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Nook Schoenfeld commented on David Henry's blog post What's Coming in 2015
"It seems to me that Hybrid fixtures have become the specialty of 2015. Fixtures that can be utilized as a spot/wash/beam fixture for whatever you need at that moment of your show"
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Red Bull Crashed Ice

This weekend I got the pleasure of witnessing a relatively new sporting event: High speed downhill ice skate racing. I think this is the fifth year Red Bull has put on this extreme sport (3rd time in the states) and it was all lit for television last Saturday night. Over 120,000 people came to see the races on this custom built track that was just an engineering marvel . To check out the final race, click on this link. PLSN will be giving you the scoop next month on what it takes to build a…See More
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Moving mirror heads

I had heard these guys built a bunch of these for Beyonce a while back. This could be like doubling up your moving lights. They can't be that expensive to rent either. Imagine a row of say 8 of these on your downstage edge with 8 Sharpies on the upstage truss. Point the Sharpie down for a lovely Apron wash, but then hit these at the same time and you have instant floor lite with double the beam. Turn the mirror over to the mirrorball side and you now have gobos in the floor lights. Just…See More
Jan 22
Nook Schoenfeld posted a status
"OLD GLP light from 20 years ago. A mirrored light but the base spins 360 degrees continuously as does the mirror. Thanx Mark Ravenhill"
Jan 19
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GLP Mini Patend Movinghead and Scanner#1

GLP Mini Patend Movinghead and Scanner#1
Jan 19
Nook Schoenfeld commented on Rafal Mrzyglocki's group Creative LEDs & Big Screens
"That was a cool looking show Rafal."
Jan 18
Nook Schoenfeld joined Rafal Mrzyglocki's group

Creative LEDs & Big Screens

Group for people who use VIDEO LED products in their events and shows.See More
Jan 18
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Black Light artist

I came across this interesting site and thought it interesting enough to pass on. Better than most UV lit drops I've ever seen. More
Jan 15
Nook Schoenfeld commented on Nook Schoenfeld's photo

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"They are now among the big boys. But still have great pricing to back it up. "
Jan 13
Nook Schoenfeld commented on Craig Rutherford's blog post "Pixel" Dance Show - Woah, Dude
"I was wondering how they did that last month. Makes sense now. Either way it's some amazing pixel dust."
Jan 12
Nook Schoenfeld replied to Nook Schoenfeld's discussion Mythos revealed
"LD Mike Swinford has over 400 of these spec'd on his up coming tours. Every light with the exception of the truss toners is a Mythos."
Jan 12
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Mythos revealed

This pic was taken of the first Clay Paky Mythos fixtures to hit our shores. Morris Lighting provided Lighting Designer Mike Swinford with over 150 of these as he lit the CMT Kickoff party last Friday. Stay tuned to PLSN for more action pics from this show. Pic taken by Michael Appel.See More
Jan 12
Nook Schoenfeld replied to Tyler Santangelo's discussion JARAG vs Krypton 25
"I thought the Jarag and the Krypton 25 were both halogen myself. Though those guys from Fla that deal with the Krypton have some bright COB type lights so perhaps they make the Krypton with them now. I think they discontinued making Jarags myself.…"
Jan 12
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Jan 7
Nook Schoenfeld commented on Hatega Victor Kwizera's photo


"nice look"
Jan 7

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Lighting,Video,set design
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Who have you worked for or where have you worked in the past?
100 different bands and countless other shows
What's your favorite new technology?
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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Just a bunch of Roadies

Posted on December 6, 2014 at 3:39pm 0 Comments

So there is group of roadies, led by the legendary Charlie Hernandez, who do a lot of good globally. Call themselves JABOR. They get food and medicine to countries that have been ravaged by natural disasters as well as good karma type stuff here in the states. Charlie recently wrote a letter that I would like to post here just to let you guys know what this cat is up to. Pretty phenomenal pay it forward type stuff.…


Race Track gigs

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 9:31am 0 Comments

In my career I have done concerts in all kinds of places. Minor league ball parks with stages towed behind tractors. State fairs where the stage was set on railroad tracks and moved into place. And then there's the circuit of race car events they seem to have every year. As I understand it, plenty of good old boy country acts play the Nascar circuit. Nascar is big time stock car racing I believe. Makes me think of the Dukes of Hazard. These races attract humongous crowds and I'm sure there…



Posted on October 30, 2014 at 10:57am 2 Comments

     It’s not that often that I get to play some club gigs. Usually it’s because one of my acts is playing a benefit show for a worthy cause, or they just want an occasional break from an arena to do an intimate show. Seems to be the trend now with bands doing residency stays in Vegas or other hot spots. The exception is when a group has some backing and is willing to pay my fee. I long ago accepted the fact that money talks, and when it does, I listen.

    So for a quick…


Last night in Dallas

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 8:45am 1 Comment

I screwed up again last night. Broke the number one rule in our biz. I assumed something again. I assumed the front of house table at the House of Blues was set up sturdily. I didn't check it. Slayer, the house LD didn't check it. Nobody had ever checked it as it got used successfully every night. Til I get there of course.

    I'm carrying a video wall and mini-mac Catalyst media server. Using a Martin M1 console this run. I receive camera feeds via rf from the stage. I have various…


Nice see in ya

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 8:19pm 0 Comments

      One of the greatest things about our biz is the ability to run into the same people at various gigs in your life. I mean unexpectedly. Last month I ran into two guys I hadn't seen since the eighties, at the same venue. We caught up. No need to become Facebook buddies or anything, just saying hi.

    Last night I was in Boston for a quick one show affair at some club. I walk into a pub next door to get some chow and a beer before the show. 5 minutes later my buddy John Macleish…


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At 6:21pm on December 16, 2014, Nicolas Canobbio said…

Thank you! Huntington is a great town!

I was hoping to get some answers to some questions about lighting an MMA cage for my events:

I have some lighting questions for a live MMA event. I wanted to properly light the cage similar to how the pro events you see on TV but on a budget.

I'm looking into the tripar LED lights to light the cage. The cage is roughly 26'x26' but in shape of hexagon.

How many of the lights would be needed to light the cage? How high up should we go above the cage?

Thanks for the help!

At 8:36am on September 12, 2014, Brian Berg said…

A dealer told me they were getting damaged in shipping. Makes you wonder how they hold up inside a console that bounces down the road in a truck continually. Other than that I haven't had any problems other than a couple small bugs.

I wish we could take the FX engine from a Hog and stick it in an MA. You'd have the perfect console! lol

At 8:11am on September 12, 2014, Brian Berg said…

I hear ya. I had to replace a Multi-touch in a MA2 Light this year and it cost $2800 for a reburb. A new one was $4k. I had to send it to ACT for repair. They won't let me do it myself.

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

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