June 10th to the 13th was a very busy time for the staff and crew at Bandit Lites in and around Nashville as the company again served as lighting contractor for the two premier live events of the summer, Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester and CMA Music Festival at LP Field in Nashville. This was on top of prepping and shipping 12 other new tours in the same week.
Production Guru Hadden Hipsley of Lambda Productions once again called on Bandit Lites to serve as prime lighting contractor for the three-day arts and music festival that is always the event of the summer. Bandit's Dizzy Gosnell works with Hadden, Leslie Radigan, Joel Carmichael, AC Entertainment, Superfly Productions and Coran Capshaws Red Light Management to provide the artists with their illumination needs at the award-winning event.
Artists at the 2010 Bonnaroo include Dave Mathews Band, The Kings of Leon, Stevie Wonder, Jay Z, Weezer, The Flaming Lips, Norah Jones, John Fogerty, Tori Amos, Jeff Beck, Umpherys Magee, Conan O'Brien, The Dead Weather, GWAR, Ozomatli, Needtobreathe, Damian Marley, Phoenix, Jimmy Cliff, Ween, John Prine, John Butler Trio, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and The Zac Brown Band.
Bandit worked with many of the individual designers to meet their needs at the event within the framework of a “festival” system. Bandit Lites has been involved with Bonnaroo since the beginning and is proud to be of service to Hadden and company.
Over 80,000 people jam the Bonnaroo site for 5 days of fun, sun, rain, great music and wonderful friendship each year. This year was no exception and all people went away happy, looking forward to 2011.
Moving north to Nashville and LP Field, home of the NFL Tennessee Titans football team, we find the CMA Music Festival. The 2010 edition of this event will be shown on ABC Television later this year. The superstar line up includes Alan Jackson, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Reba, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Billy Currington, Blake Shelton, Trace Adkins and The Zac Brown Band.
Steve Moore, Robert Deaton, Tzvi Small and Lighting Designer Mike Swinford once again relied on Bandit Vice President Mike Golden and the staff at Bandit to deliver the enormous package required to complete the beautiful vision for the spectacular. Swinford was assisted by Mark Carver.
Multiple truck loads of equipment as specified by Swinford include VL 3500 Spots, VL 3000 Spots, MAC 2000 Washes, Coemar Infinity Spots, Color Blasts, GRNLite 3-54 Battens, Jarag PAR 30's, Grand MA's, Thomas Cycs, Mini Strips, Lycian 1271 spots, Lycian 3K spots, Syncrolites, Versa Tubes, and miles of cable and trussing.
This year's event is a remarkable testimony to the resiliency of the people of the Nashville area, who were under 8 feet of water just a month ago. The stadium itself was flooded as was most of downtown Nashville. The entire production community came together and made this CMA Music Festival the best ever.
About Bandit Lites
Bandit Lites is a global leader in the entertainment lighting marketplace. From touring productions to fixed installations, Bandit Lites has a full staff of highly trained professionals to deal with all types of lighting needs. With offices in Knoxville, Nashville, San Francisco, London, Hong Kong and Taiwan, Bandit's global presence will insure seamless transitions no matter where your next show takes you.