Lighting Insights


John Garberson Knocking On New Doors

March 16 started out like many other spring days for this designer and production specialist. The festival season starts early in Phoenix, where temperatures nudge into the 80s, while northern cities are still plowing snow off the highways. Garberson and his team at Creative BackStage were less than an hour from opening the doors of […]

At The Drive-In

Last year, music resonated throughout the beautiful Festwiese Apolda. Stars from Germany and around the world journeyed to this central German setting to perform. Of course, these joyful sounds went silent following the COVID-19 lockdown. For weeks, the pastoral fairgrounds remained void of public entertainment. Happily, that changed on Friday May 15 when Studio D4 […]

The Power of Partnering

In times of crisis, there is strength in numbers. Joining forces with another organization can help get a livestream project off the ground and build valuable long-term relationships for your business. A pair of production houses on opposite sides of the world demonstrated this recently. In Australia, Harry the Hirer teamed up with the Hand […]

The Power of Perseverance

Andy Chaves, lead singer for Katastro, broke into a breezy, flowing monologue at the start of the band’s Wednesday, May 13 show. It’s an engaging style he developed over the course of the funk/rock fusion group’s relentless touring schedule, an itinerary that has seen them play with the likes of Pepper and The Expendables. Only […]

Gene Morrell – Courageous Light

Soon after the lockdown began, this Connecticut-based designer sat in his shop, idle for the first time in years, contemplating the future. Although its details were (and remain) uncertain, this future, as he saw it on that cold March day, offered a clear choice: wait for someone else to give him answers or create solutions. […]

Inspiring Hope In Curaçao

Reaching 56.4 meters above the crystal blue waters of St. Anna Bay, the Queen Juliana Bridge (the highest such structure in the Caribbean), affords spectacular views of this nation’s capital city and its beautiful beaches. On the evening of Sunday March 22, it also offered an inspiring view of the future, when it served as […]

Sharing Knowledge

Dave Kallaway loves funk music. It doesn’t matter whether he’s playing it as the morning host on hit music 99.5 WIFC, or banging it out on his own five-piece drum set. The central Wisconsin native has been an enthusiastic drummer since grade school, when his parents got him a set at K-Mart. So, when a […]

Connecting Communities

Stay at home restrictions have prevented the Clermont, Ohio Chamber of Commerce from holding its regular meetings. But now, more than ever, its member businesses are seeking guidance from the 50-year old organization, particularly on the steps they can take to navigate their way through this period of lockdowns. A highlight of the chamber’s educational […]

Expressing Thanks

Serving people in a time of crisis is nothing new for Kaiser Permanente. The giant not-for-profit healthcare consortium began life in 1933, during the Great Depression, when a young physician, Sidney R. Garfield, opened a 12-bed hospital in the middle of California’s Mojave Desert to care for itinerant workers at the Colorado River Aqueduct. Although […]

Rick Leussink – Unifying Light

When discussing the mission of lighting, this well-known Dutch designer often speaks in terms of story-telling. The interplay of colors and patterns, bursts of brightness and evocative shadows, has the power to grip emotions, but they are merely futile, albeit pretty, gestures if they do not serve to unfold the story his client is trying […]

Tim Messina – Determined Light

John Kennedy liked to tell people that when written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ was composed of two characters, one representing danger, the other opportunity. Today, this fellow New Englander is demonstrating the wisdom of the late president’s words in the way he has been responding to the coronavirus’ impact on business at his Derry, […]

Colorizing Pigeons on

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong thrives on contact with their large, loyal base of hardcore fans. Feeding off the energy of the crowd powers the psychedelic funk jam band through a relentless touring schedule that includes about 200 shows a year. But a wildly cheering audience was nowhere to be seen when the irrepressible quartet took […]