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‘Cirque Robe’ Generates Buzz at Prolight+Sound

PLSN Staff •
  • Featured
  • Features
  • News
• April 16, 2018
FRANKFURT – One of the highlights at Robe’s Prolight+Sound booth this year was Cirque Robe, a show designed by Robe's own creative team led by Nathan Wan and Andy Webb. The six-minute spectacle, staged every hour, took place within an eight-meter spherical ring with four trussing "king poles" and 270-degree seating. The lighting rig included 42 MegaPointes and 36 Tarrantulas. Read More...

Fast & Furious Live

Jim Hutchison •
  • April 2018
  • Features
• April 12, 2018
      A Technological Conglomeration Takes Europe By Storm A new arena spectacular is in production across Europe right now based on the very popular Fast and Furious franchise — a movie brand that has been more popular among one of the largest cross-sections of the population to date than many to come before it. […] Read More...

PRG OverDrive Revolutionizes Cinematography

Mike Wharton •
  • April 2018
  • Features
• April 12, 2018
    House of Cards might not seem the most likely place for a seed of an idea to germinate and revolutionize an industry. But that is exactly where PRG’s technologists, under the direction of Brian Edwards, PRG’s president of North America television and film sales, deployed the “immersion environment” and interactive lighting system cinematographer Claudio […] Read More...

Starset: Mission Control

Will Romano •
  • April 2018
  • Features
• April 12, 2018
Creating a storyline for a musical recording and translating its thematic elements to the stage isn’t a new phenomenon. For decades, rock musicians, from Hawkwind to Devo, have assumed faux-identities, constructed elaborate tales of fantasy and adventure, and transported us via hallucinogenic sojourns through the mists of time. Ohio-based hard rockers Starset carry on this […] Read More...

Building a Following: Matt Mills, Other LDs Using Follow-Me System for Followspot Control

Thomas J. Friedman •
  • April 2018
  • Features
• April 12, 2018
Like many lighting designers, Matt Mills wanted to have more control over the followspots in his designs, and increased confidence in the consistency of their operation. Not happy with the varying levels of the followspots available at different venues, as well as with the inconsistency in experience of spot operators, Mills looked at the Follow-Me […] Read More...

Parnelli Awards and NAMM Commit for the Long Term

Kevin M. Mitchell •
  • April 2018
  • Features
• April 12, 2018
The 2018 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA proved to be the most successful ever by almost any measure. NAMM’s embrace of the live event world and partnership with PLSN/FRONT of HOUSE magazines and the Parnelli Awards adding a contributing factor to a significant spike in the numbers from last year: Attendees: 115,085 (+7.6 percent) Exhibitors: […] Read More...

Jacky in Wonderland

Frank Hammel •
  • April 2018
  • Features
• April 12, 2018
VER Supports Five Elaborate U.S. Shows Showcasing Chinese Singer Jacky Cheung As part of his ongoing “Classic” world tour, Hong Kong-born singer/songwriter Jacky Cheung, 56, drew capacity crowds with five shows in the U.S. in February, with three shows at the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, CT, Feb. 2-4 and two more at the MGM […] Read More...

NAMM Gets a Video Assist

Estefani Carrasquedo •
  • Features
  • March 2018
• March 12, 2018
At the 2018 NAMM Show, held at the Anaheim Convention Center Jan. 25-28, one of the main attractions for the 115,085 attendees was the Yamaha Grand Plaza Stage. Mega Systems provided providing screen panels and processing units for the stage, which featured performances from Andy Grammer, OK Go and Michael McDonald to Lindsey Stirling, Butch Walker and Sam Moore. Read More...

NAMM Evolves with Large Lighting and Theatrical Presence

Nook Schoenfeld •
  • Current Issue
  • Features
  • February 2018
• February 16, 2018
NAMM is certainly not a new show for the entertainment business. It’s an annual event held in Anaheim every January and is one of the two largest music product trade shows in the world. Its European counterpart is the Musikmesse in Frankfurt. NAMM stands for the National Association of Music Merchants. The group has evolved into an international association whose members now include commercial companies, distributors, affiliates and manufacturers. Read More...

Mike Ledesma and the Art of Lighting Latin Music

Mike Wharton •
  • Current Issue
  • Features
  • February 2018
• February 16, 2018
The term Latin Music gives the average listener a fairly straightforward idea of what they are about to hear. It would seem to be an easy genre to pigeonhole, as is the wont of most music journalists. But, pay a bit closer attention to the ensemble of percussionists that actually lead the band, more than just providing a backbeat, and the rich diversity of its myriad roots soon comes out. Michael Ledesma has been listening to those polyphonic rhythms all his life. Read More...

17th Annual Parnelli Awards

PLSN Staff •
  • Current Issue
  • Features
  • February 2018
• February 16, 2018
The 17th annual Parnelli Awards gala, held Friday, Jan. 26 at the Anaheim Hilton during NAMM 2018, honored Bobby “Boomer” Thrasher, Jonathan Smeeton and John Stadius with the Lifetime Achievement Award, Visionary Award and Audio Innovator Award, respectively. Read More...

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

Kevin M. Mitchell •
  • Features
  • January 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...

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