Singer-songwriter Bruno Mars has been getting rave reviews for his Moonshine Jungle Tour, which will continue to play dates around the world through March 2014. The tour is accompanied by Clay Paky Sharpy and Sharpy Wash fixtures.
"We were tasked with creating a world for Bruno and his band to inhabit," says lighting designer Cory FitzGerald who codesigned the tour with Roy Bennett. "Bruno has a lot of sounds and pushes past a lot of genres, so he needed an environment that would accommodate all his music. The lighting fixtures help a lot with that. We have 42 Sharpy Washes and about 80 Sharpy beams and we're very happy with the rig." VER supplied the tour's gear.
The versatile Sharpy Washes are "used for everything," he says. "They're the main wash for the show, and we have 36 overhead and six on the floor. We built a ceiling, and the Sharpy Washes are so small that they can be recessed in it and still shoot through.
"They also have a great zoom range and can do amazing beam effects," he adds. "It's great to have the option to go super wide or super narrow. The fact that they can color mix is a life saver."
FitzGerald also made room for a number of Sharpys in the rig. "I can't remember the last time I did a show without them," he says. "They're well established and high powered. With prism, frost and gobos I can get a lot of looks out of them. I have them everywhere on the show: overhead, on the back wall of light, on the floor. We even have 14 gold Sharpys on the deck."
Dave Marcucci is the touring lighting director for the Moonshine Jungle Tour.
Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, comments, "We're very proud to have so many of our fixtures on this tour and are impressed with the great work that Mr. Fitzgerald has done on this tour. We enjoy working with him on all of his projects."
A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor for Clay Paky.