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Thursday, April 4, 2024

SES and Concert Stuff Group Welcome Jason Alt as Managing Director of Technology by Frank Hammel

Special Event Services (SES), a subsidiary of Mocksville, NC-based Concert Stuff Group (CSG), named Jason Alt managing director of technology. Alt comes to SES and CSG from Delicate Producti…

SOURCE: PLSN at 03:50PM
Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Parnelli Awards Board of Advisors Adds Four New Members by Frank Hammel

Marshall Bissett, Chairman of the Parnelli Awards Board of Advisors, announced the addition of Butch Allen, Wes Bailey, Carol Dodds, and Anne Militello, to the board overseeing the Award Sho…

SOURCE: PLSN at 06:35PM
Wednesday, March 6, 2024

In Memoriam: Bill Whittaker, 57 by Frank Hammel

William John “Bill” Whittaker, a former lighting designer and owner of Rainbow Lighting Co. who founded and ran Upstate Case Manufacturing Co. for more than three decades, died Feb. 26, …

SOURCE: PLSN at 02:21PM
Monday, February 19, 2024

USITT Encourages Annual Conference & Stage Expo Attendees to Try SmartMatch by Frank Hammel

USITT is encouraging job seekers and hiring companies to ramp up their networking plans by connecting with SmartMatch, which will be available before, during and after USITT24. More details …

SOURCE: PLSN at 04:58PM
Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Attendees Give Sold-out 22nd Parnelli Awards Ceremony Rave Reviews; Terry Lowe Thanks Sponsors for Their Support by Frank Hammel

The 22nd annual Parnelli Awards took place on Jan. 26 during NAMM 2024 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The ceremony, which honored the career achievements of Buford Jones (Audio Innovator)…

SOURCE: PLSN at 06:21PM
Friday, February 2, 2024

ISE 2024 Breaks Records at 20th Anniversary Show by Frank Hammel

Integrated Systems Europe 2024 was the most successful edition in its 20-year history, according to Integrated Systems Events, the convention’s organizers. Taking place at the Fira de Barc…

SOURCE: PLSN at 11:49AM

2024 NAMM Show by the Numbers: Attendees, Exhibitors, Influencers and More by Frank Hammel

The stats are in for the 2024 NAMM Show, and while the annual event is still working its way back from its pre-pandemic glory in January 2020, with 62,000+ show attendees in January 2024 vs.…

SOURCE: PLSN at 11:47AM

NAMM Announces Eight New Board Members by Frank Hammel

The annual meeting of members convened on the first day of The NAMM Show, the largest global gathering of the music industry, and officially NAMM (The National Association of Music Merchants…

SOURCE: PLSN at 11:45AM
Saturday, January 27, 2024

Parnelli Winners Announced! by Frank Hammel

The 22nd annual Parnelli Awards took place at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 26 during NAMM 2024. The awards honored the career achievements of Jim Brammer (Parnelli Lifetime Achie…

SOURCE: PLSN at 11:49AM

Timeless Communications Honored by NAMM for 25-Year Milestone by Frank Hammel

While the whole world joined Prince and partied like it was 1999–or nervously awaiting the global calamity of the much-feared Y2K meltdown of the world’s computer systems–Timeless Comm…

SOURCE: PLSN at 03:00AM
Thursday, January 25, 2024

Robe at ISE 2024 by Frank Hammel

Robe Lighting will exhibit on booths 1C700 and 1D700 in Hall 1 at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) expo 30th January to 2nd Feb February 2024 at Fira Barcelona in Spain, where it and sist…

SOURCE: PLSN at 12:37PM
Monday, January 15, 2024

22nd Parnelli Awards Nearly Sold Out, Limited Number of Tickets Still Available by Frank Hammel

Just one week from this Friday, on Jan. 26, 2024, the 22nd Annual Parnelli Awards will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center during the NAMM show. And with the live event industry and …

SOURCE: PLSN at 02:28PM
Tuesday, January 2, 2024

JP Ridgard Turns to Obsidian NX4 Console for Lowveld Gin Fest in South Africa by Frank Hammel

JP Ridgard, an avid user of Obsidian Control Systems’ ONYX lighting control platform, turned to the growing brand’s feature-packed NX4 lighting console for the Lowveld Gin Fest in Mbombe…

SOURCE: PLSN at 11:39AM
Friday, December 8, 2023

Hayden Borgars Brings Lighting Musicality to Creeper Tour with CHAUVET Professional by Frank Hammel

Hayden Borgars says that he’s always tended to view the lighting fixtures in his rig as musical instruments, not merely illuminating with them, but also “playing” them in ways that flo…

SOURCE: PLSN at 06:11PM

ESTA Announces 2024-2026 Board of Directors Election Results by Frank Hammel

ESTA recently announced the newest members of the 2024-2026 ESTA Board of Directors: Ben Hague of IATSE has been elected as Vice President, Patrick Wallace of Encore Global has been elected …

SOURCE: PLSN at 02:13PM

Unilumin Rental Solution Spices up LDI 2023 by Frank Hammel

On December 3-5, Unilumin showcased its top-notch solution at the LDI Exhibition (Lighting and Audio Technology Exhibition) in Las Vegas, USA. XR virtual shooting stage, LED creative display…

SOURCE: PLSN at 01:57PM

Seamless Looks for Gryffin by Julien Reux with CHAUVET Professional and 4Wall by Frank Hammel

Even those who might be a little leery about attending an EDM or rave show would probably walk away from a Gryffin concert impressed by what they just heard and saw. Praised by one critic fo…

SOURCE: PLSN at 11:55AM
Thursday, December 7, 2023

Proteus Excalibur and Proteus Maximus Shape the Look and Feel of Wacken Open Air 2023 by Frank Hammel

Jerry Appelt creates classic Wacken lighting architecture on the “Holy Ground” with weatherproof moving lights As many know, real Wacken fans don’t let the weather stop them. It’s no…

SOURCE: PLSN at 12:48PM

John Garberson Opens Doors at Desert Sky Music Festival with CHAUVET Professional by Frank Hammel

CHANDLER, AZ – At times it seemed that everything that could go wrong would go wrong at the one-day Desert Sky Music Festival. Not only did rain delay the 2pm start of the first act by ov…

SOURCE: PLSN at 10:20AM

Registration is Now Open for USITT24 in Seattle by Frank Hammel

Registration is now open for USITT24, set for March 20-23, 2024 in Seattle. The event promises  education, networking events, recruitment opportunities, and the Expo floor along with reimag…

SOURCE: PLSN at 10:14AM
Tuesday, December 5, 2023

ACT Entertainment Expands Its Reach with tvONE Acquisition by Frank Hammel

ACT Entertainment continues to expand its reach in the AV technology sector with the acquisition of tvONE, a leading video processing, signal distribution and media playback solutions compan…

SOURCE: PLSN at 04:35PM
Monday, December 4, 2023

Nice Weather, Awesome View (and Support from Sponsors) Make 2023 Parnelli Golf Tournament a Day to Remember by Frank Hammel

Who says you shouldn’t attempt to host a golf tournament in Las Vegas in December? While it’s true that the odds for rain and wind (if not snow) increase substantially that late in the s…

SOURCE: PLSN at 08:48AM
Friday, December 1, 2023

Stagehand Launches #ILoveLive3 by Frank Hammel

In its 25th year, Stagehand, a UK-based live event production workers charity, announced the launch of the Christmas fundraiser, #ILoveLive3. This year's campaign recognizes the immense cha…

SOURCE: PLSN at 02:51PM
Friday, November 24, 2023

In Memoriam: Neville Garrick, 73 by Frank Hammel

Neville Garrick, the Jamaican-born and UCLA-educated graphic artist, photographer, backdrop painter and LD who provided visual accompaniment to reggae icon Bob Marley’s music, died Nov. 14…

SOURCE: PLSN at 01:29PM
Monday, October 30, 2023

Parnelli Ballot Now Online, Voting Begins! by Frank Hammel

The Parnelli Ballot for the 22nd annual awards ceremony has been finalized, and voting has begun! The ballot is posted online at parnelliawards.com, and it's up to YOU, the PLSN reader, to d…

SOURCE: PLSN at 12:26PM
Monday, October 16, 2023

2023 Jazz Festival Shines with High End Systems Lighting by Frank Hammel

The 2023 Detroit Jazz Festival featured over 60 performers, late night jam sessions, and 350,000 attendees. Now a division of Display Group, Fantasee Lighting has been providing lights and d…

SOURCE: PLSN at 12:26PM

Robe LEDBeam 350s Assist with Transformation by Frank Hammel

Transformation Church in Tulsa, OK, recently completed a redesign of the lighting rig in its 4,000-seat main auditorium, which was created and delivered by 46 Entertainment of Nashville, TN.…

SOURCE: PLSN at 12:18PM

CHAUVET Professional Fixtures from Colito Enhance the Magical Experience at Luisenburg Festival by Frank Hammel

For the Luisenburg Festival, Technical Service Provider, Colito Productions, which installs and maintains equipment at the event’s 1,898-capacity open-air theatre, helped support the festi…

SOURCE: PLSN at 11:58AM
Friday, October 13, 2023

Zonda 9 FX by Ayrton Lights Up Mallorca’s Megapark with Color by Frank Hammel

The Megapark in Mallorca, Spain is the largest open-air beer garden in Europe. It has incorporated the new Ayrton Zonda 9 FX among its lighting fixtures. In its design, several features hav…

SOURCE: PLSN at 02:03PM
Thursday, October 12, 2023

‘Touring and Mental Health: The Music Industry Manual’ by Frank Hammel

Touring and Mental Health: The Music Industry Manual, edited by Tamsin Embleton and published earlier this year by Omnibus Press, is “like having a therapist in your back pocket,” noted …

SOURCE: PLSN at 01:27PM
Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Kevin Lyman Joins Parnelli Board of Advisors by Frank Hammel

The Parnelli Board of Advisors announced that Kevin Lyman, founder of the Vans Warped Tour and currently an Associate Professor at USC, has accepted the invitation to join the Parnelli Board…

SOURCE: PLSN at 07:42PM

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2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards