42West Takes Their Low Ceiling On A Ride with CHAUVET Professional!

Legend 230SR Beams and PVP MVP 12 video panels helped lighting designer Ben Danielowski make the 42West performance of Beatles’ tribute band Prefab 4 extra awesome in this excellent low-ceiling New York City club!  Check it out!


NEW YORK – Liverpool’s Cavern Club, the iconic venue that gave the Beatles their first taste of fame, began life as a cellar warehouse and later served as an air raid shelter during World War II.  So, it’s only fitting that the world’s first interactive Beatles Tribute Show, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah (Y3), made its New York appearance at 42West, a venue that served as a mid-town Manhattan parking garage, before being transformed into one of the city’s hippest nightspots.

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All of this may make for nice symmetry and a cool experience for audiences, but the low ceilings of the former parking structure created a special challenge when it came to lighting the group’s performance. Lighting Designer Ben Danielowski met this challenge in impressive fashion by utilizing the zoomable prism on Legend 230SR Beam from CHAUVET Professional.

“The club is a fantastic venue that’s very popular in New York,” said the LD. “However, as a former parking structure it does present some challenges when you’re trying to light a rock show. With 12′-14′ ceilings, and large support beams blocking most of my first choices of angles, it was difficult to get many of the great clean shots I was able to achieve during previous productions of this show when we’ve been touring.”

Danielowski relied on the Legend 230SR Beam with its zoomable 8-facet rotating prism to help him achieve the desired beam coverage on the stage despite the low ceiling and relative scarcity of good angles. Zooming the prism out, he was able to get wide coverage in the low ceiling structure, while at the same achieving the distance needed to hit the stage with light.

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“I was very impressed with the Legends,” said Danielowski. “They were very fast and very bright, aside from having a nice beam angle and the zooming prism.  They were a great alternative to the more expensive moving fixtures, and since budget is never not an issue that’s always very important.”

Danielowski planned on using CHAUVET Professional’s ÉPIX Bar 2.0 and ÉPIX Strip 2.0 at Yeah, Yeah, Yeah’s New York appearance, but since 42West already had a massive 36′ long by 8′ tall video wall made of CHAUVET Professional MVP 12 LED Video Wall Panels, he had to put that plan on hold. “I can’t wait to use the ÉPIX products on tour, but since the MVP wall is already installed at this club, we changed our plans. We created a video interface with “Max6″ that allowed us to push images, video, or DMX values to the MVP screen via an iPad remote.  It was an amazing show. I had a great programming team of Zack Janesky and Jamie Roderick.”

The Yeah, Yeah, Yeah band, “PreFab4” also came in for praise from Danielowski. “The band members Mat Leland, Anthony Rella, Eli Zoller and Rich Berta are very talented,” said the LD. “Each of the guys sing and they all jump on different instruments throughout the show, so it’s very dynamic with a lot of on-stage energy. This is really the first interactive Beatles tribute show, with all the songs played by request, so audience engagement is key.

“Our lighting was a big part of the show’s look and feel,” continued Danielowski. “The audience loved the design.  They felt immersed in the show, since many of the lighting looks that were on stage were mimicked in the audience. That made us feel very good about our work.”

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Storm Events Glamourizes the Grosvenor House with EPIX!

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Storm Events rocked this one — check out this article on a recent Grosvenor House event that was made in proper glamorous English fashion with CHAUVET Professional’s EPIX family of products!

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LONDON – Glamour is commonplace at Grosvenor House. The Beatles have stayed at this majestic hotel, so too have US presidents, Saudi princes, movie stars and moguls. The hotel’s Great Room, one of the largest ballrooms in Europe, has hosted so many high-profile events that it’s become a familiar sight on BBC news reports. Standing out in such a glitzy venue is no easy task, but that’s exactly what a recent awards ceremony did thanks to some inspired pixel mapping by Storm Events using the EPIX 2.0 Strip and EPIX 2.0 Bar from CHAUVET Professional.

“Everyone wants an event at Grosvenor House to be special, because there is such a rich tradition here,” said Andy White, Production Director at Storm Events (Peterborough, UK). “This was a prestigious event hosted by Claudia Winkleman a well-known BBC presenter and journalist and attended by many key publishing people, so our client asked us to do something to make the set stand out.”

Creating a stand out design is precisely what Storm Events did using the EPIX 2.0 products to achieve a glittering pixel-mapping effect. “We joined all of the EPIX units end-to-end in twos, and spaced them at 250mm across the set,” said White, noting that a total of 80 strips and bars were used. “Our design alternated strips and bars back and forth with the strips set slightly higher than the bars to create a 2.3m high continuous image. Using Kling-Net we were able to map the entire image in about 30 minutes.”

Storm positioned video projection screens between its EPIX strips and bars. The company also used Q-Spot 460 LED moving yokes and Legend 412 RGBW LED washes throughout the venue for added color, spotting and washing. The razor sharp beams of the Q-Spot 460 fixtures added extra punch to the lighting design, while the Legend 412 RGBW provided a smooth even color wash to the background.

“The end result was really quite dazzling,” said White. “I think the pixel mapping really brought the backdrop to life, creating a very engaging presentation.”

White says there were three key reasons why the Chauvet products were selected for this project. “We went with Chauvet because of the ease and flexibility of rigging their lightweight products. We also liked the fact that they were simple to program and cable; and finally we were very impressed with their performance and bright output.”

In addition to pixel mapping and creating the lighting design, Storm provided live filming to screen, audio, set and event lighting. “It was a very comprehensive project,” said White. “We’re very proud of the end result.”

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For more information on Storm Events visit www.storm-events.co.uk

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CHAUVET® Professional ÉPIX™ Fixtures Rock with Luke Bryan

Once again, CHAUVET® Professional performs flawlessly in a high-profile tour: 130  ÉPIX™ Strip and 16 ÉPIX™ Bar fixtures are used for their pixel-mapping abilities in the vivacious design for Luke Bryan’s Dirt Road Diaries Tour 2013. The ÉPIX™ Strip and ÉPIX™ Bar lights have an imposing effect above a video wall on stage and above the audience from a square-shaped truss. The CHAUVET® Professional lights were controlled via ArKaos Kling-Net protocol, for fast and easy assignment. Here are some great shots:

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Off the Hookah is Smokin’ Hot with CHAUVET®

Located in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale, Off the Hookah features world-ranked flair bartenders, belly dancers and a hypnotizing light show made up of more than 200 CHAUVET® fixtures. To create the one-of-a-kind atmosphere, lighting designers installed 32 Epix™ Strip pixel-mapping strip light, 28 Q-Wash™ 260-LED and four Q-Spot™ 560-LED moving heads, four Impulse™ 648 strobe lights and more than 100 COLORstrip™ wash lights. Check out the eye-candy below and stay tuned for the complete installation story and On the Road video story.


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