Back

“It’s amazing”

grandMA2 tours with Zac Brown Band

Recently the Zac Brown Band launched their “Jekyll + Hide” North American Stadium Tour presented by BAI. Production designers Louis Oliver and James Scott from Okulus worked with Special Event Services (SES) that provided grandMA2 full-size and grandMA2 light consoles. With offices in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Nashville, Tennessee, SES is marking its 28th year offering full production services, audio, video and lighting equipment. It has been providing lighting for Zac Brown Band for more than five years.

James Scott and Louis Oliver are cofounders of London-based Okulus, a show, lighting and production design group for live music and broadcast. Okulus launched last summer, and its clients include You Me At Six, Chvrches, Passenger and Disclosure. Scott was production designer for the Zac Brown Band last year under the banner of Times Design Ltd.

The brief for Oliver and Scott for the tour was the band’s desire to use the vertical stage space. “It gets boring, static standing in front of a mic stand,” says Scott. “The band wanted to roam about the space, so we designed a multi-level set structure with stairs and ramps that enables them to vary the performance area.”

Two grandMA2 full-size consoles run the lighting for the tour; two grandMA2 lights, one active and one back-up, run the video system with a handful of MA NPU (Network Processing Unit) distributing.

“Okulus is 100 percent MA,” says Scott. “We stick with one brand so the console becomes an extension of our brain path. We don’t have to think about how to create effects; we look at the stage and don’t worry about the hardware.”

“Every day we unlock a new feature – it’s amazing,” he adds. “And the consoles are very robust, too.”

Oliver and Scott spent three weeks doing the initial programming for the tour; lighting operator Kevin Moore runs the grandMA2 on the road. Zac Brown Band has more than 60 original songs and dozens of potential covers rehearsed for the tour, and “they can pull out any songs for any show – they want to be amazing from start to finish,” says Scott.

“The programming Louis and James did for the tour has been masterfully done utilising the great power and features of the grandMA2 consoles. The show is a lot of songs and a lot of cues but grandMA2 is very fast and efficient,” says Jeff Cranfill, vice president of SES. SES began a big transition to grandMA2 in its inventory last year when more and more clients migrated to the console. “We have purchased quite a few grandMA2 and will probably purchase more any day now,” he reports.

Oliver and Scott say that most of the shows they do in the US are with SES. “It’s a refreshing experience working with a company so open to different ideas and how to better their systems,” says Scott. “Jeff is really on top of his game and very enjoyable to work with.”

A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of MA Lighting products in the USA and Canada.

Used Equipment:

2 x grandMA2 full-size
2 x grandMA2 light
MA NPU (Network Processing Unit)

Further news

Against the illegal use of grandMA2 onPC software

MA Lighting intensifies its fight

MA Lighting strongly discourages all users from using the grandMA2 onPC software to unlock parameters on counterfeit or non-MA approved hardware. Violation is illegal and punishable by law.

Every day...

Read more

MA celebrated Summer Nostos Festival

“No limitations”

The Summer Nostos Festival at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (SNFCC) in Athens, Greece, is an arts, sports and education festival that is open to the public free of charge. Music,...

Read more

MA Lighting and Avolites join forces again

Anti-counterfeiting campaign at GET Show 2018 launched

During the recent Guangzhou Entertainment Technology (GET) exhibition, MA Lighting and Avolites launched a series of anti-counterfeiting actions on the expo site with the help of the tradeshow...

Read more

grandMA2 performs at SAFTA Awards

Celebrating quality

Celebrating quality, excellence and talent, the 12th Annual South African Film & Television Awards was hosted at Sun City’s Superbowl on 24th March with a further 2.3 million viewers tuning in to...

Read more
Managing director of MA Lighting Technology Michael Adenau, Avolites sales director Koy Neminathan, managing director of MA Lighting Technology Gerhard Krude, Avolites sales manager Stephen Baird-Smith, chairman of MA Lighting International Ralph-Jörg Wezorke

Avolites and MA Lighting shut down counterfeit business

No tolerance

Avolites and MA Lighting recently joined forces with the organisers of entertainment technology trade event Prolight + Sound to shut down the booth of prolific counterfeit operation PPL (Popular...

Read more