Lady Antebellum Shines for CVS Charity Classic with LEGENDS!

A great band, a great cause, with great beams of light!  JDI Productions in Rhode Island recently used 34 Legend 230SR Beams and Legend 412 LED wash fixtures to rock the night for Lady Antebellum.  Check it out below!

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PROVIDENCE, RI – The CVS Caremark Charity Classic is known throughout Rhode Island for bringing big name golfers to the state (20 PGA pros were at this year’s event) and raising much-needed funds for local causes. This year’s edition of the event, which has raised well over a $1 million annually since it began in 1999, also brought something else to the area – big name entertainment in the form of Lady Antebellum. The multi-Grammy winning, platinum recording artists performed before over one thousand invited guests at the Rhode Island Convention Center, illuminated by a zesty lightshow created by Derek Iorfida, using a variety of Legend moving head fixtures from CHAUVET Professional.

“This is a major event throughout the state,” said Iorfida, president of JDI Productions in Johnston, Rhode Island. “The gala at the convention tops off a charity golf tournament that generates a lot of local attention, so we want a design with impact – something that sparkles.”

Contributors to the charity classic joined executives from the 7,600-store CVS Caremark chain at the gala, which featured dining and dancing. However, Iorfida didn’t approach this project as a “corporate” lighting design. “At the end of the day this was a concert,” he said. “The invited guests saw this as a Lady Antebellum concert, and that’s the kind of atmosphere that we wanted to create.”

Aside from creating this atmosphere on the Rhode Island Convention Center Stage, Iorfida also extended it to the dance floor with the help of 34 Legend 230SR Beam and Legend 412 LED moving head fixtures. “We positioned the Legends upstage, mid-stage and on truss towers over the dance floor to cover the entire area with concert-like colorful, vivid beams,” he said. “The intensity and output of the Legend fixtures really can’t be matched by anything in their class. They’re also very fast. We swept beams over the dance floor to energize the crowd.”

Iorfida used a Road Hog 4 console to program the CVS gala lightshow. “We created a lot of chases and dynamic scenes for this event just as we would a touring concert,” he said. “The 230SR Beam’s zooming, beam shaping and split color capabilities were key to helping us achieve what we wanted with this design.”

It isn’t every day that visitors to a corporate event get to be entertained by a superstar group with seven Number One singles to its credit, especially one illuminated by a dynamic concert level lightshow. “The client was very happy with how everything came together,” said Iorfida. “We gave people an evening they’re going to remember for a long time – and that felt good.”

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The Weekly Rig from CHAUVET Professional and TRUSST — Quatuor Erro!

weekly-rig-7-chauvet-professional-dIt’s that time again – another installment of The Weekly Rig from CHAUVET Professional and Trusst!  This week’s installment is called Quatuor Erro, which translates to Four Hallways in Latin.  Now you’re learning Latin!

Particular attention was paid to this week’s design with respect to repetition – an important design element that is often overlooked is the power of repetition and symmetry in your lighting and truss designs.  This brings up another very important aspect of design – do you want even numbers of fixtures in a row or odd numbers?  Each gives you different looks, and the even vs. odd debate also lends itself to different combinations of aerial and wash looks.  Even numbers of fixtures lends itself to interesting center splits in a design, especially when fanning, and the odd numbered fanned splits will require you with a beam right in the center of your view.  Keep in mind this isn’t a bad thing at all; it’s just a different kind of aerial look!

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This week’s installment of The Weekly Rig features the bright and powerful Legend™ 330 SR Spot and the eye-popping Nexus 4×4 LED panels, with the COLORado Batten 144 Tour being utilized for architectural blasts.  All of the four lighting positions are made from Trusst™ trussing, all self-standing, and self-supporting!  The Trusst “doorways” are made from 2m straight sections with 90° corners creating the top of the doorway.  COLORdash Par Quad 7 LED wash fixtures are used for truss toning – with truss used as scenic elements, it’s best to have a bright fixture lighting your structure up!

Check out some renders of this week’s Weekly Rig, Quatuor Erro!

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The Weekly Rig from CHAUVET Professional and Trusst – Digital Buddha!

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It’s time for another installment of The Weekly Rig from CHAUVET Professional and Trusst trussing!  This week’s rig is geared towards EDM and unconventional bands like The Black Keys and The White Stripes  – meet Digital Buddha!

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This week’s installment of The Weekly Rig brings a relatively new fixture to the forefront of design and maximum output — the bright, versatile, and punchy Nexus Affinity AW7x7 pixel-mapping panel!  Nexus AW7x7 can be mounted in myriad configurations, what we’ve provided here for you is a mere scratch to what can be done with the Nexus AW7x7.

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Also in this week’s Weekly Rig is the venerable Legend 330 SR Spot, the COLORdash Par Quad 7 for truss toning, the COLORado 2 Quad Zoom Tour for backlight blasts, and a FOH truss sporting the Legend 330 SR Spot for maximum audience enjoyment.

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In addition to the CHAUVET Professional lighting fixtures, this week’s edition of The Weekly Rig features several excellent pieces of TRUSST trussing, including 1m sticks, 6-way cornerblocks, 3m truss arcs, and the versatile, strong, and easily configurable universal TV mount for adding displays and monitors to your design!  A media server and some fun content, and you have some excellent dynamic graphics to go along with your rocking light show!

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Stay tuned for next week’s rig where we incorporate circles, triangles, and squares of truss into a design!  Check out our other episodes of The Weekly Rig as well, we hope you find something that rocks you!

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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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Some Awesome Umphrey’s McGee for Your Monday – Sociable Jimmy Live #UM

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If you haven’t heard of Umphrey’s McGee, you’re really missing out!  How about a little taste for your Monday afternoon?  Here’s a great tune called Sociable Jimmy, and this cut is live from this summer’s UM Summer Camp, an event the band throws every year in Chillicothe, IL.  Umphrey’s is also playing a sold out run at the Fillmore in Denver this New Years’ Eve…  Are you going?

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Funky Friday! BRAND NEW HEAVIES, You Are the Universe!

HAPPY FRIDAY, lighting industry!

We’ve made it to the end of the work week again, and whether you have a weekend full of shows or you have a weekend full of couch, we hope that it is the best weekend you can have!

We have such an amazing industry full of brilliant, creative, hard working, extremely skilled members — and every day in this industry is a great day full of discovery and masterful lighting!  Today’s Funky Friday is devoted to our awesome industry!

Check out The Brand New Heavies performing You Are The Universe!

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Afternoon Energy Boost: Umphrey’s McGee and STS9 Play David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance”

Everyone ready for an afternoon energy boost?  No need for one of those little White-Out sized bottles of taurine, have some pure musical enjoyment to pump you up!

Here’s an amazing video of a moment of musical magnitude:  Umphrey’s McGee and Sound Tribe Sector 9 (STS9) rocking David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance.”  Check it out, and have an amazing day!  The lighting design is by Jefferson Waful.

Enjoy!

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