Whether it’s a new tune from Lady Gaga or a classic from the Eagles, Good Night Gracie is a five-member band who is creating a giant sound throughout northeastern and central Indiana. To liven up their performances, the band incorporates CHAUVET® DJ fixtures into their lighting setup. Read on and get to know more about these Midwest rockers.
1. How did you come up with the name of your band?
There are two versions of how the name Good Night Gracie came about — the truth and the one that sounds cooler. The truth is that the band created a list of names and picked the one they all agreed didn’t suck. The much cooler version is that the band is named after our guitarist’s daughter’s middle name. If anyone actually does the math, they’ll see that the latter version isn’t possible since she was born a few years after the band’s formation.
2. How many members are there?
Good Night Gracie consists of five members: Amanda Kittredge Prieur (vocals, guitar, shaker thingies and eye candy), Danny Robertson (vocals, keyboard and dancing machine), Rob Ruppert (vocals, guitar, and stage diving administrator), Matt Wood (vocals, bass, gear hookup guy and coffee addict) and Dan McCoy (vocals, drums, 808 bass dropper and rapper impersonator).
3. What type of music do you play?
Good Night Gracie performs throughout northeastern and central Indiana and plays music that keeps people dancing all night long. In addition to local bars, they also perform at corporate events, private parties and weddings of all sizes. The electronics produced by the drummer and keyboardist allow the band to add a virtually unlimited number of instruments to their performances which creates a sound that no other band in the region can emulate.
4. What CHAUVET® DJ fixtures are included in your setup?
The band uses two COLORstrip™ and four COLORstrip™ Mini linear wash lights to illuminate the main stage. They utilize the preset chase scenes and also control the fixtures using an Obey™ 10 DMX controller. The band performs a lot of long medleys and the lighting stays perfectly in time — regardless of the setting or tempo. To add effects and light the dance floor, a Vue™ 4.1 and Radius™ are included in the setup.
5. Are they permanently installed somewhere or do you set them up for each performance?
All of the lights are permanently attached to two light bars. To break down, we just take the T-bar off the pole at the end of the night, unplug the DMX line to the controller and from one light to another and we’re done.
6. Complete this thought: A show without lights is like…
A show without lights isn’t a show. We’re always looking at what we can buy next that will further improve our lighting awesomeness. Of course, if CHAUVET® decided to help us out and send us any lighting equipment, we would be more than happy to support that decision.