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The September 2018 Digital Edition

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Articles from the September 2018 Issue

A Late Summer Harvest

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Nook Schoenfeld •
  • Editor's Note
  • September 2018
• September 14, 2018
Summer’s just about over, and once again we lament the tasks of taking the kids to school, covering the pool, and raking the leaves. It’s also that time of year when PLSN takes a peek at what’s up in the house of worship market with entertainment products. ‡‡         Houses of Worship We have four different […] Read More...

Lake Street Dive Lighting Director Dan Grabus

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Debi Moen •
  • On the Road
  • September 2018
• September 14, 2018
THE DESIGN: “LD Mikey Cummings came up with this design, but we always bounce ideas off each other during final touches. I prep and program the show. For this band, I find cue stacks deliver consistency and punctuality that complements the music and design. This year, the band has set pieces. We built four aluminum […] Read More...

Fall New Products Preview

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PLSN Staff •
  • New Products
  • September 2018
• September 14, 2018
PLSN’s annual sneak-peek at some of the must-see new products to look for on the exhibition floor this fall, including backdrops from Charles H. Stewart, the Maverick Storm 1 Wash and COLORado Solo Batten from Chauvet Professional, Elation’s Protron Eclipse and Smarty Hybrid, Generico’s MLT1424 moving light truss, InterAmerica (IA) Stage’s SkyAscend self-climbing truss, KVANT’s […] Read More...

Musical A Go-Go’s: “Head over Heels” on Broadway

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Bryan Reesman •
  • Inside Theater
  • September 2018
• September 14, 2018
Upon first hearing the term “Go-Go’s jukebox musical,” one might immediately conjure up a show about the life story of the legendary pop-rock quintet set to their hit songs. Instead, their music (and a bit of Belinda Carlisle solo material) is used in the new musical Head Over Heels to propel a plot derived from […] Read More...

Harry Styles “Live on Tour”

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Steve Jennings (Photos and Text) •
  • Designer Insights
  • September 2018
• September 14, 2018
Singer/songwriter Harry Styles, who rocketed to fame as a member of the British/Irish boy band One Direction in 2010, has been busy since the band went on hiatus after an epic five-year run. Styles launched his own record label, Erskine Records in 2016 and started his own solo career on Columbia Records with the release […] Read More...

Imagine Dragons 2018 ‘Evolve’ World Tour

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Steve Jennings (Photos and Text) •
  • Production Profile
  • September 2018
• September 14, 2018
By the time it concludes with its final show in Mexico City on Nov. 18, Imagine Dragons’ Evolve world tour, which began a year ago, will have chalked up just under 130 shows — 74 in North America, 36 in Europe and close to 20 in other corners of the planet, surpassing the 109 shows […] Read More...

Dispatch 2018 Tour

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Richard Olson •
  • September 2018
  • Wide Focus
• September 14, 2018
The Indie/Roots Band Tours Again with a Creatively Efficient Design Dispatch is a trio of guys who first met and played together while in college at Middlebury, VT, a part of the country that has been known to produce some great indie bands, many of them considered to have mastered the jam band genre. They […] Read More...

Victory Lap: The Last Vans Warped Tour

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Kevin M. Mitchell •
  • Festival Spotlight
  • September 2018
• September 14, 2018
Founder Kevin Lyman Makes His Move from the Tour Bus to the Classroom It’s noon on a sweltering July Tuesday in St. Louis, so I’m grateful to be ushered into the air conditioned production office of the local amphitheater for the last Vans Warped Tour. Kevin Lyman is on the phone. He’s enthusiastically expounding about […] Read More...

Montreal Jazz Fest

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Bryan Reesman •
  • September 2018
  • Spotlight on Staging
• September 14, 2018
Stageline Sets the Stages During Another Busy Summer The most popular event of its type in the world, the Montréal Jazz Festival (Festival International de Jazz de Montréal) is a 10-day musical extravaganza that explores a wider range of music than its title implies and lures in two million visitors annually. There is music emanating […] Read More...

Ray LaMontagne

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Richard Olson •
  • September 2018
  • Spotlight on Scenery
• September 14, 2018
Designer Jeremy Roth Designs “Part of the Light” Tour Earlier this year Ray LaMontagne went out on a solo tour with just himself backed by a bass player, playing intimate theaters. Production designer Jeremy Roth came up with a simple naturalistic multi-layered backdrop system to accent the songs. This time around the artist is touring […] Read More...

Illusion to Reality

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Randi Minetor •
  • Focus on Theater
  • September 2018
• September 14, 2018
Thom Weaver’s Lighting Plays a Key Role in Macbeth, Fun Home Is there a “normal” way to interpret Shakespeare in 21st century theater? The days of recreating Elizabethan England seem to be behind us, as today’s directors place their productions anywhere they like and use the Bard’s intricate language and story lines to create a […] Read More...

Laser Specialist Adam LaBay

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Mike Wharton •
  • PLSN Interview
  • September 2018
• September 14, 2018
The Founder of Future Weapons Declares War on Ho-Hum Visual Effects The creations of visual artist Adam LaBay are getting a lot of exposure as of late. Through his company, Future Weapons, LaBay’s art is featured on a veritable Trifecta of media platforms; live concerts, television and digital. In fact, he is in such demand […] Read More...

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