My band has a somewhat regular gig at a local dive bar. I'm looking for recommendations on how to liven up the stage lighting using our existing equipment. As much as I'd love to own an LED rig, it ain't gonna happen anytime soon. I'm stuck with traditional PARs.
There are 4 PAR cans front-lighting the stage (permanently installed, owned by the bar). I'm pretty sure all of them have red gels. As you can see, the front-lighting is really flat. The 8 PARs behind the stage belong to us -- I angle them down to backlight us and add some color to the dance floor, which is otherwise unlit). There is also a PAR can with a red gel above the center of the stage lighting the drum kit.
I want to purchase some new gels for the front lights. I've read that Bastard Amber is a good choice for natural skin tones. Is there a specific shade of amber that works best (most flexible). Also, what about augmenting the front light with lavender and/or pink gels -- as in, two lights with amber, and the other two with other colors?
Am I getting the most out of the 8 PARs in the back, or should I consider repositioning them? In the pic, they are flying about as high as they can go. There is room stage right, but not stage left. The front of the stage is framed by walls on both sides, so it won't work to fly anything from the mains. What about placing them on the floor and using them to uplight the backdrop (in this case, a painted black wall)?