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‘Scalable’ Artiste Monet™ carries the load on Kelsea Ballerini “Heartfirst” tour

Country music artist Kelsea Ballerini’s popular “Heartfirst” tour moved outside in June and July with a lighting design by Nick Chang that featured Elation Professional’s versatile Artiste Monet™ LED profile moving head, along with Smarty MAX™ luminaires. The tour, extended to a third leg due to overwhelming demand, travelled all over the country. Lighting and video vendor for the tour was 4Wall Nashville. After a short two‐week turnaround to get the new rig together, reprogram, etc., they set off to play a seriesof sold‐ out outdoorshows in the U.S. West and West Coast. “Going from indoor to outdoor venues, and from smaller to larger venues, we wanted a workhorse light that was scalable, something we could use large and punchy for the bigger venues without losing the looks we had in the smaller venues,” Nick said. “Also, because we were playing against the sunset outside, I wanted something that could punch through the ambient light with ease. That was another reason why I went with the Artiste Monets.” For the leg three design, Nick arrangedupstage, midstage and downstage trusses, all raked higher on the downstage with each housing eight Artiste Monets along with strobe/blinders. A large upstage 16 x 9 video wall complemented the look.

Either side of the video wall were vertical torms with four Monet fixtures each plus strobes.

With no other moving lights in the rig, the 45,000‐lumen Monetstook care of a lot of the action and were used for everything from a barrage of punchy bright beams to pure color looks to backlighting silhouettes to strobing.

With a lot of attention placed on the video, Nick ensured that he was complementing content by blending looks using color gradients with frost and zoomed out.

Nick turned to another luminaire in the Elation portfolio to populate an upstage ground truss positioned just below the video wall. Having used Elation’s compact Smarty Hybrid moving head on a previous project, he turned to its extreme output version, the Smarty MAX, for this demanding position.


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