CHATTANOOGA, TN – (For Immediate Release) – Nestled on 23 rolling acres in one of the most picturesque regions of the United States, the 700-seat New Covenant Fellowship church offers its members plenty of opportunities to worship, bond and enjoy life outdoors. There is the community garden, which helps feed the needy and brings worshippers closer together. There are also a community playground for children and a restful area where people can sit and read the Bible under the shade of towering oak trees. Recently, as the church celebrated its 20th anniversary, its members complemented the natural beauty of their surroundings by enhancing the appearance of their building’s interior with help from a collection of 30 LED fixtures from CHAUVET Professional, supplied by The Design Oasis.
The fixtures were installed throughout the sanctuary as part of a project “to bring the church into the 21st century,” said LD Justin Casey of Helm Projects, who designed the new lighting system. Casey revitalized the interior of the church by replacing its old ellipsoidals with a system made up of 12 Rogue R1 Washes, 12 COLORdash Par-Quad 18 RGBA par style fixtures and six COLORado Batten 72 Tour RGBWA linear washes.
“I had been in the room before for some events, so I was familiar to the people there,” said Casey. “Pastor Miller wanted to revive the room and give it a new energy. They reached out to me, as they were looking for some advice on things they could do that would be impactful but sill would be within their budget. At the same time, they didn’t want the church to look like a club. So my emphasis was on washing the walls and key architectural elements with rich colors. I saw the Rogue R1 at a demo in Nashville and was really impressed with its size and brightness. We were looking for a wash fixture that could take up very little room and also one that had a nice zoom range on it, so the Rogue was hired!”
Casey positioned his Rogue R1 units on the floor and had them shine up the wall across the entire area backing the stage. The zoom range of the fixture gave him the opportunity to create varied looks by mixing tight beams with broader washes.
“The Rogues provide us with a lot of impact for a relatively low investment,” he said. “We can do beams on some songs and wider washes on others – or we can mix them. The dimmer curve is also extremely smooth, and it looks very crisp when we run dimming chases.”
Controlling his system with a Martin M1, Casey does do some chases during praise sections, but for the most part lighting is more low-keyed for this traditional congregation. “We really rely most on colors to create a nice atmosphere and set different tones throughout services,” he said. “We have been using cool colors that are contrasting for the worship part of the service. Then, for the sermon, Pastor Miller likes saturated colors like red and ambers to be able to bring some warmth and energy to his sermon.”
Also adding color and warmth to the room are the six COLORado Batten 72 Tour washes that Casey has arranged three each on the ledges that flank the stage. The 12 COLORdash Par-Quad 18 fixtures are also positioned on the stage floor with the Rogues and are used to provide background color and uplighting.
“The people at New Covenant are very happy with the end result, which makes me happy, because they were really great to work with,” said Casey. “They had a vision they wanted to achieve, and even though they had a limited budget they were able to achieve it. That’s the whole point of having affordable fixtures that do a good job.”
For more information on Helm Projects visit: www.helmprojects.com
NEW YORK – People who go to a moe. concert thinking they know what to expect, have probably never been to a moe. concert before. The quintet from upstate New York epitomizes the freewheeling improvisational unpredictability of jam band music, as it reels off 10-minute riffs with casual ease and seamlessly moves from song to song with nary a break in between. No two moe. performances are ever alike, which is why so many dedicated fans (aka “moe.rons”) have been to 30…40…50… or more of the group’s concerts.
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A show by band that’s original enough to incorporate a xylophone into its tunes requires a lightshow that’s unique, varied and very flexible. This is exactly what Justin Casey of Pulse Lighting has been serving up on the current US moe. tour with help from 12 CHAUVET Professional Rogue R1 FX-B fixtures, supplied by Main Light Industries.
Casey positions the 360° rotating moving fixtures (each of which has five independently controlled moving heads) three apiece on four upright truss poles that are spread evenly across upstage risers at most venues. “This is the Rogue R1 FX-B ground package that’s most adaptable,” he said. “We can use it at all of the different size venues we appear at. I want to put the Rogues behind the band, because it gives me some very great geometrical shapes and positions that I can use to capture all of the different twists and turns that the group takes throughout the show. We really get an endless variety of looks with this fixture.”
Adding to the variety of looks Casey created has been the Rogue R1 FX-B’s pixel mapping capabilities. “We did a lot of pixel mapping,” he said. “Combined with the individual tilting of the heads, it makes for some very dynamic effects when we need them. Really, there are so many options for different positions, you can always come up with new looks and hold back something, so you’re always introducing something fresh as the show progresses to keep things interesting.”
Also coming in for praise from Casey was the brightness of the Rogue R1 FX-B fixtures. Controlling his rig with a grand MA2 Light Console, the LD has four high output strobes, as well as 10 profiles and six washes, on his rig. At times, when he has his movers lighting air over and behind the band, he will sweep the stage with crossing patterns from his Rogue R1 FX-B units. In these instances, the intense Rogues have no trouble making their presence felt.
“The Rogues are very bright lights, which really helps at some venues,” he said. “We never worry about them getting overshadowed by other fixtures. The rig we have for this tour is really well blended; everything works together regardless of which direction we push it.”
Working together smoothly even when moving in new and unexpected directions has been a trademark of moe. On this tour it’s an apt description of their lightshow too.