Trumpet Awards Shine With Bandit Lites and Bob Peterson

The annual Trumpet Awards, the prestigious event honoring African-American contributions and achievements, featured a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – The 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards were held Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre with a lighting package supplied by Bandit Lites. The annual event honors African-American contributions and achievements and will air on television exclusively on Bounce, Sunday, February 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET.

2018 Honorees were Jermaine Dupri, Richelieu Dennis, Tamika Mallory, Marley Dias, Dr. Lonnie Johnson, Rhyon Brown and Cameo.

The evening featured performances from Arrested Development, Michel’le and Major along with a musical tribute to So So Def Recordings Founder and honoree Jermaine Dupri which included performances from Anthony Hamilton, Bow Wow, Xscape and a surprise appearance by Ludacris.

Using over 180 fixtures from Bandit Lites, Lighting Designer Bob Peterson crafted looks that would translate both for those in attendance at the live awards and for those who would be watching at home.

HES SolaSpot 2000 Framings provided reconfigurable, automated key lights from the rail and first electric, while Robe BMFLs and Robe Pointes supplied beam graphics and effects. VL 3000 Spots illuminated the band, floor and scrim texture, with GLP X4 and GLP X4S lighting the audience and architectural components, and VL500 giving dance cross looks. 

“A combination of ten Robe cycFX8 and Elation Sixbars fit an assortment of drapes and Atomic scenic materials perfectly,” said Peterson. “This was an outstandingly prepped show. We only have a day to prelight, and none of that day was spent reconfiguring or refitting.”

“Working with Bob Peterson and Monica Rose is always a positive experience and the production team he builds is always first class,” said Bandit Vice President Mike Golden. “I want to thank Bob for always finding a way to make it work with a smile and a special thank you to Monica Rose for keeping us all sane, sorted and focused on the task at hand.”

Bandit’s crew for the Trumpet Awards included Chaz Martin and Jon Houle with additional support coming from Project Manager Gene Brian.

“My team was spectacular,” finished Peterson. “They were in front of every issue.”

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