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A matrix of Elation ACL 360i fixtures line the wall. Photo courtedy Bisou Club.
A matrix of Elation ACL 360i fixtures line the wall. Photo courtedy Bisou Club.

Bisoü Club in Monterrey, Mexico

Thomas S. Friedman
Installations

Bisoü is an upscale club in Monterrey, Mexico, that operates not only as the cosmopolitan city’s newest nighttime destination but also as a showcase of modern club lighting technology. Opened in spring 2016, Bisoü boasts a stylish design accentuated by a state-of-the-art lighting package of Elation Professional luminaires supplied and installed by Elation’s Mexican partner, Adimsa.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd augments the lighting with side torms they carry. Photos by Ryan Terry
Lynyrd Skynyrd augments the lighting with side torms they carry. Photos by Ryan Terry

Buffalo Chip Campground 2016

Richard Olson
Event Lighting

35 Years of Camping and Festivities in Sturgis, SD

Motorcycle enthusiasts have been flocking to the small town of Sturgis, SD to attend one of the largest bike rallies in the world for years. The Sturgis rally got its start in in 1938 by a group of riders of the Indian motorcycle brand, who originally held stunts and races, including the Black Hills Classic, as the first original event was known. The rally was canceled due to gas rationing in WWII, but roared back in the postwar years and has since grown into a magnet for motorcycle riders from around the world. The 2016 rally was the 76th event.

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LED lighting helped meet LEED stipulations.3Ten photo by Alison Narro
LED lighting helped meet LEED stipulations.3Ten photo by Alison Narro

3Ten: Austin's Newest Showcase Club

Debi Moen
Installations

A beloved address in Austin, TX is downtown at 310 Willie Nelson Boulevard. It belongs to the Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theatre, also the studio home of the Austin City Limits TV show tapings of some of the top names in music. Sharing that same address is 3TEN, a new intimate showcase room downstairs from ACL Live. The one-level, 350-capacity space opened in March 2016 as an extension of the ACL venue as well as its own club.

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View from FOH of Donald Trump speaking at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, photo courtesy RNC 2016
View from FOH of Donald Trump speaking at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, photo courtesy RNC 2016

Programming History

Michael S. Eddy
Event Lighting

The Republican and Democratic National Conventions, from the View of the Lighting Programmers

This summer saw the two major U.S. political parties hold their presidential national conventions in July — the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OH at the Quicken Loans Arena, and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA at the Wells Fargo Center. Both had large multi-level stages, venue-covering lighting rigs, enormous video wall elements and audiences full of enthusiastic delegates. Lighting a convention is no small assignment when you consider that the live images broadcast globally are indelible moments in history. The lighting designer for the 2016 RNC was David Grill, principal of David Grill Associates, Inc. Previously lighting director on five consecutive conventions, this was his first as the lead lighting designer. In Philadelphia, returning for his sixth DNC was lighting designer Robert Dickinson, Principal of Full Flood, Inc.

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The gently raked, 5,700-seat auditorium carved from the Los Angeles landscape is the stuff of rock ‘n’ roll legend. The photo on the left shows how the venue looked after opening in 1931. It has since become a Mecca for rock ‘n’ roll’s elite.
The gently raked, 5,700-seat auditorium carved from the Los Angeles landscape is the stuff of rock ‘n’ roll legend. The photo on the left shows how the venue looked after opening in 1931. It has since become a Mecca for rock ‘n’ roll’s elite.

The Greek Theatre in L.A. - Caretaking a Legend

Marshall Bissett
Installations

In 2015, the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles became the focus of a hostile bidding war that pitted the Nederlander Organization against Live Nation, AEG’s Goldenvoice and others for exclusive management rights. Offers and counter offers flowed as deadlines for the 2016 season grew closer. A deal was finally reached allowing the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and management company SMG to create an “open door” policy for all promoters.

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art courtesy of Ken Teegardin
art courtesy of Ken Teegardin

Trust and Money: The Gear Purchasing Puzzle

Jeff Gooch
Video World

“Trust. Money.” Boy, could that title be taken a few different ways. Money and trust have been odd bedfellows practically since currency was invented. Trust has been around a whole lot longer, but as soon as money entered the world, trust started getting in short supply. Why are these two so inextricably intertwined? Why do people spend a week’s worth of income on a concert ticket and just trust that it’s going to be worth it?

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From left, Performance Lighting’s Russ Armentrout and Douglas Peterson
From left, Performance Lighting’s Russ Armentrout and Douglas Peterson

A Chat with Russell Armentrout from Performance Lighting

Michael S. Eddy
PLSN Interview

When you ask Russell Armentrout about how he came to work for Performance Lighting over 28 years ago, he laughs and says, “I was in the right place at the wrong time.” At the time, he was involved in music, but as a drummer, not a lighting designer. When Armentrout joined Pete’s Lights, the company itself was only a few years old. The owner/founders, Douglas and Robert Peterson, formed the well-respected company in July 1985, boasting among their early clients tours with George Thorogood, George Benson and REO Speedwagon. Armentrout came up through the ranks at Pete’s Lights, today known as Performance Lighting, working as a lighting designer and senior crew chief. Today, he is president of the company. PLSN caught up with him recently to discuss his career in the industry and the core of what keeps Performance Lighting’s clients coming back.

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Mega-Lite Medusa 4X5R
Mega-Lite Medusa 4X5R

Mega-Lite Medusa 4X5R

Nook Schoenfeld
Road Tests

Every once in a while, a product hits the scene that gets a lighting designer’s blood pumping. That’s because it’s a product that nobody else has even thought of making and it’s fresh and, for lack of a better description, “really cool.” Such is the case with the Medusa, a four-headed beast of a fixture from Mega-Lite that is made to provide eye candy and dazzling effects. Picture a Lazy Susan on your dining room table. Remove the food items and put small moving head beam lights spaced evenly across the outside — four individually controlled fixtures that have an incredibly bright light source (Philips Platinum 5R bulb). Then you spin the Lazy Susan. You get the idea.

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'Pancake' style wash fixtures
'Pancake' style wash fixtures

"Pancake" Style LED Wash Fixtures

Nook Schoenfeld
Buyer's Guide

The first moving LED wash lights appeared on the scene about a dozen years ago. Upstaging lighting took a couple hundred Martin MAC 300s and had them retrofitted with RGB “Skittles” LEDs on the front, replacing the arc light source. LD Leroy Bennett requested such a fixture be made. Within a couple years, GLP came up with their series of Impression LED moving wash lights. Because these lights had no base and seemed to be able to just flip over in any direction at an incredibly fast rate, LDs started to refer to them as “pancake” style fixtures. These fixtures have undergone transformations and modifications, and it didn’t take long for them to start selling like hotcakes. Today, every major manufacturer offers at least one fixture that fits within this category. Each fixture has at least one unique aspect or feature that separates them from the rest. Look here for who’s offering what this year.

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ProPlex EZ-Lan Unity 20, front view
ProPlex EZ-Lan Unity 20, front view

Show Networking Products from TMB

Craig Rutherford
Product Spotlight

Today, we’re not going to look at the latest in whiz-bang technology or the coolest LED fixture on the market, but rather at the technological building blocks of a good show — networking and data distribution hardware from TMB. As our show networks get larger and more complicated, the need for sophisticated and reliable networking technology grows ever more important.

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