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Parnelli Profile: Bobby “Boomer” Thrasher to Accept Lifetime Achievement Honor

Kevin M. Mitchell • Current Issue FeaturesJanuary 2018 • January 11, 2018
“Bobby ‘Boomer’ Thrasher runs his backstage with humor and authority,” says Parnelli Awards chairman Marshall Bissett. “Putting together huge outdoor events with Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon and other high profile clients takes a lot of talent, patience and a huge network of worldwide contacts.” Thrasher won the Parnelli Award for Production Manager of the Year in 2009, and this year, he is receiving the live event industry’s highest honor, the Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award. Read More...
PLSN's 2017 LDI Show Report

PLSN’s 2017 LDI Show Report

PLSN Staff • FeaturesDecember 2017 • December 14, 2017

The LDI exhibition returned to the Las Vegas Convention Center Nov. 17-19, and with more than 350 exhibitors using the event for some of their most significant product launches of the year, there was plenty of innovation for the 16,000-plus attendees to check out.

2017 PLSN Gold Star Product Awards

2017 PLSN Gold Star Product Awards

Nook Schoenfeld • FeaturesDecember 2017 • December 14, 2017

Over the course of 2017, the staff at PLSN checks out every new product that has to do with the live event industry and beyond. Besides the wide variety of lighting categories we have these days for fixtures, there are great innovations in everything from touring video systems to clamps and gadgets that aid us in our pursuit of the perfect tools for our shows.

Smeeton has been a pioneer since the Psychedelic Sixties.

Parnelli Profile: Jonathan Smeeton, Visionary Award Winner

PLSN Staff • FeaturesDecember 2017 • December 14, 2017

It’s not just that 2018’s Parnelli Visionary honoree has worked with a lot of acts — it’s the artistic diversity of those acts that underscores the artistic diversity of a designer who is always reinventing himself. Jonathan Smeeton pioneered the concept of visually enhancing a concert beyond throwing some lights with gel on them, and he is quite likely the first LD to take a lighting show on the road. He went on to build by hand key lighting components, and was also an early designer of one of the first big festivals in England, the Bath Festival.

Robe BMFL fixtures backlit Sheryl Crow’s portal drop.

The Scenic Wizardry Behind Jeremy Roth’s Designs

Nook Schoenfeld • Articles FeaturesDecember 2017 • December 14, 2017

We sat down to chat with Jeremy Roth as one of his acts, Wilco, just flew in to town to perform three sold out shows at the local theater, finishing up a run that lasted over a year. Along the way, Roth picked up a couple more clients, Ray LaMontagne and Sheryl Crow, whom he designed touring set and light designs for.

Wiess Energy Hall within the Houston Museum of Natural Science has become a showcase for advanced projection-mapping techniques. RabCup used Green Hippo technologies met the complex projection needs. Photos courtesy Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Bringing Energy City to Life

Mike Wharton • Articles FeaturesDecember 2017 • December 14, 2017

The most comprehensive energy exhibit in the world, the Wiess Energy Hall, opened Nov. 20 in the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS). More than two years in the making, the highlight of the exhibit is Energy City, a 2,500-square-foot 3D landscape designed and fabricated by Paul Bernhard Exhibit Design and Consulting (PBE), the design company selected to create the
Wiess Energy Hall.

Ultra-high-res projection-mapping extends from four to eight of the venue’s proscenium arches, and all native 14,000-by-14,000 pixels were mapped for the FOH projection. Photos courtesy Radio City/MSG.

NYC’s Radio City Christmas Show Gets Even More Spectacular

Thomas S. Friedman • Articles FeaturesDecember 2017 • December 14, 2017

Since it premiered in 1933, the annual Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes has always wowed the New York City crowds taking a break from gawking at the big tree and window-shopping the holiday offerings lining the streets near New York’s Rockefeller Center. But the 2017 show can make a credible claim to being the most spectacular show to date, with an assist from a complete technical overhaul that includes a new 8K LED video wall and 14K digital projection-mapping extending to all eight of Radio City Music Hall’s iconic prosceniumarches.

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Hometown Hero Finalists

Kevin M. Mitchell • FeaturesNovember 2017 • November 9, 2017

Diverse Group Voted Best in Their Region by PLSN Readers

Thousands of readers across the continent weighed in on which lighting company deserved the certificate, the bragging rights and the chance to take home the “Parnelli Hometown Hero Award of the Year” at the Parnelli Gala in January.

Band members and friends celebrate life in honor of Chester Bennington at the Hollywood Bowl on Oct. 27. Photos by Steve Jennings

Linkin Park at the Hollywood Bowl

Photos and Text by Steve Jennings • Features • November 9, 2017

For one special night on Oct. 27 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Linkin Park band members, guest artists and 18,000 fans paid tribute to vocalist Chester Bennington after his untimely death July 20 with a concert that raised awareness and honored his life and talent.

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Hurricane Relief: How Our Industry Helps Others Weather the Storm

Debi Moen • FeaturesOctober 2017 • October 12, 2017

The worst of times can bring out the best in the human spirit. The world witnessed this with people helping people during Hurricane Harvey’s flooding in Texas and Louisiana. Before the waters subsided, Hurricane Irma pounded islands in the Caribbean, Cuba and Florida, and not long after that, Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Meanwhile, major earthquakes crumbled buildings and lives in Mexico.

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Televised Benefit Concerts for Hurricane Relief

Debi Moen • FeaturesOctober 2017 • October 12, 2017

"Hand in Hand" and "Harvey Can't Mess with Texas" Concert Benefits Raise Millions for Hurricane Relief

“Hand In Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief” was a one-hour star-studded telethon on Sept. 12 with more than 130 artists and celebrities urging donations to aid the victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The church has gained members by taking some risks.

H.O.W. Production Profile: Eagle Brook Church

Nook Schoenfeld • FeaturesSeptember 2017 • September 10, 2017

Dynamic Lighting and Video Production Helps Minnesota Mega-Church Visuals Soar

Eagle Brook Church is the largest house of worship in the state of Minnesota, in terms of attendance and size. The church’s six campuses in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area have a combined average attendance of more than 17,000, and that number can exceed 22,000 for non-holiday weekends. During Christmas services last year, more than 48,000 attended the holiday services.


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