Jax Steager Joins the JimOnLight.com Team – Welcome Jax!

JimOnLight.com is growing so fast.  SO fast.  I have my irons in so many fires right now that most days I think the world is exploding!  We still have two more monster projects to roll out before the Fall, so life will get even more interesting here very, very soon.

People at conferences are talking – and they’re saying incredible things about the website.  At NAB, I overheard someone say that JimOnLight.com is “the number one lighting industry go-to resource,” and at LightFair this year, in addition to being warmly welcomed by everyone I talked to, I was told that the JimOnLight.com Community is one to be respected and trusted.  You folks are the best thing about this website – your desire to learn and to read about things that are going on is amazing, incredible, and outstanding!  Thanks for making this place the most awesome place!

To make sure that my head doesn’t asplode anymore, I have asked Jax Steager (@batfishlighting on Twitter) to come on board and act as my Executive Assistant.  Jax will be appearing on the website from time to time, she’ll be commanding some other stuff, and she’ll become a welcome face on the site.  Make sure that everyone welcomes Jax with open arms to our awesome community!

Everyone, on 3:

WELCOME, JAX!

Umphrey’s McGee at House of Blues Dallas – Crappy Cell Phone Pic Tease

So, while I’m writing this article about my experience hanging out with outstanding lighting artist Jeff Waful of Umphrey’s McGee last night at House of Blues in Dallas, I want to tease your vision with some crappy iPhone pics I tweeted frequently throughout the show last night.  Lots, lots more images, video, and other stuff on the show last night to come, but while I’m sorting 1943 images and compiling 14 video clips, here’s a sample of what went down all day yesterday.

For those who care – the setlist:

Set One
Sociable Jimmy, 2nd Self, Example 1 > Passing, Prowler > Can’t Find My Way Home, Utopian Fir

Set Two
Miss Tinkle’s Overture, Cold Gold^, Graceland^, Dump City, Spires > End of the Road > Thin Air*

Encore:
The Bottom Half

Brock Butler opened
^ with Brock Butler on dobro and vocals
* with Pink Panther theme teases

Enjoy!  More to come, so stay tuned!

RIP Jody Hanson from ETC

Oh wow.  What a bummer of a thing to read.

ETC‘s long time Promo and Ad Manager, Jody Hanson, passed away this last weekend.  I just found out about it.  That lady was awesome – a hard driving deal maker with a respect and knowledge of the lighting industry that we all call home.  Jody understood how important the world of blogging and Social Media was to the industry, and she was supportive of people like myself in the beginning of our careers.

We’ll miss you, Jody.

From ETC’s press release about Jody’s passing:

Middleton, WI (2 June 2010) — A mainstay of ETC’s Marketing department for over 13 years as the company’s Promotions and Advertising Manager, Jody Hanson passed away on Sunday, May 30, 2010. The global family of ETC grieves the loss.

From January 1997, when Jody started at ETC, she brought her passion for professionalism to the ETC Marketing team, locally and globally. Entrusted with ETC’s representation to the promotional media, Jody was well known and respected in the industry. She led countless successful promotional campaigns and projects for ETC — on every new product since the introduction of the Obsession® II lighting control console.

As Electronic Theatre Controls’ Chief Executive Officer Fred Foster reflects, “Jody gathered together a truly creative team of people who produced more than 100 trade shows, hundreds of media placements, and uncountable hits on our website. They all followed her professional lead to produce a precise and complete image for ETC. We all miss Jody, but her impact on our lives will never fade.”

ETC Vice President of Marketing Bill Gallinghouse concurs: “Jody had a unique ability to break down the largest and most complex objectives into manageable parts and guide them perfectly to fruition.”

Born on January 10th, 1954, Jody was a Wisconsinite who made the Madison area her home for the last 14 years. She is survived by her husband John, and her daughter Emily.

A memorial will take place for Jody on Saturday, June 5th, 2010, in her hometown of Columbus, Wisconsin, at St. Jerome’s Church, 1550 Farnham St., starting at 8:30 a.m., followed by a memorial mass of burial at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that people make donations to or volunteer time with their favorite charity.

Please use Cornerstone Funeral Services’ online guestbook to express condolences to the family:
www.meaningfulfunerals.net/fh/obituaries/tribute.cfm?o_id=626959&fh_id=11053&s_id=B7DF14561337816249238C23C057EAAB

LightFair 2010 – Images from the Floor, Day 2

Yeah, I’m a little behind with my LightFair stuff.  I’ve been home for about 15 minutes since then, I think!  We got tons of pics from the conference this year – my rocking official photog Amanda Lynne got masses of great pics from the LightFair 2010 show floor.

Check out Day Two: