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20th Annual Parnelli Honors: A Night of Tribute and Celebration

Kevin M. Mitchell • News • October 22, 2021

Honorees for career achievement include David Bernstein (Lifetime Achievement Award), Peter Morse (Visionary Award) and Sam Berkow (Audio Innovator Award).

LAS VEGAS – The Parnelli Awards Board of Advisors has announced a preview of the evening’s festivities when we gather for the 20th Annual Parnelli Honors gala on June 3, 2022 in Anaheim, CA.

“When we heard NAMM was moving from January to June, we all knew instantly that it was less than ideal for the Parnelli Awards,” said Executive Producer Terry Lowe. “To name just one reason, it’s the height of the touring season, meaning that most if not all individual award winners will be out on the road. So, we pivoted, and we’re excited about what this gathering of the tribe will be.”

The gala will focus on celebrating the three remarkable individuals who are receiving career achievement awards: David Bernstein of Rock-it Cargo (Lifetime Achievement Award); Peter Morse, who has provided innovative lighting designs for some of the biggest and most successful tours in live music history (Visionary Award); and Sam Berkow, who invented the SMAART software and designed some of our greatest-sounding concert halls (Audio Innovator Award).

Since not even the pandemic could stop the flow of game-changing products, the show will also include presenting the four Indispensable Technology Awards (Lighting, Staging, Video, and Audio). The newest award honoring emerging talent, NextGen, will also be handed out. “And we will pause to say goodbye to those we have lost this year with our In Memoriam reel,” Lowe said.

The cocktail parties before and after will be extended. “While there will be those who can’t make it, those who do will be part of a truly exceptional evening,” said Parnelli Producer Kevin Mitchell. “It’s really going to focus on our lifetime honorees, and thus be an evening of emotion and celebration. The extended cocktail hours mean more networking and visiting with friends old and new. It’s going to be a blast.”

“We are especially grateful for our sponsors who are supporting us with this,” Lowe added. “They are making this extraordinarily special Parnelli party possible, and I predict that this is the one that is talked about most for our next 20 years.”

Sponsors for the June 3, 2022 event include Group One Limited (DiGiCo), which is returning as the Platinum Sponsor for the gala. Gold sponsors include 4Wall Entertainment, All Access Staging & Productions, Bandit Lites, Elation Professional, G2 Structures, Gallagher Staging, Harman Professional, Mega Systems Inc., Meyer Sound, NAMM, NovaStar, Pyrotek Special Effects, Robe, Rock-It Cargo, Screenworks/NEP, Solotech, Sound Image, Special Event Services (SES), Stageline and StrictlyFX.

Silver sponsors include Brown Note Productions, Hemphill Brothers Coach Company, On Tour Logistics, See Factor and Ultratec Special Effects. Cocktail sponsors include Chauvet Professional, Shockwave Cargo and Tyler Truss. Production partners include Access Event Solutions, Atomic and TPI.

Sponsorships are still available for the 20th Annual Parnelli Awards. For more information, go to



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