I bought my first Streamlight back in 2013, after many years of being a die-hard SureFire fan. I still have several G2s scattered around my various bags and Pelican cases that I use when traveling, and they're still great. For a long time I carried a 6P LED, and was very happy with its performance over the years. But I wanted something that would do dual-brightness, and had significant output for those times when I really, really needed to
set something on fire light up a large…
Added by Craig Rutherford on October 20, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Nook Schoenfeld on October 20, 2014 at 8:45am — No 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…Continue
Added by Nook Schoenfeld on October 14, 2014 at 8:19pm — No Comments
OK, I'm done working with my first so-called Legend. Meaning old guy who sold a bazillion album a bazillion years ago. It was fun yet uneventful. Now I'm moving in the other direction. Going to light a young act from Australia calling themselves the Janoskians. This term stands for Just Another Name Of Silly Kids In Another Nation. They are basically a singing comedy troupe from the streets of Melbourne that has made it semi famous thru a series of you tube videos that have gone viral. While…Continue
Added by Nook Schoenfeld on October 9, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Last month I saw yet another big rock show where they put hundreds of LED movers behind a video wall with the intent to shine them thru the wall and make it look cool. But to be honest, for the umpteenth time that I have seen people do this, it did not look great. It was not phenomenal. In fact I think it was rather a waste of gear.
I'm not sure why people think this looks cool. So I gotta think now that maybe it's me. Maybe there are acts out there doing this and it's supposed…Continue
As one gets older, they realize they have played so many venues in their life that you feel like you have been to them all. Up until this year I felt that way because I had been to every arena, shed and hell hole that could hold up a truss. Or so I thought. I had never played all the little gigs. While I have probably been in every House of Blues in America I am far from having played every club. For instance, For years I have heard of a place called Cain's Ballroom that is somewhere…Continue
Added by Nook Schoenfeld on September 29, 2014 at 9:41am — No Comments
----On the Texas Rodeo Concert Circuit----
(Yes, it really exists.)
1. When you grab a bite at the local diner, don’t try to fix the wobbly table by stuffing a bunch of sugar packets under the leg.
First off, according to most nutrition experts, processed sugar contains a whole bunch of stuff that’s bad for you, including nuclear waste and raw sewage. And second off, the paper packets will…Continue
Added by Wayne Lambert on September 24, 2014 at 9:47am — No Comments
I think the coolest thing about traveling on a tour using just local production, is that you get to use all sorts of fixtures. My GrandMA console imports fixtures daily as I need them. Within 1 month I have used 60 different fixtures. From moving heads to star drops to every blinking LED - I have used a lot of stuff. Some of it is good, some garbage. But if it emits light, it has some value right?
Well maybe not. I played a theater last night that had a dozen Clay Paky super scan…Continue
Added by Nook Schoenfeld on September 21, 2014 at 5:29pm — No Comments
It was nice to roll through the lovely town of Telluride, Colorado this weekend. They have an annual Blues and Brews festival in this hidden little valley town and I was fortunate to play it. The stage was small, the catering a little different than normal, but the niceness of everyone involved in this venue just made for a nice day.
TMS out of Omaha supplied a couple trusses of movers and some lekos, I hooked my GrandMA up and cloned and focused in an hour. My band was playing during…Continue
Added by Nook Schoenfeld on September 15, 2014 at 9:29am — No Comments
I have finally made my cross country move from Orlando, FL to Anaheim, CA. I'm sorry it's been so long, but life has been hectic. I did get the transfer from Disney World to DisneyLand, but not from full time to full time ( they don't automatically give that to you ) I moved to California for better job opportunities and THE WEATHER! I know this makes me sound like an old person, but I…Continue
Added by Elisa Goad on September 8, 2014 at 6:24pm — No Comments
So I strolled thru a string of wineries last week. Nothing overall exciting. Generic gigs I like to call them. Though I do enjoy playing the old Masson Winery out in Saratoga, California. It's indeed one of those gigs that is difficult to get your gear into, But it is great once you shoehorn it all in. The lights are hung from a metal structure which cantilevers off the front face of what looks to be an old monastery. The gig is nestled into some foothills that overlook all of San Jose. The…Continue
Added by Nook Schoenfeld on September 1, 2014 at 10:37am — No 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…Continue
Added by Nook Schoenfeld on August 22, 2014 at 12:18pm — No 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…Continue
Added by Nook Schoenfeld on August 16, 2014 at 8:30pm — No 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.
Added by Nook Schoenfeld on August 11, 2014 at 9:01am — No Comments
Check out the trailer for an upcoming indie film called ROADIE: The Documentary. It is by TJ Hoffman, a long time roadie with some of the biggest tours in the industry. He is looking for support from the industry to complete the film by starting and IndieGoGo fund…Continue
Added by Justin Lang on August 8, 2014 at 7:42am — No Comments
These are were my primary spot moving lights on Ronnie Dunn, and they’re made by the (lesser known, in the States at least) Czech company Robe. (Pronounced row-bee.) The MMX spot uses the Phillips Platinum 35 lamp, an 800-watt short arc lamp that the company says is close to the output of traditional 1200-watt sources. I think that’s fair if we’re talking about an older light like the MAC 2000, which they are comparable to. However,…Continue
Added by Craig Rutherford on August 6, 2014 at 6:47pm — No 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…Continue
Added by Nook Schoenfeld on August 4, 2014 at 10:52am — No 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…
Added by Nook Schoenfeld on July 24, 2014 at 12:30pm — No 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…Continue
For as long as I could read, I have been living under the impression that summer time is the best time to catch up on some reading. Maybe it was something I learned early in school. "Catch up on your reading, you have nothing else to do!" Yes, all through out my school years, summer time was the best time. But since then, living and working in the real world makes it more difficult.
Despite that I still take time out during the summer to catch up on some reading. Hell, I kind of…Continue