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Nook Schoenfeld commented on Justin Lang's blog post Summer Reading
"If you can finish 3 Clancy books in one summer, I will be impressed. Problem is you have chosen 3 books written over 20 years ago. Clancy was ahead of his time and spoke of( then unknown, outside of the military elite) technology that was simply…"
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Brian Berg commented on Nook Schoenfeld's blog post drum solos
"I agree. I've never liked drum solos, and you can usually watch the boredom set in on the faces of the audience too. Same goes for the guitar solo. If I wanted to see a soloist, I would pay to see a soloist. Both are hard to light because…"
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Nook Schoenfeld commented on Nook Schoenfeld's blog post Boned in the ball room
"You are so correct. Unfortunately a site survey by myself wasn't an option and I blew it by not inquiring beforehand. Thanx for the tip on the hotel air walls. I have never been refused, but I imagine it happens often enough that it would be…"
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Gerard Bourcier commented on Nook Schoenfeld's blog post Boned in the ball room
"Even if there are air wall tracks, many hotels won't let you hang from them. Thats why it's important, whenever possible, to do a site survey with your own eyes. Don't rely on someone else to look and ask all the right questions. I am…"
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"Lee's, Louie sez"
May 19
roadieric commented on Nook Schoenfeld's blog post All State Arena
"Nook;   Needless to say, as  local LD, the old "Horizon" (now Allstate Arena) hold  LOT of great memories for myself also, and I completely agree that Chris is "Da Man", and most of the house crew are brilliant as…"
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"I love how the uplighting makes the trusses look all contorted. Simple and effective. "
Mar 30
Nook Schoenfeld commented on Nook Schoenfeld's blog post Lighting guys and in ears monitors
"So the in ears thing has actually worked out quite well. I can't really hear the spots talk back to me, but that hasn't been much of an issue so far. I did realize that I listed the wrong LD in my original post when speaking of in ears.…"
Mar 14
Nook Schoenfeld commented on Dante Ison's blog post New Beginnings. Old Ends.
"It's good that you are not satisfied. A good lighting designer is never satisfied with complacency. Moving upward to the next challenge, or getting thrown into the fire immediately is the best way to learn, so keep going. I was once a college…"
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Donald Weeks commented on Nook Schoenfeld's blog post Dressing Appropriately
"I know what you mean its that time of the year.  I have a Canadian tour that starts in a couple weeks.  Then it heads south to finish on a Cruise ship for a week.  I'm from upstate NY so I'm used to the cold, but I hate…"
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"Hi Nook, Bummer were going to miss ya in Detroit this time around. Unfortunately I'm here in Michigan doing shows, so no warm climate in my near future. Travel Safe and see ya soon, Joe"
Mar 3
Marshall Sweeten commented on Nook Schoenfeld's blog post Dressing Appropriately
"Staying warm indeed. Please let me know when you are coming around again, if you think of it. I LOve what I do as a Deck Electrician. "
Mar 3
Nook Schoenfeld commented on Nook Schoenfeld's blog post Dressing Appropriately
"Hey Marshall, Good to see you here. Haven't been back there since last fall with John Legend. Trust you guys are keeping hunkered down trying to stay warm this winter."
Mar 3

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USF
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100 different bands and countless other shows
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Zap Technologies Big LED lite
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Every lighting fixture has some redeeming quality, you just have to search for it
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Kiss Light rig

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 7:19am 0 Comments

I love seeing what other folks are doing structural wise with their trussing these days. Of course the curved track that Tommy Lee's roller coaster drum riser goes on is pretty cool. The actual structure must take a little while to fly into place and get together. I thought that was pretty slick, until I saw these pics of the latest KISS rig. Now this band has always had a big look with a lot of lights and flash power. But now...,

     They have a spider. The spider is nothing new as…

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drum solos

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 9:25am 1 Comment

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46dxf37zJdo

If you haven't seen it by now, it's worth a couple minutes of your time to see what Motley Crue is doing. They have a roller coaster of a drum set that looks amazing. The design and lighting are well executed. Kudos to the designers as the concept is undeniably cool. However it must be virtually impossible to play drums upside down. Because Tommy Lee is a good drummer, but to…

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fireworks

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 9:00am 0 Comments

We have all seen fireworks shows over the years and everyone enjoys them. It is easy to wow the public with a 15 minute cycle of colorful explosions. But me, I am their worse critic. I love fireworks and I love all pyro effects on stage. But what gets me is when I see a particular fireworks celebration and it is lame. By lame, I mean rinse and repeat. Repeat until even my 5 year old got bored.

    For instance, I spent the evening of the 4th of July huddled along the banks of the…

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Boned in the ball room

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 3:00pm 2 Comments

      I broke my number one rule in this business. I assumed. When the TD for a small ballroom gig called me and wanted me to light and event that had no points or any way to hang a truss, I believed him. At the same time, I received an email informing me that there will be no cameras at this particular gig so I needn't concern myself with even front light or any rear light at all.

     So I have a 12'd x 16' wide stage for a bunch of speakers to walk around. 14' ceiling in the…

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Vampire Weekend

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 8:41am 0 Comments

Spent last week as the guest LD on some shows with this band. I didn't really know any of their music til LD Brian Spett gave me a call last month. He had to go shoot a movie for a month and needed someone to run the GMA2 and hit a bunch of bump buttons. I was glad to do it.

    Brian sent me a wide shot movie of the show so I could see where all the lighting bump cues were. He also forwarded me the set list and the console show file. Once I received those I downloaded the songs from…

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At 12:09pm on March 3, 2014, Joe Leahy said…

Hi Nook, Bummer were going to miss ya in Detroit this time around. Unfortunately I'm here in Michigan doing shows, so no warm climate in my near future. Travel Safe and see ya soon, Joe

At 11:31pm on July 19, 2013, Steven Skippy Baldwin said…

Yeah, spent almost three years to heal up from losing Sallie, and stayed out of the biz.

New shows so show up, but always out of the blue, and tight notice. I still keep my cell phone handy for folks who are using say a Hog!1000. Man, with the right grouping I could make the thing really sing. I saw Tom McKeown's band a week or so ago. Great unplugged type style. Six people is a tall order, and he was cool with my production notes.

At 1:10pm on October 31, 2012, Mike Wharton said…

From lunch that day in Atlanta...! Took a while to find a pic for the profile. Thanks again buddy! 

At 7:57am on November 7, 2011, Kyle Intrabartolo said…
Congrats on the award Nook!!!!
At 7:47am on November 7, 2011, Wayne Lambert said…
Yikes! Sorry for the typo in that last post, NOOK!
At 7:43am on November 7, 2011, Wayne Lambert said…
The pictures of the Kid Rock show look fantastic!! Congratulations on the award, Nick!
At 4:40pm on October 31, 2011, cody stoltz said…
Hey nook congratulations on your award
At 1:59pm on May 17, 2010, William R Strawn said…
Indeed it is Bill Strawn from Sac/Branson and beyond :) As I recall the nickname, garnered during our stint with the Steve Winwood tour, was "The Hub".
Drop me a line at hedlite@msn.com and let's catch up. Lots to tell :)
At 3:58pm on January 10, 2010, cody stoltz said…
thank you nook I had to do a fly loop at the lil wayne show in laffayete. (they went through my boss for the lighting)
At 8:01am on December 9, 2009, Nook Schoenfeld said…
A fly loop saves you time on load in. If you know that your trusses will trim at exactly 20', here's what you do. It consists of the cable that will run from the truss to the ground, prior to running to the dimmers side stage.
1. Run the multicables on to the truss on the floor and plug them in.
2. Take the cable from the end of the truss, and run it backwards, parallel to the truss on the ground towards center stage.
3. Once you have gone approximately 10', turn the cable around and go the other way another 10'
4. Run the rest of the cable back to the dimmers, figure 8 it on a nice neat pile and plug in the ends
5. Now when you run the truss up 20' in the air, your "fly loop" of cable will be in the air, your rig already tested, and you don't have to touch any of the cable a second time
 
 
 

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