The Eli Young Band has hit the road on its North American tour and recently hosted it's 2nd Annual Eli Young Band House Party featuring Clay Paky Sharpy and A.leda B-EYE K-20 fixtures with control being provided by a grandMA2 light playing supporting roles. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky lighting and MA products in North America.
An American country music band from Texas, The Eli Young Band released its "10,000 Towns" album earlier this year. During its career the band has had three singles reach number one on the Billboard country charts. The band is currently on a North American concert tour and just finished hosting its popular yearly House Party concerts on back-to-back weekends at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas and Minute Maid Park in Houston.
"The overall design of the tour is high-impact versatility," says lighting designer David Carr. "We deliver a lot of speed with fast moving lights and design."
Carr uses eight Clay Paky Sharpys as floor lights for the concerts. "I used them on a corporate show before, but this is my first time in a touring situation," he notes. "I love the brightness of the beam; it punches through just about everything." Morris Light and Sound, a full-service production and integration company in Nashville, TN is providing the lighting package for the tour.
For the Eli Young Band House Party in Houston Carr added a dozen Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K-20 fixtures from LD Systems, the systems integration and production company headquartered in Houston. "The punch and zoom range they have for an LED is amazing, and the effects package is great," Carr declares. "We plan to add B-EYE K-10s to our touring package next year."
Carr, who is also the band's programmer, has been using grandMA consoles since 2000 migrating to the grandMA2 in 2009. He opted for a grandMA2 light to control the concerts and House Party shows with grandMA2 onPC wings for back up and fly dates.
"The versatility of the grandMA system allows me to set up how I want and not how the manufacturer says I should," he notes. "The networking of the grandMA2, allows me to be able to use multiple consoles. It's super for situations with multiple users and as can also be used as a back up. In the last four yeas, we've been installing them in churches throughout California because of their ease of use and versatility."
Carr used MA3d to previs The Eli Young Band tour design, which helped save time on a tight schedule.
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