With over 25 artistes paying tribute to Willie Nelson at the 18,000-capacity Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, the production needed to complement the performers rather than distract from them, says lighting designer Mark Carver.
Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow and John Mellencamp, were among the singers at Willie: Life & Songs of an American Outlaw, as well as Nelson himself.
“With this design we were trying to give a world-renowned artiste and his peers a space where their individual musical talents would be front and centre,” says Carver. “We did not want the lighting and video to overpower the music.”
He called on rental company Bandit Lites to supply nearly 250 fixtures including Claypaky B-EYE K20s, Claypaky Sharpys, Chauvet Rogue RH1 Hybrids, GLP X4S, VL 3500 Spots, Sunstrips STP-10, Bandit’s exclusive GRNLite Moving Washes and Robe PATT 2017 fixtures. A grand MA 2 Full provided control.
“The B-EYES were used for eye candy and toning the band with colour,” says Carver. “The RH1 and Sharpys were used for strong beams and gobos to create a strong artistic statement. The VL 3500 provided band key lighting and edging, while the GRNLite washes were my audience light workhorse.”