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The November 2017 Digital Edition

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Articles from the November 2017 Issue

Claypaky Axcor Profile 900

Claypaky Axcor Profile 900

Phil Lopez • Road Tests, November 2017 • November 9, 2017

With the release of the Axcor Profile 900, Claypaky has launched their first spot profile to use a LED light source, instead of a traditional discharge lamp. With their recent marvels in LED light engine technologies realized, the time had come for them to show the world what they had been waiting for and by all first responses, the wait was worth it.

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The corporate event encompassed glowing LED spheres, lighting, video, pyro and automated rigging. Photos by Suzanne Teresa

Weaving a Unique Experience at Nu Skin Live

Bryan Reesman • Corporate Theater, November 2017 • November 9, 2017

EVI and Lightswitch “Divide and Conquer” an Enormous Production Challenge

The premier anti-aging company Nu Skin has grown from its humble beginnings in Provo, UT in 1984. The company now distributes its products in 54 markets worldwide through a network of close to 1.2 million independent distributors. Every two years, the NYSE-listed company holds a four-day event with a dynamic mix of philanthropy, business sessions, recognition and entertainment.

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Benoit Richard photo by Debi Moen

LD Benoit Richard with Matchbox Twenty

Debi Moen • On the Road, November 2017 • November 9, 2017

TOUR: July 12 to Oct. 7, U.S. and Canada. “A Brief History of Everything Tour 2017” with co-headliners Counting Crows Read More...

The Best 'Worst Spot Op' Stories

The Best ‘Worst Spot Op’ Stories

Chris Lose • November 2017, Backstage Banter • November 9, 2017

Over the course of the last year, PLSN has stockpiled a list of humorous spotlight tales that actually happened, for your amusement. Read down for a chuckle.

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LED truss with video wall

Tyler Truss Systems

Mike Wharton • Company 411, November 2017 • November 9, 2017

Mark Dodd Provides a Look at the Company’s Latest Products

Once again, Tyler Truss Systems (TTS) is leading the way by introducing new structures applicable to the live entertainment industry. With LED products revolutionizing the lighting and video industries, Mark Dodd, president and founder of TTS and Dodd Technologies, realized the time had come to apply the Tyler GT Truss concept to this particular market.

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Photos by Michael Sparks Keegan

Rhythm and Roots Festival

Bob E. Byrne • Festival Spotlight, November 2017 • November 9, 2017

Ninigret Park in Charlestown, RI was the setting for the 20th annual Rhythm and Roots Festival held on Labor Day weekend 2017. The festival has become a “must do” event for hundreds of families who enjoy a variety of musical styles including Zydeco, Celtic, Cajun, Tex-Mex. People of all ages enjoy the laid-back vibe at the 220 acre park in the seaside community of Charlestown, RI. The park features picnic areas, a freshwater swimming pond and the Frosty Drew Nature Center and Observatory and hosts a number of events over the summer months.

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Nook Schoenfeld, Editor, PLSN

See You in Las Vegas!

Nook Schoenfeld • Editor's Note, November 2017 • November 9, 2017

I like coming to Vegas in November. I prefer it over October simply because by the time you read this it will be freezing outside where I live and Vegas is always warm if you’re outside. I wouldn’t mind if they went back to having LDI rotating cities though. I always catch up with a different set of friends on the right coast than I do out here. But hey, it’s that time of year and it’s gonna be great regardless. Read More...

The musical chronicles a young Elvis Presley as a rising star. Photos by Gary Ng

Heartbreak Hotel

Randi Minetor • November 2017, Video Production • November 9, 2017

If you’re a passionate fan of rock legend Elvis Presley, you may already know much of the story that Tony-nominated writer/director Floyd Mutrux tells in his new musical, Heartbreak Hotel. The prequel to the popular Million Dollar Quartet (which was written by Mutrux and Colin Escott), this new play follows young Elvis from his humble beginnings as a truck driver to the peak of stardom — a tale that captures the imagination of anyone waiting for their own shot at greatness. Read More...

The Other Left

Brad Schiller • Feeding the Machines, November 2017 • November 9, 2017

Automated lighting programmers have many great tools at their disposal that aid in the programming of shows and the creation of cues. Some are more important than others, but all have their place. Taking the time to adjust parameters so that they work as expected is an essential secret of programmers. While the console’s fixture library should take care of most of these settings, they often fail or are not specific for your needs. Programmers should take the time to ensure that parameters (particularly pan/tilt) are behaving in the best method possible for each specific show.

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The Milos MR5 Heavy-Duty pitched roof measured 31 by 18 meters.

TimeShift Festival

David Gore • Festival Spotlight, November 2017 • November 9, 2017

The inaugural EDM event in Bucharest, Romania required a lot of gear. Milos had the main stage covered with the largest MR5 heavy-duty roof structure ever assembled. The tilted roof measured 31 by 18 meters.

The inaugural TimeShift festival in Bucharest, Romania also served as the debut of the largest roof ever engineered and sold by Milos. The MR5 heavy-duty pitched roof, which measured 31 by 18 meters, or about 102 by 59 feet, covered the main stage for the four-stage event, which was held July 20-23, 2017 and drew big crowds with a lineup that included David Guetta, DJ Snake and Bloc Party.

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Cincinnati's Memorial Hall, lit as part of Blink Cincinnati 2017

Blink Cincinnati

Mike Wharton • November 2017, Video Production • November 9, 2017

Event Draws Big Crowds to See 20 Blocks Transformed by Large-Format Projections

Blink Cincinnati transformed 20 blocks of downtown Cincinnati with large-format projection mapping artworks from Oct. 12-15.

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Zedd, with floating DJ riser and table. Photo by Travis Shirley

Zedd, Springsteen, Grouplove, Plant, Bleachers and a New American Idol

Debi Moen • Designer Watch, November 2017 • November 9, 2017

Russian-German EDM artist Zedd is on tour until Nov. 4 in Mexico with a creative team headed by show and production designer Travis Shirley. Longtime LD and lighting director Steven Hernandez and tour director Ken Floyd are also on board for the trek. “Zedd and his team were looking to get a bit more theatrical with the ‘Echo’ tour,” Shirley says. “We created a unique LED configuration along with a custom floating DJ riser and table and several projection moments throughout the show.”

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