When ACM Award-nominee Eric Paslay hits the stage, the Texas redhead is a charismatic performer and a potent vocalist. Recently setting out on his latest tour across the United States, the crew behind him is working night after night to bring the biggest show possible through a new design by lighting designer Mike Marcario and production manager Norwood Wood. To create the show needed, the production team called upon longtime tour provider Elite Multimedia who not only provided a gear list filled with the latest lighting technology, but also developed a custom set cart design to carry it all along the way.
Taking the time to fully understand the type of design Marcario and Wood envisioned for the tour, Elite Multimedia provided them with a lighting package that included Elation Platinum FLX, Ayrton MagicBlade, Philips Showline SL NITRO 510 LED strobe, and Elation Cuepix WW2 LED Blinder luminaires; with a grandMA onPC Command Wing for control.
“I wanted to give the Elation Platinum FLX hybrid fixture a look and it impressed me even more than I thought it would,” admitted Marcario. “They have so many design capabilities and a great beam mode for a bright, tight beam with the switch of a DMX channel. We also really enjoy the Ayrton MagicBlade fixtures, and all of it together has allowed me to sort of stretch myself into some fixtures I hadn’t used before.”
With the lighting instruments in place, Marcario and Wood now needed to plan the logistical aspects of the design in regards to how it would travel throughout the year. As it appeared that a custom set cart design might be the best option, Elite Multimedia stood ready once again with a large set cart inventory and custom design team if needed.
Already noted as one of the most talented singer-song writers in country music, Paslay is quickly demonstrating to audiences that he is ready for the spotlight as one of Nashville’s hottest touring artists as well. Keeping pace with the rise of artist is often a challenge felt by many production teams, but through their relationship with Elite Multimedia, Wood and Marcario are confident they are ready to rise as well.
“When thinking about tour lighting, it can’t just be about what is behind the band, it has to be about everything working together in perfect unison,” concluded Marcario. “As a tour provider, Elite Multimedia seems to share that vision which only makes the show better for everyone involved.”