For nearly 50 years, the GMA Dove Awards have honoured those who have achieved excellence in Christian music. Held at the Allen Arena at Lipscomb University on 16 October, the night featured a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites and performances from Lauren Daigle, Tauren Wells, Rebecca St. James, Rascal Flatts and Tori Kelly.
Due to the venue, the event is scheduled around the existing Lipscomb University athletic schedule, which requires the production team to rely heavily on pre-planning logistics from how trusses are suspended to how the crew will physically handle set changes between the artists’ performances.
“Bandit Lites’ exceptional prep process was brought to bear to allow us to bring in a small but rather complicated lighting rig and support structure in a quick and efficient fashion,” says Scott Moore of Go Live Productions. “To facilitate this process, there was a day allotted for pre-rigging the system and then a day and a half of volleyball tournaments. Then we had a day and a half to get the entire system up and 100 percent operational. Crew chief John Lucksinger, and technicians Jimmy Murray and Sam Morgan did a fantastic job of installing the system and having it ready for the design team.”
The theme of this year’s show was Reverent Wonder and lighting designer Mark Carver worked to communicate this dramatic motif through timing and intensity, saying “Lighting programmer Andre Petrus and media programmer Chris Lighthall were crucial in this execution.”
Bandit Lites supplied more than 160 fixtures for the stage including VL 3500 Spots, GLP X4, GLP X4S, VL 2500 Spots, GLP JDC 1 Strobes, Elation ACL 360 Bars, Elation CuePix WW4 Blinders, Chauvet Rogue RH1 Hybrids, Claypaky Mythos, Claypaky Sharpys, Robe Robin 600 LED Washes, Circa Scoops and a grandMA 2 Full console for control.
With TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) airing the Dove Awards, Carver also utilised 50 lights to illuminate the audience for those watching at home, making use of Chauvet Nexus 4×4 fixtures, Claypaky Sharpys and GLP X4 fixtures.