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Foo Fighters ‘Concrete and Gold’ Tour

Steve Jennings (Photos & Text) • Current Issue, Cover Story, January 2018 • January 11, 2018
Longtime lighting designer and director Dan Hadley is back on the road with Foo Fighters on their current tour in support of the band’s ninth studio album, Concrete and Gold. We caught the band at the beginning of the third U.S. leg of the tour. Read More...

Out with the Old and In with the New

Nook Schoenfeld • Current Issue, Editor's Note, January 2018 • January 11, 2018
It’s that time of my life where I need to start dumping stuff that is of no use to me other than sentimental value. For me this includes a complete closet and chest of drawers full of old clothes from all over the world that I have collected. My wife tells me that I’m supposed […] Read More...

On the Road: LD Sean Semler with Granger Smith

Debi Moen • Current Issue, On the Road, January 2018 • January 11, 2018
TOUR DATES: The “Don’t Tread On Me” tour starts Jan. 18, throughout 2018. DESIGN: “We’re carrying a new design for country artist Granger Smith’s 2018 tour. A couple of dates will support Luke Bryan. For inspiration, I try to expose myself to as many designs as possible. Shows today have to be so original and […] Read More...

SpongeBob in the Sea with Boulders

Bryan Reesman • Current Issue, Inside Theater, January 2018 • January 11, 2018
There have been few Broadway shows as exuberantly trippy as SpongeBob SquarePants, a crowd-pleasing, family-friendly show inspired by the television series. This live version — which features original songs by the likes of Panic! At The Disco, Cyndi Lauper, and the Flaming Lips, among many others — crams as much colorful scenery and costumes and energetic song and dance numbers as it can into its two and a half hour stage time. Read More...

Halsey ‘Hopeless Fountain Kingdom’ Tour

Steve Jennings (Photos & Text) • Current Issue, Designer Insights, January 2018 • January 11, 2018
Singer-songwriter Halsey exploded on the music scene when she put out her debut 2015 platinum selling debut album, Badlands. Along with the huge 2016 collaboration with The Chainsmokers on the song “Closer,” Halsey is now touring arenas in support of her 2017 second album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom. We spoke with the tour’s lighting designer Sooner Routhier, production designer Robert Long (both of SRae Productions) and lighting director and programmer Craig Rutherford. Read More...

It’s a Christmas Miracle – ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY

Randi Minetor • Current Issue, Focus on Theater, January 2018 • January 11, 2018
The current production of Charles Dickens' classic story, A Christmas Carol, was the 32nd annual version of the show at the Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY. When it got its start in 1985, the technical crew breathed a sigh of relief that the one-season wonder made it through the holidays. Now the show is a firmly established Christmas tradition in upper New York State. Read More...

Myles Mangino

Richard Olson • Current Issue, PLSN Interview, January 2018 • January 11, 2018
We caught up with Myles Mangino last month as his longtime friends, The Pixies, finish up the last couple months of a touring cycle that’s lasted over a year. In 2016, they celebrated their 30th year (though there was a lull for a while) and have been gigging consistently. Myles has been with them every step of the way. And a twisted beginning it was. Read More...

Luxium Lighting

Mike Wharton • Current Issue, Company 411, January 2018 • January 11, 2018
Founded in 2014 by “serial entrepreneur” Arlie Conner, Luxium Lighting was originally conceived as an entity that would target “an interesting little niche market,” Conner says, supplying school auditoriums and other theatrical venues with the fixtures they’d need as they migrated away from conventional lighting and toward LEDs...For 2018, fresh off the success at the 2017 LDI show, the company, based in the Portland, Oregon’s “silicon forest” region, is poised for growth, led by a core team of three partners — Conner, the inventor of the company’s products; Roger Hicks, the marketing guru; and Tom Roth, who is in charge of sales, setting up channels and all things customer-related. Read More...

Lighting a Radio Show

Mike Wharton • Current Issue, Event Lighting, January 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...

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

Kevin M. Mitchell • Current Issue, 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...

Amazon Web Services re:Invent Conference in Las Vegas

Nook Schoenfeld • Current Issue, Event Lighting, January 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...

Chain Hoists and Winches

Nook Schoenfeld • Current Issue, Buyer's Guide, January 2018 • January 11, 2018
Whether you are lifting something up or pulling it across a stage, the one constant in all live productions is it has to work every time on command and be able to handle the load. There are many devices made to handle different weights and moving them at certain speeds. Variable speeds are great for moving trusses and scenery quickly. But more often, the user just wants a steady, safe speed when lifting heavy objects. This month we have the best of both worlds, as you choose the best gear for your application. Read More...

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