YELLOWCARD and LD Cody James ROCK the LEGEND Line!

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The band YELLOWCARD is out there right now with lighting designer Cody James, rocking the Legend 230 SR Beam and the Legend 412 LED wash from CHAUVET Professional.  Have you seen their show?  It’s energetic, the audiences love it, and the band brings a lighting performance that accentuates the wide scale of their talent!

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From the press release:

PROVIDENCE, RI – The platinum recording group Yellowcard refuses to be pigeonholed. That’s not surprising from a band that was featured in a compilation called “Punk Goes Acoustic.” Audiences may love Yellowcard’s meshing musical performances — but some flexible fixtures in the hands of a skilled LD are required to create a lightshow that keeps pace with the group’s eclectic musical mix.  The Legend 230SR Beam and Legend 412 moving heads from CHAUVET Professional provided this flexibility, while LD Cody James of JDI Productions furnished the skill to create just such a lightshow for the band’s sold out performance at the iconic Lupos Heartbreak Hotel concert hall.

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Described by one music critic as “two concerts in one,” the Lupos appearance marked the 10th anniversary of Yellowcard’s Ocean Avenue album. The concert was divided into two hour-long sets: the first devoted strictly to acoustic performances, and the second turned over to the band’s famous hard-driving electric punk sound.

Yellowcard’s LD since 2012, James relied on the CHAUVET Professional fixtures to set a distinctly different visual tone for each set. “The moods of the two sets were very different, and this had to be reflected in the lightshow,” he said. “We used the Legend 412s to create a mellow atmosphere during the first set and then turned to the SR Beams to create a big bang in the second hour. In both cases the mood created by the lights got the audience more into the music being performed on stage.”

Time pressure made James’ task even more challenging.  As a result of scheduling issues, he had only six hours to build and program the Yellowcard lightshow.   “I’ve worked with Legend fixtures before and they are very responsive; this made programming very easy, which was essential given the timeframe we faced,” he said. “The lights were critical to this show coming off successfully, so was Derek Iorfida at JDI Productions, who was always there when I need him.”

James used 12 Legend 412 moving heads on upright trusses across the back of the stage. The fixtures were staggered at different heights on the truss to provide a more textured color wash.  With a light source of a dozen 10-watt RGBW LEDs and color macros with speed adjustments, the Legend 412 units provided a richly saturated uniform output that supported the mellow acoustic mood during the concert’s first hour.

When the pace quickened in hour two, the half dozen Legend 230SR Beams in James’ rig were there to pump up the crowd with their smooth ultra-quick movements across the stage and audience. “The hard edged beams from the 230SR have the same punch and intensity as the band’s music, so it gave the fans the same visual feeling they were already getting from the songs themselves. The fast pan and tilt movements of the Legend 230SR Beams were important to me, because the pace of the band’s electric music is pretty intense.”

Powered by a 230-watt Osram Sirius lamp and putting out an intense 96,000 lux at 15 meters, and with a slit-like 2.25-degree beam angle, the Legend 230SR Beam delivers the intensity Yellowcard’s music calls for, according to James.  The LD was also impressed with the gobos he could create with the fixture. “I liked the gobos’ capabilities,” he said. “This definitely came into play with my lighting design. During the electric set the band went from fast punk pieces to giant crowd sing-alongs, so I used the very distinct gobos to create some separation between the different types of songs.”

Figuring out how to navigate your way through sharp musical turns is part of the challenge and fun of designing for a group like Yellowcard, says James — especially when you have some nimble fixtures like these Legend units in your rig.

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CHAUVET Professional’s Senior Product Manager Ford Sellers in Church Production Mag!

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Awesome!  Check out an article that our Senior Product Manager for CHAUVET Professional, Ford Sellers, wrote on addressing chromatic shadows in LED lighting for Church Production Magazine.

Here’s a link to the article, check it out!

http://www.churchproduction.com/story/main/addressing-chromatic-shadows-in-led-lighting

 

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CHAUVET Professional on the Road with Distributor from Portugal

Our distributor from Portugal Garrett Audiovisuals took a nice variety of CHAUVET Professional fixtures on their road show, such as lights from COLORado series of LED wash lights, Strike strobes, moving yokes from the Legend series, stage and theater fixtures from the Ovation line and more.

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Q-Wash Washes in Hot Colors Red Hot Chili Peppers

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About 85 CHAUVET Professional luminaires took center stage with rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers for a fiery performance at Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot.  Musique Xpress Lights from Puerto Rico used 49 Q-Wash 560Z-LED & 35 Q-Wash 260-LED wash lights paced on high truss sticks throughout the set. Here are some awesome shots:

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THE WEEKLY RIG from CHAUVET Professional and Trusst – THE GREAT WALL!

It’s the fifth installment of THE WEEKLY RIG from CHAUVET Professional and Trusst!  This week’s installment is affectionately called THE GREAT WALL — check it out!

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The Great Wall, built from TRUSST Trussing, gives a solid structure on stage for you to use in any configuration you can invent — the edges of The Great Wall design features built-in out-rigging support in the form of truss legs that keeps the design upright and weight-balanced.  Make sure that if you modify this design at all that you plan in these pieces on the edges to support the structure!

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THE GREAT WALL utilizes several different models of TRUSST trussing, including 6-way corner blocks (strong and dependable!) 3m straight sections2.5m straight sections1m straight sections, and 24″ base plates.  THE GREAT WALL is a tall-standing backdrop for your tour, band, event, or for anything else to which you can add light and truss!

This week’s installment of THE WEEKLY RIG features the powerful and fast LEGEND 330 SR Spot from CHAUVET Professional — a moving head spot that is just as much of a feature-packed tool as it is a photon cannon.  Also included on the FOH Truss are the venerable Q-Wash 419Z LED fixtures, used in THE GREAT WALL design for front light color washes, and the excellent 3200K LED fresnel in the Ovation line, the Ovation F-165WW, as low backlight blasts.  Truss toning of THE GREAT WALL is done by the COLORado 1 Tri-7 Tour, one of CHAUVET Professional’s hot LED PARs that blasts color down the chords of the truss effectively and intensely.

Spread the word, The Weekly Rig #5 is OUT!

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Lady Gaga + NEXUS + SXSW = EPIC WIN

Did you see Lady Gaga at South by Southwest in Austin (so sorry, SXSW!), lit by NEXUS 4×4?  Live Design wrote an awesome article about it, check it out!

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From the article:

“Originally Lady Gaga was slated to perform at Doritos’ large vending machine, and at the last minute the city denied Doritos the permit because the venue was too small; somehow they were able to secure Stubbs (an outdoor barbeque restaurant) a couple blocks away that could hold a significantly larger amount of people,” said Roberts. “Cory Fitzgerald was tasked with designing a system that would fit the creative and fit on a rather small stage for that large an act. Creative had renderings that showed what looked like a wall of light fixtures, and we all instantly knew what would work for that – Nexus!”

Read more at http://livedesignonline.com/nexus-comes-through-sxsw!

 

 

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