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Hear At Last: A History Of Stage Monitoring

December 5, 2019  Becky Pell Key steps in the early days and milestones to where we are today It’s inconceivable nowadays that a band would perform a live show without stage monitors, but in the early days of rock ‘n’ roll, that’s exactly what used to happen. In the early 1960s, sound systems were very…
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Lighting and staging professionals are invited to attend The NAMM Show.

Lighting and staging professionals are invited to attend The NAMM Show. Register now to earn free ETCP renewal credits, and gain access to 7,000+ brands, 300+ education sessions and 150+ special events. Use promo code PLSN20NAMM for a special badge rate. Register Now FEATURED EDUCATION SESSIONS 10 Years of Spectacular Creativity at Silent HouseCory Fitzgerald, Baz Halpin, Tamlyn Wright, Alex Reardon Making…
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Tour Manager David ‘5-1’ Norman and Production Specialist Gabi Parra Launch New Tour Consulting Startup

FOH Staff • NewsOn the Move • December 3, 2019 ON THE MOVE – SPONSORED BY  Tour Forensics logo Tour and production managers David ‘5-1’ Norman and Gabi Parra have teamed up to form a new tour consulting firm, Tour Forensics. Norman and Parra, who are based in Atlanta and New York, bring a wealth…
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Live Production Summit

January 23-25 2020 The Live Production Summit was founded on principles that made its predecessor, the Tour Link Pro Conference, a force within the industry… an event where experienced and developing live production personnel and businesses connect to one another and to opportunities… where businesses and partnerships form and launch… an event where all can…
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Tom DeWille, Founder of Pyrotechnics company Luna Tech, killed.

Tom DeWille, whose pyrotechnics sparked an explosive music scene, killed in Cullman County. by: Drew TaylorPosted: Oct 23, 2019 / 08:49 AM GMT-0500/ Updated: Oct 23, 2019 / 09:01 AM GMT-0500 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Peter “Pyro Pete” Cappadocia has no plans of flaming out anytime soon. Working as a pyrotechnician for the last four decades, Cappadocia has traveled…
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Roadies Of Color United 10th Anniversary Celebration

Save The Date February 7th, 8th and 9th 2020. We will be celebrating our Roadies Of Color United 10th Anniversary at the Marriott Evergreen Resort 4021 Lakeview Drive, Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083 USA. Special Group hotel room rates via the link below for a limited time to our members planning to attend from out of…
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Eye On Efficiency: What I Learned Running A PA Company An overview of management strategies leading to better events, inventory control, and bottom lines.

By Ike Zimbel • July 30, 2019 In October of 1991, I left my job as a maintenance technician in a large recording studio complex for a position as senior manager of a large sound, lighting and staging company. It wasn’t a total leap as I’d worked for the same company in the early 1980s both as a…
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The Impact That Acoustics Can Have On Sound In Any Room

By Pat Brown • July 22, 2019 For most humans, there is nothing easier than breathing, seeing, smelling and hearing. We do these things without thought, and even take them for granted. Our senses were given to us to help us exist in a physical universe. They are transducers that allow physical stimuli to be converted into a…
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Stagehand (Non-Union) – Jiffy Lube Live

at Live Nation Job Description Must be at least 18 years of ageHigh school diploma or equivalent required, college degree preferredPrevious concert venue experience is a plusAvailable to work irregular hours including nights, weekends, holidaysMust be able to stand/walk frequently during shiftGood communication and interpersonal skillsHonesty and high moral standardsCourteous, observant, professional, reliable, team playerNon-Union**Local 22:…
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Jimmy Thomas Daniels RIP

By Lance K.C. Jackson The Roadies Of Color United Family is sad to announce the passing of one of our Tenth Anniversary Committee members Jimmy Daniels last week. We all knew how much he wanted to see our Anniversary Celebration to be a success. Jimmy was such a fine example and mentor to both his…
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Freelancers Union promotes the interests of independent workers through advocacy, education, and services.

Benefits such as health, dental, term life, disability, and liability insurance Community, including SPARK, local freelance hubs in nearly 25 major cities Advocacy for policy change, such as the annual Freelancing in America survey and the Freelance Isn’t Free campaign Resources, including the #1 blog for freelancers Freelancers Union is the largest and fast-growing organization representing the 57 million independent workers across the country. We give our 375,000+…
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A short documentary about female stagehands

by Shena van Spronsen. A short documentary about female stagehands in the IATSE Local 16 Stagehands Union in San Francisco, CA.  Produced and directed by Shena van Spronsen.

Hyper Releases The Mother Of All USB-C Hubs

The HyperDrive Ultimate Ultimate Hub Why have one USB port when you can have fifteen (15) USB ports? Wait, actually there are 3 more USB ports on the other side…plus a 3.5″ floppy disk drive and even more I/O! Built-in 100Wh airline-safe battery with 2-in-1 speaker and space heater using the same air vent in front! FOR IMMEDIATE…
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Live Tech: Master Tour Adds Features, Overcomes The Recession

By: Ryan Borba Master Tour, a leading tour management and logistics software, has gone into private beta for version 3.0, with updated features including auto-sync, visibility options and printable reports. This should come as great news for MT’s reported 150,000 users varying from Metallica to Zac Brown Band, Stormy Daniels, The Harlem Globetrotters and everything…
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Reggie Rutherford, Former Stage Manager on ‘Extra,’ Dies at 66

by Mike Barnes  He also promoted concerts, managed tours and served as operations manager on ‘Soul Train.’ Reggie Rutherford, who served as an operations manager or stage manager on Soul Train, Extra and many other programs, died Sunday in Los Angeles, his family announced. He was 66. Rutherford had sleep apnea and battled various health issues for years. A…
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Coachella Radius Clause Lawsuit Tossed Out

By: Francisco Rendon L-AcousticsCoachella Main Stage in Indio, California, USAL-Acoustics provided the systemA federal judge has ruled against Soul’d Out Productions in its suit accusing Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and promoters Goldenvoice and AEG Presents of anticompetitive practices related to the festival’s radius clause. The crux of the suit, filed April 9, was that the Oregon-based…
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On Tour with A$AP Rocky: Injured Generation

FOH/Monitor Engineer Brandon Blackwell (Camila Cabello, Big Sean, PartyNextDoor) discusses his current live setup, keeping turnt-up sound under control and meeting the challenges of the road head-on for A$AP Rocky’s Injured Generation tour. Brandon, you’ve been out on the road with A$AP Rocky before. What’s new this time around for the Injured Generation tour?  The production has changed a…
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Pollstar Live!: A Conversation With George Clinton

10:42 AM, Wednesday, 2/13/2019 By: Deborah Speer When George Clinton takes the stage – any stage – his goal is to “blow them outta here.” And he did just that in his Pollstar Live! interview with Pollstar executive editor Andy Gensler in front of a jammed International Ballroom on Pollstar Live!’s opening day at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.…
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Job -Seasonal Company Manager Public Programming

Lincoln Center New York Compensation: $192,290.00 – $192,290.00 /year * Employment Type: Full-Time Industry: Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations OVERVIEW Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA), one of Lincoln Centers eleven resident organizations, serves a unique role on the Lincoln Center campus, serving as the landlord of the sprawling 16-acre complex, overseeing day-to-day operations, security, and maintenance.…
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Nominations Now Open For Pollstar’s ‘Women Of Live,” Celebrating Women Transforming Live Music Biz

By: Pollstar Staff Pollstar today announced its inaugural Women of Live franchise, honoring women who are transforming the concert business in meaningful ways. We will celebrate 25 honorees, with one executive named Woman Of The Year. While the music industry is still grappling with issues of equality and diversity, women are rising to positions of leadership and having…
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THE IMPORTANCE OF EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS

COMPLETE CREWING One of my favorite things to do in an interview is to ask candidates to describe a time that they exceeded the expectations of a client or co-worker.  No matter what role they play in the labor and production services, their answer always gives great insight into how they view their roles in…
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Ladysmith Black Mambazo Founder Joseph Shabalala Dies At 78

11:36 AM, Tuesday, 2/11/2020 By: Associated Press AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek, FileJoseph ShabalalaIn this Sunday Jan. 20, 2008 file photo, Ladysmith Black Mambazo founding member Joseph Shabalala gestures to the audience during the groupThe founder of the South African multi-Grammy-Award-winning music group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Joseph Shabalala, has died at age 78, the group and the…
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Lyle Mays, Evocative Pianist Who Helped Define The Pat Metheny Group, Is Dead at 66

By NATE CHINEN • 23 HOURS AGO Photo of Lyle Mays, center, with Steve Rodby and Pat Metheny, around 1981.RALPH QUINKE /  ECM RECORDS Lyle Mays, a keyboardist, composer and orchestrator who helped carve a new channel for contemporary jazz with The Pat Metheny Group, died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 66. He also performed…
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EV At 90: Powering The Passion Of Performance For Nine Decades (And Counting)

PSW Staff writer 2017 A look at the history of one of the most storied brands in professional audio, as well as where the company is going today and what’s planned for the future.  The year was 1927, and the global professional audio industry didn’t exist. But things were about to change. It was the…
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PSW Signal To Noise Podcast

Welcome to the Signal To Noise podcast series on ProSoundWeb, sponsored by Shure Signal To Noise Podcast For more Podcasts in this series use this link

All Wrapped Up: A Treasure Trove Of Advice About Cable & Interconnect

PSW Staff Veteran engineers and techs offer hard-earned tips, nuggets, and tidbits regarding cable care, use, storage, and more that they’ve cultivated over the years. Here’s a example of what can happen when best cabling practices aren’t followed. Thanks to Carl Stewart for the image! We’ve featured numerous articles over the years looking at both…
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David 5-1 Norman. Photo by Tyrone T-Money Holmes

David “5-1” Norman

Mike Wharton • January 2020 PLSN Interview • January 12, 2020 David Norman is a big fan of music, and has been since, as a small child, he would hear his mother playing the piano, his father spinning a vastly broad spectrum record collection, and a sister who also played piano and drums. Small wonder…
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Is Immersive Sound Tech The Biggest Thing In Sound In 2020?

1/22/2020 By: Gideon Gottfried The Polygon Live stage At Wonderfruit Festival in Thailand Polygon Live and L-Acoustics are promising a revolution in live sound, by taking the surround sound that people are used to experiencing in cinemas, adding a vertical dimension, and delivering it onto the dance floor. L-Acoustics founder and president Dr. Christian Heil…
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