December saw the opening of Rumba Room Live, an upscale Latin-themed nightclub and concert venue in Anaheim, California. Built new from the ground up, the club, which features state-of-the-art Elation entertainment lighting and video systems, has energized the nightclub scene in Anaheim. The 10,000 square foot venue has the flexibility to host 1,000 people and hold a variety of events yet maintains a chic, intimate feel.
Working with the club’s architect and ownership to develop the design and look of the venue was Michael Betancourt, General Manager at Southern California-based Props AV, the production company that designed, supplied and installed the Elation lighting and video package. “When the Rumba Room Live project first came to the table the feel that they wanted to go for was a Latin-themed nightclub and live venue with a sexy Las Vegas feel,” Betancourt says. “It was a completely new idea for Anaheim.”
Downlighting the Rumba Room Live facade in a wash of customizable shades are 12 Elation SixPar 200IP™ color changers so the venue can tailor the outdoor look to match any event or express any mood or emotion. “We wanted to really create a sensual yet inviting look and the SixPars do the job perfectly,” stated Ramon Chavez, VP of Business Operations at the club, who helped oversee construction and operations.
Stepping inside, the lighting scheme begins in the lobby where the interior glass is downlighted using 7 one-meter long ELED QA Strips™ while Flex LED Tape WP™ downlights the box office counter. Moving into the club, guests are greeted by a 4 x 3 LED screen made up of 12 EZ4™ video panels, the first of four Elation LED screens in the venue. Guests then move into the all-important bar area where two bars are decorated with Flex RGB LED tape. The versatile LED tape is also used to downlight platforms and floating walls in the club’s visually striking VIP areas, where Elation Elar Q1™ color-changing PAR lights, pixel mapped using Arkaos Media Master software, are used for stunning downlight effect. From the bar area, Platinum Spot LED Pro II™ moving heads lead guests to the dance floor and stage where the full impact of the visual scheme is felt, most noticeably from three LED screens made up of EZ4 video panels. Above the dance floor is a full rig of Elation moving heads along with Sniper 2R™ multi-effect lights while accenting the DJ booth is decorative Flex RGB Led Tape. For stage lighting, more moving heads work with SixPar 100™ LED Par lights while CuePix Tri Strips™ and Sniper 2Rs provide upstage effects.
Rumba Room Live has enlivened the entertainment scene in Anaheim with a quality dose of Latin culture. The club’s formula of playing the best in Latin music while hosting live performances across a variety of genres has proved popular since opening late last year.
Equipment and Installation: Props AV
System Design: Michael Betancourt, Props AV
14 x SixPar 200IP™
7 x ELED QA Strip™
15 x SixPar 100™
12 x Rayzor Q12Z™
8 x Rayzor Q7™
20 x Platinum Spot LED Pro II™
8 x Rayzor Beam 2R™
12 x Sniper 2R™
100+ rolls of Flex RGB LED Tape™
378 x Elar Q1™
Antari F-5 Fazer™
44 x Elation EZ4™ LED video panels
1 x Elation ART500™
1 x High End Nano Hog 4™
1 x Arkaos Media Master™
DAS Audio system