Backstage with Vari-LiteStories and pictures from "Vari-Lite Backstage" feature recent shows/tours that have used VARI*LITE® products. This list will be updated periodically...so check back to find out where we go backstage next. For information on how you can be included in Backstage, contact Bryan Matthews.
Curve Theatre Invests in VL4000 Spots
Leicester's award-winning Curve theatre has become one of the first in the UK to invest in the latest addition to the Philips Vari-Lite product line with the VL4000 Spot. The theatre purchased 10 of the luminaires from White Light as an ultra-versatile and cutting-edge solution to lighting its range of productions and events.
VL4000 Spots at Radio City Music Hall with Train and LMG
When Train set off on their 2014 album release tour, LD Brock Hogan wanted to use the newest automated luminaires so he chose 10 VL4000 Spots provided by LMG Touring. (Photo Credit: Craig Mitchell)
VL4000 Spot at Heavy Metal Montreal
At Heavy Metal Montreal, Visual and Set Designer Karl Gaudreau utilized 60 VL4000 Spot, 140 VL3500 Wash FX, 12 VL3500 Wash, and 18 VL3000 Spot luminaires provided by Solotech across the festivals four stages.
VL4000 Spot Wins PLASA Product Innovation Award
The VL4000 Spot was a winner at PLASA 2014 as Richard Schmit (L) picks up the PLASA Product Innovation Award from Governing Body chair Ed Pagett.
At PLASA 2014, Philips Vari-Lite and the Philips Entertainment family opened the show with a beautiful showcase of the VL4000 Spot and the 100th Anniversary of Philips Strand Lighting.
VL4000 Spots at the Metropolitan Opera
VL4000 Spot luminaires make their theatrical debut at the Metropolitan Opera with 4Wall Entertainment Lighting.
VL4000 Spot luminaires arrive in Australia at Jands
Australia is now stocked with VL4000 Spot luminaires as Jands put their new fixtures on full display.
VL4000 Spot luminaires arrive at EES in Spain
Spain is now stocked with VL4000 Spot luminaires as a new shipment has arrived on the docks at EES.
VL4000 Spots arrive at 4Wall
A large shipment of VL4000 Spot luminaires has arrived on the docks at 4Wall Entertainment and are now available through all their nationwide locations.
Electric Zoo Mexico Festival
At the Electric Zoo Festival inside the Arena Ciudad de Mexico, Serpro Producciones used 23 VL3500 Wash, 22 VL3015 Spot and 16 VL3000 Spot luminaires for the 2-day festival headlined by Skrillex and Hardwell.
Laura Pausini Load-In with Vari-Lite
At the Arena Ciudad de México, Serpro Producciones provided 66 VL3500 Wash and 38 VL3000 Spot luminaires for the 2014 Laura Pausini World Tour.
VL4000 Spot at Avalon Hollywood for its LA Premiere
Continuing our trip across North America, we recently held an open house at Avalon Hollywood for the VL4000 Spot with lighting control by NEO. We had a great turn out from dealers, designers and technicians associated with both concert touring and television production that were all impressed with the power and performance capabilities of the VL4000 Spot luminaire.
VL4000 Demo for Freeman A/V
At the Freeman A/V warehouse in Dallas, Todd Kessler and Jeff O'Brien recently conducted a demo of the new VL4000 Spot.
VL4000 Nashville Premiere
During the CMA Fest, we took the opportunity to showcase the new VL4000 Spot at Soundcheck Nashville to dealers, designers and technicians from around the area. With lighting control provided by NEO and a number of Showline LED luminaires, the event was a complete success as the VL4000 Spot wowed everyone in attendance.
PALM Expo 2014
The VL4000 Spot continued to travel around the globe, recently stopping at the PALM Expo in China where the Philips Entertainment booth hosted a multitude of interested expo attendees while displaying not only the VL4000 Spot, but also the NEO lighting control console and the Showline SL NITRO 510C.
The first VL4000 Spots Ship to Clearwing Productions
The first order of VL4000 Spot luminaires have shipped out headed to Clearwing Productions for use on an upcoming lighting design by Michael Murnane of Footcandles. Contact your local Vari-Lite Authorized Dealer to find out when you can get your VL4000 Spot luminaires.
Vari-Lite ready for the puck to drop at the NHL Playoffs
At the NHL Playoffs match up between the favored Pittsburgh Penguins and the Columbus Blue Jackets, Vari-Lite luminaires stood ready for the puck to drop and light the action. Durability was one of our best attributes as it went to a six game series with the Penguins eventually coming out with a 4-2 victory.
Technical Trainer Todd Kessler at it again!
Technical Trainer Todd Kessler was recently at it again, this time conducting a training class at the home office in Dallas.
McCartney "Out There" at the LA Sports Arena
While at the LA Sports Arena, Ray Whitton dropped in on LD Roy Bennett to check out his use of VL3500 Wash FX and VL3000 Spot luminaires on the Paul McCartney "Out There" tour.
Springsteen and The Killers at the Final Four Celebration with LD Systems
As part of the NCAA Final Four celebration, LD Systems provided the lighting and sound for the festival rig designed by John Dickson which included a rig full of VL3500 Wash FX, VL3500 Wash, VL3000 Spot and Showline SL NITRO 510 luminaires used for such artists as Bruce Springsteen and The Killers.
VL4000 at Sound:Check Expo
Continuing its worldwide debut, the VL4000 Spot recently made a stop at the Sound:Check Expo in Mexico City where our own Brad Schiller took part in a designer round table discussion; followed by a roof-top dealer event sponsored by Teletec featuring both the VL4000 Spot and VL3015LT Spot luminaires.
VL4000 at USITT 2014
At USITT 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas, the new VL4000 Spot received its North American debut much to the delight of the thousands of theatre professionals, technicians and students in attendance.
Houston Rodeo 2014
A quick shot of the Houston Rodeo rig during set-up and programming sent in by John Dickson, Lighting Designer with LD Systems, using VL3500 Wash and VL3500 Wash FX luminaires.
Tech Training in Dubai
Philips Vari-Lite Technical Trainer Todd Kessler recently completed a very successful training class with the TechnoPro Workshop Department in Dubai, UAE.
2014 DTV Celebrity Beach Bowl
VL3500 Wash luminaires preparing to tackle the competition at the 2014 DTV Celebrity Beach Bowl, supplied by Elite Multimedia.
56th Annual Grammy Awards
Before the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, Ray Whitton was on site for the set up to snap a few shots of Vari-Lite gear getting ready for action in the show designed by LD Bob Dickinson along with numerous artists designers including Roy Bennett and Paul Normandale, plus LD Matt Firestone who designed the show for Music Cares next door at the LA Convention Center. VL3015LT Spots and VL3500 Wash FX Luminaires were a big hit in a rig that included numerous other Vari-Lite product lines.
At the CITT Annual Conference and Tradeshow, Philips Entertainment was excited to showcase the breadth of product lines from Philips Vari-Lite, Philips Strand Lighting, Philips Selecon, and the Showline family of LED luminaires demonstrating the power and technology innovations that set us apart from all others in the lighting industry.
AT LDI 2013, we enjoyed a very successful trade show complete with "The Passion of Light" showcase, a series of free educational workshops, a lighting designer appreciation dinner, a very well attended evening cocktail reception, plus we took home the LDI Award for "Best Creative Use of Light". Thank you to everyone who stopped by to see us and we look forward to another great event in 2014.
Showline Quick Ship Program
Need a Showline luminaire in a hurry? No problem, John Bilyk will bring it right over, just ask Solotech in their new Vancouver location.
At WFX 2013, inside the Dallas Convention Center, Philips Vari-Lite, Showline, Philips Strand Lighting, and Philips Selecon were all on full display while conducting numerous Hands On Training Sessions throughout the three day event.
Backstage at Kenny Chesney with Morris Light & Sound
For the recent Kenny Chesney "No Shoes Nation" tour, Vari-Lite Dealer and longtime tour supplier Morris Light & Sound provided lighting designer Mike Swinford with 62 VL3500 Wash FX, 54 VL2500 Spot, 80 VL3000 Spot and 44 VL3500 Wash luminaires to create a powerful and versatile lighting rig.
Pronovias Fashion Show
At the 2013 Pronovias Fashion Show inside the Oval del MNAC as part of Barcelona Bridal Week, lighting designer and programmer David Monguet used 80 VL3500Q Spot and 22 VL3500 Wash luminaires supplied by Moonlight Iluminación though Vari-Lite Distributor EES with artistic direction by Studio Cortés.
Train "Mermaids of Alcatraz" 2013 Tour
As Train once again hit the road, LD Brock Hogan worked with LMG Touring and filled his lighting rig with the new VL3015LT Spot luminaires along with the new Showline SL BAR 640 LED luminaires, plus VLX3 LED Wash luminaires as well.
St Vitus Day concert featuring Ceca with Studio Berar Projekt
On the Serbian holiday St Vitus Day, popular Balkan singer Svetlana "Ceca" Raznatovic held a concert in front of an estimated crowd of 150,000 people at Usce. Expectations placed on the organizers of the concert were enormous and they were given the challenge of surpassing everything seen for the celebration thus far so they turned to Authorized Vari-Lite Dealer Studio Berar Projekt who supplied them with a beautiful and powerful lighting rig highlighted by 40 VL3500 Wash FX luminaires.
Mediatech Africa 2013
At Mediatech 2013 in Johannesburg, Philips Entertainment showcased a complete range of luminaires and lighting controls ideal for theatrical productions, concerts and just about any other entertainment application.
At the DWR Distribution booth, VL880 Spots, VLX Wash and SL NITRO 510 LED luminaires were on full display.
Jesse & Joy World Tour
Philips Entertainment Latin America Sales Manager Jaime Friedstadt on the road with his family catching up with Latin Grammy Super Stars Jesse & Joy during their World Tour.
VARI-LITE Tech Training with DWR Distribution
Philips Entertainment Technical Trainer Todd Kessler recently returned to DWR Distribution in South Africa to present Warranty and Service Training to customers and in-house staff with a course aimed to better equip users to technically support their Philips Vari-Lite and Philips Selecon luminaires. Said Duncan Reilly, DWR Distribution, “Todd gave our technicians all the tools they need and taught them how to think about how the products will most optimally be used. The quality of our VARI-LITE and PL Series luminaires is very important to us and that’s why so many professional lighting designers and technicians rely on them today.”
Gearing up for the CMA Music Fest
In Nashville, TN, LD Mike Swinford and his crew are gearing up for the CMA Music Fest with 284 VL3500 Wash, 180 VL3000 Spots, and 10 VL3500 Spots all supplied by Bandit Lites.
A few photos from the Philips Entertainment booth and evening dinner at the Showlight 2013 tradeshow in the Czech Republic.
A quick visit from an award-winning LD
LD LeRoy Bennett recently stopped by the Philips Entertainment factory in Dallas for a quick visit and a demo of all the latest technologies inside from Vari-Lite, Strand Lighting, Selecon and Showline. He is pictured here with our own Pete Borchetta.
Fidelity Award at En Coulisse
To cap off a very successful showing at En Coulisse, Denis Lefrancois, President of Solotech presented Julie Smith and John Bilyk of Philips Vari-Lite with a special Fidelity Award honoring their 10 years of continued support for En Coulisse.
Solotech En Coulisse Trade Show
Before the doors opened at the 2013 Solotech En Coulisse Trade Show, John Bilyk snapped a few quick shots as we prepared to meet all the designers, technicians and lighting professionals in attendance to showcase our latest high-performance automated luminaires.
VL3015LT Testing at DPS
At Authorized Dealer DPS, Senior Designer Tom Huston tests their new VL3015LT Spot luminaires.
VL3015LT Spot Getting Ready at DPS
At the warehouse of Authorized VARI-LITE Dealer DPS, VL3015LT Spot luminaires prepared to take their place on stage at the 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live with LD Allen Branton.
Prolight + Sound 2013
At Prolight + Sound 2013 in Frankfurt, Philips Vari-Lite joined together with the Philips Entertainment family to showcase a multitude of new lighting products and technologies which included the VL3015LT Spot luminaire and VLX Wash luminaire individual cell control, along with new PLProfile1 and PLFresnel1 LED luminaires, the new 250 ML control console, and the new Showline SL NITRO 510 LED strobe luminaire making this event one the most talked about tradeshows in recent years.
At USITT 2013 we had a wonderful time with our Philips Entertainment partners, Philips Strand Lighting and Philips Selecon, showcasing all of our latest VARI-LITE luminaires plus the latest developements with the Showline product line while meeting with all our dealers and friends who stopped by at the show.
World Snowboard Championships
At the recent World Snowboard Championships, Authorized VAR-LITE Dealer Solotech providing the lighting rig which included a truss filled with high-powered VL3500 Wash luminaires suspended hundreds of feet above the fast-paced action below.
DPS VARI-LITE Demo
Authorized Dealer DPS recently held a demo of the VL3015LT Spot, VL3515 Spot, VLX Wash, and VL3500 Wash FX luminaires and Ray Whitton was on-hand to snap a few photos while speaking with LD's and DP's about their use of VARI-LITE luminaires.
VL3015LT at the X Factor
On set, LD Marcin Michna snapped a quick photo of the VL3015LT Spot commenting "It's a very bright star at the X Factor."
With the kick-off of the Barbizon Extravaganza on January 11th, Thommy Hall was on hand to showcase the latest VARI-LITE and Showline luminaires.
VARI-LITE Training with IATSE Local One at Hudson Sound & Light
After his training class with IATSE Local One at Hudson Sound & Light in Yonkers, VARI-LITE Technical Trainer Todd Kessler snapped a quick photo with the attendees including, to his right, Paul Dean, Jr. Chairman of the Board of Trustee's for Local One.
Concert Lighting Master Class
At the recent Concert Lighting Master Class hosted by Live Design Magazine, Brad Schiller and Ray Whitton (pictured) were on hand to showcase the latest VARI-LITE and Showline luminaires, but they also had the VL2C and VL4 luminaires on display to showcase the history of automated lighting.
Onstage Solutions at the MDNA Tour
While visiting the Madonna MDNA Tour in Miami, Luis Duque and Roberto Penso of Onstage Solutions took a moment to snap a quick photo with Lighting Tech Urko Arruza.
VL3015LT Shining Bright in the Night
For a quick product demonstration at the Philips Vari-Lite factory, we pulled four VL3015LT Spot luminaires outside, along with a VL3500 Wash FX and a VL3015 Spot. Shining them across the street on our neighbors at Onstage Systems, we got a fantastic look at the power and performance of the VL3015LT Spot with its 42,000 lumens of output and 10:1 zoom optics system. Thank you to Todd Kessler for snapping these great photos.
The VL3015LT at ILC
At the recent ILC Open House, Product Manager Brad Schiller snapped a quick shot of the VL3015LT Spot showing off its long-throw capabilities while still producing a crisp and clear gobo image.
At LDI 2012, we had a fantastic showing of all the new 1500W luminaires including the VL3015LT Spot luminaire, the brightest, most full-featured spot luminaire on the market today. Plus, Showline had an exciting North American debut garnering tremendous attention for the SL Bar 660, SL Bar 640, SL Bar 520, SL Par 150 and the SL Wash 650 luminaires with clients raving about their uniformity of RGBW color. Thank you to everyone who stopped by, it was great to see you all!
When PLASA 2012 opened at Earls Court, the Philips booth was ready to go. With a booth full of dealers, designers, and technicians from across Europe, we are excited to be showcasing the VL3015LT Spot luminaire and VL880 Spot luminaire, along with the latest Philips LED product revolution for entertainment applications, Showline.
Miami Road Show
At the Miami Road Show, Philips Vari-Lite made stops at both the South Dade Cultural Center and the Studio at Mizner Park. Partnering with Philips Strand Lighting and Philips Selecon, as well as dealers Barbizon and SEAL, we had a great time showcasing the power and performance of all our VARI-LITE luminaires.
ILC gives back to Behind The Scenes
At the Hilton Indian Lakes Resort, Intelligent Lighting Creations (ILC) hosted a charity golf event benefiting Behind The Scenes which provides financial support to entertainment technology industry professionals when they are ill or injured. Philips Vari-Lite was proud to be on-hand to help sponsor the event which raised a total of $5,064.70 for the foundation to which Bob Moisan, VP of Sales and Marketing at ILC, commented “ILC is very fortunate to have customers and vendors that were willing to support Behind the Scenes with us. It was a great time for a great cause and we have already started planning for 2013!”
At InfoComm 2012, Philips Vari-Lite provided all the automated luminaires for the ‘Technology for Worship Magazine’ Pavilion and Stage and the show was a complete success. Thank you to all the crew members and technicians who helped put together a great show.
Nashville Road Show
At the Nashville Road Show, Philips Vari-Lite, Philips Strand Lighting and Philips Selecon hosted a day of new product demonstrations at Soundcheck Nashville. Joined by several dealers in the area including Bandit Lites, Stagelight, TLS, 4Wall, LMG, and Morris Light & Sound, the event was a complete success filled with lots of food, fun, and VARI-LITE luminaires.
Lego at ILC
While conducting a training at ILC in Chicago, Todd Kessler came across something we had never seen before...introducing Lego the first Vari-Lite Certified Hot Dog!
Kinetic Lighting Open House
At the recent Kinetic Lighting Open House, the 4th annual event, held in Glendale, CA was a rousing success. Filled with panel discussions, training sessions, and raffles, David Rosen commented "By any measured variable, our 2012 open house was the best yet. Turnout was the highest we’ve had. Attendees’ response was the most spirited we’ve heard. The setup looked incredible. And while many of our clients and friends attended, there were a lot of new faces present, too." One of those new faces was the VL880 Spot luminaire which was displayed along with the VL3500 Spot, VL3500 Wash, and VL3000 Spot luminaires. Added Rosen, "All the VARI*LITE fixtures received a great response, especially the VL880 Spot.
A view from the console on Andrew Bird
On the current Andrew Bird "Break It Yourself" tour, LD Ryan Patrick Murphy sends in a shot from his view behind the console. In his design he is using 10 VL440 Spot luminaires to bring his shadow-play design to life.
2012 North & South American Dealer Summit
At the 2012 North & South American Dealer Summit, we had a great time with all our dealers in attendance. During the Summit, we conducted open discussions and new product demonstrations that featured the VL440 Spot, VL770 Spot, VL880 Spot, VLX3 Wash, plus our new 1500W fixtures in the VL3015, VL3515, and VL3015LT Spot luminaires. Thank you very much to Steve Woods and his production team at SMU for allowing us to host the Dealer Summit at the Owen Arts Center and for all their assistance during load-in and tech. At the conclusion of the day, we hosted a relaxing, evening dinner at the historic Filter House on the shores of White Rock Lake full of good 'ol Texas BBQ.
Pan Tilt and the VL880 Spot Luminaire
Working with DWR Distribution, rental company Pan Tilt has taken ownership of 12 VL880 Spot luminaires, the first of these fixtures available for rent in Africa. Kurt du Preez, owner of Pan Tilt, admits that while he was a little concerned when he saw the size of the fixtures, this soon changed when he turned them on. “They were so bright and the size of the beam is incredible.” So far, Pan Tilt has used the lights on corporate gigs to wallpaper the venue with gobo designs and rich color, and the fixtures were also used recently for audience lighting as well.
Technical Training with Morris Light & Sound
Philips Vari-Lite Technical Trainer Todd Kessler is at it again. This time he visited Morris Light & Sound in Murfreesboro, TN, to train their technicians on the latest VARI*LITE luminaires.
IQ Unlimited Seminar
IQ Unlimited recently hosted a two-day seminar close to Zurich where they invited existing and new customers including Swiss rental companies, Theatres and Operas, TV, Cultural Centres and Concert Halls; as well as Designers and Operators. Coral Cooper conducted a technical training and gave hints on the maintenance of all VARI*LITE Luminaires, while Matt Hallard presented the new VL440, VL770 and VL880 Spots to all the guests in attendance.
At the 63rd Annual Southeast Theatre Conference, Philips Vari-Lite was involved in events throughout the entire 4-day run. The opening event of the conference was the Tech Mixer hosted by our very own Thommy Hall and Max Wilson from Tomcat. Over 500 educators, students, and other guests were in the audience as Thommy and Max gave away over 150 prizes. Other highlights of the week included a keynote speech by lighting designer Ricard Pilbrow, who also judged the lighting design competition. At the awards banquet, pictured below, Philips Vari-Lite provided VL3500 Spot, VLX Wash, VL440 Spot, VL770 Spot, VL880 Spot, and VLX3 Wash luminaires while Philips Strand Lighting provided PL3 Wash luminaires to light the stage. Tom Stanziano, Philips Strand Lighting, programmed and ran the show on the Strand Light Pallette VL control console while Thommy provided and ran audio for the event. Said SETC event organizers "We are so pleased that Philips Vari-Lite not only sponsors our most successful social/networking event, but presents some of the latest technology during the Design/Technical programming and on the exhibit floor. And we would be remiss if we didn’t thank Thommy Hall for helping us produce the most exciting Saturday Night Gala, Banquet and Awards Ceremony in our 63 years."
USITT with Philips Strand Lighting
At USITT 2012 we partnered with with Philips Strand Lighting who was having a little fun with their "Find Your Light" Scavenger Hunt. There was a great turnout for the event and the winner from the first days hunt was Mcleod Benson while Chris Howe wallked away the winner on day two, both with 3 PLCyc Luminaires.
It's a 1500W debut at Prolight + Sound
Before the official opening of Prolight + Sound, George Masek took a moment to snap a few quick photos of the VARI*LITE 1500W debut of the VL3015 Spot, VL3015LT Spot, and the VL3515 Spot luminaires and then also took a moment to snap one with a full booth. To visit the new VL3015, VL3015LT, and 3515 Spot luminiares product pages, click here.
Vincent Lighting Open House
Vincent Lighting recently hosted an Open House with over 100 invited guests at an event that heavily featured products from Philips Vari-Lite, Philips Strand Lighting and Philips Selecon including the PL1, PL3, Palette Control Consoles and the newest VARI*LITE luminaires the VLX3 Wash, VL440 Spot and the VL770 Spot. Thank you to Kim Craigie for sending in the photos and thank you to Vincent Lighting for a wonderful event.
Rolight Open House
Philips Vari-Lite Dealer Rolight recently hosted a very successful Philips Open House. Thank you to Bas Hopster for sending in these great shots.
Österreich Rockt den Song Contest
At the ORF Television Studio in Austria, Philips Vari-Lite Dealer LDDE supplied LD Thomas Kruder with 12 VL880 Spot Luminaires for the "Österreich Rockt den Song Contest". Featured the photo below is (L to R) Thomas Kainz/LDDE Sales Consultant; Michael Kranabeta/ORF Lighting Operator; Thomas Kruder/ORF, Head of Lighting Department (Show: Song Contest )/Lighting Designer; and Harald Stauber/Supporting Role Austria , Rental Company.
Tom Huston at DPS with their new toys
Lead designer and LD Tom Huston of DPS Inc. in Irvine, CA, took a moment to pose with their new VARI*LITE luminaire delivery of 30 VLX LED Wash and 30 VL880 Spot luminaires.
Thommy and Sara
Always mingling with the stars, Thommy Hall got a chance to pose with country-music star Sara Evans.
VARI*LITE at the Big Game
Jason Rudolph was on-hand to snap a quick photo of VARI*LITE at the Big Game where there were 16 VL3500 Wash FX, 90 VL3500 Wash and 50 VL3500 Spot Luminaires ready to help the world celebrate the biggest game in football.
Red Power Peru prepares for Sir Elton John
Red Power Peru prepares for Sir Elton John in Lima with 32 VL3500 Wash and 30 VL3000 Spot Luminaires.
VARI*LITE Tech Training in London
At our latest Tech Training, Coral Cooper leads a class for our dealers in Europe on January 16-20 in London. At the training session we had technicians from England, France, Denmark and the Ukraine. Thank you all for a fantastic training class!
Zip Line in the Canary Islands
Is that a 13-year old rigger for VARI*LITE? No, it's Iñigo Acha, son of our distributor in Spain, Nacho Acha from EES doing a Zip Line in the Canary Islands while sporting some VARI*LITE gear.
Cool Lights for Cold Nights Master Class at CCM
At the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music Master Class, Philips Vari-Lite was on-hand to assist Vincent Lighting Systems in 2 days of presentations to students, faculty members, and outside customers as well. When speaking about the event Jim Cage, CCM Resident Lighting Designer, Professor, and MFA Lighting Head, said "It was a very memorable class for so many. The Vari-Lite commitment to excellence was very evident and we thank you."
Andrea Bocelli Concerto Tour
Backstage at the Andrea Bocelli Concerto Tour, lighting designer and operator Aldo Visentin worked with crew chief Steve "Dak" Harris and technicians Jaime Jensen and Gerardo Viernato create a spectacular design with 48 VL3000 Spot, 14 VL3500 Wash FX Luminaires, and 34 VL500A Wash Luminaires supplied by AVI-SPL.
During WFX 2011, we had a great time meeting with many worship facility lighting designers, technicians, and media ministers. Partnering with Philips Strand Lighting and Philips Selecon inside our booth, the VARI*LITE luminaires were also on proud display inside the Clearwing booth as well as featured prominently on the Mainstage for the shows musical performances.
Aerosmith en Panamá
Jaime Sierra, RW Lights, sent in this shot of the Aerosmith tour in Panamá using a whole lot of VARI*LITE luminaires.
VARI*LITE Demo Days at FACE-BE
At the recent VARI*LITE Demo Days hosted by our Belgium dealer FACE-BE, European Sales Manager Matt Hallard showcased the VL440 Spot, VL770 Spot, VL880 Spot and VLX3 Wash luminaires.
LDI 2011 was a wonderful success
At LDI 2011, no matter "rain or shine" our crew worked extremely hard to produce a wonderful event with a fantastic attendance. Thank you very much to all those you stopped by, and a special thank you as well to all the technicians and friends of Vari-Lite who pitched in on Thursday night to help us overcome a few "not so expected" tradeshow challenges.
The LIttle Ones at Soundquest 2011
The Little Ones continue to make their trade show debuts around the world, this time at Soundquest 2011 in Budapest.
AVITA Tradeshow in Finland
On October 12-14, 2011, UK Sales Manager Matt Hallard attended the AudioVisual 2011 Trade Show at the Helsinki Fair Centre where the Little Ones were proudly on display.
2011 European Dealer Summit
Philips Vari-Lite recently hosted our 2011 European Dealer Summit where we met with all our valued Dealers for product demonstrations, market discussions, and then a little bit of relaxtion with friends before the official launch of PLASA.
Load-in at the 2011 Calgary Stampede
Lighting Designer Pierre Marleau sent in a shot of the load-in for the 2011 Calgary Stampede where he is used 20 VL3500 Wash, 71 VL3000 Spot, 19 VL2500 Spot and 15 VL2500 Wash luminaires, all provided by Epic Production Technologies.
When PLASA 2011 opened its doors on Sunday, September 11th the Philips booth filled up quickly. Thanks to George Masek and Matt Hallard for sending in a few shots as the show has started off great. Make sure you stop by and see us at Earls Court 1, Booth F-50.
Joel goes on a Disney Cruise with Woody
While doing show control on the Disney Dream cruise ship, long-time VARI*LITE supporter Joel Decarie takes a moment to pose backstage with Woody from Toy Story.
2011 Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas
At the 2011 Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas, Philips Vari-Lite RSM Leo Miller was on-hand for Lighting Technology week to take part in the discussion on intelligent lighting and also to teach the students some of the basics of VARI*LITE luminaires.
EXIT Festival 2011
On July 7-10, 2011, Studio Berar provided the EXIT Festival 2011 and ligthing designer Goran Kravić with 16 VL2000 Spot luminaires for the 4-day festival at the Petrovaradin Fortress in Serbia. Studio Berar Rental Managers Momčilo Berar and Emil Berar were charged with the complete organization of the technical support and production carried out by Studio Berar on the three biggest stages at the festival. Studio Berar is an official VARI*LITE distributor that also provides complete after sales support while working to strengthen the VARI*LITE brand in the Serbian market.
Philips Vari-Lite at Machu Picchu with Red Power Peru
Celebrating 100 years of the re-discovery of Machu Picchu by Yale's Archeologist Hiram Bingham, Red Power Peru supplied LD Gian Franco Di Vitto and event organizers with 40 VL3500 Wash and 20 VL3000 Spot luminaires. The celebration took place on July 7, 2011.
Nebraska Thespian Festival
Philips Vari-Lite RSM Leo Miller sent in some shots of his recent trip to do a workshop on moving lights at the Nebraska Thespian Festival. The Nebraska Thespian Festival is the Flagship of all the Thespian festivals held around the country during the year by the parent organization, EdTA, and this year the workshops were expanded to include a larger program on technology for a 3-day intensive course for advanced students on moving lights and programming. The class was taught by Dana Taylor of Mt. Vernon Sr. High School, and is supported with VARI*LITE luminaires from TMS out of Omaha, Strand demo consoles from Vincent Lighting, and taught by Dana, Leo (pictured below) and others; and was held at the Johnny Carson School for Theatre and Film.
Goin' Coastal with VARI*LITE
At the recent Kenny Chesney's Goin' Coastal Tour stop over at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Dean Dove went down to see the show and check out the load-in. For the arena shows LD Mike Swinfdord uses a total of 32 VL3500 Wash, 64 VL3000 Spots, and 48 VL2500 Spot luminaires. For the stadium package, the tour adds an additional 28 VL3000 Spots overhead and in the wings, then another 20 VL3500 Wash fixtures on the field and stage floor.
Backstage with Red Power Peru and the McCartney tour
When the McCartney tour hit Lima, Peru, Philips Vari-Lite Distributor Red Power Peru joined in the fun supplying 30 VL3000 Spot and 52 VL3500 Wash luminaries for the design by LD Roy Bennett. During the concert, Andres Cuadros and Guillermo Riera, Owners of Red Power Peru, took a moment to pose for Backstage.
The Little Ones at PALME Middle East
Partnering with local distributor VTI, we took the Little Ones on the road once more to PALME Middle East in Dubai. Below, VTI’s Alia Ayoubi talks with clients who attended the show.
2011 North American Dealer Summit
At the 2011 North American Dealer Summit, the Little Ones were on full display inside the Bob Hope Theatre at Southern Methodist University. Thank you to Steve Woods and Gemini for helping us put the event together.
At the 12th edition of En Coulisse with Solotech, the Little Ones got a chance to shine again during their inagural North American tour.
The Little Ones at the 2011 Event Live Expo
At the 2011 Event Live Expo and the North American debut of the Little Ones, RSM Ray Whitton and Aaron Hubbard from Clearwing Productions took a moment for a quick snapshot. Also at the opening ceremony on the StagePro Inc. stage, the design used the VLX Wash and VL3500W FX demo “Six Packs”. Thank you to Jay Waller and Danny Herman for working with us to make this happen!
Prolight + Sound 2011
Here are some more shots of Prolight + Sound 2011 and the International Debut of the Little Ones.
The LIttle Ones Debut at Prolight + Sound 2011
During the debut of the VARI*LITE Little Ones at Prolight + Sound 2011, Vari-Lite Technical Training Manager Todd Kessler conducted a Product Preview and Technical Roundtable for the VL440 Spot, VL770 Spot, and VL880 Spot for Vari-Lite dealers worldwide.
Paul McCartney's New Security Team
At a recent Paul McCartney show, Vari-Lite RSM Ray Whitton took a quick shot of Head of Security Brian Riddle and his Granddaughter Hannah checking themselves out in HD video.
Juanes at the AAC
During his 2011 P.A.R.C.E. Tour, International Recording Artist Juanes took a moment to pose backstage with Gabriel Friedstadt, son of Vari-Lite RSM Jaime Friedstadt, while at the AAC in Dallas, TX.
Sting in Lima, Peru
On February 23, 2011, LD Danny Nolan and Sting came through Lima, Peru, on the "Sting Sinfonico in Latin America" tour where local dealer Red Power Peru was ready with 30 VL3000 Spot and 30 VL3500 Wash luminaires.
Southeast Theatre Conference "Tech Mixer"
RSM Thommy Hall sent in some shots of the Southeast Theatre Conference "Tech Mixer" held Wednesday night, March 2, 2011. This was attended by 500 students, school faculty and manufacturers exhibiting at SETC. The Tech Mixer brings technicians together before the conference starts so that they can network throughout the conference. This year the sponsors were Philips Vari-Lite and Tomcat. The high-energy hour and a half included over 150 prize giveaways by co-hosts Thommy Hall and Max Wilson of Tomcat.
Philips Vari-Lite Gives Back to the West Side Theatre Guild
At their production of "Lyrics 14: The Best Of...", West Side Theatre Guild lighting designer Guy Rhodes worked with Vari-Lite RSM Leo Miller on a donation of VL500A and VL500 80V Wash Luminaires so that the student crew could gain the experience of working with VARI*LITE luminaires.
Crew member Steven Dixon, a West Side High School senior, works with a VL500A fixture during setup.
Student crew members Brandon Edwards and Malcolm Jones learn how to swap a lens in a VL500 80V fixture with help from assistant lighting director Andre Campbell during setup.
VARI*LITE inside the Grand OIe Opry
When the Grand Ole Opry was struck by a devastating flood, lighting designer Tyler Bryan was forced to redesign the overwhelming majority of his entire lighting system. When it was time to rebuild, he worked with Bandit Lites to go all VARI*LITE with his automated fixtures including 16 VLX Wash, 17 VL3000 Spot, and 22 VL2500 Spot luminaires.
Black Eyed Peas in Lima, Peru
Red Power Peru sent in a few shots of the Black Eyed Peas visit to Lima, Peru.
Here are some photos sent in by Antonio Agra of Teatro Colon in Beunos Aires, Argentina, where Stage Tech SRL supplied 48 VARI*LITE luminaires for the lighting renovation of the historic opera house.
BlizzCon 2010, Blizzard Entertainment's two-day gaming festival, took place on Friday, October 22nd, at the Anaheim Convention Center. The sold-out show featured game developer discussion panels, top-tier tournament competition, the popular costume and dance contests hosted by Jay Mohr, an epic closing concert starring Tenacious D, and a whole lot of VARI*LITE luminaires supplied by 4Wall Entertainment with lighting design by Arnold Serame.
STAPLES Center Just Got Brighter
The bright spot in the United States for sports and entertainment venues just got a little brighter. Along with a brand new, state-of-the-art Panasonic LIVE 4HD scoreboard, STAPLES Center added a significant inventory of 44 VARI*LITE automated luminaires supplied by Epic Production Technologies.
First Annual LDI Half Marathon and Then Some
Proving that LDI is not all about cocktail receptions and after-hours warehouse parties, a lone group of six took to the streets of Las Vegas early Saturday morning for the First Annual LDI Half Marathon. The dedicated inagural participants included Ben Saltzman, Philip Norfolk, George Masek, Gary Fails, Greg Cohen, and Marian Sandberg.
AT LDI 2010, Vari-Lite was joined by Strand Lighting, Selecon, and Color Kinetics in the Philips booth. We had a great attendance at this years tradeshow and would like to especially thank Austin Shapley, John Featherstone, Robert Bell, and Lightswitch for all their hard work in making the booth look fantastic.
VARI*LITE VLX Wash Recieves 2010 Parnelli Award
On Friday, October 22nd, the VARI*LITE VLX Wash luminaire received the 2010 Parnelli Award for Indispensable Lighting Technology of the Year. Voted on by the suscribers of PLSN and FOH magazines, we are proud to accept this award given from our lighting industry peers.
Bon Jovi in Lima, Peru
When the Bon Jovi world tour came to Peru, Red Power Peru stood ready to assist with 22 VL3000 Spot, 40 VL3500 Wash, and 12 VLX Wash luminaires.
2010 MTV Video Music Awards
On September 12, 2010, the MTV Video Music Awards aired live to a world-wide audience. Behind the lighting was LD Tom Kenny who used 60 VLX Wash, 150 VL3000 Spot, 70 VL3500 Wash FX, 200 VL3500 Wash, 40 VL2500 Spot, and 40 VL500 Arc Wash Luminaires, to bring the show to life. Additional crew members included Set Designer Florian Weider, Gaffers Mike Grimes and Ronnie Skopac, Programmers Mike Appel and Dan Boland, and Techs Jason Livingston and John Ellar.
Grilling on the 4th of July
We all know that grilling is serious work, but doing it on the 4th of July with a house full of hungry guests requires some additional battle gear to make it all go right. Chris Jeffries-Dowling reminds of this with some great shots of his 4th of July celebration. Freakshow shirts aren't just for showtime anymore.
Painted to match the house rig at the Metropoltian Opera, lighting tech Howard Davidson took a moment to show us his handy work.
Walt Disney World Tech Training
Technical Trainer Todd Kessler recently competed a VARI*LITE luminaire training course at Disney World in Orlando, FL. During the 3-day course, Kessler provided the technical team with the latest technical and maintenance information for the VLX Wash, VL3000 Spot, VL3500 Spot, VL2500 Spot and Wash, and the VL500 Wash luminaires which are all being used throughout the theme park.
Santa Fe Opera Demo with the VLX and VL3500 Wash
On a recent trip to New Mexico, Vari-Lite RSM Leo Miller stopped by the Santa Fe Opera for a product demo with the VLX Wash and VL3500 Wash luminaires.
How's this for a promo?
Philips Vari-Lite RSM Ray Whitton sent in this shot from the Hollywood Bowl performance of Sir Paul McCartney, where he was visiting LD Roy Bennett. We love it when great lights, get together with great lighting designers to make a great performance.
Aerosmith in Holland
On a recent trip to Holland, lighting designer Bryan Hartley took a moment to snap a shot with Philips Vari-Lite RSM Ray Whitton who was traveling on vacation. On this leg of the tour, Flashlight supplied Bryan with a rig full of VARI*LITE luminaires consisting of VL3000 Spot and VL3500 Wash fixtures to make a fantastic show.
DWR Makes Massive VARI*LITE Sale
Philips Vari-Lite South African distributor, DWR Distribution, has delivered the sale of 120 VARI*LITE luminaires to Gearhouse Splitbeam, the theatre lighting division specialist of the Gearhouse South Africa Group of Companies. The deal was co-ordinated by Gearhouse Splitbeam's Alistair Kilbee and DWR's Duncan Riley and is the largest sale of VAR*LITE fixtures to date in South Africa, and also the first purchase of the premium brand by Gearhouse.
Brian Jenkins at the controls for the "Play On Tour"
While in Nashville, Thommy Hall stopped by the Carrie Underwood "Play On Tour" to check out the wonderful work of lighting designer Bud Horowitz and to say hello to lighting director Brian Jenkins who is controlling a whole lot of VAR*LITE luminaires from Bandit Lites.
David Smith - A lighting programmer's fashion statement
When working behind the board, lighting programmer David Smith likes for his apparel to match the rig through a fashion statement that will never go away.
Vari-Lite Tech Training at DWR Distribution
Vari-Lite Techical Trainer Todd Kessler joined DWR Distribution in Johannesburg, South Africa, for a five day training course covering the Series 500, 1000, 2000, 3000, 3500 and VLX luminaires.
Happy Birthday Argentina
Argentina Celebrated 200 years of Independence and freedom by having concerts on the 9 de Julio Avenue in Buenos Aires, Argentina from the 20th to the 25th of May 2010. Over 1 million people attended the concert series per day. Riders Pro participated on this event with 24 VL3000 Spot, 24 VL3500 Wash and 10 VL500 80V.
Philips Vari-Lite Asian Dealer Conference and Technical Training
On Tuesday, April 13, 2010, Philips Vari-Lite held the Asian Dealer Conference at the Swisshotel in Beijing, China, The event was a tremendous success and we are excited to continue or growth overseas. Thank you to all in attendance.
Miss Venezuela 2009
During the Miss Venezuela 2009 Pageant rehearsal at the Poliedro de Caracas, (left to right) LD Roberto Penso, producer Joaquin Riviera, Miss Venezuela Pageant President Osmel Sousa, and VLPS President Luis Duque gather for a quick shot. On the show, they used 70 VL3000 Spots, 40 VL3500 Wash luminaires. Oh and by the way, Miss Venezuela won Miss Universe in both 2008 and 2009.
John Mayer at the AAC
On a recent visit to the AAC in Dallas, we got a chance to check out the John Mayer load-in with lighting design by Marc Brickman. After capturing this shot of a few the VLX Wash fixtures at work, we got to watch a great show that featured the VLX Wash, VL3500 Wash FX, and VL3000 Spot luminaires.
Beyonce in Peru
When Beyonce visited Lima, Peru, the team at Red Power Peru was ready to assist with 24 VL3500 Wash and 24 VL3000 Spot Luminaires.
Christmas in Lima, Peru
At the HSBC Bank in Lima, Peru, Red Power Peru used 20 VL3500 Wash and 20 VL3000 Spot luminaires to make a beautiful holiday spectacle.
Vicki Rafuse Models the Latest Philips Vari-Lite Gear
At the annual Tour Tech East event, Vicki Rafuse takes a moment to pose for the camera in her new Philips Vari-Lite winter gear.
April Wine at Tour Tech East
At the annual charity event hosted by Tour Tech East, lighting designer Shawn Organ used a fantastic combination of old and new technology partnering a massive PAR 64 overhead rig with the new VLX Wash luminaire. Proving the versatility of the VLX Wash, the show was phenomenal.
Barbizon Lighting Extravaganza with Thommy Hall
Check out these pictures sent in by Thommy Hall of the Barbizon Lighting Extravaganza in Winston-Salem. NC, that included a great presentation by Don Holder. Thanks to everyone at Barbizon and at University of North Carolina School of the Arts for all of the help.
2009 Concordia Christmas Pageant
In December 2009, Lighting Designer Bryan Duncan took on the Annual Concordia Christmas Pageant at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. In his design, Bryan once again hung a beautiful VARI*LITE luminaire rig and the performance looked spectacular. A special thanks to Courtney at Clearwing Productions and Bryan for providing us with these backstage looks at the event.
Montreal Canadiens 100th Anniversary Closing Ceremonies
As the Montreal Canadiens celebrated their 100th Anniversay, Lighting Designer Yves Aucoin utililzed 172 VARI*LITE automated luminaires to create a beautful lighting design. Thank you to Karl Gaudreau for sending in these wonderful shots. According to Karl, the VLX Wash luminaires were positioned from 75 feet away and looked great!
Backstage with Wisin and Yandel
A royalty sighting in Latin America? The Kings of Regueton Wisin & Yandel with the Kings of Lighting Jaime Friedstadt and Eggie Allende.
Paul McCartney tours with the VLX Wash and VL3500FX Wash luminaires
On December 2, 2009, Sir Paul McCartney embarked on a 7-city European tour and with him, lighting designer Roy Bennett decided to pack both the VLX Wash and the VL3500FX Wash luminaires as prime lighting instruments to highlight the musicality of the music legend. Thanks to Vari-Lite RSM Ray Whitton for sending us the photos of his backstage experience.
The VLX Wash Stars on The Singing Bee
Continuing to prove is versatility as the premier LED Wash lighting fixture for both live and broadcast events, the VLX Wash is currently starring in The Singing Bee with lighting designer John Conti and his crew.
USITT Midwest Event at Stevens Point
Vari-Lite RSM Leo Miller spent a weekend at the University of Wisconsin in Stevens Point, about 3 hours north of Milwaukee and the Alma-Matter of Aaron Hubbard from Clearwing. Aaron was invited by the USITT chapter to present on lighting and he asked Leo to present the new VLX Wash luminaire along with VL1000ERS and VL3500 Spot luminaire. According to Leo, the class went great but what made the weekend event better was the superb student production of RENT in which Leo called it "An absolutely top-notch production and in my opinion on par with any professional version of the show I have ever seen." Congratulations to the students for a great performance.
Vari-Lite welcomes a new addition
Meet the newest member of the Vari-Lite family. He's five weeks old and eagerly awaiting growing into his first piece of swag! This is young Josh Wiseman, son of Matt and Samantha Wiseman. Matt runs the Vari-Image department at PRGE and has been in the Vari-Lite family quite awhile, and you might remember Samantha as Samantha Dean, who also worked for Vari-Lite. Congratulations to both on their new addition, and let's hope they are getting some much needed sleep.
Meet the newest member of the Vari-Lite family. He's five weeks old and eagerly awaiting growing into his first piece of swag! This is young Josh Wiseman, son of Matt and Samantha Wiseman. Matt runs the Vari-Image department at PRGE and has been in the Vari-Lite family quite awhile, and you might remember Samantha as Samantha Dean, who also worked for Vari-Lite. Congratulations to both on their new addition, and let's hope they are getting some much needed sleep.
2009 WFX Tradeshow
At the 2009 WFX Tradeshow, Vari-Lite RSM's Leo Miller and Thommy Hall featured the new VLX Wash luminaire along with the upcoming VL1100CD luminaire. According to Leo, the best part of the show was the clear cover for the VLX Wash which pulled people into the booth.
A visit to Cowboys Stadium with Clearwing
Living in Dallas and watching the gradual resurrection of "Jerry World" in Arlington, I was yet to see the massive stadium in person, but all that changed thanks to Daniel Gourley, Clearwing, who invited myself, Anita Edwards, and Vari-Lite RSM Leo Miller for a little site visit of the Clearwing installation at the Miller Lite Plaza featuring the VL3500 Wash luminaire. After we checked out the plaza, Daniel then took us on a quick tour of the lighting control room. And after all was said and done, I just got one thing to say..."That's one big building!"
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 Superpages.com 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.
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).
Vari-Lite party wagon
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.
Opening Night Gala with a lot of VARI*LITE luminaires
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.
Kid Rock & Lynyrd Skynyrd on the 4th of July
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 Training at Interlochen
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.
Two Big Dog Daddy's
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.
Rock on the Range
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.
2009 Red White and Boom
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.
No Doubt at the Superpages.com Center
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 Training with Showco
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.
An interesting soulution to rain
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.
Something may be fishy, but it isn't the VARI*LITE luminaires
On May 28th, Vari-Lite RSM Leonard Miller joined Julie Mausey, PRG Dallas, and others for a VARI*LITE luminaire demo at Sea World San Antonio, who is wishing to place VARI*LITE luminaires throughout the park. I bet Shamu and VARI*LITE will go great together.
At the rodeo, VARI*LITE brings the flare of old Mexico
As LD Systems, Houston, TX, prepared for their 20 shows in 20 days at the 2009 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, VARI*LITE was ready to rock so took a little siesta.
It's a wash with Gloria Estefan in Peru
As music icon Gloria Estefan traveled through Latin America, her tour was a complete wash with 20 VL3500 Wash luminaires.
Vari-Lite hangs out with Britney Spears...well, her lighting crew anyway.
When the Britney Spears "Circus" tour rolled through the AAC on April 1, 2009, it was no April Fool's joke that this was a massive VARI*LITE tour. With 240 VARI*LITE automated luminaires in the rig, we were given the all-access backstage tour by the fantastic lighting crew from Solotech and lighting designer Nick Whitehouse. A special thanks to Alexandre Lefrancois and Mathieu Lavallee for their warm welcome and the new Solotech SWAG. Oh, and by the way, props to Nick Whitehouse for a fantastic lighting design.
Jaime Friedstadt as a Beauty Pageant Jury Member
With a weird sense of irony, Vari-Lite's own Jaime Freidstadt participated as a jury member for the 2008 Miss Venezuala Pageant. Understanding the magic of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Jaime took a few moments to capture a few backstage photos with Don Joaquin Riviera, Production Director for Miss Venezuela, Luis Duque from Venezuela Lighting Production Services (VLPS), and Marcos Chourio, Director for Photography for Venevision.
Peter Gabriel in Peru
On March 20, 2009, Peter Gabriel loaded into the Explanada del Estadio Monumental in Lima, Peru. At the load-in, Andres Cuadros, Owner of Red Power Peru, and Lighting Designer Rob Sinclair take a moment to pose for Vari-Lite Backstage.
Glenn Wong of Total Solutions Receives Sales Recognition Plaque
Glenn Wong of Total Solutions recently visited the Vari-Lite factory in Dallas, Texas and was presented with a plaque in recognition of Outstanding Sales Achievement in 2007 by then VP of sales Bob Schacherl.
Venezuela Lighting Production Services holds Vari-Lite Open House
On August 29th, 2007, Venezuela Lighting Production Services (VLPS) held a Vari-Lite open house for their clients and potiential customers. VLPS set up staged areas to show and demo Vari-Lite fixtures for touring, television and special events. The ambiance and demo areas were lit with 24 VL3500 wash, 36 VL3000 Spots, 12 VL2500 Spots and 12 VL2500 wash luminaires. Roberto Bento was the Lighting Designer and Luis Duque was the Production Manager. Jaime Friedstadt, Vari-Lite Regional Sales Manager and George Masek, Vari-Lite Product Manager, attended the open house.
Is that a Freakshow Shirt I See
Brian Riddle, a security guard for Paul McCartney, sports his favorite Tshirt while working at The Liverpool 08' Music Concert. Hannah, Brian's grand daughter, wears her favorite jumper. And, looks like the VLs are lined up for the performance.
You look Marvelous
Roger Waters Lighting Director Mark "Sparky" Risk and Vari-Lite Product Manager George Masek reunited at the Dallas show after touring with each other 17 years ago on Gloria Estefan.
Ed Neuhause is Feeling Festive at the Big and Rich Show in Las Vegas
Ed Nuehause, Lighting Director for the Big and Rich Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace Tour, takes a moment to pose for Thommy Hall (Vari-Lite regional sales manager) during the gig at the Las Vegas Hilton.
Vari-Lite attends Tour Tech East Conference
Vari-Lite recently attended Tour Tech East's 7th Annual All Access 2008 Conference and Tradeshow in Dartmouth Nova Scotia. In attendance from Vari-Lite was John Bilyk (pictured Left)- Canada Sales Manager is photographed with Peter Hendrickson (pictured center)- President of Tour Tech East limited. Afterwards, the gang attended The Tour Tech East 18th Annual Fundraiser which supports the Aids Coalition.
Vari-Lite fans start early
Laney sports her favorite brand! Thanks to TLS and Sudie (Laney's mom) for sending the photo. She's a cutie!
After over 20 years in rock-roll Mana still knows how to put on a show
At the American Airlines Center, the multi-platinum record-selling group Mana opened up to Vari-Lite for an all-access backstage tour. Led by Vari-Lite RSM Jaime Friedstadt, we got to see the complete rig and what we saw was a whole lot of VARI*LITE automated luminaires. You might also say, they were the only automated luminaires that anyone saw.
Marilyn Manson and Slayer team up for tour
Marilyn Manson and Slayer recently came through the Nokia Theatre, and with them were long-time friends and lighting designers Jason Cain and Sonny Satterfield. Jason, who LD's Slayer, uses a lot of "flash and trash" during his designs, while Sonny, who LD's Marilyn Manson, uses a more theatrical element to his design. But both use 26 VL2500 Spot luminaires to complete this high-energy and exciting tour.
Dave Pettingill in New York
On a recent trip to New York City, Dave Pettingill, from Seal Orlando, represented Vari-Lite in front of Lady Liberty herself. If you look close, you will see that Dave is proudly wearing his "VL500 Wash Me" t-shirt while posing in support of world peace.
Vari-Lite invited to view the beginning of a Redneck Revolution
On Tuesday, January 18th, Vari-Lite was invited to an exclusive sneak peak of the final rehearsal for the Gretchen Wilson A Redneck Revoution Tour. Carter Fulghum, tour lighting director, invited Vari-Lite to view the performance of the 64 VL3000 spot luminaires on tour with the high-enegy female country star. The tour kicked off on Wednesday, January 19th at the Nokia Theatre, and will cross the United States until she meets up with friend and fellow country music star Kenny Chesney in March 2006.
Rascal Flatts Rolls Back Into Town
On September 28, 2007, Rascal Flatts rolled back into Dallas, TX, and Lighting Designer Andy Knighton gave us the tour once again. As we strolled around the set-up for the multi-award winning muscial group, we noticed one thing, there sure is a lot of Vari-Lite up there, all supplied by Bandit Lites. And as we witnessed the show that night, we noticed one more thing, Andy sure does know what do with them. But for those photos, you have to go see the show.
Ron Ruehling and Ruehling Associates Inc celebrated the arrival of their new VARI*LITE luminaires. In purchasing the VL3500 Spot and VL3000 Spot luminaires, Ruehling and Asscoiates have become the newest Authorized Rental Associate, located in Minneapolis. MN, to join the Vari-Lite family.
And the Road Show begins
On April 26, 2007, Vari-Lite embarked on a six city road show. As part of the 25th Anniversary Celebration, the Vari-Lite road show highlights the new VL3500™ Wash luminaire, along with the complete line of VARI*LITE® automated luminaires. The road show began in Los Angeles, CA, at the NBC Studios in Burbank, CA, and below are some pictures that may blow you away. Now, imagine what it looked like in person.
An interesting tradeshow design
Vari-Lite Authorized Sales and Rental Dealer EES in Spain developed an interesting tradeshow design for the AFIAL tradeshow in Madrid. With the design below, it is easy to see that the VL500 is simply picture perfect. In attendance at the tradeshow was (right to left) Luis Pedro Oliveira, Mohamed Essabar, Leire Olascoaga, Jaime Friedstadt, Alia Ayoubi, Nacho Acha-Orbea, and Stivy.
A backstage moment with La Oreja de Van Gogh
Jaime is at it again. While on their wolrd tour, La Oreja de Van Gogh band members Pablo Benegas (Guitar), Alvaro Fuentes (Bass), Xabi San Martin (keyboards), Haritz Garde (Drums), and Amaia Montero (vocals) took a few moments to pose backstage with the infamous Jaime Friedstadt, a long-time fan. La Oreja de Van Gogh is currently embarked on tour with 30 VL3000 Spot luminaires from Vari-Lite Authorized Rental Dealer EML Sound & Light Productions in Spain.
A Wildflower blows through town
As Sheryl Crow restartes her Wildflower tour, LD Arlo Guthire is right by her side. When the sultry tour came through the Nokia Theatre in Grand Prairie, Geore Masek and I stopped in to see what Arlo had up his sleeve. Little did we know it was a VL3000 spot fixture operating as a truss follow spot. By disconnecting the Pan/Tilt, Arlo was able to create a high powered spotlight where he was able to control the remaining attributes straight from the console.
A visit with Andy Knighton and Rascal Flatts
It was a hot 100-degree at the Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas, but that didn't stop LD Andy Knighton and his crew of the Me & My Gang tour. Vari-Lite recently met up with this high energy tour for a backstage look see. Andy took a moment to pose for the camera. The stars at night aren't the only things big and bright deep in the heart of Texas.
Backstage at David Gilmour
Vari-Lite Regional Sales Manager Jaime Friedstadt recently attended the David Gilmour concert at the Royal Albert Hall on May 30, 2006. While backstage, Jaime took a moment to capture some photos with friends, Mr. & Mrs. Marc Brickman, Mr. & Mrs. Phil Manzanera, and Jose Peregrina, along with getting the best seat in the house to watch the star-studded curtain call. Can you count the Rock-n-Roll legends on this stage?
Setting up for the Radio-538 Queensday
At the Museum Square in Amsterdam, the lighting crew hussles to pull off one of the biggest celebrations of the year, and they did it with VARI*LITE at their side. Below, are some pictures taken by Mike Letby and Lex Vermeent. Pictured in the group photo is (L to R) Lighting Programmer Gertjan Houben, Lighting Designer Edward Dortland, Lighting Designer Martine Jansen, and Lighting Programmer Oliver Neuman. Special thanks to Technical Production Manager Marcel Buurman for the photo submissions and information.
All access at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
New Vari-Lite Authorized Rental and Sales Dealer, LD Systems, invited us down for an all access backstage look at the 2006 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the largest rodeo and livestock show in the world. From the roof of Reliant Stadium, to the arena floor, Vari-Lite was given the grand tour. Special thanks to LD Systems' Rob McKinley, Robert Ausmus, Jim Brace, and John Dickson for their hospitality. And too LeAnn Rimes for a great concert. It was a whirlwind day, but a day well worth it.
Backstage with Mana
At a recent Mana concert, Luis Duque, Venezuala Lighting Production Services, joined band member Alex backstage to share in a few photo opps and Red Bulls.
Vari-Lite fashion is always in vogue
At recent show call for the Mighty Ducks Casino Night Fundraiser,
lighting technicians Kevin, TJ, and Tom all arrived sporting the
Vari-Lite fashion line, proving that well designed SWAG never goes out
of style. Keep your eyes open for the new online Vari-Lite Swag Store,
Vari-Lite salutes a classic lighting design at LDI
At the 2005 ETS-LDI tradeshow in Orlando, Vari-Lite paid homage to one of the great lighting designs in rock-n-roll history, the famous Pink Floyd circle. In displaying the unique performance and quality of the VL500 Wash luminaire, the LDI lighting design was conceived and executed by lighting designer Thommy Hall, programmer Robert Bell, and booth electrician Brian Evans.
Time to let loose and have a good time, the Vari-Lite way
At the 2005 ETS-LDI tradeshow in Orlando, Vari-Lite hosted an evening reception on Friday, November 11th. The reception was held at the Rosen Centre Hotel and all the friends and family of Vari-Lite were invited to attend. Below are some photos taken by Vari-Lite's Public Relations Manager Bryan Matthews. We would also like to thank guest photographers Philip Norfolk and Thommy Hall for their submissions.
The Long Awaited Debut...the VL500 wash at Plasa
At Plasa 2005 in London, Vari-Lite introduced the long awaited VL500 wash luminaire at PRG Europe's booth. Response to this new line of wash luminaires was overwhelming. The booth was full of customers nearly the entire duration of the show.
VARI*LITE Tech Training in Dallas
Vari-Lite's Todd Kessler (VARI*LITE Technical Training Manager) conducts a VAR*LITE technical training class at the factory in Dallas. Students from all over the world attend this week long event to receive comprehensive technical and maintenance training on the Series 1000, Series 2000, and Series 3000 luminaires. In this patricular class, there are students from the United States, Canada, and Venezuela.
Fun in the Sun (While at Work)
Genlyte Controls, encompassing the VARI*LITE, Entertainment Technology, and Lightolier Controls brands, recently held its annual Summer Bash for its employees. There were games (dunking booth, ping pong, and jousting), contests (of several disciplines - including cooking, singing, and cook's costume decorating), and plenty of good eats. Below are some of the photos from Genlyte Controls' Summer Bash 2005.
Spanish sensation and international super star David Bisbal in Dallas during a Univision Radio Concert. From left to right: Jaime Friedstadt (Vari-Lte Latin America Sales Manager), Sandy Silber, David Bisbal, Dinora Friedstadt, and Carlos Nurko.
Jaime is with Sin...Sin Bandera that is...
Vari-Lite Latin America sales manager, Jaime Friedstadt, visits with Latin group Sin Bandera backstage on their recent visit to Dallas during their 2005 world tour.
Some Business and Fun at LDI 2004
Jaime entertains clients in the VARI*LITE booth at last year's LDI in Las Vegas. Pictured are (from left to right) Wady Rodriguez, Churry, Jaime Friedstadt, and Pucho.
VARI*LITE Tech Training in Puerto Rico
Jaime Friedstadt with famous Musique Xpress in Puerto Rico recently hosted a VARI*LITE technical training class to bring their technicians up-to-date on maintaining and repairing VARI*LITE luminaires. In the left photo, Todd Kessler (VARI*LITE Technical Training Manager - far left) and Jaime Friedstadt (Latin America Sales Manager - far right) are pictured Mr. & Mrs. Enrique Nuñez of Musique Xpress (centered) during the training seminar in San Juan Puerto Rico. The right photo is Jaime and the training class participants.
Hanging with the star
Jaime Friedstadt with famous Mexican singer-songwriter Ely Guerra on her recent tour in Dallas at Nokia Live.
Future lightings designers Michelle Friedstadt (left) and Bianca Lax (right) with Hilary Duff at NextStage in Dallas.
On the Road with Jaime
(Left) Vari-Lite Regional Sales Manager Jaime Friedstadt with Jesus Guevara, moving light operator for Mana. (Right) Friedstadt with Mana's lighting crew.
Jaime Loves L.A.
Vari-Lite Regional sales manager for Latin America Jaime Friedstadt was at Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles for the kick-off show of Ricky Martin's worldwide promotional tour. Backstage before the show are (left to right) Friedstadt, programmer and operator Cederiico "Churry" LaFuente and light designer Wady Rodriguez.
Don't Cray For Me...
Walter Buchholz, a lighting designer from Argentina, was at the Vari-Lite manufacturing and training facility in Dallas in January for luminaire and console training. Vari-Lite's Regional Sales Manger for Latin America Jaime Friedstadt (right) took time to visit with Buchholz and show him the new VARI*LITE® Series 3000™ luminaires.
Juanes For The Road
Vari-Lite Regional sales manager for Latin America Jaime Friedstadt , who never saw a camera he didn't like, stopped by NextStage in Grand Prairie, TX to visit with the crew on Jaunes' 2003 world tour. From left to right: Andres Recio, production manager; Fernan Martinez, personal manager; Juanes, Friedstadt.
Turn on Your Heartlight
The VL1000 ERS was the workhorse fixture for Medtronic AVE's national sales meeting Dec. 2-5 at the Four Seasons Resort in Las Colinas, Texas, near Dallas. Lighting Designer John Featherstone used 26 of the VL1000 units as company officials made presentations about groundbreaking new products for coronary specialists. Riverview Systems Group of San Jose, Calif., and Island Creative Management of San Francisco provided the Series 1000 products for show producer Delphi. Vari-Lite public relations specialist Jeff Morrison visited with Featherstone prior to the kick-off meeting, but is not shown because someone had to take the photo.
Pick me, pick me
Chris McMeen of VARI*LITE dealer High Output and lighting designer Michael Franks of Michael Franks Enterprises are "on the clock" during the 2004 NFL Draft at Madison Square Garden. Franks used 11 VL3000™ Spot luminaires to help light the event, which was televised live on ESPN. (Photo credit: High Output)
Jaime Friedstadt hangs out with production manager Tony Parody before the Premios Lo Nuestros broadcast.