
  • Features
  • January 2019
• January 14, 2019
Over-the-top stadium shows seem to have become commonplace in the last year. This shows just how many people are longing for live entertainment these days. When constant stadium filling giants such as Luke Bryan, Drake and Roger Waters can’t crack the top 10 in attendance or ticket dollars (based on Billboard’s Nov. 1-Oct. 31 touring […] Read More...

Parnelli Profile: Lifetime Achievement Honoree Chris Adamson

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Kevin M. Mitchell •
  • Features
  • January 2019
• January 14, 2019
He’s worked with our greatest music acts: Pink Floyd, Steely Dan, Aerosmith, Bette Midler, John Mayer, Def Leppard — even the chairman himself, Frank Sinatra — and so many more. Impressively, Chris Adamson has also spent two decades-plus with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and more than four decades with Fleetwood Mac. He has a […] Read More...

Keeping ‘Kong’ King

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Bryan Reesman •
  • Inside Theater
  • January 2019
• January 14, 2019
Video Adds Dimension and Animation to the Set Bringing King Kong to Broadway has been no easy feat. The 20-foot-tall, 1.2-ton animatronic ape is maneuvered by 10 on-stage puppeteers clad in black and a Tait system to allow the beast to move safely and also haul the weighty puppet above the stage when not in […] Read More...

Twenty One Pilots

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Steve Jennings (Photos and Text) •
  • Designer Insights
  • January 2019
• January 14, 2019
Daniel Slezinger and Tyler Shapard Shape the Looks for “The Bandito Tour” Twenty One Pilots is the alternative rock, pop, electro rap duo Tyler Joseph (lead vocals, keyboards, guitar, bass, ukulele) and Josh Dun (drums, percussion, trumpet). The act’s current “Bandito” tour is supporting their fifth studio album, Trench, released Oct. 5, 2018. PLSN spoke […] Read More...

Christina Aguilera 2018 ‘Liberation’ Tour

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Mike Wharton •
  • January 2019
  • Production Profile
• January 14, 2019
A Musical Story in Light Paints a Path to Artistic Freedom Christina Aguilera returned to touring in 2018 after a decade of absence from the live stage, with a story to tell. Above and beyond what the media has tried to capture since her debut as “the little girl with the big voice” at age […] Read More...

Central Live at Park Theater

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Frank Hammel •
  • Event Production
  • January 2019
• January 14, 2019
“Night of Worship” Event Brings Beams, Fog and Fire to the Las Vegas Strip Las Vegas has been known as Sin City since 1906, just a year after it was first settled. But the Las Vegas valley isn’t all devils-horns and debauchery. Drinking and gambling establishments might still outnumber churches by something like a three-to-one […] Read More...

Nine Inch Nails

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Steve Jennings (Photos and Text) •
  • January 2019
  • Wide Focus
• January 14, 2019
“Cold and Black and Infinite” North America Tour 2018 Paul “Arlo” Guthrie of Toss Film + Design had a busy 2018. Along with designing the Nine Inch Nails “Cold and Black and Infinite” tour, he also worked on tours by Macklemore, Hall & Oates, The Lonely Island and various high-profile TV and corporate events. For […] Read More...

A Legendary Christmas Show

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Richard Olson •
  • January 2019
  • Tour Lighting
• January 14, 2019
Storyteller Rob English Designs a Holiday Tour In late October, John Legend released his sixth studio album, A Legendary Christmas, with reworked holiday standards mixed in with six original songs. In November and December, he took his Christmas show on the road with a special production designed by Rob English, one of the partners involved […] Read More...

Not Your Typical Church Pageant

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Jim Kumorek •
  • Event Production
  • January 2019
• January 14, 2019
First Baptist Fort Lauderdale’s 35th Year Brings Audiences from all over Florida for this Annual Extravaganza Church pageants in December aren’t uncommon — unless they draw crowds from hundreds of miles away, run for a month and have a budget of over $1 million. Yet this is what First Baptist Church of Ft. Lauderdale has […] Read More...

‘A Christmas Carol’ Goes Hip-Hop in Chicago

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Randi Minetor •
  • Features
  • January 2019
• January 14, 2019
Every December, resident professional theaters across the country dust off their Victorian England sets and costumes, rig up the lighting and special effects, and sell out house after house presenting Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. It’s a timeless classic about one man’s avarice, a “grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner” who gets his comeuppance and […] Read More...

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