Billed as Christian music’s largest tour, the annual Winter Jam opted for an in-the-round presentation for the first time on its 44-date tour of venues including Bankers Life Fieldhouse (cap. 19,000) in Indianapolis, Cleveland’s Wolstein Center (15,000) and Tampa’s Amalie Arena (21,000).
Headlined by artistes including Newsboys United, Mandisa and Danny Gokey, the event needed a rig that allowed lighting designer Kurtis Wheat to match each performer’s look with their musical style from rock to rap music, plus addresses from speakers.
“Lighting can often be a distraction to important moments, so I try to create a look that allows the speaker to be the focus, while allowing the crew to change over bands on the main stage,” says Wheat.
Sourcing his lighting package from Tennessee-based Bandit Lites, the designer deployed silver truss by manufacturer Tyler, allowing him to light the truss in different styles.
Among the 400 fixtures supplied by Bandit were 120 Ayrton MagicDot-Rs, Robe BMFLs, Chauvet Rogue RH1 Hybrids and Elation CuePix WW4s and SixPar 200s.