Bandit Unveils MAC Aura, Viper on CMT Show

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CMT Artists of the YearKNOXVILLE, TN - Bandit Lites has added the Martin MAC Aura and MAC Viper Profile to its rental inventory. LD Bob Peterson specified the new fixtures for his design of the CMT Artists of the Year show, which airs Dec. 8. Bandit already has the fixtures slated for a busy touring schedule in 2013.

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KNOXVILLE, TN - Bandit Lites reveals the latest acquisitions to its rental equipment inventory: the Martin MAC Aura and MAC Viper Profile. With 2012 coming to a close, Bandit looks to tackle the busy year of 2013 with these new additions.

To those anxious to see the gear in action, Bandit Lites will feature both the Martin MAC Aura and Viper Profile on CMT Artists of the Year, premiering on Dec. 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Bandit worked with lighting designer Bob Peterson of Real World Lighting to help celebrate the year’s biggest country superstars.

“Bob is an amazing talent and knows exactly what he needs to get the job done to his satisfaction,” said Bandit vice president, Michael Golden. “When he requested Auras and Vipers, we expedited them in order to have the equipment at Bob’s disposal and, of course, they worked perfectly into his vision.”

Additionally, Bandit will employ both the Martin MAC Aura and MAC Viper Profile out with 2012’s S.R.O. Lighting Designer of the Year Aaron Swetland as he lights Jason Aldean’s 2013 stadium tour.

“Aaron came back from LDI with a priority of putting the Vipers and Auras in his 2013 Aldean design,” Golden said. “Rehearsal is just around the corner and I can’t wait to see how he utilizes his new tools.”

Other events that will feature the MAC Aura and Viper profile include lighting designer Jesper Luth’s work with Hall & Oates, and American Idol winner Scotty McCreery’s Christmas special, with lighting design also by Bob Peterson.

Bandit worked closely with Gary Mass and Brian Friborg at Martin Professionals, an experience Bandit Lites’ president Pete Heffernan describes as true pleasure.  “Gary always makes the ‘new light’ experience enjoyable throughout and Brian is great at finding a way to make the deal that needs to happen come to fruition.  It is a real joy to be working closely with our friends at Martin once again.”

The MAC Aura, winner of the 2011 PLASA Award of Innovation, is a compact single-lens LED moving head wash light with zoom.

The MAC Viper Profile includes a 1000-watt HID source that beams 26,000 lumens of light.

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