Posts

PHISH in Live Design

So, if you haven’t seen the piece that Marian Sandberg wrote in Live Design about Phish’s New Years’ Eve 2012 bash, you’re missing out, it’s a great piece.  If you’ve never been to a jam band New Years Eve show, you’re missing out, too.  Phish is kind of known for doing absolutely crazy stuff for the NYE show runs, as are other bands in the genre.  Typically across space and time it’s Auld Lang Syne and a huge bunch of balloons that fall from the ceiling at midnight, but depending on the band and the venue, it’s a pretty great experience.  I mean come on – hundreds of ten foot balloons falling from the ceiling of an arena with a bunch of people having a great time?  How could that NOT be fun?!

Check out Marian’s article, and check out this video of the midnight transition at Madison Square with Phish – pretty awesome!!!  There’s a part two coming up about the lighting design with Chris Kuroda, so stay tuned – and if you haven’t seen the Jam Cruise 10 lighting seminar with Chris Kuroda from Phish and Jeff Waful of Umphrey’s McGee, that’s something you should check out too!

I was at the NYE run in St. Louis at the Pageant with Jeff Waful and Umphrey’s McGee for the New Years run this year, and a very prominent music writer said, on the night of the December 31 show, “I just came from Madison Square last night from Phish, and this [Umphrey’s McGee] is the better show here in St. Louis.”  My face WAS IN FACT ROCKED over the four days I spent with Umphrey’s McGee.  Stay tuned for that footage, I have tons and tons.

Photo Credit – American Songwriter

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.