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Lighting a Radio Show

Mike Wharton • Current Issue Event LightingJanuary 2018 • January 11, 2018
Radio shows have stepped out of the studio since the 1970s. After PLSN came across a few photos posted by LD Jeffrey W. Pardee of his design work for REAL 92.3’s 2017 “REAL Show” at the L.A. Forum, we gave him a call. Read More...

Amazon Web Services re:Invent Conference in Las Vegas

Nook Schoenfeld • Current Issue Event LightingJanuary 2018 • January 11, 2018
Amazon Web Services (AWS) held their annual re:Invent Conference in Las Vegas the last week of November with events and meetings taking place at multiple hotels including MGM, Aria, Venetian/Palazzo, and more. Read More...
Elation Proteus Fixtures played a key role in the nightly shows for the 2017 State Fair of Texas. Photos by Interlaced Productions

Lighting the State Fair of Texas’ ‘Illumination Sensation’ Spectacle Shows

Thomas S. Friedman • Articles Event LightingDecember 2017 • December 14, 2017

The State Fair of Texas has been an institution in the Lone Star State since 1886. Held annually at 277-acre Fair Park in Dallas, this year’s fair ran from Sept. 29-Oct. 22. Although the fair’s nightly spectacular, “Illumination Sensation,” hasn’t been around for quite that long, it’s become one of the big draws of the yearly event. Lighting designer/programmer Nick Belley and show producers Interlaced Productions upped the shows visual appeal for 2017, incorporating effects from Elation Professional’s IP65-rated Proteus series moving heads, along with other Elation gear.

Photo by Colin McConnell

Lighting Michigan Central Station for Detroit’s Homecoming

Kaiya Kasperov • Event Lighting • November 9, 2017

At 104 years old, Detroit’s iconic Michigan Central Station has been viewed as a reflection of Detroit’s rise and fall and subsequent rebirth, as it has sat unoccupied since the late 1980’s. It was once the central hub of transportation into and out of the city, but its location, the rise of other forms of transportation, and the decline in Detroit’s population ended up being the station’s downfall. Since its closure, there has been much speculation about what is to done with the space. Recently, talk about redevelopment has accelerated.

The interactive lasers at Coachella 2017. Photo by Michael Greene

Laser Focus: Going Interactive

Kevin M. Mitchell • Event LightingSeptember 2017 • September 9, 2017

Infinity Marketing and Production Design International Team Up for Hewlett-Packard at Coachella and Beyond

Lighting and laser designer Howard Ungerleider was working on a commercial when he got an intriguing call from Kailene Horlitz. Kailene and her company, Los Angeles-based Infinity Marketing, were trying to help Hewlett-Packard promote their new Pavilion line of PCs with HP’s first big foray into a new kind of immersive, interactive experience. The plan was to launch this new experiential marketing concept at Coachella 2017. Read More...

The curved LED display moved up and down to reveal company VIPs and musical acts. Photos courtesy Leo Events

Walmart Annual Shareholders Meeting

Mike Wharton • Event LightingAugust 2017 • August 11, 2017

There’s nothing that comes close to the Annual Walmart Shareholders Meeting as employees gather from around the world in Fayetteville, Arkansas to celebrate all things Walmart, the most profitable retailer in the world since 1988. Founder Sam Walton held the first shareholders meeting in 1970 when he presided over five others at a coffee shop table in Bentonville, the company’s headquarters. Each year the event grew, and since 1994, it has been held on the University of Arkansas campus in Bud Walton Arena, home to the Razorbacks basketball teams. This year, Walmart associates and shareholders filled the arena.

The Fox Theatre in Atlanta was packed for the party. Photo by Dave Vann

Colonel Bruce Hampton Takes Flight at the Fox

Mike Wharton • Event Lighting • June 7, 2017

Music Matters Shines a Light on 70th Birthday Jam

The event, “Hampton 70 — A Celebration of Col. Bruce Hampton” at the Fox Theater in Atlanta GA all started with a short conversation between Duane Trucks, drummer for Widespread Panic, and music entertainment lawyer, Matt Wilson, at the Candler Park Music Festival in 2016.

The Komatsu booth at ConExpo 2017 in Las Vegas. Photo by Paul Trantow

Komatsu at ConExpo

Mike Wharton • Event Lighting • June 7, 2017

LD Dave Ward Puts the Company in a Different Light at the Las Vegas Exhibition Center

An old adage goes, “The only difference between men and boys is the size of their toys.” This has never been more obvious than at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG convention. The event, staged once every three years, is touted as the “world’s largest tradeshow.”

The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration during its live broadcast last August in Kingston, Ontario. Photo by Mike Homer.

Canada Celebrates The Tragically Hip

Debi Moen • Event Lighting • May 13, 2017

Emotional Live Concert Event Garners Honors for “Canada’s Band” and LD Brent Clark

LD Brent Clark sent us a link to a YouTube video. Expecting to see a band’s light show, cameras instead are aimed not at the stage but at the somber audience. Tears stream down a few faces as the band plays one last song.

Beam Bar 10 and Beam Bar 6 lasers surround the players. Photos courtesy Pyrotecnico.

Zhu Shines at the Shrine

Mike Wharton • Event Lighting • January 13, 2017

Production Club, a multidisciplinary team who design and produce music-based parties, shows and experiences, collaborated with electronic musician and singer Zhu to debut a new design at The Shrine in Los Angeles in October The event, in support of the artist’s new album, Generationwhy, followed Zhu’s successful “Neon City” tour, which kicked off at Coachella this year.

The Lexus booth

The Business of Lighting Auto Shows

Mike Wharton • Event Lighting • December 13, 2016

TLS Productions Plays Key Role at Los Angeles Auto Show

Walking the floor at the Los Angeles Auto Show (LAAS) the morning of the inaugural press event is a strangely peaceful process. All around, credentialed professionals are silently setting up media capture equipment.

The mobile Kalliope stage and Heathen at EDC

Walter Productions’ Wacky Trucks

Tim Bradley • Event Lighting • October 16, 2016

Most lighting-related companies are named after their founders or with initials, descriptors or suitably tech-sounding neologisms. Only one—Walter Productions—takes its moniker from a vintage fire truck.


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