Articles from the July 2019 Issue

Major League Staging

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Mike Wharton •
  • July 2019
  • Spotlight on Staging
• July 12, 2019
Staging Concepts Knocks a Home Run at San Diego’s Petco Park Staging Concepts, headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, is nationally known for its ability to come up with creative solutions for any facility or venue needs. The company provides superior staging solutions for performing art centers, worship halls, hospitality venues, and sports stadiums and have been […] Read More...

Pyrotecnico FX

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Mike Wharton •
  • Company 411
  • July 2019
• July 12, 2019
Five generations into their family dynasty, the fireworks company that was founded in a small village in southern Italy in 1889 by Constantino Vitale is now one of the largest pyrotechnic and special effects companies in North America. Along the way, the town the Vitale clan settled into, New Castle PA, has become known as […] Read More...

Truss Products

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Nook Schoenfeld •
  • Buyer's Guide
  • July 2019
• July 12, 2019
It’s been two years since PLSN has had a Buyers Guide on truss. While many manufacturers seem to make the standard 12-inch and 20.5-inch box truss, the various connections and weight loads can vary greatly. Many of the products listed here tend to be special items that each company has designed, differentiating them from the […] Read More...

Nils Thorjussen, CEO of Verge Aero

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Michael S. Eddy •
  • 1000 Words With...
  • July 2019
• July 12, 2019
Veteran entrepreneur and CEO Nils Thorjussen has been a part of a number of successful, and influential, companies in the entertainment technology field, including Flying Pig Systems and Element Labs. After graduating with an MBA from Stanford University, Thorjussen “didn’t want to get a real job”. Instead he joined up with Tom Thorne and Nick […] Read More...

Nook’s InfoComm 2019 Show Report

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Nook Schoenfeld •
  • Features
  • July 2019
• July 11, 2019
ORLANDO – InfoComm 2019 moved back to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. North America’s largest AV trade show attracted 44,129 attendees from 117 countries during the week of June 8-14. Over one third of the attendees were first time visitors, while over 1,000 companies exhibited their wares. Although there was plenty of lighting […] Read More...

Synchronizing Music and Light for Martina McBride

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Jim Hutchison •
  • July 2019
  • Production Profile
• July 11, 2019
Production Team Pulls Color Data from Media Server Layers for 2019 Tour Looks André Huff has at least four quite productive things going for him at this moment: He’s the owner of Limelight Design Service in Knoxville, TN; André designs and directs the lighting for Martina McBride’s shows, and others; he’s one of the most […] Read More...

Wayne Kwiat

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Nook Schoenfeld •
  • July 2019
  • NextGen
• July 11, 2019
In our continuing series of Parnelli NextGen nominees, we present Wayne Kwiat. A touring lighting technician-turned-all-around-project- manager, he’s someone to watch. The road is full of touring techs who once aspired to be musicians, or to act on stage thrilling the audience. Whether they didn’t quite have the musical chops, acting ability or realized they […] Read More...

Luminex LumiNode

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Jim Hutchison •
  • July 2019
  • Product Spotlight
• July 11, 2019
Built for Today, Designed for Tomorrow Data distribution company Luminex Network Intelligence (or Luminex, for those intimately familiar) has accepted the fact that the signal game is getting beyond crazy. Very recently, relatively, our collective industrial method for getting DMX from sender to receiver has had to change in a major way just to fit […] Read More...

ADJ Hydro Beam X2

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Craig Rutherford •
  • July 2019
  • Road Tests
• July 11, 2019
Those of us in the entertainment industry have witnessed a sea of change with regard to fixture light sources in the last several years. The ascendency of light-emitting diodes as the de facto source of many new lighting releases makes the odd light released with an arc lamp seem almost quaint; a mothball-scented curiosity of […] Read More...

Time for Bed!

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Brad Schiller •
  • Feeding the Machines
  • July 2019
• July 11, 2019
Working in the entertainment field, particularly lighting, one will find periods of time when he or she do not get enough sleep. Lighting programmers are especially susceptible to sleep deprivation, as the duties can take many hours and often need to, schedule around other production needs. Sleep deprivation can be extremely dangerous as it slows […] Read More...

Lighting Bob Marley’s Sons, Apollo 11 Launches Immersive Tour, The Who’s ‘Movin’ On’ Tour and Other Summer News

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Debi Moen •
  • Designer Watch
  • July 2019
• July 11, 2019
LD Nesta Garrick is working with two sons of reggae pioneer Bob Marley. Garrick finished an acoustic tour this spring with Stephen, then wrapped a European tour with Damian, the youngest son, with more dates this summer as well. For Apollo 11: The Immersive Live Show tour, LD Bruno Poet is designing out-of-this-world lighting. “It’s […] Read More...

You Are Not the Rigger

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Chris Lose •
  • July 2019
  • LD at Large
• July 11, 2019
You may think that you’re the rigger, but you bloody well aren’t. Just because you are aware of where the motors go and how to pickle them up and down does not make you the rigger. You are more than welcome to jump in and help out, but do not think for a moment that […] Read More...

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