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TourReady Interviews Former Las Vegas SWAT for Insight Into Possible SWAT Building at Shooting Site

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TOURREADY INTERVIEWS FORMER LAS VEGAS SWAT FOR INSIGHT INTO POSSIBLE SWAT BUILDING AT SHOOTING SITE

THURSDAY // JANUARY 18, 2018

Keeping guests safe has increasingly become a frequent topic of discussion amongst law enforcement and all event industry employees.

Last week, MGM Resorts International released a statement regarding a discussion had with the Las Vegas Metro Police about establishing a Metro SWAT team center on the site of the Las Vegas Shooting on October 1, 2017.

The initial news came from activist Laura Loomer on her website, Medium, and soon after reported by other local news sources.

The Village site sits across from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, where 58 people lost their lives and over 500 were wounded after an active shooter opened fire from the 32nd floor. The tragedy is recorded as the worst shooting in modern U.S. history.  

The site would not be used as a SWAT training area, MGM spokeswoman Debra DeShong told The Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The statement reads:

“MGM has had preliminary discussions with Metro regarding the possibility of using a portion of The Village site for the purposes of creating a facility for the Metro SWAT team. The discussions are in the conceptual stages and no final decisions have been made as to the future use of the entirety of the property. However, consistent with our history of working collaboratively with law enforcement, utilizing a portion of The Village site for law enforcement is one option we are exploring with Metro.”  - MGM spokeswoman Debra DeShong

Although Las Vegas Metro Police Sgt. Jeff Clark described the meeting as exploratory, the important discussion of safety and security at live events rose once again - as it always should.

Would implementing another SWAT facility benefit the city’s safety and security? If so, how much?

TourReady asked international security expert and former North Las Vegas SWAT point man, Dave Acosta, for his expertise surrounding the recent discussion.    

“On one hand, absolutely. Having an additional facility where police are working in and out of the building provides a faster police response to that immediate area,” Acosta said.  

But in reducing the amount of potential mass shootings in the future?  

“SWAT does not respond to mass shootings, so it is not relevant to mass shooting prevention or an immediate response to an active shooter,” Acosta said.

In fact, the first two police officers had arrived to the 32nd floor approximately 12 minutes after the first shots were fired, reported the Los Angeles Times.

Past mass shootings such as the 1999 Columbine High School Massacre, Acosta added, had changed everything when armed first responders waited 45 minutes for the SWAT team to arrive - while students were dying.

“Nowadays police academies train recruits using SWAT tactics in every academy curriculum, such as knowing how to properly clear a building,” Acosta said.

Former East Coast detective and Strip security director Dough Poppa told The Las Vegas Review-Journal he found it unnecessary for SWAT to establish another building, since two locations exist on Christy Lane and another near the North Las Vegas Airport. 

Additionally, Poppa believes the MGM’s statement is solely a publicity stunt in order to make visitors feel safer. Poppa added the decision for MGM to announce it now would be bad timing since investigations are still ongoing.   

Stunt or not, the Las Vegas Metro Police have not confirmed any plans of constructing a new SWAT facility. On the travel industry side of things, people will naturally feel safer with additional police presence in the area.

“Bottom line is, the more police presence and law enforcement structures are visible, the better people will feel,” Acosta said.


 

IMPROVE YOUR TOURING HEALTH

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IMPROVE YOUR TOURING HEALTH

FRIDAY // JANUARY 12, 2018

If your friends and family don’t know by now, you’ve probably reassured them glitz and glamour does not exist in the touring world.

In fact, the short-lived Showtime drama, Roadies, surrounded this reality with its slogan, “The Unsung Heroes of Rock.” Whether you embrace this statement or not, the show would certainly not go on if it weren’t for the skills and rigorous labor of the touring crew.

William Pepple, tour manager and FOH engineer with 14 years of touring experience, told Esquire, when constantly traveling across time zones, “touring is hard on the body and soul. You eat questionable food and sleep weird, erratic hours.”

That being said, what are the effects of draining your body and soul into touring? Dr. Martin of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told the New York Times the lack of research there currently is on travel health.

This article aims to outline some of the implications touring crew members experience living a chaotic, nomadic lifestyle and things you can do to live a healthier lifestyle on the road. 

Jet Lag

According to the National Sleep Foundation, the circadian biological clock regulates sleep and awake stages each day. The circadian rhythm decreases and increases at various times throughout the day.

Meaning, the strongest point of sleep is usually between 2-4AM and between 1-3pm, but varies from person to person. If sleep deprived, the intensity of drowsiness increases.

Jet lag disrupts our circadian clock, since the shift in time and light forces our bodies to deviate and adjust from our normal pattern. When this happens, we have difficulty thinking and performing tasks.

According to Kwangwook Cho’s chronic jet lag study in Nature Neuroscience, people who cross time zones frequently will suffer from this phenomenon. More specifically, the frequent pattern of light and darkness throws our circadian rhythms off sync from the external time cue. Repetitive disturbances impair both psychological and physiological health and induce stress.

To summarize the gist of the lengthy study, repeated jet lag exposure affected a deficit in spatial learning, such as packing the trunk of a car or hiking with a compass or map.

In addition, the exposure can damage your memory as well. Previous studies, Cho noted, have outlined this damage to the temporal lobe structures may also cause amnesia. To read more about how she obtained these findings, click here.

In Jon Anderson’s 2015 jet lag study, he found when people experience jet lag, the body has to readjust its functions over a minimum of two to three days.

The amount of symptoms sound all too familiar to touring professionals: sleep disturbances, poor eating habits, lassitude, anxiety, irritability, depression, slow reaction and decision making, short-term memory deficit and a habit of accepting lower performance standards.

Poor Diet & Lack of Exercise

A December 2017 study by On Call International collected statistics from today’s business travelers:

  • 54% are less likely to exercise out of town compared to when they are home
  • 44% say they are more likely to eat unhealthy foods
  • 36% report experiencing higher levels of stress during work-related travel
  • 16% say they drink more on trips
  • 8% are more likely to smoke cigarettes

The study concludes an unhealthy diet combined with lack of exercise creates consequences for one’s well being and may lead to serious health problems down the road.

To expand on frequent travelers’ long-term health, Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health’s 2015 study says people who travel 20 or more days out of the month have poorer health on various measures compared to those who do not. These include poor self-rated health, higher BMI and higher cholesterol.

Andrew G. Rundle, DrPH, a co-conductor of the study, said people in their 30s who travel frequently with poor eating and exercise habits will experience health issues in the next decade, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.

Past studies, reported the Harvard Business Review, noted travelers who frequently venture long distances will experience an acceleration in age and an increased likelihood of stroke, heart attack and deep vein thrombosis.

Lack of Sleep & Poor Mental Health

The On Call International study also found 36% report having trouble sleeping while on their work-related trips. Unfortunately, the more stress one experiences, the less likely they are to sleep, and having a bad night’s sleep increases their stress felt throughout the day.

This is an equation for disaster in the touring world, with a combination of long hours, late nights and event pressure.  

Dr. Rundle also found 24% of these employees scored four or more on the Generalized Anxiety Scale (GAD-7) and 15% scored four or more on the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9), meaning levels of mild or worse anxiety or depressive symptoms are all common for workers who frequently travel.

As a touring professional, there is already enough anxiety and pressure to get things done efficiently and correctly. Throw a hectic, chaotic touring travel schedule in the mix and the anxiety heightens.

The time away from home, family and loved ones creates an underlying feeling of sadness or maybe even guilt if you are away from the family you are ultimately supporting financially.  

THERE’S STILL HOPE

For those new to the touring world or thinking about diving in - this article is not meant to scare you!

If you regularly check in with your physical and psychological health, the hectic and chaotic touring world is a positive experience like no other and a story you’ll repeat to your kids and grandkids for the years to come.

Your Body is a Temple, So Feed It Like One!

Food & Flights: Before boarding a long haul flight, you may want to consider eating nothing at all in order to avoid jet lag. But if you absolutely must eat, your food choice can either make or break your flight experience.

First and foremost, AVOID greasy foods at all costs. The last thing you want to add to your travel and event stress are awful gastronomical issues before, during, or after your flight.

Beware of select healthier options such as onions, cauliflower, cabbage, beans and lentils - these veggies are high in sodium, make you thirsty and cause bloating, reported Smarter Travel. Avoid carbonated water and sodas, beverages responsible for bloating.

Stick to low-sodium snacks such as nuts or non-cruciferous veggies such as carrots or opt for fresh fruit. And always hydrate hydrate hydrate!

Food & Touring: While on tour, eating out may be your only option for some nights. After a long day of paying attention to every single detail besides your hunger, it may be tempting to inhale the cheeseburger and fries at the local diner before hitting the hay.

Instead, try to substitute steamed veggies for fries or ask for vinagrette dressings and other sauces on the side for salads and other entrees.

Everyone knows breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but only if it’s done right! CNN Travel outlines the dos and dont’s for your first meal of the day.

The Frosted Flakes cereal, chocolate donut, pastry or a Starbucks venti white chocolate latte will ruin your day. In fact, a venti white chocolate latte contains a whopping 18 teaspoons of sugar.

If you prefer not to crash on-site, choose foods high in protein such as eggs, low fat Greek yogurt, quinoa, skim milk and cereal low in sugar yet high in fiber.

Coffee and espresso are acceptable, but avoid returning for multiple cups a day. If you must ingest caffeine, try out a caffeine supplement in order to avoid the added cream and sugar.

Get More Sleep, Whenever/Wherever You Can

This sounds like a given, but a reminder to all that your body must recharge in order to feel and perform your best! When you’re working 40 plus hours a week, sleep is most likely the first thing on your mind. But, if you’re the one driving, planning a power nap in between is the safest thing you can do -- plus the extra energy will make your job easier.

Can’t find a place to sleep in peace? If you lost your ear plugs, it may sound silly, but a pair of comfortable, padded, noise cancellation headphones actually help. If the bulk doesn’t cut it for your slumber, there are even fabric headphones designed to use for sleeping comfortably as they resemble a headband. Check out options here.   

Don’t Forget Your Vitamins!

Mom always knew best, but she’s most likely not on tour with you to remind you. Vitamins support your health and body while traveling, as well as boost your energy.

Mashable sums up the best vitamins you should stuff in your bag on the go. If you are traveling to foreign countries, be sure to check their policies to avoid all implications with customs.

  • Multivitamins: These provide the most basic and necessary nutrients you may need to balance touring life. This doesn’t mean you can eat fast foods every day as long as you take your vitamin! The multivitamin will help fill the gaps in what your food intake for the day may be missing.
  • Vitamin B Supplements: Vitamin B boosts energy and your metabolism - both crucial to touring life.
  • Omega-3 Supplements: Many foods, let alone food stops on tour, include omega-3s that help lower risk of heart disease, cancer and arthritis, according to The University of Maryland Medical Center. Pick up a bottle of Omega-3 supplements such as Fish Oil, to make up for these lack of omega-3 enriched foods.
  • Probiotics: Probiotics are another supplement that boost your immune system, along with your digestive system. While you may not be able to keep probiotic drinks cold during travel, you may want to consider a probiotic complex.
  • Vitamin C: You may find yourself in tight spaces on tour, whether you’re trapped on an airplane or a tour bus, the last thing you want is that guy’s whooping cough. Take vitamin C capsules or an immune health booster you can pour in your water bottle such as Emergen-C or Airborne.

Exercise!

If you’re staying at a hotel, visit the hotel gym sometime before your gig. No gym? No problem, use the floor! Doing squats, push ups, sit ups, and other mat exercises is a good way to keep your body moving.

If you have no idea what you’re doing, there are thousands of YouTube workout videos to stream on your phone to prop against the foot of the bed.

If all else fails - take a jog. Breathe in the fresh air and the uncharted territory around you.  

In this industry, you tend to place your wants and needs on the back burner. Reminder: your health comes first, no questions asked. The study by On Call International reports 1 in 10 work travelers forget to take their daily medications. Don’t put your health on the line for your career. Take your medications, get regular check-ups with your physician and visit the doctor when any alarming health concerns arise.

Manage Your Stress

Last but certainly one of the most important aspects of wellness on tour.

According to the above research, when you provide your body with sufficient nutrients, sleep and exercise, the less stress you are likely to experience.

However, this industry guarantees stress and pressure so you will still have to closely monitor your stress levels and nurture your mental health.

At last, the events industry has increasingly been focusing the conversation on mental health. Forbes ranked an event coordinator No.5 on its list of the 10 Most Stressful Jobs in 2017. It takes a special kind of person to want to work in this industry - whether you’re wearing 10 hats as an event coordinator or living a nomadic lifestyle as a crew member.

We get it - you work best under pressure. This doesn’t mean you should avoid the topic of your mental health and wellbeing.

In August 2017, Event Industry News released a podcast titled “Health & Wellbeing in the events industry: do we need help?” The podcast addresses implications event industry workers experience in the topics addressed above.

Additionally, the new site EventWell.org includes tons of resources entertainment professionals may take advantage of in order to keep mental health in check. Read more from our previous blog post on managing mental health in the events industry here.

HOW TO SAVE YOUR HEARING ON TOUR

HOW TO SAVE YOUR HEARING ON TOUR

THURSDAY // JANUARY 4, 2018

All good things come to an end - including your hearing if you fail to take proper precautions. Why do we work in this industry? We love live music. Working in this industry allows you to hear live music closer than any concert-goer. The ultimate experience. 

Unfortunately, the sound-reinforcement workplace is not regulated, reported Sarah Jones of Live Design. More specifically, sound engineers are at serious risk as they feel pressured to create the loudest show possible.

In fact, the live entertainment industry ranked number six on Health 24's "The 10 Worst Jobs for Your Ears" list, adjacent to careers in operating heavy machinery.

While working in the live music industry doesn’t allow for much personal time, personal safety and health should never be placed on the back burner. We’re not talking about the common cold - damaging your hearing aggregates and is permanent. Here are some warning signs and tips to prevent hearing loss before it’s far too late.

Identify the problem

Before attempting to diagnose yourself, it is vital to get a hearing test. After receiving the facts, you’ll know the foundation you stand on to further protect yourself accordingly.

Benj Kanters, an audio professional at Columbia College who continues to raise hearing loss awareness in the industry, told Jones the benefits of using products to monitor SPLs (sound pressure levels) by determining dangerous audio levels in live-time.

Specifically, Kanters refers to the Trend system, a hardware and software solution with the ability to measure, log and report SPLs, allowing the production team to adjust to safe volumes.

While professionals may suggest the Trend system, that measures SPLs over the duration of a show, it may not be the most practical method for sound engineers to adopt.

Mixing with plugs? No way!

Kanters explains the common issue sound engineers experience with the inability to hear detail while mixing with plugs. He suggests fixing the detail and immediately putting the plugs back in.

Michael Santucci, an audiologist with 30 years of experience in training live music industry workers in hearing loss prevention, suggested alternate mixing techniques to comply with hearing protection.

Unfortunately, while learning to mix dynamically with subtractive mixing takes practice, nothing depends on hearing loss prevention, but rather the engineer’s abilities and what the band wants, Santucci told Jones.

Common Misconceptions

Jones reveals the common misconception among industry professionals who believe P.A. systems emitting low distortion are completely safe. Santucci explains the FOH technology actually allows a cleaner sound and masks volumes detrimental to hearing.  

Another conundrum, Jones adds, is the in-ear monitor musicians use - but will turn up anyway. The purpose is defeated, and you will remain at risk.

Santucci’s research proves it: 95 percent turn on ear monitors matching the exactly same volume as floor monitors, Jones reports.

Things that alleviate hearing damage but won’t prevent or cure it?

  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness
  • Muscle training

A Louder Awareness

Hearing loss is a growing epidemic. According to MusiCares  of the Recording Academy, the number of Americans with hearing loss has doubled between 2000 and 2015, and globally, the number is 44 percent.

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), about 18 percent of adults 20-69 experience hearing loss in both ears from reportedly working 5 or more years in a noise-induced working environment.

Jones reports on the growing number of resources educating live music industry workers:

  • The Audio Engineering Society continues to spread awareness of noise-induced hearing loss in the industry, and has held multiple tutorials and workshops on the topic. Their 3rd annual AES International Conference will occur at Columbia College in Chicago on June 20-22, 2018. Click here for more information.
  • MusiCares offers hearing clinics with complimentary ear impressions and custom musician earplugs for all attendees. Their website offers a plethora of educational articles you can visit here.  

EVENTS INDUSTRY CHANGES: What Factors Will Impact 2018?

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EVENTS INDUSTRY CHANGES: What Factors Will Impact 2018?

TUESDAY // JANUARY 2, 2017

It’s safe to say occurrences in 2017 have shaped the changes we will begin to see more clearly in 2018. Our industry is incessantly evolving, but perhaps this year reshaped us more rapid than ever. While many of these events are tragic, the way we react and adapt is the only way our industry becomes stronger. Bizbash recently highlighted the major events industry changes we will see in 2018.   

 

Emergency Planning: The Vegas Shooting is the most recent tragedy and the deadliest shooting in U.S. history. The unthinkable happened at Route 91 Music Festival on October 1, 2017, and most of us still cannot wrap our minds around the evil actions carried out that Sunday evening. While security at the festival could not prevent the aerial gunshots from Mandalay Bay’s 32nd floor, an emergency action plan could have been put in place.

For event industry workers, this means communicating with the local police departments and security officials of the area. All event staff member should meet with these individuals and develop detailed plans in response to multiple scenarios to ensure guest safety, said Diana Cazares of Creative Circle, reported BizBash

Emergency planning could also include engraving vital pieces of information into attendees knowledge, such as knowing the exact location of each exit. The event could make this clear prior to the event on social channels, its website and the event app if made available. Also, having a pre recorded emergency message to blast throughout the event would clear confusion for all concert goers.

Security: Again, the Vegas shooting has hyped up event security and security in general to a new level. The Las Vegas strip established tons of security measures for New Year’s Eve including law enforcement officers, National Guard members, and even snipers. City officials had even doubled the amount of rapid response teams to prepare for any situation, reported NPR

Additionally, in New York City, New Year’s Eve called for the tightest security its had in years. Safety has been and should be event planners’ number one priority, but recent events have solidified this factor more than ever.

BizBash included data security as a priority for event planners to uphold by keeping up with the latest technology to protect confidential information. The Equifax credit disaster perfectly displays what can go wrong if security is not promoted at all levels.

Although your business may not be the size of Equifax, all businesses alike should take all measures possible to ensure their sensitive data is protected. The Daily Report of Law.com outlines five recommendations companies of all sizes should consider to protect themselves from an Equifax nightmare.

Technology: Technology is always expanding at a rapid pace in this day and age. In the events industry, we will continue to see an increase in both event marketing technology and technology in show production.  

For show production, designers continue to set the bar higher with 3D projection mapping, enhancing the show’s visuals to a whole new level. The Gorillaz have held concerts displaying animated characters of the band behind and above the group, reported BBC News. Technology will only continue to push the limits on creating an in-depth connection with the audience from any seat in the venue.  

Other areas such as AR and VR continue to grow, especially in the experiential marketing realm of live events. James Klein, Senior Vice President of Live Production for George P Johnson, believes VR holds the greatest potential as a business development tool, according to Live Design, since it isolates the person within a specific message curated by the company. With AR already pushing the limits, Klein explains, individuals walking throughout events with glasses on will become the standard.  

Connectivity: Shannon Cook of TourTech told BizBash about the benefits of improved WiFi and ease of ticketing/purchasing within the event. If there is connectivity, Cook explains, the experience is both a memorable and profitable one, inevitably pushing companies to invest more money than ever into a working network system.

Mondicon is actually releasing a new solution at The Consumer Electronics Conference (CES) in Las Vegas on January 9. We.Stream, a pocket-sized WiFi hotspot device, is meant to keep international travelers always connected, whether the individual is on business or simply wants to stay connected, reported Business Wire.

The affordable mobile data plans will be available in over 100 countries including the United States, China, Australia, Brazil and all of Europe, the company tweeted. This will be a huge advancement in technology, especially for individuals inside large-scale events and festivals faced with the common problem of connectivity overload by the masses.  

However, many artists are known for the disapproval of cell phone use at their concerts. In fact, the MISFITS implemented a strict no-cell phone rule at all reunion shows in LA and Las Vegas both at the end of December 2017, Blabbermouth reported.

The policy was even published on AXS and Ticketmaster for the events, reading “No cellphones, smart watches, cameras or recording devices will be permitted during The Original Misfits reunion shows. These exclusive one-off performances will be completely phone-free.”  

Event Location Due to Natural Disasters: We have seen many natural disasters during 2017 and they have ultimately affected the cancellation of many outdoor events. In colder parts of the U.S., many New Year’s Eve festivities were cancelled due to arctic temperatures. Event industry workers were forced to cancel Fort Worth’s Sundance Square festivities due to freezing rain and 20 mph winds, Fox reported.

Patricia Simitakos, owner of Trish Star Events, told Bizbash of the effect the California wildfires will have on outdoor events during springtime, meaning we will see fewer than normal.

The Event Safety Alliance actually holds their annual event, The Severe Weather Summit, in order to inform event professionals ways they can respond and prepare to dangerous weather conditions in wake of an event impacted by severe weather.

This year’s event takes place on March 22-23 at the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma. Read more about this event here.

Economy: Leaving off on a positive note, the final factor we will see evolving in 2018 is the ever-changing economy. According to Richard O’Malley, President of the O’Malley Project, “Companies will spend again, people will celebrate bigger, will will be making events great again,” reported BizBash.

Tax cuts have started to prompt businesses to spend more as a result of the economic growth we have seen in 2017. With no sign of letting up, The R&D Market Pulse Index actually predicted this economic growth may carry over into 2019.


 

BEST TOURS OF 2017

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BEST TOURS OF 2017

WEDNESDAY // DECEMBER 20, 2017

With 2017 coming to an end, it's only natural to gear up for some of the most anticipated tours coming to our cities in 2018. Although some of us might want to close the door on 2017 and never look back, 2017 was a year for some of the best tours in the music industry.

From saying goodbye to Tom Petty to breaking our necks at a Metallica concert - here are a few notable tours of 2017 we won't ever forget. 

Tom Petty’s 40th Anniversary Tour

Tom Petty’s death sent shockwaves across the music industry after his cardiac arrest in October 2017. Considering his 40th Anniversary Tour ended just one week before his passing marks this as one of the most memorable tours of 2017 as we say goodbye to a music legend. Last December, Petty actually told Rolling Stone, “I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was thinking this might be the last big one.”

Petty seemed overjoyed to be on stage, especially performing at his hometown show.  The band performed their 1985 hit “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” an all-time Heartbreakers song during the band’s career. The band’s members consisted of keyboardist Benmont Tench, bassist Ron Blair, guitarist Mike Campbell, and 24-year old addition drummer Steve Ferrone.

Lighting designer/director and set designer Stanley A. Green upped the ante with the show’s 160 winch balls or orbs, creating an immersive effect on stage, according to PLSN. Technical director Kevin Cassidy mentioned Tom Petty’s humorous desire to feel like he’s inside of a lava lamp.

Petty went bigger with his last tour with video screens, including a 60 foot wide LED screen filled with minimal I-Mag video content and London-based Treatment Visual Productions, all programmed by Green, PLSN reported. The huge backdrop combined with the color-changing orbs lit up the stage for his very last tour in history.

U2: The Joshua Tree Tour

U2 revived its 1987 The Joshua Tree album, the band’s fifth album, with a concept relying on nostalgia but also complete relevance in wake of the 2016 election. The album was written during the Reagan-Thatcher era of British and U.S. policies, including Thatcher trying to put down a miners’ strike, wrote Sarah Larson of The New Yorker. Roger Waters is another artist who had touched on social justice-themed tour earlier this year. U2 felt their 1987 album became more relevant than it would have 3-4 years ago, Bono told Rolling Stone.

And, the 50-show tour was a major hit, earning a whopping $316 million with more than 2.5 million tickets sold, Billboard reported. The tour included fan favorites “Where the Streets Have No Name,” and “With or Without You.” Band manager Guy Oseary expressed his privilege in being a part of the epic tour, originally meant for the band to perform only one show, according to Billboard.

The band went big on production, with Anton Corbijin as the photographer and film director - the band’s creative source for 30 years, wrote PLSN. U2 revamped their performance with new technologies from PRG’s Spaceframe and a 4k broadcast camera system in its 87-inch stadium design.
 

Green Day

Green Day’s epic Revolution Radio Tour showed off their first album in four years. Revolution Radio released in 2016. The pop-punk trio came back stronger than ever with 12 albums underneath their belt, with the same energy the band had brought since the beginning.

Fan favorites took over the crowd, like “Holiday,” “Minority,” “Good Riddance,” and so much more, but the band played new hits “ Still Breathing,” and “Bang Bang.” Another highly political tour, Armstrong preached unity, adding rock ‘n roll can change the world in standing up to bullies, Billboard said.

The band went bigger on lighting rather than video assist, which was only present on the side screens for IMAG, PLSN wrote. Along with lighting, designed by Ethan Weber and directed by Tommy Horton, the band wanted to incorporate pyro into a few of their songs, provided by ffp Special Effects.

The band rethought drum risers and decided to incorporate 190 light bulbs into the step units, along with the circus-style Green Day marquee boasting 729 RGBW LED lamps, both fabricated by Gallagher Staging & Productions. View the full production crew here.  

Metallica

The heavy metal band pleased the crowd with their biggest tour yet -- and yes -- our necks still falling off from the headbangers. For the first time in 20 years, Metallica performed an American tour, and what they brought to the table definitely made up for it. Fan favorites “Seek and Destroy,” “Fade to Black,” “One”, and encored with thrashers “Battery,” “Nothing Else Matters,” and “Enter Sandman.”

Lighting director and designer Rob Koenig worked with show director and set designer Dan Braun to come up with a lighting design easily compatible with an 175 foot emissive video surface - one of the largest video surfaces ever used on a tour, PLSN reported. Along with lights and video, the tour called for two large inflatable balls, lasers, explosions, sparkle cannons and a fire screen spewing 300-foot comets.

Metallica’s Mammoth WorldWired Tour is said to be their biggest production ever, according to Rolling Stone. Each show generates enough power that 1,800 homes use for one month’s duration. Details:

  • -3 days to set up
  • -48 trucks
  • -over 350,000 watts of audio
  • -83 laser fixtures on stage (640 hours to program)
  • -40,000 speakers

The Lumineers

The ever-so-humbling Lumineers exploded back in 2013 with the folky rock ‘n roll band’s hit song “Ho Hey,” and haven’t stopped growing since. The Colorado natives’ 2017 Cleopatra World Tour - and with a great response. The Lumineers ranked No.14 on Pollstar's first quarter of the year worldwide ticket sales at $234,184.

They’re up there with Green Day, Bruce Springsteen, Guns N’ Roses and more. You can feel the band’s intimate performance from any seat in the venue as they connect with the audience through Wesley Schultz's vocals, piano, acoustic guitars and tambourine led hits.

The Cleopatra World Tour boasted an aesthetic Cathedral style design to match a growing audience, which means a growing space for performances. Lighting designers Sooner Routhier and Robert Long worked on creating various visuals to match the “stories” of the show - switching from acoustic songs to full-band performances, wrote PLSN.  

One of the best audience surprises had to be the B-Stage, where everyone in the back had a chance to literally touch the stage as if they were in the pit.

Guns N Roses

After some rocky band turmoil in 2016, Guns N Roses was back and better than ever to rock their 2017 18-month tour. In fact, their three shows in November 2017 all sold out seats at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

According to LA Weekly, the band opened with another version of “It’s So Easy” before beginning their 3.5 hour long set without leaving a single hit out. Guitarist Axl Rose stole the show and kept his vocals strong throughout. Memorable and emotional moments include the band giving tribute to Glen Campbell, Malcolm Young and Chris Cornell.

 

NYE PLANS: BEST LIVE CONCERTS 

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NYE PLANS: BEST LIVE CONCERTS

MONDAY // DECEMBER 18, 2017

Not watching the ball drop this year in Times Square or breaking the bank at the hottest overcrowded nightclub? Ring in 2018 with an unforgettable live concert experience. Here are a few of our picks of some of the best live concert destinations in the U.S. as we say goodbye to 2017.

Colorado

  • New Year’s Eve On the Rocks: Migos, Post Malone, Young Thug, Lil Yachty, Dizzy Wright, King Green
  • Where: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, Morrison
  • Celebrate with some of today's hottest hip-hop sensations at the stunning natural, open-air rock structure amphitheater. Get your tickets here.  

 

Florida

  • Billy Joel
  • Where: BB&T Center Sunrise, FL
  • Not looking for a chaotic Florida rager this NYE? Check out the “Piano Man” music icon at the indoor FL Panthers arena to celebrate the end of 2017. Find tickets here.

 

Las Vegas

  • Foo Fighters
  • Where: Cosmopolitan
  • Ring in the new year with some Foo classics & their 2017 album, Concrete And Gold. Not only are the Foo Fighters rocking the Cosmo, but also Duran Duran, French Montana & Zac Brown Band set to perform on different stages. Find your Foo tickets here.

 

  • Bruno Mars
  • Where: Park Theater at Monte Carlo Resort & Casino
  • Dance into 2018 in front of an impressive Bruno Mars performance in the midst of his 24K Magic World Tour. The pop-soul, 2011 best selling artist worldwide will surely make your NYE a night to remember. Find tickets here.

 

  • Maroon 5
  • Where: Mandalay Bay
  • With plenty of shows to catch in Vegas on NYE, Maroon 5 makes it to the top of our list. Check out Adam Levine & the band in Vegas. Find tickets here.

 

  • Britney Spears
  • Where: The Axis at Planet Hollywood
  • The multi-platinum superstar never disappoints & is sure to help you ring in the new year with an unforgettable night. Her Vegas performance is said to be one of the best productions the strip has had to offer in years. If you can’t find NYE tickets, Spears has four performance dates prior to the big night. Find tickets here.

 

Los Angeles

  • Dillon Francis
  • Where: The Shrine LA
  • EDM electro house artist Dillon Francis will be back at The Shrine for The Dillon Francis IDGAFOS NYE Experience. Find tickets here.

 

  • KROQ Presents Third Eye Blind, Emo Night Brooklyn, Pedro the Lion
  • Where: The Observatory Santa Ana
  • Close 2017 with a nostalgic performance by Third Eye Blind, Pedro the Lion, & Emo Night Brooklyn, the newly expanded Brooklyn, NY emo & punk-rock DJ duo including guest DJs, surprise performances & more. Find tickets here.

 

  • John Mayer & Dave Chappelle
  • Where: The Forum, Inglewood
  • Spend your evening watching long-time friends John Mayer & Dave Chappelle collaborate in their first show together titled “Controlled Danger”. If you’re scratching your head, recall when Chapelle featured Mayer on the Chappelle’s Show in 2004 with the guitar soundtrack bit about white people dancing from 2004, SPIN wrote. The show includes musical performances, stories, improv dancing, & much more. Find tickets here.

 

Montana

  • Kid Rock
  • Where: Spirit Center, Kansas City
  • If you’re in Kansas City for NYE, don’t miss Kid Rock’s “The Greatest New Year’s Eve Bash on Earth!” Find tickets here.

 

Nashville

  • Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band, w/ special guest Huey Lewis & The News
  • Where: Bridgestone Arena
  • Don’t miss the “Margaritaville” musician perform in Music City this NYE. Find tickets here.

 

  • Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville
  • If you’re in Nashville this NYE, it’s worth looking into this lineup including Keith Urban, Maren Morris, Cheap Trick, Carly Pearce, Jon-NY P, Larkin Poe, & The Fisk Jubilee Singers. This event is FREE to the public, but you can find more details and event packages here.

 

New York

  • Phish
  • Where: Madison Square Garden, New York
  • While most may be heading to Times Square to watch the ball drop, if you’d rather opt for a mellow night, check out Phish on NYE. The much anticipated four-night performance begins on Thursday, December 28 and rings in the new year. “The Triumphant Return To The Garden” will be the group’s 56th performance at this venue. Find tickets here.

 

  • Oliver Heldens
  • Where: Schimanski, Brooklyn
  • Don’t miss the Netherlands native DJ & producer this NYE at Shcimanski for a night of funk to ring in the new year. Find tickets here.

 

  • John Digweed, Tara Brooks
  • Where: Output Club, Brooklyn
  • If progressive house sounds like your NYE plans, look no further than 1970s English DJ prodigy John Digweed and 2013 Desert Hearts artist Tara Brooks. Find tickets here.

 

  • DIIV
  • Where: Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn
  • Check out the American rock band in their hometown, Brooklyn, at Baby’s All Right. The night also features performances by Hoops, Clairo, & Chorizo. Find tickets here.

 

Oklahoma

  • Brooks and Dunn
  • Where: Choctaw Grand Theater, Durant
  • Get your country on with the Tennessee native 1990s honky-tonk / rock country duo for NYE. Find tickets here.

 

Palm Springs

  • Wavves
  • Where: Commune at Ace Hotel and Swim Club
  • If the desert interests you this NYE, venture to the Ace Hotel & Swim Club for a indie-rock vibes including a Christmas set that’ll get you right in the spirit - & at a decent price. The night also includes a set from the Love Language & Desert Daze DJ Gregg Foreman. Find tickets here.  

 

San Diego

  • OMFG! NYE 2018: Tiesto, NGHTMRE, Kayzo, Ghastly & more!
  • Day 2 of this extremely popular San Diego NYE event may be sold out on its website, but you can still snag tickets from third party websites such as StubHub. Find tickets here.

 

  • Rebelution
  • Where: Observatory North Park
  • Not trying to attend a rager? Jam out & chill out with Rebelution for some good vibes as we welcome 2018. Find tickets here.

 

San Bernardino

  • Countdown NYE
  • Where: NOS Events Center
  • Insomniac’s EDM party returns once again this NYE with a hefty lineup including Alison Wonderland, Diplo, DJ Mustard, Flux Pavilion, What So Not, Yellow Claw, Zeds Dead, Galantis & so much more. Scope the full lineup here.

 

San Francisco

  • Kaskade
  • Where: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
  • Let loose with the dance music favorite in action at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium as we countdown the last minutes of 2017. Find tickets here.

 

  • Metric
  • Where: Mezzanine
  • If you’re in San Francisco for this year’s celebration, don’t miss an epic live performance by Canadian rock band Metric. Tier 1 is sold out, so hurry & get tickets for Tier 2. Find tickets here.







 

WORK HARD, PLAY HARD: Fun Things To Do On & Off the LDI Show 2017 Floor

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WORK HARD, PLAY HARD: Fun Things to Do On & Off the LDI Show 2017 Floor

MONDAY // NOVEMBER 13, 2017

LDI Show 2017 is just days away, and although you may be scrambling to make those final touches and changes on your exhibitor booth, this year’s conference will hold plenty of events to blow off some steam.

As a LDI 2017 badge holder, you are granted free access to entertainment on and off the LDI Show floor. By presenting your badge to gain entry into the following events, this LDI weekend in Las Vegas will surely be one for the books.

1. LDI Booth Crawl and Scavenger Hunt

  • When: Friday, 11/17 @ 4:30 PM - 6 PM
  • Where: Several booths -
    • AV Stumpfl - Booth #1461
    • Da-Lite - Booth #2569
    • Live Design - Booth #3015

This free Booth Crawl, sponsored by AV Stumpfl, Da-Lite and Live Design, includes free drinks and a scavenger hunt with a chance to win an iPad and more! When you visit these sponsored booths, be sure to take a photo of their clue and post it on one of the following social media accounts of your choice: Twitter @livedesignmag ; Facebook: /LDIShow or  /livedesign; Instagram: LDITradeshow. Don’t forget to include hashtags #LDI2017 #boothcrawl and the sponsor hashtag displayed next to their booth.

2. LDI: Live Outside Festival

  • When: Friday, 11/17 & Saturday, 11/18 @ schedule below
  • Where: Multiple stages

Emerge Impact + Music Conference and Live Design Magazine present the following musical acts scheduled below:

Friday

  • 6PM - 6:40PM: Mike Xavier, named VEGAS SEVEN’s “Best New Rapper To Hit The Scene”
    • APEX 3224 Stage
  • 6:40PM - 7:20PM: Mercey Music; plays loud rock & roll with plenty of guitar solos
    • AG Productions Stage
  • 7:20PM - 8PM: Sabriel; neosoul singer/songwriter from Las Vegas
    • APEX 4240 Stage
  • 8PM - 9:30PM: DJ Reach
    • AG Productions Stage

Saturday

  • 6PM - 6:30PM: LDI: Live Outside Dance Party w/ DJ Reach
  • 6:30PM - 7:30PM: LDI2017 Awards Ceremony
    • APEX 4240 Stage
  • 7:30PM - 8:30PM: ER Productions GUINESS WORLD RECORDS attempt for Largest Laser Show w/ British DJ, Damian Gee
    • AG Productions Stage
  • 8:30PM - 9:30PM: LDI: Live Outside Dance Party w/ DJ Vice
    • AG Productions Stage

3. LDI After Dark

If you can’t picture a Vegas trip without visiting at least one club after the show, LDI makes it happen in a big way. Get your nightlife fix all weekend long and visit these clubs - be sure to present your LDI2017 badge for free entry!

  • Thursday, 11/16
    • Intrigue @ The Wynn
    • Tao @ The Venetian
  • Friday, 11/17
    • Intrigue @ The Wynn
    • Marquee @ The Cosmopolitan
    • Hakkasan @ MGM Grand (feat. DJ Steve Aoki)
  • Saturday, 11/18
    • XS at The Wynn
    • Omnia @ Cesars Palace (feat. DJ Irie)
  • Sunday 11/19  
    • Hakkasan @ MGM Grand (feat. DJ Steve Aoki)

For more details, please visit ldishow.com.

You may also download the LDI Mobile app to plan, organize and schedule your time before, during and after the show. You may search for exhibitors or sessions, browse by product category, view events by Date, Topic, or Speaker. You can even create your own schedule by adding events to your personalized schedule. 

THERE'S AN ACTIVE SHOOTER AT MY GIG: Crew Safety On the Job

Police outside Le Bataclan. (Source: bfmtv.com). 

Police outside Le Bataclan. (Source: bfmtv.com)

 

There's An Active Shooter At My Gig: Crew Safety On the Job

WEDNESDAY // NOVEMBER 9, 2017

With headlines polluted with the deadliest shootings and massacres of our time, we are reminded to be vigilant - check our surroundings, keep our eyes open, look over our shoulders. But what if you’re attacked at your gig? When you’re in full-on work mode, the thought of someone with 100 percent intent to kill does not reside in your everyday state of mind.

Just like you are 100 percent trained and proficient in every aspect in event production, these killers are 100 percent trained and proficient working toward a goal to cause as many casualties as possible.

In wake of the Vegas shooting, Newsweek recently reported on the lack of knowledge among crew members have in how to respond to an active shooter during an event. Event workers and security experts told Newsweek that the amount of people who are not aware and lack guidance in wake of an emergency is a problem, and a plan must be made to solve the problem.

Of course every situation will be different, and there are no such guidelines that can apply to each and every one of them. But, there are things you should know to help you make decisions that can ultimately result in life or death. This information should be used at your own risk, and used to spread awareness across the board of crew workers and more.

The Route 91 Harvest festival shooting was the first of its kind, in both the killer’s method and in the highest number casualties. The training in regards to an active shooter does not exist for open space venues. An OSHA trainer told Pollstar that they will begin doing more active shooter training for these types of events.   

This kind of emergency calls for communication lines. Michael Rozin, president of security consulting company suggested to Newsweek that the main training that can be done here is to communicate to others where the safer place is through communication systems like a bullhorn or microphone system.

As far as protecting yourself as a crew member?

For the Vegas type of tragedy, most cannot find the origin of the gunfire. Does the Avoid/Deny/Defend strategy still apply to you? Marty Adock, the program manager of the grant-funded Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) told the Daily Mail that in wake of the Vegas shooting, your only options are to move further outside the venue, or put yourself behind vehicles or barriers.

In response to Le Bataclan Attack in Paris on November 13, 2015, Brendon Grimes, owner of TSC Productions in Florida and a former Combat Mission Load Master of two decades, told Jim on Light that heavier cases like cable trunks and stage decking is better to hide behind, or make yourself a smaller target. So, in terms of protecting yourself during a tragedy such as the Route 91 Vegas shooting, hiding behind objects such as these may be your best bet and only option.

As we know, crew members passed away at Le Bataclan Attack. The house lighting tech at FOH, Natalie Nardin, succumbed from her injuries after taking rounds of ammunition, as well as merchandiser Nick Alexander.

After the Orlando Shooting at Pulse Nightclub on June 12, 2016, there was chatter among lighting designers taking part in aiding the crowd in hopes to signal alarms in an emergency, reported PBS. However, these kind of event-halting situations can cause panic among the crowd. Also, staying behind in a location furthest away from the exit, puts a technical crew member in danger, as we know from Nardin’s death at Bataclan.

Below is a photo of Le Bataclan's floor layout, with escape routes highlighted. 

(Source: Jim on Light)

(Source: Jim on Light)

 

Like spectators, crew members are also just as much at risk when an active shooter enters the building. While focusing completely on making sure attendees are receiving the best possible live show they can get, will you know how to protect yourself?

Patrick Dierson, a production designer and former militant with some OGA experience told Jim on Light that having situational awareness is key - know what’s going on around you, know your exits and surroundings in a large crowd. He explains that as one should not live in fear, “keeping your head on a swivel isn’t out of line.”

From the SEAL SURVIVAL GUIDE: A Navy SEAL's Secrets to Surviving Any Disaster, Former Navy Seal Cade Courtley, outlines situation awareness in five points:

  1. Try to guess what individuals around you are thinking or doing.
  2. Look for odd behavior or things that seem out of place.
  3. Determine where you'd go if you had to seek immediate cover from an explosion or gunshots.
  4. Find the two closest exits.
  5. Determine whether someone is following you or taking an unusual interest in you.

The question of being armed or unarmed during a gig comes into play. Dierson explains that carrying or not, the second gunfire sounds in any situation, you must take cover immediately and then assess what your exit options are. Becoming a “hero” by waving your gun and intervening the situation, even with extensive gun training, is positioning yourself as the killer’s next target. He instead urges those to cover and then exit as quickly as possible while safely helping others when possible.

Dierson explains covering and exiting in a leap frog analogy - that is, running from each largest and heaviest object to the next on your way toward the exit and into safety. He mentions hiding behind dimmer racks or the audio’s kit. In a venue situation, the concrete walls are best since they eventually lead to exits.

After the Manchester Attack, Tim Roberts, Event Safety Alliance (ESA) Board Member and Director of the Event Safety Shop, provided this document for touring crew regarding how to counter attacks: Counter Terrorism Advice for Concert Crew. The document may be a response to bombing, but the same type of situational awareness / get yourself out responses do apply.   

However, Dierson is against the idea of an armed crew. Having the crew trained in CPR, basic first aid, & advanced situational awareness should take priority over handling a gun onsite. To sum his words up, using your mind is the best thing you can do by staying focused, alert, and telling someone when you notice anything suspicious.

Of course, if crew had a gun and had proper gun training AND had time to catch the threat beforehand, there could be a chance in fighting back. WIth the killer’s intent to kill and your intent to give a killer live show, the chances of all those factors positively changing the outcome are slim to none.

Production designer Rick Reeves, a former Navy Security member during the Iraq Wars, told Jim on Light that your primary goal is to get out, and that failure to do so will result in losing your own life. Knowing your exits and keeping calm are two things that will save your life in light of an active shooter.

The only exception for using your gun, Reeves mentions, is if you can retrieve it without notice and the killer is within seven feet with his back facing your direction.

Grimes adds that with all second amendment cases put aside, anyone who wishes to carry a firearm needs to be fully trained a qualified to do so. But, again, getting down, covered, and out are the very first primary things crew needs to focus on. The steps summarized and, outlined below, are:

  1. Get down
  2. Get out as fast and as safely possible
  3. Dont panic
  4. Don’t play hero
  5. If you cannot get out, stay hidden until you can get out
  6. When you’re out call emergency
  7. If you cannot, hide until you have to fight for your life

Say your higher authority does allow you to carry concealed as per your permitted status allows, the four rules of firearm safety should already be engraved in your mind. These four rules are outlined on the NRA’s website as well: https://gunsafetyrules.nra.org/.

If you’re still thinking of being the hero, the consequences of attempting and failing are tremendous. You can kill an innocent bystander or even yourself. The point is, if you have other available options, getting yourself and others safely out is the number one thing you can do to save your life.

CAN YOUTUBE DO BETTER?

(Source: Jurgen Appelo via  flickr)

(Source: Jurgen Appelo via  flickr)

YouTube Vs. The Music Industry - Can YouTube Do Better? 

WEDNESDAY // October 25, 2017

The ongoing battle between YouTube and the music industry is not anything new these days, but the last week of music industry news has definitely kept this conversation going.

Today, an artist-run advocacy organization for musicians titled Content Creators Coalition (c3), launched a digital ad campaign directed toward YouTube. The campaign is titled “YouTube Can Do Better” with the hashtag reading #updatetheDMCA.”

The hashtag calls on Congress to update the 1998 - yes you read that correctly - 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), basically pushing to break down the huge barrier artists are faced with between their content rights and Big Tech.

In the video shown below titled "Pennies vs. Dollars," a woman role-plays as YouTube and gives an artist a few bucks as compensation for his very successful song. Another man represents a lawyer who then mocks the artist and is seemingly impossible to receive any legal help from. You may visit the campaigns site for more videos here

This digital campaign sparks conversation to an issue already backed by factual data. Let’s look at the most recent data from the September 2016 Music Consumer Insight Report from IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry), a company representing the interests of the recording industry worldwide.

According to this report, video streaming websites such as YouTube account for 55% of on-demand music streaming - with 46% coming from YouTube alone.

And if it couldn’t get any worse, 85% of these YouTube users (1.3 billion) listened to music for free in September alone. Compared to YouTube’s 1.3 billion, Spotify has around 140 million active users.

Being a very small victory for record labels, Post Malone’s Billboard Top No.1 track “Rockstar” took a swipe at YouTube’s free streaming by having the track loop the chorus for the 3:38 duration of the song, here.

Apparently many people still listen to this loop -- 61,374,100 loops to be exact. The video has a link embedded on the upper right hand corner reading “Listen to the Song Here”, directing viewers to various channels including Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and Google Play.

Many have questioned Malone’s validity, then, in “Rockstar” positioned as No.1 last month, since Billboard accounted all YouTube plays at that time. In response to the music industry’s pressure on Billboard giving equal weight to paid streams and free streams to determine their music charts, Billboard announced last week that this practice will end.

Apple Music’s Jimmy Lovine summed it up perfectly, stating, “How can the record industry let that go down? It is not in their interest to promote a free tier,” NBC reported last week.

Eliminating Malone's chart-hacking accusations and the charts altogether, Malone's record label went around publishing the song on YouTube in its entirety, forcing viewers to re-navigate to alternate sites for the original song. 

Obviously, unlike Malone, smaller artists need to utilize YouTube to grow, but not to the extent of the video streaming service withholding what the artist actually earned. 

Let’s look at YouTube’s defense. If you can recall, back in August 2017 YouTube Executive Lyor Cohen said on its blog, that YouTube pays a $3 CPM to artists, or $3 every 1,000 plays, assuming each of those plays has ads on them.

However, there have been many reports of these claims not ringing true.

For example, artist Nicki Jaine from the duo Revue Noir, told Digital Music News last week, that despite their 1,254,626 YouTube views, the artists only received $42.56. Another musician made a similar claim, revealing he received only $64.60 from 1,048,893 views.

According to YouTube’s ad revenue of 2017, the amount comes out to approximately $3.5 billion according to eMarketer. Where is this money going? The music industry is no stranger to The Value Gap. 

But let’s not forget the fine print of Cohen’s statement, right? Also in his post, Cohen mention’s that this $3 CPM figure only applies to views in the U.S. He claims “the numbers get diluted by lower contributions in developing markets.” But what about all the other developed nations?

Digital Music News, experienced with advertising payout data, explains that either way, U.S. based advertising “fetches a far higher premium online”

Either way, Cohen's uses absolutely no evidence to back his claims. In fact, the artist who "earned" $64.60, the artist only earned 1/50th of what Cohen claimed, Digital Music News calculated. 

These unanswered questions, ripped off artists and ballpark figures Cohen throws around undoubtedly raises eyebrows and takes a dig into both Cohen and YouTube’s transparency.

For now, organizations such as the IFPI and the Content Creators Coalition continue to fight for the challenges artists face against large video streaming services such as YouTube dominating the music industry. The release of these reports and now the Content Creators Coalition digital marketing campaign will hopefully keep the conversation going and growing. Whether or not Cohen's figures are true, something must be done to make this fair, with as much transparency as humanly possible. 

VENUES RIGHTS MATTER: Los Angeles Small Music Venue Roundup

VENUES RIGHTS MATTER: Los Angeles Small Music Venue Roundup

Monday // October 16, 2017

On the surface, we connect with the beat, the melody, the vocals. Surely there are more reasons individuals willingly gather in one place and break all personal space barriers in hopes of getting closer to the stage.

Recall the best concert experience that tops all the rest. Besides the music sounding top-notch, what else contributed to the unforgettable night?

Perhaps it was singing and dancing with best friends. Maybe it was an intimate connection with your significant other. The artist touched your hand, or you swore they held eye contact with you. Right. Or, maybe it’s the night you fell in love.

The gist of it is, live music connects humans in countless ways. But this can’t be done without a space. Venues are the museum to a work of art, the restaurant to a promising chef’s curated cuisine, the showroom to a designer’s new fashion line. Without them, it’s impossible to showcase the creative expression that ultimately makes our home unique.       

Not only do music venues hold a special place in the hearts of musicians, music lovers and venue owners themselves, but they stand as a historical pieces of treasure that reflect the city’s pop culture. The thought of our music venues being stripped from the local history is unfathomable to many.

Tomorrow on October 17, 2017 marks the UK’s Music Venue Trust (MVT) Venues Day at the Ministry of Sound in London. Unfortunately, London alone has lost 35 percent of its small venues between 2007 and 2015 due to tough licensing scrutiny, planning, rising rent cost and other grievances.

On the website, MVT’s stated goal of Venue’s Day is to raise awareness of venues’ rights, with this year focusing on the “synergy between artists and grassroots music venues.”  

Toronto has seen seven venues disappear only three months into 2017, according to The National Post. Similar to London, Canada’s live music industry created Music Canada Live to build awareness of the country's venues closing.

Besides property development, one point may be that millennial fans may not share the same passion for seeing small, one-act concerts. With the rapid growth of music festivals, attendees literally create lists upon lists of the acts they wish to see all in one weekend. These festivals are so popular, that according to the 2016 Nielsen’s Audience Insights Report on Music Festivals, 32 million people attend at least one music festival each year.

This audience also frequently uses Spotify or other streaming services to browse new artists rather than check out a band they’ve never heard about play in a small venue. Live music discovery for them often occurs at these music festivals, such as San Francisco’s indie Noise Pop festival.

When independent artists receive this opportunity, they get one chance to wow an already-present audience, potentially gain exposure and a fanbase. In turn, this makes it very hard for those smaller, independent venues to survive.

According to The Rolling Stone 2010 piece “Summer Festivals Force Bands to Skip Local Venues,” the Artist Exclusivity Clause in America dictates where festival acts can or cannot play in relation to the festival’s location.

For example, if Twenty One Pilots are set to perform at Coachella this year, the band can’t play anywhere near the Polo Fields during a 7-month time frame before the festival.

LA’s Spaceland and The Echo talent buyer Elizabeth Garo told The Rolling Stone that April is the toughest month to book bands since the artists are committed to playing at Coachella or are waiting to hear back from them.

So do we blame the millennials? Music festivals? Property developers? Streaming music services? Whatever the reason may be, large and small local venues alike need to stay on top of any threats, major or minor, that could impose on venue survival. You can read more about these steps in "How the Music Venue Business Needs to Change in 2017" on Event Brite.

One of them is building awareness, like MVT actively accomplishes in the UK. Here is a roundup of some of Los Angeles’ best small music venues, that we as citizens and a city, hold the responsibility of ensuring the survival of our live music culture.

We must remind individuals of their best concert ever, or unforgettable night they saw the Rolling Stones or Foo Fighters before making it big. So, we will do just that. Here is a roundup of LA’s small music venues we believe are worth mentioning:


The Smell

  • Capacity: 130
  • Ages: All ages
  • Location: 247 S Main St., Los Angeles
  • Upcoming events: The Red Pears/Jurassic Shark/Kicked Off The Streets/The Ok Shack (10/20), No Parents/FEELS/DUMB F**** (10/21)

With a capacity of 130, this tiny venue means a whole lot to its regular rock/punk fans with only one sole purpose in mind: the music. This venue holds true to DIY principles. It’s an all-ages, alcohol-free, and the cover charge is a mere $5. In June 2016, the owner received a demolition notice from the building’s landlord, the L&R Group of Companies, the LA Times reported last year. Young fans and artists actually gathered for a benefit where 36 bands performed to help save The Smell, bringing in $15,000, and after an online-benefit, raised a total of $24,000. The support the venue received a year ago just goes on to show how much the independent music scene means for up-and-coming artists. In fact, indie pop duo Matt & Kim played at The Smell when the duo first started out. In the Daily Bruin, Matt Johnson of the duo described his closeness with the city of Los Angeles and recalled The Smell having a warehouse vibe, not being nice, but a great venue nonetheless.

 

The Mint

  • Capacity: 165
  • Ages: Mostly 21+
  • Location: 6010 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles
  • Upcoming Events: Banda Magda/Nasi Nassiri/Yolanda Johnson/WOLF CAT (10/20), The Withers/FOE/Modern Haze/Trade Heroes (10/21)

This local landmark was established in 1937 known to many breakout musicians including Stevie Wonder, Willie Dixon, Natalie Cole, Ray Charles and more. Its homey vibe includes Johnny Cash paintings, display cases of Hollywood history, and a ceiling covered with vinyl records. Other notable artists who have graced this stage before reaching fame include the Wallflowers, Ben Harper and Lady Antebellum. Aside from live music, The Mint offers tapas style food and a full bar.

 

Hotel Cafe

  • Capacity:165
  • Ages: 21+
  • Location: 1623 N Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles
  • Upcoming Events: Loren North/Western Scene/The Teskey Brothers (10/17), King Leg/Njomza/Jillette Johnson/Dylan Gardner (10/18)

Hotel Cafe opened in 2000 as a space for young artists moving into the spotlight. Such acts include Katy Perry, Mumford & Suns, Sia, Ed Sheeran and Lana Del Rey, according to the LA Times. Sonicbids says Hotel Cafe is a singer-songwriter’s dream venue, and perhaps this is because widely known acts such as John Mayer and Chris Martin continue to play and share the stage with rising artists within an intimate space.

 

The Satellite

  • Capacity: 260
  • Ages: 21+
  • Location: 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles
  • Upcoming Events: Babe Parade Love and a .38 Lanterns (10/16 FREE show), Benyaro/The Flusters/Bradford Hunter Wrap/Your Future Lovers (10/17)

If you’re looking to hear the next up-and-coming rock/indie band without breaking the bank, look no further. This hipster music venue sits in the heart of Silver Lake and features new rock bands every night of the week. Formerly known as Spaceland, this venue is the home to many famous artists who were just starting out, including the Foo Fighters, Foster the People, Local Natives, Silversun Pickups and Beck. Besides rock, the venue experiments with other creative live music sets, such as indie-electronic groups perfect for the dance floor. On Mondays, The Satellite offers no cover charge, so make sure to show up early to score a table for the night.

 

Echoplex

  • Capacity: 350
  • Ages: 18+
  • Location: 1822 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles
  • Upcoming Events: The Babe Rainbow (10/17), Dub Club (10/18), Nick Hakim (10/19), Tei Shi (10/20), & Wolves In The Throne (10/21)

In 2006, Spaceland Presents began operating The Echoplex, home to Echo Park neighborhood. The Echoplex sits below The Echo, and  is only accessible through an alley and down a flight of stairs. Like The Satellite, this venue aims to give up-and-coming artists exposure. Both the Echo and Echoplex have launched independent artists in the spotlight such as The Airborne Toxic Event and War Paint. In addition, the Rolling Stones, Nine Inch Nails, Green Day , Incubus, LCD Systems, Kendrick Lamar and several more notable artists have played here.      

 

Troubadour

  • Capacity: 500
  • Ages: All ages
  • Location: 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles
  • Upcoming Events: Sarah Jarosz (10/17), Pigeons Playing Ping Pong (10/21)

This gem opened in 1957 as a folk club before a rock venue, and contains many defining moments in music history. Several iconic artists began at this intimate venue, including Elton John, The Eagles, Joni Mitchell, Love, Cheech and Chong, Buffalo Springfield, Billy Joel, The Byrds and more. A common word used to describe small venues is intimate. Pair that with the most excellent sound system and you'll get Troubadour. 

 

Whiskey a Go Go

  • Capacity: 500
  • Ages: All ages
  • Location: 8901 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
  • Upcoming Events: Social Repose/Hotel Books/Funeral Portrait (10/16), Ultimate Jam Night (10/17), Tony Macalpine + Felix Martin/Incipience/Power Tribe (10/18)

Another notable rock club on the Sunset Strip opened in 1964 and has also launched world renowned artists into the limelight such as Johnny Rivers, the Doors, and more. According to LA Weekly, the venue nowadays books new bands as well as largely known artists from time to time. Although Whisky A Go Go may not boast its go-go dancing cages from older times, the venue consists of a dance floor, balcony, two full bars and most importantly, an impressive PA.

 

The Roxy Theatre

  • Capacity: 500
  • Ages: All ages
  • Location: 9009 West Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
  • Upcoming Events: My American Heart (10/19), Private Island (10/20), Shed Seven/Lil Xan (10/21)

The Roxy Theatre is another independently operated venue with Goldenvoice in charge of booking shows. In 1973, Lou Adler, Elmer Valentine and original partners David Geffen, Elliot Roberts and Peter Ashen opened the theatre in response to venue mistreatment of artists. In hopes to make artists feel comfortable, Starting out as venue showing mostly comedians, The Roxy has grown into both a place for aspiring and well-known artists alike. Notable artists who are connected to this venue include John Lennon, Alice Cooper, Neil Young, and the Ramone’s first California gig occurred here in 1976. A venue with history, high quality sound and intimacy, guests should arrive early to secure a good spot.     

 

El Rey Theatre

  • Capacity: 771
  • Ages: All ages
  • Location: 5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles
  • Upcoming Events: Aquilo (10/16), JR JR (10/19), YehMe2 (10/20), & Moses Sumney (10/21)

Another theatre operated by Goldenvoice, El Rey Theatre opened in 1936 as a movie house until it became a live music venue in 1994. According to its website, the El Rey is a registered Historic-Cultural Monument with its magnificent staircases, art deco lobby, facade, VIP balcony lounge and stage positioned in the grand ballroom.

The Fonda Theatre

  • Capacity: 1,200
  • Ages: All ages
  • Location: 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles
  • Upcoming Events: Tash Sultana (10/20), Dinosaur Jr. (10/21), Mitski (10/22), Sheryl Crow (10/23), & Yeah Yeah Yeahs (10/25)

The Fonda was originally built as a 1920’s venue called Carter De Haven’s Music Box, and was known as The Henry Fonda Theatre and The Music Box. Reopened in 2012 and currently operated by Goldenvoice, this classic venue contains a theatrical performance room and a projection screen on the rooftop bar.

 

The Wiltern

  • Capacity: 1,850
  • Ages: 5+ ; 18+ for Insomniac events
  • Location: 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles
  • Upcoming Events: In This Moment (10/18), Snakehips (10/20), CRYSTAL CASTLES (10/21), & HIM (10/24)

Live Nation operates The Wiltern, designed in 1931 as the Warner Brothers Western Theater boasting its original, elegant design including murals stretching to its ceilings and intricate tile work, true to its time. On two separate occasions, locals rescued demolition notices in the late 1970s, and creating a first victory for the Los Angeles Conservancy in protecting architectural monuments.

THE LAS VEGAS SHOOTING: How Will the Live Music Industry Respond?

(Photo credit: Eva Rinaldi via Flickr)

(Photo credit: Eva Rinaldi via Flickr)

THE LAS VEGAS SHOOTING: How Will the Live Music Industry Respond?

Wednesday // October 4, 2017

“Pray for Paris,” “Pray for Manchester," “Pray for Orlando," and now, “Pray for Las Vegas”. The slogans ring all too familiar, and prior to each event, all unprecedented.

Of course, none of these attacks were linked together in relation to the shooter, motive, nor region.

The Bataclan attack was part of a series of coordinated Paris terrorist attacks on November 13, 2015, where 89 of the 130 killed were attending the Eagles of Death Metal concert.

On May 22, 2016, 22-year old Salman Abedi bombed the outside foyer of an Ariana Grande concert, killing 22 and injuring 116.

The terrorist attack on Pulse Nighclub in Orlando, Florida, hit closer to home for Americans when 29-year old Omar Mateen killed 49 people and injured 58 in the deadliest hate crime against the LGTBQ+ community and deadliest U.S. mass shooting at the time.

The 2017 Las Vegas Strip Shooting, or the Route 91 Harvest country music festival shooting, took Pulse’s spot when 64-year old Stephen Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, overlooking the crowd of 22,000 concertgoers. On October 2, 2017, Paddock fired shots for ten minutes, killing 58 and injuring 530 innocent people.

The only thing that connects these events together are the events themselves. We attend music events to celebrate music, life and loved ones. We put aside about our troubles, disagreements and hardships in our lives for a few hours, or sometimes a few days at a festival, to unite in the form of music.

Live Nation, the same promoter for the Ariana Grande concert where the Manchester attack occurred, has promoted Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas for four years. On Monday, the company issued a heartfelt statement regarding support to victims and their families following the aftermath of the horrendous tragedy. The statement also thanks first responders and other employees.

The company also states, “And while we are stunned and grieving over this incomprehensible act of violence, we know that this is a moment when we must come together to prevent more tragedies like this from occurring.”

Each of these events then questions the effectiveness of security. How do we secure the inside? How do we secure in the perimeter?

And now, an even more frightening question: How do we secure an aerial attack several football fields away and 32 stories high?

There are two areas to focus on. First, how do we prevent individuals from transporting several boxes of high-power ammunition into an upper-level hotel room? And how do we protect innocent concertgoers on the ground from the external danger? 

Regarding hotel security, none of the hotel employees noticed anything out of the ordinary in Paddock’s hotel room or behavior. In fact, Steven Adelman, vice president of the Event Safety Alliance, said “[Paddock] would have eluded attention anywhere,” CBS reported on Tuesday. He added that the only sure-fire way to prevent weapons entering hotels would require impractical airport-style surveillance.

Mac Segal, head of Hotel and Fixed Site Security Consulting at AS Solution, told USA Today that hotel security would never anticipate this type of attack.

The ESA’s statement on the shooting reads, “Our industry is more united and resolute than ever in the advancement of robust security protocols to ensure the safety of our cherished guests, artists, and crew. However, sometimes there is never enough..we will continue together to advocate for increasingly effective safety measures at events around the globe.”

When something this devastating occurs due to the threat external to the facility, event promoters find it more difficult than ever, if not impossible, to predict or take account for what is going on outside of your facility.

“The venue, Live Nation, and the various promoters are all focused on securing the facility. This threat was external - via the hotel, where they have no jurisdiction or operational control or ability to manipulate the variables around security…” said Chris Robinette, CEO of Prevent Advisors, a security consulting company, Variety reported.  

Therefore, this type of attack calls for large outdoor event organizers to observe event regulation in regards to evacuation procedures and the event location, such as events next to high-rise hotels.

Standing room festival seating easily sparks chaos in response to a disaster such as this.

“There are no aisles, no direction and the crowd density is high. A lot of people are all leaving at once, they can’t find a way out and there is no one to give direction,” said Paul Wertheimer, head of Crowd Management Strategies, to USA Today.

Segal added the lack of pre recorded announcement at Route 91 Festival accounted for much of the confusion for the attendees in regards to some kind of direction on where to evacuate.  

As for events adjacent to high-rise buildings and hotels, security professionals and promoters suggested expanding the perimeter around these types of targets, the New York Times reported on Tuesday. But, Adelman adds, “Do you not hold festivals near hills or tall trees?”

All of these questions are seemingly becoming the new norm for security professionals, event venues and event promoters. Robinette urges that working with law enforcement officials in the area of the event and security professionals in surrounding buildings must both have a plan to respond to any catastrophic event.  

Living in a world where we cannot prevent or predict every threat may be the inevitable. As for concertgoers, music brings people together in joy. Whether or not these events stop people from obtaining that joy, our law enforcement and security officials must put disaster plans into place now more than ever.

With all four senseless tragedies that are difficult to understand -- Manchester, Paris, Orlando and Las Vegas -- the one thing we know we can act on, is to be prepared.



 

 

YAYOI KUSAMA'S "INFINITY MIRRORS" TO RETURN TO THE BROAD

"Infinity Mirrored Room - The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away", 2013. (Source: The Broad)  

"Infinity Mirrored Room - The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away", 2013. (Source: The Broad)

 

YAYOI KUSAMA'S "INFINITY MIRRORS" TO RETURN TO THE BROAD

WEDNESDAY // SEPTEMBER 13, 2017

For those who have only experienced Yoyoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrored Room - The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away” exhibit on Instagram, do not fret. The Broad Museum in Los Angeles is holding the show once again this upcoming October through January 2018. Even better, Kusama is exhibiting six additional infinity mirrored rooms, LAist reported back in August.

We know what you’re thinking, “but tickets sold out two weeks ago." 

On Monday, the museum announced an added 40,000 tickets for the special exhibition will go on sale on Monday October 2 at 12 p.m. for $25 each.

It is important to note that the ticket sale process is different this time around. At 11 a.m., The Broad will hold an online waiting room on its website. Come 12 p.m., the museum will inform you whether or not you have received access to buy tickets.

In other words, the museum will select a lucky 40,000 people at random. If you become not-so-lucky, 50,000 standby tickets will be available throughout the exhibition’s duration, at $30 a pop.   

Access the waiting room by visiting https://www.thebroad.org/

For first-timers, here is some information you may need to know prior to attending:

  • The museum only allows visitors 30 seconds for each of the six rooms, so snap your photos quickly.
  • Outside of the Infinity Mirrors, Kusama’s other works of art, dating back to 1965, is available for viewing as long as you please
  • During the exhibit’s two-month run, the hours are as follows:
    • Tues/Wed: 5-7 p.m.
    • Thurs/Fri: 10-11 a.m.; 8-9 p.m.
    • Sat: 9-10 a.m.; 8-10 p.m.
    • Sun: 9-10 a.m.; 6-8 p.m.

Kusama, an 88-year old Japanese artist, is known for bringing us into her iconic kaleidoscopic spaces, or better stated, Kusama’s world.

Her 2013 exhibit, “Infinity Mirrored Room -- The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away”, features dozens of hanging LED lights from the ceiling and is covered in mirrors. Kusama used various media, including wood, metal, glass mirrors, plastic, acrylic panel, rubber, LED lighting system, acrylic balls and water.   

About Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama was born in 1929 at Matsumoto, Nagano prefecture, Chubu, Japan. According to The Broad, Kusama was diagnosed with a mental illness which caused her to experience hallucinations. These hallucinations caused distortion with colors and shapes in her vision of the world. Her work is viewed as someplace between representation and abstraction. For Kusama, her work is merely representation, but for others, clearly abstraction.

The Broad notes her 33 ft. long by 10 ft. high abstract painting at the Stephen Radich Gallery in New York in 1961. At this time, artists expression works on large-scale canvases , and Kusama’s painting was significant because of the tiny brush strokes that created it.

Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room -- The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away 2013, creates a multitude of lights that reflect and visually expand the entire room. This sense of infinity represents Kusama’s view of the world since her early years of age. Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrored Room” was so successful and widely popular, even Adele used it as her music video backdrop for “When We Were Young”.  

According to the LA Times, the new exhibition with the six additional rooms titled, “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors”, displays a 70-year old portfolio of Kusama’s work.   

#HURRICANEHARVEY Damages Houston's Theater District, NY's B'way❤ Concert to Fund Repairs

 

 

#HURRICANEHARVEY Damages Houston's Theater District, NY's B'way❤ Concert to Fund Repairs

FRIDAY // SEPTEMBER 7, 2017

On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast, leaving behind a path of destruction and devastation among millions of residents across the Gulf Coast. According to CBS News on Monday, the Category 4 hurricane has caused a death toll of 63 and may continue to grow as search efforts progress.

Last Thursday, ABC News reported that Harvey  has destroyed an estimate of 30,000 to 40,000 homes. In addition, about 15,000 calls for assistance have been made to the Houston Fire Department and more than 1,000 rescue related calls per hour to the United States Coast Guard.

Houston’s theater district experienced massive damage and flooding prior to fall performance season planned for next week, Live Design reported on Wednesday. In response, the New York broadway community will present B'wayHouston: A Concert To Rebuild Houston's Downtown Theater District on October 9 at New York's Midtown Manhattan’s The Green Room 42 at Yotel, Playbill.com announced on Tuesday. 

One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to repair efforts at the Houston Theater District. For those who cannot attend, the event will stream live with an online link to donate. Ticket prices begin at $100. You may purchase tickets here.

Hosted by Seth Rudetsky, the lineup presents big names from Broadway in order to provide aid for the Houston Theater District's recovery. The lineup includes the following: Ali Stroker, Jessie Mueller, Nikki M. James, Andy Karl, Orfeh, Tony Yazbeck, and more, listed on Playbill.com.

 

The Houston Theater District needs all the help it can get. On the theater’s Facebook post last Monday, Theater District Houston Board Chair Perryn Leech and CEO Kathryn McNiel discussed the following buildings that experienced the most damage: 

 

The Wortham Theater Center

High water levels damaged the front of the theater due to a low level. In addition, water surged onto the Brown Theater stage through the back of the house. Fortunately the Cullen Theater stage experienced little damage but unfortunately the building’s basement is full of water.

Jones Hall for the Performing Arts

The rehearsal room which is located in the basement, experienced the worst damage and currently contains standing water.

The Alley Theater

The good news: lobby areas and Hubbard Theater are both in good condition; the bad news: The Neuhaus Theater, lobby and electrical systems are fully submerged.

The Hobby Center

The loading dock area of the foyer in Zilkha Hall experienced some water penetration.

In addition to these buildings, the district’s garages are completely submerged underwater.

 

The end of the Facebook post  reports, “Officials will continue to assess the buildings over the coming days and updated reports of conditions will be issued as appropriate.”

However, this is not the first time Houston’s Theater District has experienced substantial flood damages. Although Tropical Storm Allison in June 2011 was not considered a hurricane, the storm trapped tremendous amounts of water, the The Washington Post recalls in an article that compares Harvey to Allison.

In September 2011, Houston Chronicle reported that Jones Hall, Wortham Theater Center and the theater garages cost the city more than $27 million, with more than $7 million spent on the Alley Theater. The 250 million gallons of water took 50 days to pump out of all the garages. After that, workers pulled out 150 vehicles and worked a vigorous two months for seven days a week. Short after, the both the district and the garages opened up to the public again.

Back then, individuals had proposed building a wall against Buffalo Bayou or establishing heavy doors as a tunnel system closure to prevent the flow of water.

Unfortunately more than a decade later, the theater could not prevent such a catastrophic storm such as Harvey. For now, the broadway community is stepping above and beyond to support each other in a crucial time in need. 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE: Our Industry's NEW Vendor Directory

PRESS RELEASE: Our Industry's NEW Vendor Directory

Today TourReady, Inc. announced the launch of their new Vendor Directory. TourReady’s directory allows all registered users to search through various categories of production vendors across the United States for free.

UPCOMING TOURS: COMEBACKS & CLASSICS

© [@olgavisavi] / Adobe Stock

© [@olgavisavi] / Adobe Stock

UPCOMING TOURS: COMEBACKS & CLASSICS

WEDNESDAY // AUGUST 22, 2017

An oldie but a goodie. From returning 90s alternative rock bands to historical music icons, these are the shows you won't want to miss!

Foo Fighters

10/7 - 12/12

The North American tour kicks off on October 7 at Cal Jam Fest in San Bernardino, CA, alongside over 19 bands including Queens of the Stone Age, Cage the Elephant and more. After Cal Jam, Foo Fighters will play at 26 venues until December 2017. Dave Grohl cut his self-proclaimed one-year hiatus six months early to write the band’s ninth album, Concrete and Gold, set to release September 2017.

Evanescence

10/14 - 12/19

Evanescence is back and better than ever with their new album, Synthesis, and a three-month tour featuring a full-blown orchestra this fall. The band’s first album since 2011 includes both new tracks and re-recorded tracks such as “Bring Me to Life”. The tour begins October 14 in Las Vegas and ends December 19 in Portland.

The Used

10/27 - 11/29

The Used is hitting the road with Glassjaw with tour dates from October 27 through November 29. The Utah-based, post-hardcore rock band released their first album in 2002, parted ways in 2015, and reformed last year for their 2016 tour to celebrate their 15-year anniversary.

The Eagles

9/30 - 10/27

The Eagles announced more tour dates this upcoming Fall that will take place from September 30 through October 27. The short, six-show tour includes new additional members Vince Gill and Deacon Frey, son of Eagles founder and guitarist Glenn Frey who passed away early 2016.

Guns N’ Roses

9/3 - 11/29

The band has been touring nonstop since the reunion of Slash and Duff McKagan in 2016, and have had no problem selling out venues across the country. July marked the 30th anniversary of the Guns N’ Roses first album ever, Appetite for Destruction, as well as when the band announced additional tour dates in the U.S. 

Elton John

10/11/17 - 3/2/18

After selling out much of his 2017 Australian tour, Elton John will perform several shows in Las Vegas at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace this fall through early 2018. The 31-platinum solo artist returns to perform following an illness that resulted in multiple show cancellations earlier this year.   

 

 

ELATION LIGHTING ILLUMINATES CONFINED SPACES

WEDNESDAY // AUGUST 16, 2017

While many appreciate the masterminds behind a full-blown light show illuminating an entire stadium, working with a small space nonetheless calls for imagination. Take a look at two lighting companies featured on Live Design Online and ET Now Online respectively that applied Elation Professional lighting products flawlessly.

1. Tirso Lighting Recreates New York City's Arka Lounge

(Source: elationlighting.com)

For 16 years, the Arka Lounge was positioned among the top hottest nightlife destinations in Manhattan. According to ET Now Online, Tirso Lighting redesigned and redefined the Arka Lounge into the Arka Room last December, in hopes to form a new identity while keeping strong connections with Arka Lounge regulars. Tirso Pelaez, owner of Tirso Lighting, aimed to create the venue with a capacity of 200 seem bigger without losing its intimate vibe.

Pelaez used Elation as a solution for the Arka Room’s requirements. He positioned the 12 Elation E Spot III LED moving heads over the dance floor to create a compact moving light effect. The bright, 90W fixture contains white LED, dichroic colors and rotating-interchangeable gobos to match the small room size.

According to Pelaez, the hybrid moving heads work for the venue in two ways. One, it allows him to switch from a broad wash to a narrow pinpoint, creating versatility in such a small environment. Two, the moving heads are LED, eliminating the $165 charge for each bulb replacement.

Pelaez lined the venue perimeter with Elation’s Sniper 2R multi-effect lights, featuring a hybrid beam, scanner and laser simulator. His purpose was to cast a quick-moving light that completely covers attendees. Palaez was pleased with the Sniper’s versatility, speed, and impressive ability to add visual effects during live performances.

In order to highlight performers on stage, Pelaez placed a compact ACL 360i LED lights with a 4 degree beam and 360 degree rotation in the back of the stage. Pelaez also used a SixPar 200 LED Par lights as a static stage wash, to light the stage from both an upstage and downstage position.

To combat with the 12-foot tall ceilings, Pelaez utilized black reflective panels to enhance both the space and the lighting, doubling both. Last but not least, the room features LED video panels.


2. Adam Labay & Taran Allen Transform Detroit’s El Club

(Source: etnow.com)

Before El Club became one of the hottest nighttime venues in Detroit, the club was simply built as a banquet hall almost 68 years ago. According to Live Design Online, El Club owner Graeme Flegenheimer renovated the space inside out, and installed a brand-new lighting and sound system. The underground venue with a capacity of 300 features a wide variety of acts which colludes with Flegenheimer’s diverse taste in music.

Adam Labay of Future Weapons Laser & Lighting Design and Taran Allen stepped up to the challenge of executing a lighting design to match the club’s diversity. Since its founding in 2016, El Club houses a Elation Professional Lighting rig, highly exceeding Flegenheimer’s expectations.

Labay describes the system’s lighting effects as a one-of-a-kind, very unique aesthetic. El Club’s Elation lighting rig runs from a HedgeHog 4s lighting console. Its elements include:

  • 12 ACL 360 Bar LED moving bar effects
  • 12 compact ACL 360i beam effects
  • 8 Elar Ex Quad Par HP LED lights
  • 6 Sniper 2R effect lights
  • 6 Colour Pendant LED color-changing downlights
  • 8 Protron 3K LED strobes

In addition to the lighting rig, Antari HZ-350 hazer and Antari Z-500 II fog machine creates mid-air projection canopy and fog effects.

After applying the new system to El Club’s first show, both Flegenheimer and artists were overjoyed with both the quality and versatility. He loved the idea of bands leaving their own lighting behind or even plugging it in the system.  

Labay and Allen customized the Elation lighting rig to adapt to the vibes of each and every band, regardless of diversity levels. For example, the system can produce a goth vibe, a strobe-light dance party, or a rock-n-roll environment.

Along with versatality, Flegenheimer describes the energy and symbiotic nature the lighting system enhances between the audience and the artist.

ABOUT ELATION PROFESSIONAL

Elation Professional has award winning, innovative products among the top brands in the industry. Since 1942, Elation has assisted designers and producers achieve their vision. Elation is a privately held corporation, headquartered in Los Angeles and sells to European countries. Elation offers stage lighting designed for the following markets: Theatrical and concert stage, production, studio/broadcast, House of Worship, corporate AV, exhibitions, night club / leisure, theme parks and cruise ships. Elation aims to provide technology solutions which perform to the riggers of the lighting and video industry. 

For more information, please visit elationlighting.com. 

 

TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE: TRUCKING HAZARDS, CROWDS, AIRBNB GIVEAWAY & FESTIVALS

© [@leekris] / Adobe Stock

© [@leekris] / Adobe Stock

Today's the last day to enter Airbnb's Total Eclipse Giveaway!

THURSDAY // AUGUST 10, 2017

What is it?

According to NASA, on August 21, 2017, North America will see an eclipse of the sun. Anyone lucky enough to fall within the Path of Totality will see a total solar eclipse, where the moon completely covers the sun for approximately two minutes and forty seconds.

The Path of Totality covers the following 14 states: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The last time a total eclipse has occurred in the United States was in 1979.

Traffic Hazard Concerns

Freightwaves.com reported that the eclipse may cause potential dangers for all Americans on the road involving distracted drivers and a total eclipse of the road, causing people to pull over on dangerous shoulders.

In fact, the Federal Highway Administration released a fact sheet that says 200 million people, or a little less than ⅔ of the country, live within the Path of Totality. They also advise that August 21 is not the day to schedule work zones and detours. Click here for a list of driving safety tips during the eclipse.

Crowds & Festivals

According to KGW, more than 100 festivals and events will take place in several cities across the country before and after the day of the eclipse. Keep in mind, the eclipse will only last two minutes and forty seconds. That doesn’t stop these towns from throwing some serious parties.

Oregon is the very first state to view the total eclipse. The Oregon SolarFest in Madres is a four-day festival to celebrate. The small town’s 325 hotel rooms and 5,000 campsites have been fully booked for over two years. Oregon’s Willamette University will hold a viewing party with American Astronomical Society scientists who are willing to answer one-on-one questions.

Jefferson, Missouri is holding a three-day festival including pub crawls, fun runs, street parties and BBQs. SolFest 2017 in Nebraska will celebrate with food, drinks and various forms of entertainment.

The Amelia Earhart Airport in Kansas even offers plane rides at their Eclipse Air Fest. First Tennessee Park will boast science demonstrations and performances by the Nashville Symphony. South Carolina, is the last state to view the eclipse, with viewing parties in Charleston museums, and wrapping it up with a DJ beach blowout on the Isle of Palms.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more ridiculous, Krispy Kreme is offering a first-time-ever chocolate glazed eclipse-themed donut. This tasty treat is available from August 19 to August 21.

Airbnb Total Solar Eclipse Experience Giveaway

Hurry up and enter before 11:59pm tonight (8/10), for a chance to win the ultimate experience for two in a geodesic dome situated in the Oregon wilderness. The trip includes boarding a private jet to view the eclipse above the clouds.

One day prior to the eclipse, two lucky winners will dwell in a geodesic dome near Smith Rock. The dome will be furnished with several telescopes on the observation deck.

Hosted by Dr. Jedidah Isler, a National Geographic Explorer and international scholar, you will spend dinner under the stars and ask her any questions about outer space. You will also have a chance to meet Babak Tafreshi, a National Geographic photographer and science journalist, who will teach proper skills on photographing the sky.

The next morning, you’ll launch into the sky on a private jet and fly along the Path of Totality, being one of the very first people to view the eclipse of a lifetime.


Enter here: https://www.airbnb.com/night-at/solareclipse

 

HEY, CHICAGOANS! CAN'T MAKE IT TO LOLLAPALOOZA?

(Photo by Dimitry B.)

(Photo by Dimitry B.)

Attend these August Events in Chicago

THURSDAY // AUGUST 3, 2017

Whether your festival tolerance is no more or you want to save a dime, there are plenty of August events in Chicago away from the festival scene. Here are our picks from TimeOut Chicago.

1. Chicago Air & Water Show

It is not everyday you get to see combat jets perform air and watercraft demonstrations right above your hometown at zero cost. The U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels are coming to Chicago for two days to put on a show above North Beach. Don’t miss out on these amazing aerial stunts - did we mention it’s free?

  • Where: North Beach Chicago - 1551 N Sheffield Ave.
  • When: Saturday 8/19 & Sunday 8/20, both at 10am
  • Price: FREE

2. Wizard World Comic Con - Chicago

Calling all comic con lovers! Wizard World is unlike any other comic con event; this convention celebrates the “best of” North American pop culture. Main attractions include a solo performance from KISS frontman Gene Simmons, one-of-a-kind merchandise, industry professional led workshops, celebrity guests including Doctor Who’s David Tennant, ER’s Alex Kingston, Stranger Things’ Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin, and so many more! Fans across the board gather for movies, television, music, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys collectibles, original art and world-class programming. Visit wizardworld.com/comiccon/chicago for more information. 

3. Tuesdays on the Terrace

If you’re really trying to stay away from festival chaos and weekend crowds, the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Tuesdays on the Terrace might be the perfect evening for you. The free concert takes place in the Anne and John Kern Terrace Garden, featuring Chicago’s world renowned jazz community musicians. Sip on seasonal cocktails or dine from the outdoor grill, MCA Cafe, while enjoying the music on the lawn or upper terrace. The event will continue through Tuesday, September 26. We hear the buffet is pretty tasty, too.

  • Where: Museum of Contemporary Art - 220 E Chicago Ave., Chicago
  • When: Every Tuesday through 9/26, 5:30-8pm
  • Price: Free concert; $27 optional buffet

4. Lady Gaga Live @ Wrigley Field

This may be near the Lollapalooza price range, but perhaps a concert sounds more appealing than a festival - especially a Lady Gaga concert. Gaga will perform at Wrigley Field following her 2016 album Joanne. According to TimeOut Chicago, Gaga will be the very first woman to headline at Wrigley Field. The “Bad Romance” singer and choreographer never disappoints with performances you will never forget. Standard-priced tickets may be sold out, but you may check out ticketmaster.com resale tickets at ticketsnow.com.  

  • Where: Wrigley Field - 1060 W Addison St., Chicago
  • When: Friday 8/25, 7pm
  • Price: Resale ticket prices vary on ticketsnow.com

5. The Chicago Hot Dog Fest

Certainly not your average music festival, but rather a historical, over 100-year old event. In fact, according to the city of Chicago’s website, five years ago The three-day Chicago Hot Dog Fest became the largest festival year in the world to celebrate the frankfurter. No, you won’t have to watch contestants stuff as many hot dogs down their throats in record time, but rather enjoy some of the best hot dog vendors throughout Chicago. In addition, live bands will perform Friday through Sunday, including headliners Sixteen Candles, Prince Tribute by Robert Cornelius & Friends, and Mike & Joe. For more information, click here.

  • Where: Stockton & LaSalle Dr., Chicago
  • When: Friday 8/11 - Sunday 8/13, 11am
  • Price: Suggested $5 donation, suggested $20 family donation
    • Hot dogs: $4-$8
    • Visit eventbrite.com for discounted dog dollar packages

6. Northalsted Market Days

Celebrating its 36th anniversary, the Northalsted Market Days returns to Chicago Boystown for two days in August. The largest outdoor street festival in the Midwest features over 40 live entertainment acts, food, arts and crafts, food and drinks and several vendors. Join hundreds of others for this year’s event stretching across six blocks on Halsted Street. For more information, click here.

  • Where: North Halsted Street between Belmont & Addison in Boystown
  • When: Saturday 8/12 - Sunday 8/13, 11am - 10pm
  • Price: Suggested $10 donation







 

 

MENTAL HEALTH & THE EVENTS INDUSTRY

 (Photo credit: Patient Care Technician)

 (Photo credit: Patient Care Technician)

Is there a major issue? 

TUESDAY // AUGUST 1, 2017

“I work best under pressure," or “if it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done."

Events industry workers may familiarize with these statements, or statements along the same idea.

According to the CareerCast.com study of the top ten most stressful jobs in 2016, an Event Coordinator ranked number five.

The study analyzes the various factors gathered from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, other government sources, trade associations and private survey firms. These include emotional factors, such as the level of competitiveness and the level of public contact; physical demands on one’s body; stress factors such as the amount of travel required, deadlines and physical risks.

EventIndustryNews.com released a podcast titled “Health & Wellbeing in the events industry: do we need help?” The podcast revolves around the topic of stress management within the events industry and several methods industry leaders provide adequate resources for those who may benefit, including the launch of a brand new resource, EventWell.org.

According to the President of the  International Live Events Association (ILEA) UK Chapter Alistair Turner, major implications for event industry workers include:

  • Amount of sleep
  • Nutrition before, during, and after events
  • Heavy workload with few individuals involved
  • Time spent recovering after an event
  • Access to support, advice and education

Podcast Host James Dickson, Managing Director of Eventprofs Who Lunch (EWL) Club UK Helen Moon, and Turner all encourage individuals to realize the difference between good and bad stress. For instance, good stress is associated with positive outcomes, such as seeing your event come together.

Moon describes this "good" adrenaline buzz people experience after planning a large event for months and months. Of course, people stay in the industry for that very reason.

However, Moon explains, “what goes up must come down,” referring to the dramatic adrenaline drop after 16-18 hours of incessant work without thinking to rest, eat, or drink, taking a huge toll on the individual that goes unnoticed by the industry.  

So, why has it taken this long for ILEA to realize this issue when approximately 25 percent of event industry workers may experience a mental health issue? Allister explains the guilt he feels over the lagged response to health and wellbeing in the industry.

Allister put together a program two months prior to this podcast, and found a genuine concern, frustration and fear event industry workers feel regarding their own personal well being. Allister explains how the industry leaves workers to handle issues on their own, which may result in people leaving altogether, potentially losing talented individuals.  

Of course people are aware of what the job entails. Sometimes one cannot avoid receiving four hours of sleep. However, Moon describes how the industry can help make sure they receive the best four hours of sleep.

Moon launched Eventwell.org as a resource for events industry workers to access education, support, and confidentially share personal challenges with others without feeling stigma or prejudice from their fellow colleagues.

Allister believes EventWell.org will start a conversation to better help understand unique pressures within the industry, despite the events experienced in their personal lives. If industry leaders cannot understand these pressures, Allister contests that the challenges outside of the job feel ten times worse.

The biggest takeaway from the website launch, Moon explains, is that stress is normal and does not mean one will develop mental health issues. Rather, “it is all about taking care of ourselves and knowing where to go for that help and assistance,” Moon says.

When individuals complete projects within the last minute, the industry must realize huge workloads do not provide any other option. Industry leaders must understand these effects and better educate these individuals in the field on the help and support available to their team.  

You may listen to the entire podcast below.

FREE MOVIE MONDAYS

(Photo by Joesan Diche)

(Photo by Joesan Diche)

Kick the Monday Blues at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

FRIDAY // JULY 21, 2017

Returning to work after a weekend of fun is always tough, especially during the summertime. Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, CA, has you covered with easing the Monday blues by opening their lawn to the public for free Movie Mondays through August 7.

There are only three Movie Monday events left for the remainder of the Summer. Movies include: 

  • July 24: Stand and Deliver (1988)
  • July 31: Edward Scissorhands (1990)
  • August 7: School of Rock (2003)

The public may set up their chairs and blankets on the lawn at 5:30 p.m. before the movie begins around 8 p.m. You can locate the center’s map here. You may bring snacks, or pick from various food trucks on-site. This Monday’s trucks include Richeeze Grilled Cheese Truck, Ninjas with Appetite, and Chunk-n-Chip.

Segerstrom Center of the Arts is a 14-acre campus that both enlightens and unites the community with inspiring performances and artistic education. The center offers various theatre camps and classes, including Summer at the Center’s camp to empower high-risk high school students, and even a new dance and music school for children with disabilities. Segerstrom Center for the Arts has a reputation for giving back to the community, and Movie Mondays is only a fraction of its selfless actions.

For more information, visit https://www.scfta.org/MovieMondays .