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August Burns Red With Rogue

Grammy-nominated August Burns Red kicked off its winter tour on January 5 in support of its seventh studio album Phantom Anthem. From Montreal, where the tour began, to the House of Blues in San Diego and everyplace in between, fans are packing venues to immerse themselves in the band’s raw and powerful brand of metal-tinged […]

On The House: David Beebe At The Birchmere

David Beebe says he likes all kinds of music. Good thing, too. As house LD at The Birchmere outside Washington DC, he gets to light a dizzying assortment of musical acts from rock and blue grass, to jazz and show tunes. Supporting artists of all stripes has been a hallmark of this club since Gary […]

Nico Riot’s Spontaneous Light

Working for dark metal clients like Marilyn Manson and Gojira, French-born designer Nico Riot has mastered the art of improvisation. Much of the appeal of his fiercely irreverent clients comes from their penchant for going unscripted, and diving into uncharted musical waters with reckless abandon. Riot’s lighting eagerly follows suit, reflecting his clients’ music with […]

Chris Medvitz: Revealing Light

Creative collaborations are more than mere give-and-take exchanges for this Los Angeles-based designer. Like archeologists brushing dust and debris off a rare find, he finds that back and forth discussions among collaborators remove distractions from a new project, allowing its true essence to emerge. Such revelations are essential to the Medvitz philosophy, which calls for […]

Let The Music Play: Ollie Wilkinson Lighting Musical Revues

Musical Revues… are they concerts, or musicals? For TPi Award nominee Ollie Wilkinson of Arranpaul Ltd., the answer is “none of the above.” The British designer, who’s worked on an impressive list of popular revues at Blackpool’s historic Grand Theatre, treats them as their own creative challenge. Feeling the vibe of the music, the way […]

I’m With The Band: Jimmy Davidson and Cody Johnson

Few rising country music stars have ever followed a trajectory quite like that of smoky voiced baritone Cody Johnson. The former bull rider was working as a prison guard in Texas when he began promoting his self-released albums on social media in 2006. Plugging away, and gradually increasing his fan base (his Twitter following reached […]

Rogue Stars In EDM Drama

Theatre-goers who turned out to see Amos during the show’s recent run in Los Angles knew they were not going to experience an ordinary play. After all, how many productions describe themselves as EDM dramas? Set against the brooding backdrop of an underground EDM world in the Ukraine, the play delves deeply into a nefarious […]

Benoit Richard: Rhythmic Light

Like many in his profession, this Beverly Hills based lighting designer started out wanting to be a musician. Music, he says, still flows through his veins. This is very evident in the melodic quality of the work he’s done on tours for George Michael, Metallica, Yes, Jewel, Dream Theater and longtime client Matchbox Twenty. His […]

Little Dragon Roars With Pyxis

The Swedish electro four-piece band Little Dragon enjoyed a wild ride in 2017, as their heavy ethereal beats and synth-driven hooks have garnered them a following on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as slots at the Coachella and Bestival festivals. Reflective of the band’s stratospheric surge in popularity is the new power-packed lighting […]

Lighting Drum Roll

Whether it’s the unveiling of Academy Award nominees or the introduction of a sports team’s newest star, in our media-driven age even the announcements preceding major events are becoming events in themselves. This trend has created a new opportunity for lighting designers, as event organizers look for ways to make their announcements stand out. Angel […]

Steve Lieberman: On Club Lighting

Steve Lieberman’s club lighting designs will often vary in their scope and underlying concept, but regardless of their ultimate look, there is always a powerfully intense emotional force that runs through them. For this Los Angeles-based designer, lighting a club isn’t merely about creating sleek, stylish looks. At a more fundamental level, his aim is […]

Jon Kusner: Evolving Light

Every lighting project is a puzzle, for this Park City, Utah based designer, a collection of disparate parts that must be woven together into a balanced, harmonious look through the art of design. Since leaving the Tisch School for the Arts at NYU to work for Broadway legend Ken Billington in the 1990s, Kusner has […]