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
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…Continue
Added by Justin Lang on July 16, 2014 at 7:43am — No Comments
Extracted from http://bendiazlightingdesigner.wordpress.com
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…Continue
Added by Ben Diaz on July 11, 2014 at 9:26am — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Nook Schoenfeld on July 7, 2014 at 9:00am — No 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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Nook Schoenfeld on June 18, 2014 at 8:41am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Nook Schoenfeld on June 4, 2014 at 10:50am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Nook Schoenfeld on June 1, 2014 at 3:37am — No Comments
As Editor of PLSN, I get asked a whole bunch of questions about the industry. One recurring question I get from the younger generation of professionals is "How do I find work?" It always hits me like a ton of bricks when I hear that. It makes me think, How do you do that!
There is no right way or wrong way to find work. Unlike the normal 9 to 5 job, it is not something you can just find in the classifieds. Though I say that and this past Sunday, I found a small classified looking…Continue
Thanx to a friend I saw a Facebook post showing an old band, the Blasters, was playing my city the other night. They were one of my favorite bands in the 80s and excel at the seemingly lost set of Rockabilly music. They didn't miss a beat as they nailed all their old tunes in typical 1-4-5 time. The great thing about Rockabilly music is it's made up of a lot of funk mixed with a lot of stop cues. In other words, this stuff is fun to light.
So there I was for an 11PM set in a…Continue
I'm taking a break from touring for the summer, at least for now. Been lucky enough to just keep bouncing from gig to gig again. Just flew back in from the Gulfport Music Fest in Mississippi. Lighting Kid Rock again, we are playing every weekend for the next 6 weeks which is just perfect. I have two other bands who wish to utilize my services for weekday shows. Good for the frequent flyer points.
Deep South productions provided a really cool light rig. But the festival had gotten…Continue
Added by Nook Schoenfeld on May 11, 2014 at 6:19pm — No Comments
We all hear this word and it's a bit scary to some. They think, heck I'm not even 40 I'm OK. But then are you really?
When I turned 40 my wife made me get a physical. I felt fine. My cholesterol was in check. I was touring around the world with the Beastie Boys. During a break I decided not to argue about it and got a regular physical complete with pee tests, vials of blood and the inevitable finger wave test. Doc said I was fine.
72 hours later I get a call…Continue
Added by Nook Schoenfeld on May 2, 2014 at 12:16pm — No Comments