Super Bob Steals the Spotlight with Chauvet

Super bob, a 4-member band located in Virginia who plays rock music with a touch of go-go and hip hop mixed in, uses 10 Chauvet fixtures to light the stage during live performances. This video, taken at the Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grille in Prince Frederick, Maryland, features a performance lit with four COLORrail™ IRC linear wash lights, two Q-Spot™ 160-LED moving heads and four LED PAR 64 Tri-B wash lights. When they are not performing as musicians, Jimmy Thacker and his partner run sound and lighting for Super bob’s live shows.

“Right now, my favorite fixture is the COLORrail™ IRC — wow, what a light,” Thacker said. “We received these fixtures two days before the show and barely scratched the surface in terms of programming. The colors are VERY bright, the built-in chase effects are excellent and I love that it operates on 120v. Also, the daisy-chain feature and 26 channels of DMX control per light allow you to put on one heck of a show. For lighting performances in small clubs and bars, this light is perfect for our needs. I believe a good light show enhances a band’s performance and makes the crowd feel like they are at a show. The eyes and ears go hand in hand — if your lights move with the music, you not only create a mood that you hear, but also see and feel. As a musician, I know first-hand that good lighting makes all the difference in the world — there is more enthusiasm on stage so you add that extra pose or throw in a drumstick twirl. Again, I would like to thank Chauvet for making a great product for the weekend warriors like ourselves.”

Crazy Dave’s Music Experience at the Welcome to Rockville Festival

Crazy Dave’s Music Experience was a huge success at this year’s Welcome to Rockville Festival. The sold-out festival, which took place in Jacksonville, featured performances by artists including Buckcherry, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Limp Bizkit and Alice In Chains. During the event, Crazy Dave’s Music created an interactive exhibit featuring all the elements needed to create music in a professional band setting. The exhibit included 12 CHAUVET® DJ fixtures, 20 CHAUVET® Professional lights and one TRUSST® Goal Post Kit, as well as guitars, bass, amps, drums, keyboards, electronic gear and lighting used by today’s most popular bands.

Within the 30-by-30 foot tent, people took turns playing guitars, drums and keyboards, singing into different microphones and trying their hand at the latest DJ equipment. They also got the chance to meet some of their favorite rock stars and take part in the “30 Seconds to Shred” guitar contest. Scroll on for some photos from the festival.

CHAUVET® DJ Gear List:
2 x Geyser™ RGB 
2 x Intimidator™ Beam LED 350
1 x Scorpion™ GBC 2.0
2 x Intimidator™ Scan LED 300
1 x PixPar™ 24
1 x SlimPAR™ Quad 12 IRC
1 x COLORrail™ IRC
2 x Intimidator™ Spot LED 350


Xavier Muriel of Buckcherry

Xavier Muriel of Buckcherry


CHAUVET® DJ Colors the Grove

AVM Productions used 20 CHAUVET® DJ fixtures to light the stage during the Color the Grove 5K & Music Fest held at Darton State College in Albany, Georgia. The team included four members: Jodie Kretzer, production manager; Mark Davis, sound technician; Dan Reeves, lighting technician; and Dustin Tilley, stage hand. Throughout the event, Abigail Rose, Relapse and The Cole Taylor Band entertained attendees as they performed on a stage illuminated with eight SlimPAR™ 56 and two SlimPAR™ 64 RGBA par-style wash lights, eight COLORrail™ IRC linear wash lights and two SlimBANK™ Tri-18 wide-area wash lights.

“My favorite fixture by far is the new CHAUVET® DJ SlimBANK™ Tri-18,” Kretzer said.  “I can see myself using these fixtures in just about any application, whether they are used as an effect or wash light.  For this event, I used them as audience blinders and the built-in programs looked great through haze — these lights can really throw out some light. They have a great beam and even lit our pecan grove.”

Chauvet Treks to Texas for the SXSW Music Gear Expo

SXSW attendees stopped by the Chauvet booth during the Music Gear Expo to see the newest, cutting-edge gear in action. The 10-by-10 foot booth featured fixtures designed to take gigs to the next level — including showstoppers such as Geyser™ RGB, COLORrail™ IRC, TRUSST® and the entire Intimidator™ series. Did you miss the expo? Check out some of our photos.

CHAUVET® DJ Shines During Performance in Bolivia

About 30 CHAUVET® DJ fixtures lit Bolivian artists during an experimental concert of Camerata del Oriente (Orquesta Municipal de Santa Cruz de la Sierra), featuring Paola B. Berlioz, Daniel Pesce, Nial Gandarilla, and more. Lighting Designer David Sandoval Vasquez, with Papabrown Events, specified 20 COLORrail™ IRC linear lights, six Intimidator™ Spot LED 250 moving yokes and two Hurricane™ 1300 fog machines, which he programmed using ShowXpress™.

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6 Questions for Kamil Nowak

Congratulations to our August Facebook Fan of the Month, Kamil Nowak. Nowak, who is a full-time student, is originally from Poland and lives in Wallington, N.J. As a college sophomore, he works as a part-time web developer for a small marketing firm and is interested in anything computer related including DJing, graphics, video and web design. Nowak has a passion for lighting and is interested in everything from emergency vehicle lighting to DJ and club lighting.

“It’s amazing what light is capable of,” Nowak said. “It has so many uses and I feel that far too often, we take it for granted. “

1. Favorite CHAUVET® light/product.
COLORrail™ IRC.  I think it speaks for itself, but COLORrail™ IRC has the capability to wash almost any area with multi-colored light.  Whether you’re washing a dance floor, wall or performers, you will get a bright output and transform any event.  Plus, built-in chase patterns and programs double as an additional effect and provide your audience with extra eye candy.

2. Favorite CHAUVET® YouTube video.
Intimidator™ Spot LED 350 by CHAUVET® DJ is probably my favorite video — it captures the capabilities and features of the fixture perfectly.  I wanted to go buy a pair of them immediately after watching the video.

3. Favorite DJ.
My favorite DJ is Ean Golden.  His website is very informative and offers great advice and tutorials.  He essentially set up a community where both new and experienced DJs can learn from each other while sharing tips and tricks.

4. Favorite event/nightclub with lights.
Considering I’m still under 21 and can’t really get into any nightclubs, I’m going to have to skip this question.  However, any event or venue able to completely transform its look and create a spectacular show using lighting gets two thumbs up from me.

5. Favorite tip for new CHAUVET® DJs.
Buy once, cry once.  Meaning, buy high quality gear the first time, and if it breaks down a few years down the road, you’ll be crying because you miss the gear, not because you wasted your money on junk.

6. Complete this sentence: A show without lights is like…
A show without lights is like a movie without the video.

You Should Be Dancing on COLORrail™

Check out this unique take on a custom dance floor. New Zealand-based MDR Sound and Lighting created this floor using 12 CHAUVET® DJ COLORrail™ IRC linear wash lights placed inside 12 custom squares painted a reflective white paint. Afterwards, a “thick piece of sandblasted Perspex™” is placed on top “to diffuse the light.” Brodie Noon, general manager and director for MDR, went on to say the lights are “controlled by CHAUVET® DJ ShowXpress™ using CHAUVET® DJ Xpress™ 512 Plus with a remote control for the owner to select different programs easily.” They also added in a CHAUVET® DJ Rotosphere™ LED for effects.

Here are some behind-the-scenes shots of the project as it was built.

Here is the finished floor:
And video:

Band Profile: Jukebox

Jukebox is a three-member band located in Pittsburgh who uses CHAUVET® fixtures during their performances throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. Read on and get to know more about this band who rocks out to music from every era!

1. How did you come up with the name of your band?
Over the years, we have all played in different types of bands including cover bands, original bands, touring bands, hired guns, etc. I wanted to put together a straight party band with a setlist. We decided on the name Jukebox because our setlist ended up becoming massive and we take a lot of requests — like your own personal jukebox!

2. How many members are there?
Our band is comprised of three members: Dave Charles (bass and vocals), Monte Erwin (guitar and vocals) and Crash McCracken (drums and vocals).

3. What type of music do you play?
We play everything — like a jukebox! Most of our setlist is comprised of rock from different decades as well as dance, funk, hair metal, heavy metal — you name it!

4.  What CHAUVET® fixtures are included in your setup?
We have two towers, each with a COLORrail™ IRC  and a COLORdash™ Batten, placed at the rear corners of the stage for effect. Eight SlimPAR™ 64 wash lights illuminate the stage and a Scorpion™ laser mounted to truss provides effects.  Our entire rig is controlled by an Obey™ 40 controller which I use to set up a ton of different chases and scenes.

5. Are they permanently installed somewhere or do you set them up for each performance?
I prewire the truss so the fixtures are easily unplugged and stowed. Depending on the venue, our entire rig (both audio and lighting) takes approximately an hour and a half to set up and break down.

6. Complete this thought: A show without lights is like…..
No show at all!! Bands are entertainment — put on a good show, play well and give them something spectacular to look at!

Dealer Trip: Minnesota

Central Territory/Key Accounts Manager, Jeremy Pace

Central Territory/Key Accounts Manager Jeremy Pace was in Minneapolis at EMI Audio for a CHAUVET® Demo Day to showcase these awesome effect lights: Fallout™, Swarm™, Circus™, Orb™, Sweeper™ LED,  plus the new gobo projector, Gobo Zoom™ LED 2.0. For more on our awesome lights, stay INformed and check out these two LED drapes that are perfect for your DJ booths or for any back drop: SparkleDrape™ LED, MotionDrape™ LED. Find out more about the complete wash lighting solution 4BAR™ Tri or color-changer system 6SPOT™. And if that’s not enough, feast your eyes and get INspired from these photos and by watching the amazing video we posted here for the COLORrail™ IRC linear wash (with optional remote!).

Strip Lights…A Big Misunderstanding

Written by guest blogger Larz Hanson, Detour DJ & Audio (and former Facebook Fan of the Month!)

I told my wife I’m trying out a killer new “strip” light at some upcoming gigs. She paused, furrowed her eyebrows a little then told me she didn’t mind me being a DJ and working with bands, but she had a real problem with me setting up lights just for strippers at parties. She left the room in a huff before I could explain…

Maybe you’ll understand better. I’m talking about the new CHAUVET® COLORrail™ IRC fixture. I have several older CHAUVET® COLORstrip™ lights, and they’ve served me well for a number of years. They’re bright, and have some nice features, especially when linked in multiples for “runway” effects.

The new COLORrail™ IRC, on the other hand, picks up where the COLORstrip™ leaves off and improves several aspects. The COLORrail™ IRC is made with a stout, extruded-aluminum shell. At first glance, it simply looks better than the COLORstrip™…which can be important for some of the intended buyers of the COLORrail™ IRC. A nice feature is the choice of a single mount point, so the light can be hung from truss with just one clamp (the COLORstrip™ takes two), or dual “feet” that double as mount points too.

Enough about the impressive construction though. It’s a light fixture, so you wanna know about the light. Without a doubt, the COLORrail™ IRC is BRIGHT! Loaded with 320 tightly packed 10mm LED’s, the COLORrail™ IRC has a strong output. A smart design feature is the way the LED’s are arranged along the length. As opposed to the COLORstrip™’s repeating blocks of four by four similarly colored LEDs, the COLORrail™ IRC spreads them out evenly.

This results in very smooth color mixing without multicolored shadows or “color banding”…something easily appreciated when being used for uplighting at elegant events. Like the COLORstrip™, the COLORrail™ IRC is loaded with interesting automatic programs for colors and effects that look great in singles, or linked together for continuous, multi-fixture effects. Using DMX, the COLORrail™ IRC allows many ways to access those colors and programs, or design your own using from two to 26 channels!

But wait! There’s more! This is the “IRC” version of the COLORrail™, which stands for “Infrared Remote Control”. Many CHAUVET® customers will LOVE this feature because it allows simple access to the light’s options via an inexpensive optional remote without having to understand DMX or even touch the fixture. By just pointing the remote at the front of the light and pressing a couple buttons, a user can access one-touch dimmable colors, color mixing, auto programs, strobing, and more! This feature is ideal for event lighting contractors who want a neat, clean array of uplights and don’t need DMX control. A wide variety of customers use modern lights in so many different ways, the IRC option is an ingenious way to solve several issues, and the COLORrail™ IRC is an excellent light to team with it.

I can’t even explain all the features packed into the COLORrail™ IRC in this brief blog. In short, it’s brighter and whiter than the COLORstrip™, smoother looking with beautiful fades and effects that work well alone or linked in lines or shapes. The IRC version appeals to an even wider customer base, and the whole thing is built like a baseball bat! Kudos, CHAUVET®!

Once I show my wife what I was talking about, I’m hoping she’ll talk to me again…