USA – It’s an even-numbered year so it was time for rock band 311 to celebrate their biennial 311 Day with two arena shows in New Orleans on March 11 and 12. Lighting designer Joe Paradise of House Lights Go Inc. and assistant designer/programmer Bobby Grey selected Clay Paky fixtures for the event, which drew 15,000 fans representing every US state and 17 countries.
Paradise was charged with enhancing and interpreting the band’s diverse and unique musical style while bringing some big looks to the event, which featured 86 songs across two shows. Paradise focused his design around 311’s signature honeycomb graphics; the beehive motif appears on a recent album cover. He used eight pods of toned truss to form the honeycomb shape and support the over-the-stage rig in the Smoothie King Center (formerly the New Orleans Arena).
Paradise selected Clay Paky Sharpy Washes to provide a solid color base that washed over the stage and delivered keylight from downstage and tapped Sharpy beams for their dramatic effects. He also placed Clay Paky Alpha Beam 1500s upstage on the walkway of the arena’s club level where they supplied solid, fat beams with color-mixing abilities and a long throw. AG Light furnished the entire lighting rig.
Also participating in 311 Day were Grant Sellers from Strictly FX and Charles Lucia from Practical FX for pyrotechnics and cryo, and Pyramid for IMAG. Robert (Junior) Jones, Alex Parayuelos and Mike Gallagher served as technicians.
A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor for Clay Paky.
Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, added, “We’ve worked with Joe a lot and are big fans of his work. We’re please to see that he has once again chosen our fixtures for these performances.”