Tyler Shapard and Dayne deHaven Go Bold at Bonnaroo for The Band CAMINO with CHAUVET Professional

Posted on June 29, 2023

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MANCHESTER, TN – The Band CAMINO has been on quite a roll of late, with an Elektra Records deal, a slew of charting hits like “The Last Man Standing,” and a European tour under their belts. This June, the rapidly-rising indie/rock trio from Nashville reach another milestone when they made their first appearance at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

Of course, being relatively new, the band was slated as one the earlier acts in a festival headlined by the likes of the Jelly Roll, KORN, The Foo Fighters, Kendrick Lamar, Paramore, and Odesza. But no worries, The Band Camino’s fierce, energetic sound stood out in the crowd, just as the lightshow supporting them did, despite the ambient light.

The show’s lighting designers, Tyler Shapard and Dayne deHaven, of the newly formed District 5 studio, ensured that their pre-sunset show packed a punch by minimizing moving fixtures, and focusing on brightness.

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“We designed this rig for a daylight/dusk festival spot specifically,” said deHaven. “We wanted to have a look that could punch through even in bright sunlight.”

The two designers accomplished this with the help of a beefy, high-output rig anchored by CHAUVET Professional STRIKE Saber and Color STRIKE M fixtures supplied by 4Wall Entertainment. “Brightness was a key reason why we specified them, but it wasn’t the only one,” said deHaven. “The feature sets of these fixtures allowed us to do a lot of things.”

Arranged across the entire upstage deck in a vertical configuration, the 66 STRIKE Sabers created a dynamic wall of light behind the band. Working with Lighting and Video Director, Alec Molinaro, Shapard and deHaven pixel mapped the linear fixtures to create an extensive series of effects and chase sequences that moved in sync with the music.

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“Our favorite looks came from the Strike Sabers,” said deHaven “Their response time, clean gradients, and beautiful effects were special. They were also easy to work with, which was a big benefit, since we had to set up and tear down the set quickly.”

Framing the STRIKE Sabers along their top and bottom borders were horizontal rows of Color STRIKE M fixtures. Drawing on the pixel mappable RGB face of these fixtures, the designers were able to add an array of bright colors to their backline display, complementing the white-amber light of the linear units. At other points in the show, Shapard and DeHaven turned up the motorized strobe’s white LED tubes to create blinder effects and audience lighting.

“We pride ourselves in accentuating the energy and feel of The Band Camino’s music with specific color choices to match the emotion of each song and with perfectly timed syncopated hits to match the dynamic range of each song,” said deHaven. “We feel we were able to do this at Bonnaroo.”

The Band CAMINO’s appearance at Bonnaroo also represented a milestone of sorts for Shapard and deHaven, two experienced and accomplished lighting designers and programmers, who just joined forces to start their own Nashville-based design firm, District 5. Their new firm has already had some impressive achievements (they also design for Twenty One Pilots and Brian Kelley), and like the band they just lit, there is the promise of even bigger things to come.