NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – Bandit Lites is proud to provide the lighting for RCA Records Nashville recording artist Chris Young’s Raised On Country World Tour 2019. Named for the fastest-rising single of his career, the tour recently kicked off its North American leg in May and features songs from Young’s No. 1 packed repertoire including “Hangin’ On,” “Think of You,” “Tomorrow,” “I’m Comin’ Over” and “You.”
Young’s long-time lighting designer Chris Lisle crafted a show comprised of Young’s preferences for lighting and video that would be both visually impactful at the tour’s venues and evolve over the course of the performance.
“This Chris Lisle lighting design with Michael Stanley at the console is one the most visually stunning designs I have ever had the opportunity with which to be involved,” said Bandit Lites Business Development Officer Brent Barrett. “We at Bandit are very proud to be a part of the production team.”
The design plays off a ‘W’ shaped video wall with four individually moving panels. Four lighting trusses overhead in chevron shapes increase in size from the upstage to the downstage, while six lighting pods are placed between the downstage and first mid-stage truss.
Bandit Lites supplied nearly 300 lighting fixtures including Ayrton CosmoPix, Ayrton Ghibli, Elation SixBar 1000, Elation Paladins, Elation CuePix WW4, GLP X4, GLP JDC1 Strobes, Chauvet E-Pix Drive 900, Chauvet E-Pix Bars, Chauvet Maverick Pyxis and Robe Mega Pointes.
Lisle utilized Bandit’s newly purchased Ghibli and Pyxis, with the Ghibli as the main spot and workhorse of the rig and the Pyxis in the pods for eye candy and beam effects.
“We have been very happy with both the Ghibli and the Pyxis,” said Lisle. “The Ghibli is one of the brightest and most functional LED spot fixtures that I have seen, and the Pyxis have so many great feature sets and macros that they were also a great addition to the rig.”
Lisle also applied Robe MegaPointes for big punchy beam looks and lined the trusses with Epix Bars. These are then fed content from a media server to give the show an enormous dimensional look.
Bandit Lites crew consists of Mike Stanley, Jimmy Murray, Ivy Reid and Dave Langford, with additional support coming from Project Manager Matt King.
“The whole Bandit team is awesome and did a great job, from the bidding process to the project management and prep, it was all very well done, and every detail covered,” Lisle said.
"This year’s production is a testament to the passion and excitement that the Chris Young organization, particularly the touring management team of Tour Manager Bill Cracknell and Production Manager Michael Stanley, instill in every aspect of the tour,” Barrett said.
“Chris and his management are all great to work with,” finished Lisle. “Rob Beckham, Bill Simmons, Bill Cracknell (TM) and Becky Harris, and the whole Bandit team is awesome and did a great job. From the bidding process to the project management and prep, it was all very well done, and every detail covered.”
Lighting Design: Chris Lisle
Production Manager and Lighting Director: Mike Stanley
Programming: Brian Jenkins
Bandit Lites Client Representative: Brent Barrett
Bandit Lites Project Manager: Matt King
Bandit Lites Crew: Jimmy Murray, Ivy Reid, Dave Langford
Video Support: MooTV
Video Content: MooCreative
Motors and Automation: Atlanta Rigging
For a complete list of tour dates, including additional Chris Young concert stops for 2019, VIP package details and to purchase tickets, please visit www.chrisyoungcountry.com.
Photo credit: Jeff Johnson
About Bandit Lites, Inc.
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About Chris Young
By his 34th birthday, multi-platinum RCA Records Nashville entertainer Chris Young has accumulated an impressive list of accomplishments, including membership in the iconic Grand Ole Opry, 2 Billion on-demand streams, 12 Million singles sold, 11 career No. 1 singles, 17 R.I.A.A. Gold/Platinum/Multi-Platinum certified projects, 2 Grammy nominations, 3 Country Music Association nominations and 4 Academy of Country Music nominations. As a prolific creator, Chris has given fans 7 studio albums in 12 years including Losing Sleep, his third project in less than two years. The title track is certified Platinum while “Hangin’ On” is his ninth No. 1 as a songwriter. Losing Sleep (2017) and I’m Comin’ Over (2015) debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart with “I’m Comin’ Over” becoming Young’s first 2x Platinum single.
Named “one of his era’s finest traditionalists” by the Associated Press, Chris has quickly become an international ambassador for country music, performing to capacity crowds around the world including the sold-out C2C Festival in the UK. With a hit-packed set that highlights his eleven chart-toppers — including back-to-back No. 1s “Losing Sleep,” “Sober Saturday Night,” “Think Of You,” and “I’m Comin’ Over” — the Grammy and ACM nominated vocalist headlined the Chris Young Losing Sleep 2018 World Tour including his first hometown headlining stop at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena playing to a capacity crowd of nearly 14,000 fans, friends and family.
2019 brings new music — “Raised On Country” — and a new headlining tour – Raised On Country World Tour 2019 — visiting more than 45 cities through November including Charlotte, Boston, Philadelphia, Dallas, Las Vegas, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Phoenix, San Diego and more.