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Baltimore's newest live event venue, M&T Bank Exchange, shines with Elation

M&T Bank Exchange in Baltimore has opened as the city’s newest live event venue with a state‐of‐the‐art Elation Professional lighting package that can cater to any occasion from concert to reception and everything in between.

As part of the renovation of the historic bank building, the foundation and its designers sought to ensure state‐of‐the‐art sound and lighting systems. Jeff Kenney, head of HTG Events LLC, one of Orlando's premier event production groups, was involved from the early stages. “Following conceptual discussions about how the room might be used, we looked at some of the other live entertainment rooms in the area,” he said.

The M&T Bank Exchange space was designed with a lighting infrastructure that can accommodate a wide range of events and includes two above stage electrics, an FOH electric, and three specials out in the room. The entire rig is hung on hoists which can lower or be pre‐programmed for different show heights. Kenney handled all lighting placement in the room and leaned heavily on Elation’s high performance Fuze line to provide clients with a versatile system that offers a number of options. “It gives them the ability to frame from anywhere in the room so clients can come in and use the system any way they want,” he said.

Fuze Profile™ moving heads with RGBMA color mixing and dual gobo wheels populate balcony battens and give the LD an option to frame from 20 positions as a primary lighting source. Additional Fuze Profiles provide framing capability above the stage on the upstage and downstage positions. Fuze Wash 500™ moving heads hot off the Elation production line, also with RGBMA LED engines, give Fresnel zoom capability above stage, at FOH, and for house lighting, while Fuze Spot™ moving heads provide dynamic FX and specials.

The lighting FX package also includes Colour Chorus™ battens, Paladin™ hybrid wash/blinder/strobe lights, Cuepix Blinders™, and a room full of controlled architectural lighting. Every light in the room is LED including a 24‐ foot, hi‐definition video screen that provides a dynamic graphics backdrop. A megabatten encircles the space for multiple lighting points each with a NETRON EP2™ node for signal distribution with headroom enough to add more gear when needed.

The lighting console has full control of the room with the capability to handle floor packages as they come in. The room can be configured three different ways and can support crowds up to 1,351. Kenney emphasizes that the lighting design was rendered using Capture visualization software, including a 'sizzle reel' that plays a crucial role in impressing potential clients. He also commends Capture for its valuable and supportive network.


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