After 20 years of performing, 16m records sold worldwide, and eight Top 40 albums to their credit, Hanson have branched out into other endeavours.
This includes forming a company to make their own craft beer, MMMhops, a play on their smash hit MMMBop. No word on whether or not the group’s suds were served at Brews and BBQ, an annual Labor Day gala at Rockford Speedway, but Hanson showed that even though they may have a few fingers in other ventures, their heart and soul are still planted firmly in music.
The group delivered a nonstop high octane performance at the speedway turned festival site. Keeping pace with Hanson step for upbeat step during Brews and BBQ was a fast moving eye-searing lightshow anchored by 20 Intimidator fixtures from Chauvet DJ.
Lighting designers Jeff Hinton of 815 productions and Jared Borchardt of JBE, Inc. teamed up for this production, using 12 Intimidator Spot 255 IRC and eight Intimidator Beam LED 350 fixtures to create their punchy show.
The duo flew most of their Intimidator Spot 255 IRC fixtures on two rows of overhead upstage truss, clustering them to either side of center stage. From these positions, the fixtures were used to hit the band with intense beams of differently angled light. At other times the fixtures were used to create two divergent patterns of audience and aerial lighting.
Also used for aerial effects were the eight Intimidator Beam LED 350 units that were positioned in a straight line arranged along the upstage deck. Hinton and Borchardt created intense crossing patterns with these lights at key moments during the concert.
“I am very impressed with the Intimidators in general and what they allow us to do in a concert setting,” said Hinton. “Without a doubt, I will be adding more Intimidators to my inventory in the near future.”