Lighting designers Fenton Williams and Aaron Stinebrink needed a multi-purpose fixture to achieve a variety of effects including backdrop lighting and silhouetting for The Dave Matthews Band’s Come Tomorrow tour.
The set comprised an upstage projection feature, around which the designers positioned 30 Chorus Line 16 LED battens by manufacturer Elation, 15 on the backdrop truss and 15 on the floor downstage.
“We chose the Chorus Line for the tight zoom angle you can achieve, as well as it being brighter than other products we tested,” says Stinebrink, of tour lighting vendor TMS in Omaha, Nebraska.
The Chorus Line’s 16 40W LEDs offer enough power to compete with LED video, he says, while motorised zoom optics allow it to light set objects and cycloramas and a 220° tilt motor function lets the designers position the unit dynamically.
“The intended use in this design is to light the backdrop,” Stinebrink adds. “But then they also tilt towards the downstage edge to create a wall of light that projects over the top of the projection set piece. The floor units also shoot underneath the set piece.”
The Dave Matthews Band plays venues including Washington’s Gorge Amphitheater (cap. 27,500), Colorado’s Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre (18,000) and Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl (17,500).