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The July 2018 Digital Edition

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Articles from the July 2018 Issue

Have a Little Character

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Nook Schoenfeld •
  • Editor's Note
  • July 2018
• July 13, 2018
I love to see people who have fun at their jobs. People that have fun in our business while poking fun at it simultaneously. Let’s face it, we’re not curing cancer, just entertaining folks. I always thought that people who willingly got involved in the entertainment business are not like other folks. We are our […] Read More...

Ed “Taz” Gardner with Apocalyptica

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Debi Moen •
  • July 2018
  • On the Road
• July 13, 2018
2018 TOUR NOTES: Apocalyptica’s debut album, Plays Metallica by Four Cellos, was released in 1996 and gets re-released this month, supported by a tour by the band, with legs in the U.S. (Sept. 5-Oct. 1) and Latin America (Nov. 15-Dec. 8). Tour manager/lighting director Ed “Taz” Gardner is executing a lighting design by LD Mikki […] Read More...

As Their World Turns: ‘My Fair Lady’

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Bryan Reesman •
  • Inside Theater
  • July 2018
• July 13, 2018
Set, Props and Lighting Support the Classic Lerner and Loewe Musical Lincoln Center Theater’s new production of Lerner and Loewe’s classic makeover musical My Fair Lady is a spirited, energetic rendition which is also updated for the #MeToo era by offering visual twists on a couple of key moments. Well directed by Bartlett Sher and […] Read More...

Luke Bryan “What Makes You Country” Tour

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Mike Wharton •
  • July 2018
  • Production Profile
• July 13, 2018
Luke Bryan is in the middle of his sixth headlining tour, “What Makes You Country.” With the success of his previous sold out stadium performances the last three years, he will be playing more than a dozen stadiums in 2018 including a performance at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 28 — the first […] Read More...

YouTube’s 7th New Front Brandcast

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Mike Wharton •
  • Event Production
  • July 2018
• July 13, 2018
YouTube has become enough of a living-room mainstay that 150 million hours of its content are viewed every day on TVs. Seven in ten YouTube subscribers say they now watch on TV screens thanks to connected devices and gaming consoles. The platform, created in 2005 by former PayPal staffers and bought by Google a year […] Read More...

Jethro Tull 50th Anniversary Tour

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Steve Jennings (Photos and Text) •
  • July 2018
  • Wide Focus
• July 13, 2018
Mark Wheatley has been touring since 1996, starting as a rigger on smaller scale musical tours around the U.K. working for a local lighting company. That type of touring gave him a wide range of knowledge that helped make him more employable, and he worked as a rigger/dimmer man with acts like Motörhead. He learned […] Read More...

Foreigner

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Bryan Reesman •
  • July 2018
  • Wide Focus
• July 11, 2018
Feels Like the First Time Again as See Factor Backs the Production Last year, Foreigner celebrated the 40th anniversary of their debut album, and this year marks five years of service for lighting designer Dan Lastovka. The man has certainly been having fun working with the iconic classic rock band, and its guitarist/co-founding member Mick […] Read More...

Lynyrd Skynyrd

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Richard Olson •
  • July 2018
  • Wide Focus
• July 13, 2018
Farewell Tour Kicks Off in Style Next year marks 50 years since a group of Jacksonville kids adopted the name Lynyrd Skynyrd (though they first formed in 1964), based on the name of Leonard Skinner, the school basketball coach who, as the story goes, kept telling its members their hair was too long. They came […] Read More...

Mickey Curbishley’s Long and Winding Career

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Michael S. Eddy •
  • July 2018
  • PLSN Interview
• July 13, 2018
Mickey Curbishley has had a long and distinguished career in the touring music industry. From his start selling shirts at concert venues, to his recently being named president of Solotech’s U.S. Rental Division, Curbishley has built his reputation on hard work, a deep knowledge of the touring industry, and the numerous close music and business […] Read More...

Parklife Festival 2018

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Mike Wharton •
  • Focus on FX
  • July 2018
• July 13, 2018
The Parklife Festival, Manchester, U.K.’s biggest independent music festival, has been drawing crowds to its multiple stages with artists performing diverse music genres since 2010, when Ryan Esson and the Warehouse Project first produced the event. The eclectic lineup includes indie, dance, electronic and hip-hop performers along with 80,000 revelers gathering on the grounds of […] Read More...

CryoFX

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Kevin M. Mitchell •
  • Focus on FX
  • July 2018
• July 13, 2018
New Company Offers Unique Cryo/CO2/Cold-Spark Solutions CryoFX was growing nicely, supporting tours by Chance the Rapper and Vans Warped Tour’s headliner Pierce the Veil. It was increasingly getting festival gigs, including big ones like Desert Trip, where it was part of Paul McCartney, Neil Young and Bob Dylan shows. But then the big break came: […] Read More...

Solotech is Making its Move

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Kevin M. Mitchell •
  • Company 411
  • July 2018
• July 13, 2018
Solotech seems to be living by the “you can’t hit a moving target” axiom, as they are everywhere, yet going someplace else all at once. Rattling off a list of projects as he starts to provide the visitor with a tour of the Montreal HQ, director of productions Hugo Tardif mentions clients Pink, Justin Timberlake, […] Read More...

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