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Nook Schoenfeld commented on Nook Schoenfeld's blog post Kiss Light rig
"Thanx Mike. Good stuff "
Jul 29
Mike Rock commented on Nook Schoenfeld's blog post Kiss Light rig
"SGPS is handling the rigging and automation and Christie is dealing with the lights. Each leg is controlled by two winches and the head is eight, plus two for the horns or antennas, and the tail is four. Think of it as a steam punk marionette puppet."
Jul 28
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…"
Jul 22
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…"
Jul 11
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…"
Jul 1
Nook Schoenfeld commented on Nook Schoenfeld's blog post Dive bar lighting
"Typo. It is Lee's "
May 19
Ja Stoddart commented on Nook Schoenfeld's blog post Dive bar lighting
"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…"
Apr 7
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"The old 1/2 mirrorball on the floor stand. Never gets old."
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The old 1/2 mirrorball on the floor trick. Never gets old
Mar 30
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PIXIES 30 © Steve Jennings

"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"
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Jackpot Nv

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 12:18pm 0 Comments

         As the song goes, "I've been everywhere man, I've been everywhere." I can actually say that now. I had never heard of this town and for good reason. Barely 1000 people live here. So why is there a town here at all and a more valid question was why was i here to do a rock show?

        Thank Goodness for the internet. I google the place and find a small town on the Nevada/Idaho border. A quick summary tells me what I need to know. Back in the middle of the last century there…


More towns I've never seen pt2

Posted on August 16, 2014 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

Woke up in Pueblo, Co. last week. Went for a walk down historic old main street while the town slept in. Beautiful town and for some reason, I've never gigged here. It has a great facility called Memorial Hall. Built around the turn of the 1900's it had just finished being refurbished to it's grand original state. 

     She's a beauty, with 4 or 5 electrics loaded with ellipsoidals and a scattering of pars. I mix and matched fixtures with gels until I had a totally unsymetrical look…


Places I've never gigged 1

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 9:01am 0 Comments

   For the next two months I will be traveling the back roads of the US. Playing small towns and making a light show out of whatever lighting fixtures I can find. All I'm carrying is a GrandMA2 console and a catalyst media server that feeds our Elation 9' x 14' video wall. Joel Reiff programmed a light show. Production manager and video director David Davidian gave him access to the web site "Video Blocks" to grab footage for the media server. Then they handed it to me. 

      I found…


McCartney show

Posted on August 4, 2014 at 10:52am 0 Comments

  The missus and I were invited down to catch up with some old friends and enjoy an evening of good classic music by Paul McCartney. Last time I saw this act, must have been ten years ago. To this day, the production for that show stands as the best live event I have ever seen. It blew away every large stadium type show I had seen before or since. So as the date approached I wondered what they were doing now a days, to top that production.

     The fact is they did something really…


choosing gigs

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

All summer I have been bouncing around between musical acts, covering one offs here and there. I get a lot of calls from friends who are overbooked and need someone to punt a show here and there. I’m that guy and happy to be spending time at home EVERY week and gigging a few days. I know the family enjoys it.

I got a few of these calls last week. Kenny Mednick needed someone to cover some Cult shows for a couple weeks. Dave Davidian was looking for someone to take over for Joel Reiff…


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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 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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