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examples of good bar-band lighting?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by sleeplessknight, Dec 23, 2016.


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  1. sleeplessknight

    sleeplessknight Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2002
    Seattle
    Who brings a good light show to their bar or other 'small' (less than 1000 capacity room) gigs, and what goes into a lighting setup that makes it 'good'? I've been getting positive feedback from bands I run sound/lights for, just bringing a couple 24" multicolor strip/bar lights and having them wash the back wall behind the band. add some rope lighting up and down any mic stands and a par-cam underneath a Tom or two, and it looks pretty spiffy. What would it take to bring that to a tasteful next level? I'd like to be able to cover everything from folk/Americana, to rock, country, and large funk band, but I don't know what's considered good/tasteful for those. any ideas?
     
  2. nutdog

    nutdog when I'm a good dog they sometimes throw me a bone Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2009
    in the dog house
  3. sleeplessknight

    sleeplessknight Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2002
    Seattle
    This is perfect, thank you!
     
  4. Session1969

    Session1969

    Dec 2, 2010
    image.
    I delved into this area and after a lot of money and research, I concluded that something like above is the best because of convenience and the smaller footprint onstage. One in each corner , set to a slow fade from one color to the other works great. I went the other way by buying each fixture and the time it takes to set everything up sucks, especially if you're also performing. I bought the most heavy duty stands available to find out that the footprint was so wide that it really isn't doable for bar stages. The 4bar type I'm suggesting has a smaller footprint. Notice I posted a pic of the newer type of bulbs vs. the litebrite style of bulbs ? The new ones allow for better photos and video. The older litebright style does something weird when trying to take pics and video. Hope this helps.
     
  5. Never ever use green lighting. Ever.
    Don't get me started.
     
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  6. DirtDog

    DirtDog

    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    You want lots of light and a really small footprint for a very reasonable cost? Two of these mounted to the tops of your mains and DMX controller - and including your LED bars, you've got a pretty decent package. Check this link to see what it looks like for us...

    Weekend Warrior Stage Lighting Discussion

    Wash-FX-RIGHT.
     
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  7. sm49341

    sm49341

    May 12, 2013
    Michigan
    Ok I'll bite. There should be no green par cans at all? We have one green (led) can.
     
  8. Meghans Dad

    Meghans Dad Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2016
    California
    Nobody looks good under green light, much less the food at the establishment (except for goth punk rockers maybe?).
     
  9. drummer5359

    drummer5359 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 10, 2011
    Pittsburgh PA USA
    Faces should be lit in as natural light as is possible. Colors should be used from the back for effect.

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  10. JGbassman

    JGbassman Supporting Member

    May 31, 2011
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    I saw this lighting system watching a band and was impressed on how well those strips in front lit up the band. They were incredibly compact and bright.

    image.
     
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  11. nutdog

    nutdog when I'm a good dog they sometimes throw me a bone Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2009
    in the dog house
    Bastard Amber had a killer light show at bonaroo last summer.
     
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  12. 2 x ADJ Sweeper beam quads either side at the rear mounted on stands, an ADJ VBar Pak on the floor at stage front. Fronts linked and rears linked but thats it. Throw a hazer into the equation and you have a mini stadium gig going on!
    Tried a DMX controller but couldn't be bothered with the amount of time it took to set scenes up - the crowd usually can't tell the difference between programmed and autorun anyway.

    Dodgy video below but you'll get the idea when the band comes into shot....

     
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2016
  13. Space Pickle

    Space Pickle

    Apr 15, 2013
  14. I have two Chauvet Gigbars for the dance floor:

    Chauvet GigBAR 2.0 4-in-1 Lighting Effect

    I have up to eight American DJ LED par can color washes for the band similar to this:

    American DJ Hex Par Pak

    Mounted on two 9' light stands. And done. We're set.

    Not cheap, but I wanted good stuff, easy to set up and use, and quickly, so I splurged. Lots of Studio 54 style dancing lights on the dance floor, nice color washes for the band. It's often too much for typical small to medium sized clubs and we just scale it back a little, but my band often finds itself in larger spaces.
     
  15. DirtDog

    DirtDog

    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    We've used those in the past. Plenty bright but expensive and heavy...and you need the Yorkville specific controller if you want a light show. The Chauvet 4 bar does the job for a fraction of the price and weight. Both also take a lot of floor space - matters if you're in a small joint.
     
  16. We use these as well, one on each side of the stage. I can have the lights up and running in 15 minutes m/l, they look great, are easy to haul around, take up minimal space in the gear hauler and minimal stage footprint (basically two tripod light stands).
     
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