Vari-Lite Backstage

Backstage with Vari-Lite

Stories and pictures from "Vari-Lite Backstage" feature recent shows/tours that have used VARI*LITE® products. This list will be updated check back to find out where we go backstage next. For information on how you can be included in Backstage, contact Bryan Matthews.

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Backstage with Creed and Lil G

When Creed came through town on their reunion tour, we were invited out to see the set-up at the Center by Lil G "Greg" Kocurek.  With VL3500 Wash units onstage and in the rig along with some VL2500 Spot luminaires, the show looked great!




2009 Minnesota Fringe Festival

At the 2009 Minnesota Fringe Festival, Mike Watson lead a series of IATSE workshops including a series on VARI*LITE automated luminaires. With lighting gear supplied by Gopher Stage Lighting, the Minnesota Fringe is the the third oldest Fringe in the United States, and this years festival was the largest in the events history breaking all previous atttendance records.



Take that Thommy Hall

In an attempt to "one up" his fellow RSM Thommy Hall, Leo Miller took a moment while backstage at the Dave Matthews Band concert to pose for a quick shot with the man behind the music himself, Mr. Dave Matthews.

ARRI Camera Service Center

On October 3, 2009, Scharff Weisberg Lighting chose both VL3500 Wash and Spot luminaires to light the grand opening celebration for ARRI's Camera Service Center in Secaucus, NJ.

Backstage with Dave and Willie

On September 30th, Willie Nelson opened up for the Dave Matthews Band and Vari-Lite RSM Leonard Miller was in attendance to see how DMB Lighting Designer Fenton Williams enjoyed using 2 demo units of the new VLX Wash Luminaire. According to Miller, Fenton loves them! Also while backstage, Miller took a moment to capture some quick snapshots of Lighting Crew Chief Pete Franks and Co-Lighting Designer Aaron Stinebrink who made his backstage experience possible, and then he found some old Showco gear still out on tour with Willie.




NKOTB with Lil G

When NKOTB rolled into town, Greg "Lil G" Kocurek took a moment to pose for a quick snapshot with his wife Candace and his son Ashton.

La nit 10 on TV 3

On September 10, 2009, Marti Cabra and his team of technicians created a new backdrop for the La nit 10 on TV 3 in Barcelona.  With gear provided by EML Sound and Light Productions, the team created a fantastic wall of nothing but VL5 Wash Luminaires complemented by the VL3000 Spot luminaire.



VLX Wash Presentation at HKAPA

On August 21, 2009, Vari-Lite Director of Engineering John Adams and Regional Sales Manager Jimmy Chai presented the latest in LED luminaire technology, the VLX Wash luminaire, to more than 30 guests at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. Many were impressed with the intensity of colors of the VLX as compared with the a conventional lighting fixture and the ability of the VLX Wash luminaire to match the color temperature of the conventional light source. Mak Fai, Lecturer from HKAPA, commented on the event "Thank you very much for offering the seminar to the students and local professionals at the Academy. Everyone is very excited about the new fixture. The VLX Wash luminaire is a truly different lighting fixture. It is bright and its variable color temperature are good tools for stage lighting."


Clearwing Phoenix Grand Opening Celebration

On August 12, 2009, Clearwing Productions celebrated the Grand Opening of their new Phoenix shop located at 5640 South 40th Street, Suite 1. At the event, they invited several of their closest friends and colleagues while showcasing the VL2500 Spot, VL2500 Wash, VL500D Wash, and the new VLX Wash luminaire.


StageCraft institute of Las Vegas 2009

In July 2009, Vari-Lite RSM Leonard Miller completed his third year of teaching and sponsorship of the StageCraft Institute of Las Vegas. This year they had over 30 students for the moving light week in which Leo taught color-mixing and lamp technology theory as well as the basic care of moving lights while also giving the class a hands-on experience with the entire line of VARI*LITE automated fixtures in both a technical and artistic manner. The pictures provided below feature Leo and the class on the last day as they received their certificates as well as Leo taking a moment to pose with Don Childs (right) and Eric Mongerson (center).


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