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Clay Paky Fixtures and grandMA2 light Console Head Out on Sublime with Rome's Summer Tour

Sublime with Rome in concert. Photo: Todd Kaplan

Sublime with Rome has hit the road for a North American summer tour featuring 37 concerts coast to coast. Lighting designer Scott Warner of Karate Pinky Visual Design, LLC, Pittsburgh, has selected Clay Paky Sharpys, Sharpy Washes, and A.leda B-EYE K20s for the tour along with a MA Lighting grandMA2 light console for lighting control. Both brands are distributed exclusively in North America by A.C.T Lighting, Inc.

Sublime with Rome is a musical collaboration between bass player Eric Wilson, formerly of the band Sublime, singer/guitarist Rome Ramirez, and drummer Josh Freese. Their North American tour is their biggest headlining gig to date. They released their new album, Sirens, this summer.

Warner designed the band's tour two years ago when they carried only a floor package. "They wanted to step up their light show for this project," he says. "I was ready to start programming when I had to move over to another client, but thank goodness lighting director and programmer Aaron Craig was available. With his help we've given Sublime with Rome exactly what they asked for."

"The band is playing a lot of various sized venues, so we have a small rig. But the fixtures and placement make it feel larger," explains Craig. "It's not so much about lighting the band but creating a big look. I programmed six or eight songs. The rest I do on the fly, since they don't always follow the set list. That's a lot of fun for me since most of my other shows are all cued out."

All fixtures are mounted on a mid-stage beam truss in an asymmetrical V shape. Twelve Sharpy Washes light the audience; 12 Sharpys are under hung and used to make the big looks. Eight B-EYEs are suspended on tail down pipes; they act as a general wash for the tour's three opening bands and as added texture for the set. The fixtures were obtained from Clearwing Productions' Milwaukee office.

"The Clay Paky fixtures are perfect for this band -- nice and punchy; they look really good," Craig reports. "I've used Sharpys before but this is my first time with B-EYEs. They are performing very well -- we have had no problems whatsoever."

Warner notes that, "after using B-EYEs this spring with another act, I knew they would add another dimension to the show."

Craig programs the tour on Warner's grandMA2 light. "I've been using the grandMA2 since it came out," says Craig. "I started with other desks but once the MA2 came out I couldn't go back."

MA3D played a large role in the programming of the tour. "Every render I sent to the band was done with MA3D," says Warner. "It was truly amazing and made my job so much easier."

Craig programmed on a PC and enjoyed being able to preprogram at home. "I could program in advance with MA3D," he says. "The console's overall flexibility is great. I love the flexibility to program and set up faders any way I want."

Warner is currently running a show for Icona Pop on the One Direction tour with his grandMA onPC and command wing. "What a great console!" he declares.


(26 August 2015)

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