Ayrton Domino for Widespread Panic at MEMPHO
American rock band Widespread Panic made its first MEMPHO appearance at the Memphis Botanic Garden’s Radians Amphitheater where versatile Ayrton Domino IP65‐rated LED profiles took the stage with the festival headliners.
Paul Hoﬀman, one of the owners and President of Pulse Lighting, became the lighting designer for Widespread Panic in 2009 after serving as the band’s crew chief for three years. “We own probably 150 Ayrton Mistral and Ghibli fixtures, which have been great workhorses for us. Domino marked our first go with IP‐rated fixtures, but we’re interested in any products in the Ayrton line,” says Hoﬀman.
Domino’s IP65 rating makes it particularly attractive for outdoor shows like MEMPHO, he reports. “The saying is that you’re only one weather event away from a $100,000 hit. You have to be prepared to take hits sometimes, and rain covers do work for lights, but it’s great to have a fixture that can defend itself against the weather so you don’t have to worry about it.”
As it turned out, the Dominos’ IP65 rating was not tested at MEMPHO 2021, but Hoﬀman had confidence that the fixtures would perform well if the weather had turned inclement. He placed 10 Dominos on the stage floor behind the band to silhouette the musicians and put patterns, colour washes and break ups on them from the rear.
“They were really punchy,” he recalls. “We also used them in beam mode for searchlight eﬀects behind the band.
Then we turned them around to do graphical stuﬀ on the back wall of the stage like the star field we used
for the song, ‘Space Wrangler.’ We had a lot of fun playing with them.”
Hoﬀman calls Domino, “by far the most powerful LED‐based fixture I’ve used – their output was their most notable feature. They blew through everything with a big, powerful wash – much more than I was used to. I was very impressed.”