To spice up his cross-county road trips, Vari-Lite resident rock star Thommy Hall has created the Vari-Lite party wagon. If you see this two-wheel trailer of fun coming through your town, take a pic and send it to me. We want to see all the places the party wagon goes, just to make sure 'ol Thommy is keeping the road-trip spirit alive and well.
On May 24, 2009, the Mardan Palace in Antalya, Turkey, opened its doors for the first time with a two-day gala event featuring a multimedia showcase and live performances from world-renowned artists Seal, Mariah Carey and Tom Jones. At the helm for the event was lighting designer Jon Aasen of Desk Black Out and assistant lighting designer Theo Cox of TCLD who used 22 VL 2500 Spot, 22 VL2500 Wash, 20 VL3000 Spot, 18 VL3500 Spot, and a whopping 44 VL3500 Wash luminaires all provided by PROCON Belgium.
While planning to relax over the 4th of July holidays, Vari-Lite RSM Leo Miller was called to action for the Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd tour stop at the Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone in Bonner Springs, KS. Take a look at the interesting method used for cradling the VL3000 Spot in the Hud Truss. With no lifts on site, all point rigging was done off scaffold. Now that's some dedication on the 4th of July.
Vari-Lite RSM Leonard Miller did his annual training at Interlochen for the third year in a row. With Leo was Scott Church of Selecon/Strand and Drew Franklin from Vincent Lighting. In addition to light lab classes for the campers/students, Leo also did a master class one night for anyone on staff or faculty. The truss and distro for the event was supplied courtesy of Lightsource in Detroit and the Strand console and LED fixtures were from Vincent Lighting.
In an attempt to one-up his fellow RSM Leonard Miller, Vari-Lite's resident Big Dog RSM Thommy Hall met up with the real "Big Dog Daddy" Toby Keith in Jacksonville, FL, during his tour. A special thanks to Mark Sissel of TKO Productions for getting these two Big Dog's together. All right Leo, it's your turn now.
While visiting Bryan Hartley and Motley Crue, Vari-Lite's Leonard Miller was surprised by the backstage appearance of Kat Von D who was there to support the band. In the photo with Kat are Leo's cousin and his wife, Tom and Jodi Schwartz of Columbus, OH. Little did they know they would all be making Vari-Lite fame.
In Kansas City, hometown sensation David Cook headlined the 2009 Red White and Boom celebration with Seth Jackson as production designer and Bryan Jenkins as programmer and operator. In attendance was Vari-Lite's own Leonard Miller and Leo even got the newest American Idol to pose for a moment with a lilttle Vari-Lite SWAG. Nice work Leo, it looks like we may have a new VARI*LITE fan on our side.
As No Doubt joined forces once again to tour the nation, they stopped off at the Superpages.com Center in Dallas and invited Vari-Lite out to take a look. Lighting programmer Jesse Blevins, he gave us a little sneak peek at a new version of truss spot up high in the rig. Yep, you guessed it, that's six VL3000 Spot luminaires with pan/tilt disabled serving at the key spotlights for the band. Add in the 20 VL3500 Wash luminaires hanging at the front of the rig, and this is a great showcase for the power and versatility of VARI*LITE automated luminaires all supplied by Epic.
Vari-Lite recently completed a technical training class with Showco, our authorized sales dealer. In the photo pictured left to right are Todd Kessler, José Agustín Hernández, and Jaime Friedstadt.
With the assistance of the lighting technicians from Epic Production Technologies, the Universoul Circus found an interesting and low-cost way to protect the VARI*LITE fixtures from the rain. Thank you to Jason "Blue" Herbert for sending this in.