Chris Reade Adds Extra Dimension With CHAUVET Professional


For his Mountain High Tour, Country music star Dierks Bentley appears over the stage in an “aircraft” to perform his hit single “Drunk On A Plane.” Lighting and scenic designer Chris Reade of KYVA Design (Las Vegas), who collaborated with production designer Bruce Rodgers of Tribe, Inc. and production manager Jay Ballinger, is accenting this unique scenic element by lighting it with 12 CHAUVET Professional STRIKE 1 single source 230W LED blinders, supplied by Christie Lites. The STRIKE 1 fixtures are arranged in three groups of four units on the suspended truss pod structures that span most of the width of the stage. Bentley stands above the center unit as the plane’s pilot. “There are quite a few things that make the STRIKE 1 work well for us on this tour,” said Reade. “It’s compact, so it’s easy to use on the plane prop and B stage. It’s an LED fixture. It’s really bright – and let’s never forget its beautiful warm glow. It’s a beautiful fixture, and I’m so happy with it.” Reade continues, “We have a wonderful team with Bruce Rodgers and Jay Ballinger; Molly Gray, leader of the Tantrum content creation team; Houston Creswell, our video director; and our lighting/rigging/automation crew of Marc ‘Chainsaw’ Wuchter, Jacob Alexander, Tim Lighthall, Andrew Williamson, Sebastien Richard and Mark Desloges.

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