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Let’s Nominate Jefferson Waful, Umphrey’s McGee, and ECTO Productions for a 2013 Parnelli Award!

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We have about three methods out there in the entertainment lighting industry for lighting designers to be showcased.  One of those yearly methods is the PLSN Parnelli Awards — it’s like the Oscars for the production industry!

This year, I think we should nominate one of the best LDs for the best bands out there with the best set of production:  Jefferson Waful, Umphrey’s McGee, and ECTO Productions, who supplies UM’s tour kit.  This is my opinion, of course — but if you share this opinion, let’s get Jeff and UM on the bill for one of the best events in the industry to showcase some true talent in this business.

Here’s a look at the form you’ll want to fill out:

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Here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to the Parnelli Awards nomination site:  http://www.parnelliawards.com/nominate.php
  2. Under “Lighting Designer of the Year,” type in JEFFERSON WAFUL — under “Show:” type in UMPHREY’S MCGEE
  3. Under “Lighting Company of the Year,” type in ECTO PRODUCTIONS — under “Show:” type in UMPHREY’S MCGEE

When you’re ready to submit, your form will look like this:

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It’s that easy.  Let’s show our love for one of the TOP acts on the touring market with one of the top LDs out there in the business!

 

 

STUMP Tour Time-Lapse – Umphrey’s McGee and STS9’s Joint Tour! #UM #STS9

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This is excellent, and we’re keeping with the whole stop motion theme today.  This is a video uploaded by the UMVideo account on YouTube — the music you’re rocking out to during the video is Umphrey’s McGee’s Wizard Burial Ground.

Enjoy!

Here’s a bonus bit of rock and roll for you on this fine Thursday… Women, Wine, and Song at Alpharetta, GA! Why? Well, WHY THE HELL NOT?!

FROM JAM CRUISE 10: Waful and Kuroda Trip the Light Fantastic

So Jeff sent me this yesterday.  I then promptly stood up, stretched my legs and arms, and tried to kick myself right in the ass for missing the opportunity to see this happen live.  DAMN YOU, REAL LIFE!

For those of you not in the know, Jeff Waful is the lighting designer for Umphrey’s McGee, and Chris Kuroda is the long time lighting designer for Phish.

Sit down, have a coffee, and watch two of the greatest jamband LDs wax poetic about design and programming, and how they do things when the band’s onstage.  Check it, you won’t be disappointed.

A Quick New Years’ Eve Lighting Story

Happy New Year, everybody – as always, sh*t is kicking here at the Light Associated Media, LLC headquarters in Oklahoma City – soon to be relocating to Toronto, Ontario!  I can’t tell you why just yet, but it’s coming.  And it’s awesome.

But that’s not what this is about, this post is about an awesome story of two lighting designers hanging out on New Years’ Eve 2012.

So Jefferson Waful is lighting Umphrey’s McGee, as he does, and with fervor might I add, and I am there documenting the show, documenting Jefferson, and hanging out with my good friend Jefferson all at the same time.  On the 31st, during a particularly outstanding set in which not only the band and audience were all in step, but the lighting design and the audio engineering were the stuff of aural and visual dreams.  Right at the start of a song called “Ocean Billy,” Jeff turns to me and says into my ear:

This is my favorite song to run lights for.”

Guess what?  it’s now my favorite song for Jefferson to run lights for, too.  If you’re ready for your face to get rocked off and see why this is Jefferson’s favorite lighting delivery tune, watch the video below.

Pardon me while I pick up my face.

Umphrey’s McGee Covers “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” at The Aragon!

I just got an email from Jeff Waful, lighting designer for Umphrey’s McGee, about their recent show at the Aragon Ballroom on November 26.  The video I got was a cover of The Stones’ You Can’t Always Get What You Want, and it’s awesome.  Jeff needs to get a buymper sticker that sways “I Am the Master of Pan and Tilt Patience.”

Check it out!

Thanks, Jeff!

Jefferson Waful – Lighting Designer, Funny Man, and HEY THEY’RE PLAYING STEVE MILLER?!

A guy who I’ve gotten to know a bit and seen him work hands-on with the music – Jeff Waful.  You knows know Jeff as the lighting designer for Umphrey’s McGee, and he’s been tearing faces off with his light artistry for the last while now.  I just got a tip that Jeff did some work with Umphrey’s at the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam in Asheville, NC just a few nights ago – and there was of course a video camera.

Check out the results!  From the Umphrey’s McGee Production blog, The Floor:

Jefferson Waful of Umphrey’s McGee Directs “The Tabernacle”

So – not only is Jefferson Waful the outstanding lighting designer for the outstading band Umphrey’s McGee, he’s also a video director now.  Jefferson just posted up a series of videos about the Umphrey’s McGee show at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, Georgia.  Apparently this was a show to experience – and Jeff has brought it to us in the way that he knows – as an artist.

It’s three parts, and it’s quite amazing.  I’ve linked the three videos here, but you HAVE to check out the video posting page here.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

JimOnLight.com digs your artist brain, Jeff.  Great work.

Umphrey’s McGee at House of Blues Dallas – Video from the Lighting Position

Back at the beginning of June I spent a day with Jeff Waful of Umphrey’s McGee at House of Blues in Dallas.  I helped load in, took some pics, shot some video, and generally just had a fantastic day.  I got so much content from my day that I am just now getting to it.

I just cut this video up for the web – top of set two, “Miss Tinkle’s Overture.”  If you listen closely at the end, you can hear my enthusiasm for the amazing work Jeff Waful pulled off for that tune.  You do realize that he busks a lot of the shows, yes?  The man has some excellent timing.

Check out the video – pardon the terribly overexposed blues, the Flip HD absolutely sucks at saturated colors, much to my chagrin:

Umphrey’s McGee at House of Blues Dallas – Miss Tinkle’s Overture from Jim Hutchison on Vimeo.

JimOnLight.com Hangs with Jefferson Waful of Umphrey’s McGee at House of Blues in Dallas

I had the absolute pleasure this last week to hang out with Jefferson Waful, lighting designer for Umphrey’s McGee, at Dallas’ House of Blues  establishment downtown.  It was great to see Jefferson again – he and I spent some quality time together at SeaChanger‘s booth at the National Association of Broadcasters conference in Las Vegas back in April, and we waxed philosophical about lighting, music, and all things design for the camera.  Videos coming soon of that, just for your information!

The day at House of Blues was great – I’m a master electrician whenever I’m not being lighting designer/writer/nerd-rockstar guy, and the UM crew was down a man, so I helped Jefferson with the load-in.  First – the House of Blues crew is superb.  Within the first five minutes in the venue, I discovered a friendly, helpful crew that all seemed to enjoy what they did, and the house’s L1, Boombah, was just an amazing guy to crack cheap jokes with and keep the energy in the room pumped high.  Fun was had by all.

A little bit about the Umphrey’s McGee crew – four guys, every one with a department head job.  Jefferson Waful in the lighting department (and lighting designer); Kevin Browning, the Sound Caresser (that’s FOH Engineer for you non-hackers); Bob Ston, Monitor Engineer and EPG (Extremely Professional Guy); Robbie Williams, Stage Manager; and Don Richards, Tour Manager and General Cool Dude.  A great crew, most of whom have been with the band for quite some time – Bob was telling me he’s been on with UM for nine years.  NINE YEARS!  When he says that he stays at the same emotional intensity level all day and doesn’t get angry, he’s totally telling the truth.

Load-in was quick and simple – Jefferson does six Mac III’s on cases on the deck, six Mac III’s from a rear truss, A7 LED heads on a FOH truss, and some Mac 700s to compliment the rig.  Some ACLs and specials from the house rig, and we’re off!  Mac IIIs have some punch, my friends.  That’s all I’ll say about that.  I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Finishing up lighting load-in:

Updating focus positions:

More focus position updates:

It was outstanding to hang out with Jefferson during his programming time – I’m not quite yet a grandMA programmer, and Jefferson uses a full-size grandMA (I’m a Hog programmer).  After watching him work the grandMA, I think I need to get my rear in gear and learn this system.

Soundcheck was – well, it was amazing.  Not only do I enjoy the band, but watching Jefferson run some looks was impressive.  I’m a big fan of watching other lighting designers work – as a lighting designer myself, I’m never really conscious of the world around me when I’m driving a lighting desk, and it’s nice to know that others are so focused on the work themselves.  Check out a few of these Soundcheck looks:

The show was equally as amazing.  Here’s a few shots of the actual show, and below that I have added a gallery of ALL of the shots I wanted to post.  Click on the thumbnails, they open a gallery view.  Enjoy!

The anticipation of the first note and the first light cue:

The first cue of the show:

with Brock Butler sitting in:

The driver driving

Thanks to Jefferson Waful and the entire Umphrey’s McGee organization for allowing me the opportunity to spread the word of great music and outstanding design!  Let’s do it again!