Singer-songwriter Bruno Mars has been getting best reviews for his “Moonshine Jungle” tour, which will continue to play dates around the world through March 2014 and takes 2 x grandMA2 full-size consoles on the road.
“We were tasked with creating a world for Bruno and his band to inhabit,” says lighting designer Cory FitzGerald who co-designed the tour with Roy Bennett. “Bruno has a lot of sounds and pushes past a lot of genres, so he needed an environment that would accommodate all his music. The lighting fixtures help a lot with that. We have 276 panels of Chromlech Elidy, 42 Clay Paky Sharpy Washes and about 80 Clay Paky Sharpy beams plus two grandMA2 full-size units – and we’re very happy with the rig.” VER supplied the tour’s gear.
Controlling the full complement of almost 8,000 lighting ‘fixtures’ on the show are two grandMA2 full-size units with 6 MA NPU (Network Processing Unit) and “lots of universes,” says Fitzgerald. “We have 16 universes of just Elidy fixtures. We’re running all the video servers via Art-Net – grandMA2 has the ability to scale that big. Although grandMA2 is standard these days for shows, it’s still amazing. It’s working as expected with no surprises. It’s great to have a console I can rely on to handle everything so well.”
Dave Marcucci is the touring lighting director for the Moonshine Jungle Tour. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of MA Lighting in the USA and Canada.