So now I am an opening act LD. This is the first time in my whole career I have ever toured as the opener. John Legend is down under, supporting Alicia Keyes for a few shows as well as headlining some theater dates too. And it's not as easy as it looks. Kathy Beer is lighting the headliner and has been a gracious host with giving me time on the console.
We played Perth last night. It went OK I guess, but I am my own worse critic. My biggest mistake was using too many…Continue
Added by Nook Schoenfeld on December 5, 2013 at 1:53pm — No Comments
I took a 3 week break from running John Legend to catch up on some home life and other work that is backing up.
Couple of weeks with my wife and kids followed by a week with Mike Mahoney,my old buddy. Mahoney Designs looks after many booths at convention centers these days. The RSNA medical equipment show takes place every November and if at all possible I try and get to work with Mike. It takes about a week to load in and focus some very large booths.
Mike has me roaming…Continue
Added by Nook Schoenfeld on December 1, 2013 at 5:29pm — No Comments
You can’t make this stuff up I swear.
In September I did some tour rehearsals with a gospel show I light every year. For 4 days we load into a nice theater outside of Dallas. The Nokia Theater is a grand place run by Verizon that is normally a great gig. I like the stagehands there. They are the go-getter type. The ones that are happy to ask you “what’s next?” as soon as they finish whatever project they were previously designated to. But sometimes they can get a little…Continue
Added by Nook Schoenfeld on November 18, 2013 at 11:29am — No Comments
Delayed at the airport with yet another broken plane, I find myself wandering the local bookshop at the airport. Actually I am looking at the magazine rack and newspaper stand, which is predominantly showcasing all of todays’ leading female vocalists. And I am amused. Front and center is Miley Cyrus on USA today. Apparently she won the best video award at the European VMAs this week. Not sure if it was for the wrecking ball shoot she did, but I saw that video and was rather unimpressed.…Continue
Added by Nook Schoenfeld on November 11, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Hello readers, roadies, skeptics and crew,
I wanted to write my first blog post as a sort of introductory letter to explain my purpose here, what my intentions are and what you can expect from this particular blog. I feel as if many blogs out on the world wide web consist of people documenting their individual lives, recapping in the monotony of a 9-5 office job. Other blogs consist of tiny political campaigns, aimed at attempting to get people to see their perspective. You will get…
Added by Chris Shrom on November 8, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments
I think everyone that works in the live concert biz tends to be in a hurry. We are taught that time is money from an early get go in this biz. Gotta get it all out of the trucks by noon so we can cut the teamsters. Gotta get the rig up quick so we can cut the riggers before they get a 5th hour of pay. Yada yada.
Face it, we are all always looking for a shortcut. But sometimes that shortcut costs way more time (and money) than you originally thought. And that is…Continue
Added by Nook Schoenfeld on October 24, 2013 at 7:13pm — No Comments
Basic Lighting Class: Electrical Safety-Lesson #2
1. Cam-Lock connector…with a peanut stuck in it. If you don’t like peanuts, stick something else in there. If you are allergic to peanuts, make sure you only scratch your puffy, itchy face when the power is turned off. Duh!
NOTE: Turning off the power is not necessary if you like roasted peanuts.
2. A puddle of water with a video cable running through it …If you…Continue
Added by Wayne Lambert on October 20, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments
Well things can drastically change in a week of rehearsals. I arrive on site last weekend and my new roof is up and everyone pretty much digs it. It looks cool, is illuminated in a bunch of ways that are just plain sexy. But then the artist walks in.
He thinks it's too shiny and a beautiful. To be honest, it probably looks too good. It takes peoples eyes away from the performer and draws the to the whole production. This of course works with most artists as they like…Continue
Added by Nook Schoenfeld on October 16, 2013 at 11:27am — No Comments
So when I got a call to pitch a design for John Legend's upcoming tour, all they told me was that John wanted something organic. They wanted a production designer to design the set,lights and video but keep it earthy. I wasn't sure what they meant by this, but obviously they wanted something different with a cool cozy feel.
So I thought about different stuff for a while. Shapes. forms, truss configurations etc. Then I just decided that I wanted the artist to play under a roof. I…Continue
Added by Nook Schoenfeld on October 6, 2013 at 10:22am — No Comments
I wrote an article recently where I pondered "How did it all get so big?" about the size of some of todays' traveling shows. This one gent wrote in and had some really valid points. Thought I would pass them along here. The bigger the production, the higher the ticket price. The higher the ticket, the less shows the people can go see. Makes sense.
Loved the story. Technology was supposed to make things lighter and easier but instead our industry has created an almost…Continue
Added by Nook Schoenfeld on October 2, 2013 at 11:07pm — No Comments
Last night was opening night on my gospel show. Once again Verizon's How sweet the Sound is roaming the country in search of the best Gospel choir. We played New Orleans to a cut down arena, maked as a theater. The tour has left its glory days of having 12,000 church going fans in an arena. We are now in theaters and hoping for 2500 people.
Of course that doesn't stop the corporate folks from letting us have a decent sized production. I mean we have an obscenely large 54'w x…Continue
After 8 months it was time to put the Kid Rock tour to rest for the year. He has a few more gigs but I have a couple of guys who can punch some buttons and have some fun, so he is covered lighting wise.
Got to spend about 48 hours at home before heading down towards Chicago. Spending 3 days in the Upstaging previz suite. This place is crazy. They have 7 tours leaving in the next two weeks alone. Two of them are mine. Managed to catch up with Andy Watson of Radiohead fame as…Continue
Added by Nook Schoenfeld on September 19, 2013 at 11:23pm — No Comments
LAS VEGAS — Micky Dolenz of Monkees fame will be hosting the 2013 Parnelli Awards in Las Vegas on November 23, executive producer Terry Lowe announced. “We are thrilled to have this consummate entertainer hosting our 13th annual award show,” said Lowe, also publisher of…Continue
Added by Justin Lang on September 19, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments
Well, tomorrow if you're a Vectorworks Service Select member, as you should be. Release date for shipping boxes is the 23rd. I think the new student/faculty versions will be available tomorrow on the 17th. Not certain. but the Vectorworks.net website will have all the dets.
Here are some dets about the upgrade:
Added by Kevin Lee Allen on September 16, 2013 at 2:27pm — No Comments
More smoke please. That’s the usual concensus when bands play the shed circuit. Outside shows all summer long leave you at the mercy of the elements. That’s why smoke placement and the type of atmosphere necessary for each type of show is important. And expensive. But without it, many of my effects would not work too well.
I like my lasers. They cost the tour 13k per week to rent. I would barely notice them without some kind of haze in the room. But they look better when…Continue
Scene: On top of a high mountain…
BOB: (chanting to the sky) Oh great and all-knowing One, I have come to seek the answers…answers to all the important tech questions of the universe!
GAKBOT: (Great All Knowing Being Of Technology, suddenly appears): I’m happy for you, kid. Geez. It is friggin’ cold up here!
BOB: Oh Magnificent One, I have come seeking the wisdom of my chosen…Continue
Added by Wayne Lambert on September 1, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Sitting here outside the Marcus Ampitheater in Milwaukee. Today is the 110th birthday of Harley Davidson. And they are having us play here at their bash. Of course Kid Rock is a big favorite amongst the working class, Harley riding society. But I'm bored with his shows (cause I've seen it 100 times this year) and look forward to watching other folks play with us on this run.
Every night I still like to listen to ZZ Top. I grew up listening to this band. The first time I saw them…Continue
Added by Nook Schoenfeld on August 31, 2013 at 7:56am — No Comments
Another weekend has passed and another run of shows has been done. This…Continue
Added by Tony Caporale on August 30, 2013 at 3:06pm — No Comments
A few weeks ago, I mentioned that there is a Vectorworks Light Object inside each Spotlight Lighting device, but I really didn't discuss these great tools.
FYI, each Vectorworks Light Object adds to the render time, BUT you can make one object do the work of many Spotlight Lighting Devices when doing a preliminary design render.
In the Visualization Toolset, there is a Light Tool. The tool has a number of modes; Directional, Point, Spot, and Custom. Te Directional mode creates…Continue
Added by Kevin Lee Allen on August 27, 2013 at 7:14am — No Comments