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Telluride and overcoming obstacles

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…


Added by Nook Schoenfeld on September 15, 2014 at 9:29am — No Comments

Hello California!

                                                                      Hello California!

        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…


Added by Elisa Goad on September 8, 2014 at 6:24pm — No Comments

Small town lighting and knock off fixtures.

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…


Added by Nook Schoenfeld on September 1, 2014 at 10:37am — No Comments

Jackpot Nv

         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…


Added by Nook Schoenfeld on August 22, 2014 at 12:18pm — No Comments

More towns I've never seen pt2

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…


Added by Nook Schoenfeld on August 16, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Places I've never gigged 1

   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…


Added by Nook Schoenfeld on August 11, 2014 at 9:01am — No Comments

IndieGoGo for New Film: ROADIE: The Documentary

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…


Added by Justin Lang on August 8, 2014 at 7:42am — No Comments

Fixture review: Robe MMX spots

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,…


Added by Craig Rutherford on August 6, 2014 at 6:47pm — No Comments

McCartney show

  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…


Added by Nook Schoenfeld on August 4, 2014 at 10:52am — No Comments

choosing gigs

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

Kiss Light rig

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…


Added by Nook Schoenfeld on July 22, 2014 at 7:19am — 2 Comments

Summer Reading

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…


Added by Justin Lang on July 21, 2014 at 8:51am — 2 Comments

Portable, Explosion Proof LED Light... ON A WHEELBARROW

I have seen some interesting designs of lighting fixtures out there.  And not just our industry either.  Some how I find my self on some random emailing list for press releases.  Of course, most of them are always related to lighting since the word is our name.  Though, there are times when I get the random PRs for say, Hot Single Ladies... damn you spam filter!

Back to lighting... I just received another one of the endless PRs that grace my inbox. This time, it is from Larson…


Added by Justin Lang on July 16, 2014 at 7:43am — No Comments

Robe: What I like and what I dislike

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Robe is one of the most important brands in the show lighting industry; no question about it. This czech company has improved some of the well known standards out there, lowering the prices and optimizing the functions. Everybody…


Added by Ben Diaz on July 11, 2014 at 9:26am — No Comments

drum solos

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…


Added by Nook Schoenfeld on July 10, 2014 at 9:25am — 1 Comment


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…


Added by Nook Schoenfeld on July 7, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Boned in the ball room

      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…


Added by Nook Schoenfeld on June 26, 2014 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Vampire Weekend

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…


Added by Nook Schoenfeld on June 18, 2014 at 8:41am — No Comments

Airport gig

While I have done gigs in airport hangers in LA and Rehearsals in hangers in NYC, I have never actually flown into a city, and stayed at the airport for 4 straight days doing a gig. This week finds me in Atlanta at the Georgia International convention center. It's a ballroom job, boring business meeting with the typical party at the end. 

    I flew in Monday and hopped on the tram that took me about 1/4 mile down the road to a Marriott and the attached convention center. For 4 days I…


Added by Nook Schoenfeld on June 4, 2014 at 10:50am — No Comments

weekend warrior

Some musical acts work what is called  "The Weekend Warrior" circuit. That's when a band travels on a thursday, does a couple shows over the weekend and gets back to home on Sunday or Monday. Rinse and repeat every weekend for a while and you have become that guy, the weekend warrior who putts around the house all week then gigs for 72 hours straight.

This is a popular style of gig booking for country music and there is a good reason for this. It is a proven fact that country artists…


Added by Nook Schoenfeld on June 1, 2014 at 3:37am — No Comments

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