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Jason Aldean tour photo by Todd and Chris Owyoung
Jason Aldean tour photo by Todd and Chris Owyoung

Jason Aldean’s “Six String Circus” Tour Automates Engagement

Kevin M. Mitchell
Cover Story

Jason Aldean’s “Six String Circus” Tour Automates Engagement

“Jason [Aldean’s] fans are really engaged, so the challenge was pushing the limits of being modern and big in a way that matches the high-energy of those fans,” says creative director Raj Kapoor. The key? Automation. Kapoor has been working with Aldean for three years, and on this show specifically for almost a year. “We were talking about it last summer, and from the first conversation with Jason’s team and Mike [Swinford], it was decided to do something really different,” he says. “Yet we wanted to continue the edgy, rock-meets-country designs we’ve been doing for him that push the limits.”

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I-Mag was used on all surfaces at times. Red Hot Chili Peppers photo at BottleRock by Steve Jennings.
I-Mag was used on all surfaces at times. Red Hot Chili Peppers photo at BottleRock by Steve Jennings.

Focus on Festivals: Red Hot Chili Peppers at BottleRock

Steve Jennings (Photo and Text)
Features

RHCP LD Scott Holthaus and Others Chat About the 2016 BottleRock Napa Music Festival

The sold-out BottleRock Napa Music Festival is now in its fourth year, and it’s going stronger than ever. Held over three days in beautiful Napa, CA, in the heart of California’s wine country, the event featured more than 80 bands including Stevie Wonder, Florence + The Machine, Lenny Kravitz, Buddy Guy, Ziggy Marley and others.

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Nook Schoenfeld, Editor, PLSN
Nook Schoenfeld, Editor, PLSN

Gathering the Intel at InfoComm

Nook Schoenfeld
Editor's Note

I spent the last month filling my brain with information. As is my custom at trade shows I try and stop in at as many booths as possible to see what pops out at me. InfoComm 2016 took place in June, and I strolled the aisles looking for new cool stuff and people to chat with.

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Robe BMFLs create a stark look. Photo by Miguel Legault.
Robe BMFLs create a stark look. Photo by Miguel Legault.

Mumford & Sons

Richard Olson
Wide Focus

LD Ed Warren Updates the Looks as the Band Adds New Songs; Par Cans Still Play a Key Role

“I never toured as a light tech. I was a merch guy, and one day I found myself behind a lighting console, running lights for a band. By the end of night, I knew what I wanted to do with my life.” And so it began 13 years ago for Ed Warren as he, like so many others, got into a different part of the business through a twist of fate. He’s out once again designing the lights for the globally famous band Mumford & Sons, as he has done for the last seven years. And yes, he’s still into Par cans.

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Invictus Games Orlando 2016 photo courtesy continuumLive
Invictus Games Orlando 2016 photo courtesy continuumLive

Invictus Games Orlando 2016: Collaborating for a Great Purpose

Michael S. Eddy
Sports Lighting

The Invictus Games Orlando 2016, which took place May 8-12 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL, celebrated the camaraderie of competitors. Created by Prince Harry in 2014 to honor wounded service men and women, the Invictus Games deepen the respect for wounded military personnel. With 55 hours of ceremonies and games televised across ABC and ESPN, the events drew a viewing audience that went beyond the 56,000 live spectators to reach more than 10 million viewers worldwide.

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Paramour photo by Richard Termine
Paramour photo by Richard Termine

Paramour’s Pageant

Bryan Reesman
Inside Theatre

Scenic Designer Jean Rabasse on the Cirque-Meets-Broadway Production

Cirque du Soleil is known for its high-flying and visually impressive shows. With the new show, Paramour, they have brought their exciting aesthetics into the Broadway arena at the Lyric Theatre on 42nd Street, which has previously housed the mammoth musicals On The Town and Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. Despite sizable stage depth and wing space, it was still a bit smaller than a Cirque production space in an arena or under a big top. Ultimately, the company has created a spectacle worthy of the Great White Way, with majestic set pieces and amazing acrobatics meshing within the zippy musical numbers.

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PLSN Buyers Guide on Laser Systems, July 2016
PLSN Buyers Guide on Laser Systems, July 2016

Laser Systems

Nook Schoenfeld
Buyer's Guide

LASER — “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.” While lasers weren’t invented until 1960, by the 1980’s they had cemented a place in the live event business. Anyone can create a crude version of a laser show: Just aim the beam of a laser pointer in some haze and shake your hand quickly to create a colored line. Today’s laser projectors basically do the same thing, just quicker and more accurately. The units contain prisms, mirrors and other components. We have different wattage models, various colors, plenty of scanning effects as well as graphic images projected on surfaces. They even make moving head lasers and ones that allow the user to scan the audience. Check out what’s on the market today in our Buyers Guide.

To download a PDF of the March 2014 PLSN Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE.

Jason Aldean tore down the house on opening night. Photo by Carson Brannock
Jason Aldean tore down the house on opening night. Photo by Carson Brannock

Focus on Festivals: Country 500

Nook Schoenfeld
Features

Country Music Event at Daytona Speedway Revs Up for the Long Haul

In this month’s issue of PLSN, we present a focus on two festivals, starting with the inaugural Country 500 event, which debuted over Memorial Day Weekend at Daytona International Speedway. We also cover the fourth annual BottleRock Napa Music Festival, which also took place May 27-29 on the opposite side of the country; that article can be found here.

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The lighting team for ABC’s Match Game includes, from left, gaffer Trevor Gooch, programmer Tiffany Keys and LD Joshua Hutchings.
The lighting team for ABC’s Match Game includes, from left, gaffer Trevor Gooch, programmer Tiffany Keys and LD Joshua Hutchings.

Game Show Lighting is as Easy as (Blank)

Michael S. Eddy
Lighting for the Camera

LD Joshua Hutchings brings a classic feel to Match Game on ABC

ABC has gone back into the game show business, and they are doing it in a big way. They have four “new” game shows on the docket for this summer and, while many are new to ABC, many Americans will instantly remember these as classic shows from the 1970s and ‘80s. The re-launched game show lineup includes $100,000 Pyramid, Celebrity Family Feud, To Tell the Truth and Match Game. Perhaps the biggest update from the past versions of these beloved shows is that they will be aired in prime time. 

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