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Projecting B.B. King and the Delta Blues

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• November 17, 2008

INDIANOLA, MS — Bowen Technovation selected Christie projectors to introduce the career of blues legend B.B. King — 60 years and counting — to visitors at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center, a 20,000-square-foot facility that profiles the artist and the musical traditions of the Mississippi delta region. Read More...

Keeping the Looks Separate as Two Tours Merge

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• November 14, 2008
KNOXVILLE, TN — In the midst of their own separate tours, ZZ Top and Brooks & Dunn came together for a 17-date run across the U.S. and into Canada. The result: a merger for ZZ Top’s “In Your Face” tour (shown here) and Brooks & Dunn’s ongoing “Cowboy Town” tour, which continues on its own through the end of the year. The challenge for the two LDs was to keep the looks for each band as distinctive as their respective musical styles. Read More...

The 2008 Parnelli Awards – Watch the Video!

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• November 14, 2008
LAS VEGAS — The 2008 Parnelli Awards may have all been presented. The winners have flown home and they’re already working on gigs that may be considered for next year’s awards program. The lighting gear for the 2008 show has long been packed up and taken away. But the event lives on, available on PLSN-TV (www.plsn.com/tv), with highlights from the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Dennis Sheehan, the inaugural Visionary Award to Michael Tait and this year’s emcee, Alice Cooper. Read More...

Special Effects Add Spark to Tina Turner Tour

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• November 14, 2008
TORONTO — Tina Turner’s current tour is getting more than a little extra spark with attention-getting visuals engineered by Pyrotek Special Effects. Vice President Lorenzo Cornacchia collaborated with LD Baz Halpin to add everything from Dragons to Gold Flitter Mines, Red Mines with Glitter, Aqua Mines, Blue Mines and an all-fire cue of 20-by-20 Gerbs firing upstage at the conclusion of Turner’s song, “Hero.” Read More...

Lighting Up the CMA Awards for Country Music

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• November 14, 2008
NASHVILLE — The 42nd annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, a three-hour telecast on the ABC Television Network with 19 performances, including songs performed by co-hosts Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and the Eagles, shown here, was lit by LD Bob Dickinson, who added A&O Technology’s xenon Falcon luminaires to this year’s show. Read More...

Obama’s Election Speech Lit for Crowd, TV

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• November 14, 2008
CHICAGO — U.S. President-Elect Barack Obama gave his election night speech before a hometown crowd of more than 100,000 and a TV audience of millions. C3 Presents, meanwhile, gave its vote to stage lighting rental and production company Christie Lites, which elected to use Martin MAC 2000 Wash XBs to light the historic moments for both the crowd and for TV. Read More...

ETCP Certification Exam Posters Available

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• November 13, 2008
NEW YORK — The ETCP Council has come up with 24-inch-by-36-inch posters that define the eligibility requirements and target audience for each of the ETCP exams. The posters also include full content outlines for the Rigger/Theatre, Rigger/Arena and Entertainment Electrician exams. Read More...

Smoky Jazz Looks for Chris Botti, in a Flash

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• November 13, 2008
BOSTON — Scharff Weisberg helped LD Marc Brickman and assistant LD David Marcucci light two performances held at Symphony Hall Boston by Columbia Records’ jazz artist Chris Botti, performing with Keith Lockhart and The Boston Pops in shows that also featured Sting and Steven Tyler from Aerosmith. The design needed to work for DVD, Blu-ray and a subsequent PBS broadcast as well as for the live audience — with no time to spare. Read More...

LDs Test ACDC’s Big Rig at Upstaging

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• November 13, 2008
SYCAMORE, IL — There’s nothing unusual about Upstaging Lighting flying their touring light systems while prepping them. But Upstaging recently flew ACDC’s current touring structure in their warehouse. This required 71 motors to lift five 100-foot-wide arched trusses that formed a curved array of lights using custom hinges and 59 sections of Upstaging’s Hud Truss, each 10 feet long, where most of the moving lights are permanently mounted. Read More...

Daktronics Expands Product Testing Facility

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• November 13, 2008
BROOKINGS, SD — Daktronics announced an expansion of the testing facility at its corporate headquarters, which is intended to help provide customers with more reliable products and also to bring new product designs to market more quickly. Read More...

ESTA, USITT Announce Training Sessions

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• November 12, 2008
LARGO, MD — The ESTA Foundation and USITT announced Vectorworks Spotlight, theatrical rigging and electrical training sessions will be held at Prince George’s Community College over a six-day span from Jan. 26 through Jan. 31, 2009. The training event will be hosted and co-produced by that school and by IATSE Local 22. Read More...

3D Hologram Lets Ryder Cup Namesake Serve as Emcee

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• November 12, 2008
LOUISVILLE, KY — Samuel Ryder may have died in 1936, but that didn’t keep his projected 3D likeness from serving as emcee for the recently held Ryder Cup Gala. Using the Musion Eyeliner hologram from Digital Illusions LLC, Ryder was able to walk, talk, and play golf like he did nearly 100 years ago. Read More...

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