A collection of pixel-mapped Chauvet DJ COLORbar SMD strip lights keyed the lightshow for Hawaii’s Iration at the popular Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival, which took place at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
Lighting designers Chris Boardman and Cullen Noon, working for LIT Lighting, used the intensely bright fixtures to engage the large festival crowd with audience lighting and dynamic pixel-mapped chases and animations.
The band’s festival rig was built around 16 COLORbar SMD fixtures. Boardman and Noon positioned 12 of the RGB LED strips on set carts and flew the remaining four above the band on downstage pipes.
“We have the 12 Chauvet fixtures mounted permanently on two set carts, six each,” said Noon, who tours with the popular sunshine reggae quintet.
“These COLORbar fixtures are pointed straight out to the audience. The light they blast into the crowd engages people with the band, which is what Iration is all about. We get the audience standing and singing along with the band’s upbeat reggae sounds. The lighting makes the audience part of the performance.”
The LD continued: “The four COLORbars that are hung on pipe above the band are used to create great silhouette looks. All of the Chauvet fixtures are linked using DMX. We control them with an Avolites Tiger Touch controller, mainly using the Avolites Pixel Mapper and new key frame shape generator.”
The diversity of the group’s sound makes it essential to have a lighting system that can reflect the changing moods of its performances. According to Boardman and Noon, the COLORbar SMD, with its eight individual sections of RGB control and extensive pixel-mapping capabilities, gives them the flexibility to keep up with the group’s far-ranging performances.
Boardman commented: “Lighting a group like Iration is fun, because its music knows no boundaries.”