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LD Mick Thornton and the Moody Blues

Debi Moen •
  • Current Issue
  • February 2018
  • On the Road
• February 16, 2018
LD Mick Thornton and the Moody Blues. The LD shares details with Debi Moen on the Moody Blues' 'Days of Future Passed: 50th Anniversary' tour. Read More...

A Different Kind of Beast

Nook Schoenfeld •
  • Current Issue
  • Editor's Note
  • February 2018
• February 16, 2018
I had a great time at NAMM. It was a totally different, and at the same time, refreshing show from the usual ones I attend. I put it more on a scale of the Prolight + Sound show than any other trade show, as it featured gear from all aspects of the entertainment biz. Everyone I ran into remarked that it was a great time, some called it a different beast. 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...

Building a Better Backdrop

Bryan Reesman •
  • Current Issue
  • February 2018
  • Inside Theater
• February 16, 2018
While more and more Broadway shows have been shifting from traditional scenery to video walls and more elaborate practical sets, the art of the painted backdrop appears to be slowly waning. But in reality, many scenic designers still rely on this familiar stage element to create dynamic backdrops, and they can create a heightened sense of perspective when used the right way. Scenic designers Beowulf Boritt, Anna Louizos and Kevin Depinet all shared stories about their experiences with traditional backdrops on various productions they have worked on over the years. Read More...

Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull, Live

Steve Jennings (Photos and Text) •
  • Current Issue
  • February 2018
  • Production Profile
• February 16, 2018
Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull enjoyed a very successful co-headlining tour across North America last year where they switched off night to night, performing to packed arenas. Following their 2015 “Time of Our Lives” co-headlining trek, the 2017 tour, “Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull Live,” netting a combined $40 million in ticket sales from separate tour legs in June/July and October/November, according to Billboard. We spoke with designers Travis Shirley (Enrique) and Tom Sutherland (Pitbull), along with Pitbull LD and programmer Craig Caserta. Read More...

Ozuna’s ‘Odisea’

PLSN Staff •
  • Current Issue
  • February 2018
  • Wide Angle
• February 16, 2018
When lighting designer and production manager Alex Soto talked to his team about creating a look for reggaeton star Ozuna’s homecoming concert at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico in San Juan last fall, he set a clear directive “Let’s make it look big!” Read More...

The Killers ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ World Tour

Nook Schoenfeld •
  • Current Issue
  • Designer Insights
  • February 2018
• February 16, 2018
The Wonderful, Wonderful world tour is the fifth major concert tour by the Las Vegas rock band The Killers, to support their fifth studio album (of the same name) which was released last September. Back behind the lighting console is Steven Douglas, the only LD they have had since he started working with them in 2005. The band started the tour playing festivals last fall, then touring in the U.K. and Ireland before Christmas, where they have had a large following for most of their career. They embarked on a U.S. arena run at the start of the year. Read More...

Rigging Focus: Acass-Systems Keeps The Killers’ Tour Wonderful…and Safe

Nook Schoenfeld •
  • Current Issue
  • Designer Insights
  • February 2018
• February 16, 2018
As is the case with most large-scale designs, an artist and his production staff will sign off on some great artwork that paints a beautiful picture. Then it’s up to the production manager, with the aid of said designers, to find someone that can make this vision a reality. This often requires some engineering of the serious kind, as life and death can be involved when tons of scenery are moving overhead. Read More...

Rumba Room Live

Thomas J. Friedman •
  • Current Issue
  • February 2018
  • Installations
• February 16, 2018
Rumba Room Live, an upscale Latin-themed nightclub and concert venue in Anaheim, CA, has passed the one-year mark in its new Anaheim GardenWalk location. Built new from the ground up and open since Dec. 2016, Rumba Room Live has been drawing crowd with Elation entertainment lighting and video systems, energizing the nightclub scene in Anaheim. The 10,000-square foot venue has the flexibility to host 1,000 people and hold a variety of events, yet it maintains a chic, intimate feel. Read More...

Day for Night Festival

Will Romano •
  • Current Issue
  • February 2018
  • Festival Spotlight
• February 16, 2018
At the Day for Night festival, which made good use of a disused Post Office building in Houston, Texas, light artists and robots shared the stages with the music makers. Planning and staging for the event was right in line with the festival’s creative aesthetic. The names of each of the four stages — two outdoor, two indoor — are representative of the RGBW color model spectrum, known to tech geeks and video and lighting designers the world over. 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...

George Elizondo

Michael S. Eddy •
  • 1000 Words With...
  • Current Issue
  • February 2018
• February 16, 2018
George Elizondo is an award-winning, Parnelli nominated, well-respected video director. He’s made his name in concert touring and live events working with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Aerosmith, Sting, Chance The Rapper, Guns N’ Roses, Jennifer Lopez, the Dixie Chicks and Sir Elton John, among other. But Elizondo originally started out in the family business on the back lots of Hollywood. PLSN caught up with him to give us 1,000 words on his background, his work and what he loves about his job Read More...

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