Category Archives: Special Events

Press Room VP Debates Longwood Gym

The Vice Presidential Debates

We joined the political madness for a week as we prepared to do some television lighting for a TV stage at the Vice Presidential debates in Farmville on Tuesday. We set up in Longwood University’s Health and Fitness Center, which is rated as one of the top 20 recreational centers at small colleges; at 74,683 gross square feet, it’s a pretty impressive space, topped off by a large rock climbing wall and LEED Gold certification. Longwood’s gym boasts of over 60 pieces of weight training and cardio equipment, but none of them were anywhere to be seen when we arrived. Instead, they had been replaced with a full media cafe, red carpets throughout, press boxes, stages, temporary power, communication rooms and Secret Service agents. 

Truss TV Stage Lighting Political Vice Presidential Debates

We headed out to Farmville, Virginia on Sunday to set up: Our TV stage was built on a 16′ x 16′ riser, and was an interview spot for before and after the debate. For events like these, every person on the crew needs to have Secret Service clearance, and has to have a number of credentials on them at all times.

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We used Kino Flo Celeb 400s for front light, with Source Four Lekos as fill, and  Celeb 400Qs as back light. 
Truss TV Stage Lighting Political Vice Presidential Debates

 

 

Slide The City Richmond

Summer time is upon us, and Slide The City brought 1000 feet of slick vinyl to brighten the streets of Richmond. Richmonders showed up in droves to take the plunge down the 1000 foot water slide. A water slide longer than three football fields was set up on lovely Byrd Street in downtown RVA. Slide the City is a family & friends slip-and-slide water party event, including live music, food, drinks, water, and of course the biggest slip and slide ever to hit the city.  We brought out distributed sound reinforcement to the event to provide tunes to riders on their way down the slide.  Live music was provided by Full Spectrum, of the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band, as well as 101.1 The Fam. Check out Slide the City’s video below!

 

Heartracer: Ice on the Streets live at Hardywood Park

One of the best parts of working in entertainment is the wonderful people you get to meet. Every once in a while, we get to work with a group of truly special performers such as our friends in Heartracer. We put together a small ambient lighting setup for their most recent show at Hardywood Craft Brewery here in Richmond, Virginia. You can check out the awesome video by Dave O’Dell below.

You can find Heartracer on Soundcloud, Facebook, and on the web at Heartracerband.com.

Total Room Transformation

To show the power of event lighting, we set up some of our most popular wedding lighting services in an abandoned basement. This helps to give a better idea of what wedding and event lighting can do to completely transform a room for your wedding reception, ceremony, or any event or party you have at all.

While all the individual pieces that make up the perfect wedding or event are equally important, lighting is the only one that can change how everything is perceived. Lighting can change the look and feel of the entire event, from the mood, to the color the place setting appear to be, make sure you have the right team handling your event. You can learn more by checking out our informational article on wedding and event lighting. Take your event lighting to the next level.

Check out a full display of our services here.

Tough Mudder, Doswell VA

 

This weekend we’re in Doswell, Virginia at the Meadow Event Park to setup truss features for Tough Mudder. Tough Mudder is an endurance event series in which participants attempt 10 to 12 mile-long (16–19 km) military-style obstacle courses. It was designed and created by two British Harvard Business post-graduates and tests mental as well as physical strength. The main principle of the Tough Mudder revolves around teamwork. The folks over at Tough Mudder contacted us and asked us to build a truss feature for participants to climb. We’re a lighting and sound company, so we are used to putting lights on the truss!

The design of the truss feature was given to us by Tough Mudder, and it was pretty simple. other than the four 45 Degree pieces of 20.5″ Truss that we don’t own, and couldn’t find anywhere to rent. We had to ship some in from Atlanta in order to get the job done! This is a first for us, but not the last time we’ll be working in the mud with these guys.
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Save Sweet Briar  

April 30th, 2015

Thursday, we rolled out to Sweet Briar, Virginia to provide lighting and sound for the Sweet Tone’s final concert. The Sweet Tones are a talented a cappella group from Sweet Briar College, and sadly, due to the school closing after this semester, this was their last show. We were honored to be able to provide a memorable last show to these ladies, and really enjoyed working with them to make this show happen.

 

The Lighting and Sound Co. provides lighting, sound, and video for corporate events, weddings, meetings, parties, and many other events, but this was the first rig we’ve setup in a library. The event took place in Sweet Briar College’s Kitty Corbett reading room, and with our LED concert rig we were able to power the entire show off 40 amps, while still making the show pack a punch.

 

Sweet Tones A Capella Group

The Sweet Tones performed everything from their school song to “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift.

 

The Sweet Tones drew quite a crowd, and put on a great show. We send our sympathy and best wishes to everyone with ties to the school during these tough times, and we hope that we were able to help memorialize an event so important to these girls.

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The entire rig was able to operate off of 40 amps.

The Rig:
12 x Elation Design Wash 60s
8 x Chauvet Colorado LED
4 x Intimidator 350 LED
1 x Look Solutions Unique 2.1 Hazer

ETC Ion
2 x 10 Fader Wing
ELO 19″ Touch screen

40′ 12″ Box Truss
4 x Applied Electronics L16

Club Lighting: Pierce Fulton at Tucan

We created a club-style light show for Pierce Fulton for his show at El Gran Tucanazo in Richmond, Virginia. While club lighting isn’t our main focus as a business, Richmond is such a small town that it’s hard to avoid having an install in at least one club.

Back Lighting: Richmond, Virginia

Opening acts warming up the crowd for Pierce Fulton,  Richmond, VA

Pierce made his first real breakthrough at the age of 18 with his first 3 track EP titled “Pardon My French”. You may have seen the “making of” video where some pretty unconventional sounds were sampled and definitely turned some heads. With breakout singles including Where We Were, Runaway, Old Man & The Sea and most recently Kuaga as well as official remixes for artists ranging from The Killers to Above & Beyond, his style continues to evolve and love of experimentations doesn’t diminish. You may have also heard his downtempo and experimental productions such as 10/6 (That Should Do It), West Egg, As You Were, his remix for Mutemath and more recently his live version of Kuaga.

Now 22 years old and based in Brooklyn, Pierce is still subject to the habits of his youth; bouncing between genres and instruments while simultaneously bringing all of these influences into the dance music he’s known for. When he isn’t out on the road, playing shows around the world, not too much has changed about those quiet, cozy nights spent in the studio.

When setting up club lighting acts like this one, low budgets are more common than not, so we try our best to accommodate low budget shows by using the most cost-effective solution, while still putting on a high quality show.

The Rig:
4 x Platinum Beam 5R
2 x Shinp 4co Lasers
2 x Mega Strobes
4 x ADJ LED Wash
5 x ADJ Profile

 

ETC Ion
2 x 10 Fader Wing
ELO 19″ Touch screen

Tucan Club Lighting

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