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Supernatural glow for Santana

Production News
October 11, 2019

As well as his hit records and trademark guitar riffs, Carlos Santana is also associated with vivid layers of colour in his live shows, according to lighting director Michael Ledesma.

For the artiste’s Supernatural Now tour, he wanted a lighting design that recalled two anniversaries, Santana’s appearance at the legendary Woodstock Festival in 1969 and the release of 1999’s Supernatural album, using washes, strobe and chase effects.

He chose Protron Eclypse hybrid LED luminaires plus Seven Batten 14 LED strip lights by Elation, plus a moving head rig and backdrop LED screen.

Ledesma uses 14 upstage Protron Eclypse units lining vertical LED strips for wash lighting on the band and another 10 units providing strobe effects on a mid-stage half-circle truss, washing the audience.

“We split the cells up and use them for different types of chases, and effects,” he says. “They work really well for that. And they light the audience, all the way to the back of 20,000-seat venues.”

The tour has taken in arenas and amphitheatres including America’s Riverbend Music Center (cap. 20,500) in Cincinatti, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (28,750) in Chicago, and Canada’s Budweiser Stage (16,000) in Toronto.

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