The Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, Christian music’s largest annual tour, is travelling the East Coast with a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites. The evening of worship and fellowship features performances and messages from Christian music’s top artists and speakers including Skillet, Kari Jobe, NewSong, Jordan Feliz, John Crist, Nick Hall, KB and Building 429.
Due to the number of acts taking the stage, production manager Jerry Holcomb designed a lighting system that offered plenty of options for various looks, while balancing budget and flexibility. “Because Winter Jam allows each artist full access to the rig, we need to have enough depth and variety to allow for different programming styles,” said Holcomb. “Also, because Winter Jam is seated end stage 360, leaving open sight lines in always a concern.”
Bandit Lites provided more than 200 fixtures for the production, including Martin Atomic 3000 strobes, VL 3500 Washes, GLP X4, GLP X4S, GLP X4 Bar 20 and Chauvet Rogue RH1 Hybrids.
The stage is comprised of several levels and depths, meaning that no matter where someone is seated, they get a good view of the spectacles. GLP X4 Bar 20 fixtures line the upstage edges of every layer, accentuated by more Chauvet Rogue RH1 Hybrids, and depending on the venue, more Hybrids are placed on the upstage concourse, giving another layer of depth.
This year’s design also incorporated audience trusses loaded with GLP X4s, Chauvet Rogue RH1 Hybrids and Martin Atomic 3000 Strobes, bringing the stage look out over the audience. Additional 4 Lite moles supplied added impact while doubling as walk in and arena lighting.
Due to the production’s size and the stage’s wide sight lines, teamwork and preparation are key in creating not only a spectacular fitting of the tour’s name, but also in giving a clean looking set. “We only have two cable drops for everything,” explained Holcomb. “Lighting, LED and audio all share a left/right cable bridge. Luckily all departments play well together, and it makes for a very clean look.”
Bandit’s crew for Winter Jam is comprised of Nikki Dotson, Jon Houle and Cody Cheatham. “Prep is always well done,” said Holcomb of working with Bandit’s team, “And they continuously look for ways to get the rig in faster as the tour goes on.”