Ayrton Khamsin shines on The Doobie Brothers 50th Anniversary Tour
Ayrton is thrilled to be part of The Doobie Brothers new tour in celebration of their 50th anniversary, which will play to around 50 venues across the USA and Canada throughout 2021 and 2022. Solotech of Nashville supplied 17 Ayrton Khamsin LED profile fixtures for this iconic tour which were chosen by the production design team at Darkroom Creative, Seth Jackson and Nathan Alves. The team wanted the Khamsin fixtures as part of their unique, retro design which they use to summon up a 1980s vibe. “In celebration of the Doobie Brothers’ 50th Anniversary, Darkroom Creative did a little celebration of our own,” explains Jackson. ““We figured since the band was celebrating 50 years, and the concert lighting business is roughly the same age, we would give a nod to the guys that inspired us when we were getti ng started.
The lighting rig, though completely LED, is reminiscent of the par can rigs of the 1970s and ‘80s. What would have been ‘14 movers and 120 par cans’ became 17 Khamsins amid a raft of other moving lights. “The Khamsins have been very solid the entire tour so far,” agrees David Carr, the tour’s lighting crew chief. “Performance‐wise they have a great zoom range without losing any punch. Even limiting their intensity to better match the other fixtures (we run them at about half intensity), they still pack a punch and are very crisp.”
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