When LD Systems' lighting designers John Dickson and Nate Brittain lit the entertainers at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo at Reliant Park this year they took 28 Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20 LED-based moving lights and a pair of grandMA2 consoles along for the wild ride. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky and grandMA in North America.
The Houston Rodeo took place over a 20-day period, March 4-23, and featured performances by major country and pop touring artists, including Brad Paisley, Usher, Keith Urban, Maroon 5, Luke Bryan, Reba, REO Speedwagon and Blake Shelton. Shows sold out and audiences of 50,000-60,000 were the norm.
Once the day and evening rodeo events were completed and the concerts were set to begin a stage rolled to the center of the stadium and a lighting rig dropped down over it. "It was a full-blown rodeo each day, followed by a unique performance from 1 of 20 different artists, " says Dickson. "Every day at about noon we :(myself, Nathan Brittain , and Jim Brace) met with the artist's LD, and spent 4 - 5 hours programming the show on our two grandMA2s with two NPUs."
Dickson is a fan of MA Lighting and has used the consoles for the last seven or eight years. "We love them. The transition from grandMA to grandMA2 was seamless. It's a great desk."
Dickson and Brittain were introduced to the B-EYE fixtures at LDI, and it was love at first sight. For the rodeo concerts they had 14 B-EYEs positioned on either side of the perimeter where they were used for standard wash lights, beam effects, and on occasion, pixel mapping. "We used Hippos to drive a ton of video content," Dickson explains. "We wanted the B-EYEs to mimic the video. Clay Paky and A.C.T helped write software to enable us to pixel map and still have the shaper macros for the light."
The lighting designer notes that the B-EYEs "really held their own" in the rodeo's stadium environment. "We had a lot of video and other light sources but they really stood out. We love them!"
LD Systems Lighting Team:
Jim Brace - Lighting Designer / Director
John Dickson - Lighting Designer / Main Stage Programmer / Operator
Nathan Brittain - Assistant Designer / Perimeter Programmer / Operator
Brian Stephenson- Lighting Tech
Bobby Dominguez- Lighting Tech
Will Anglin- Lighting Tech
"John is one of the first LD's to use the new B-Eye fixtures and when he said he was going to light an NFL stadium, I was excited to see how they would look. Both the beams and the effects looked great during the performances and read very nicely through the air. We were honored to work with John, Rob McKinley, and the LD Systems team to make sure control and lighting for this massive production was exactly how they wanted," concluded George Masek, A.C.T Lighting Vice President - Automated Lighting