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When lighting designer Susan Rose was asked to add an extra level of visual excitement to country legend Dolly Parton’s My People show, she called on the Intimidator Beam LED 350 from CHAUVET DJ. Rose was not only drawn to the fast movements, output, and sharp 4° beam angle of the moving fixture, it also helped her meet the requirements of a tight budget and tighter stage space.

The newest Dolly Parton show took place at the theatre in the singer’s namesake Dolllywood Theme Park. Part of the charm of this venue is the down-home feeling engendered by its relatively small size. Although this intimacy is popular with fans, it creates special challenges for lighting designers. The high output and compact size of the Intimidator Beam LED 350 helped Rose meet this challenge by allowing her to create a big aerial beam look using only four of the fixtures.

Read more: CHAUVET DJ Intimidators Used In Dolly Parton Show

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Marshall USA currently has openings for four regional business managers throughout the U.S. Responsibilities will include driving growth in independent and key accounts, enhancing profitability and developing relationships with dealers in the assigned sales territory for the Marshall USA brands that include Marshall Amplification, Eden Amplification and Natal Drums. Additional tasks may include assisting with artist relations, market research, merchandising and special events. This position will report directly to both the MUSA general manager and the MUSA VP of Sales.

Read more: Marshall USA Seeks Regional Business Managers

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Fred and Dinah Gretsch were presented the General Henry H. (Hap) Arnold Award for helping sponsor the First Annual John Calabro Night of the Arts celebration and awards ceremony at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. The April 10 event, coordinated through the Department of English and Philosophy and the Cadet Fine Arts Forum, showcased cadet creativity and talent in music, photography, film, poetry, prose, and fine art.

Read more: Fred and Dinah Gretsch Presented With Henry H. Arnold Award

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DANSR, Inc announced that first quarter sales of the new V21 Bb clarinet reed have exceeded original projections. Feedback continues to be positive and interest remains strong.

 

“We are very pleased with the acceptance of the V21 reed,” says DANSR President Michael Skinner. “From the first day seeing the response from artists like Martin Frost and Anthony McGill, just to mention a couple, we knew it would be successful. We’re just a little surprised how quickly it happened.”

Read more: V21 Shows Record Growth in First Quarter of Release

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Journalists of more than 100 special interest magazines from all over the world were called upon to nominate and vote for the best musical instruments and audio equipment of 2014/2015 in the 37 categories of the mipa/pipa Musikmesse/Prolight + Sound International Press Award.

The winners received their awards at a mipa/pipa awards ceremony & party held during the Musikmesse/Prolight + Sound 2015 on Thursday, April 16th. More than 300 international representatives of musical instrument and audio equipment manufacturers and distributors got together for the mipa/pipa award show, including guests from the USA, Canada, Japan, Brazil, Russia, Poland, Great Britain, Italy, France, Greece, The Netherlands, Belgium, China, Indonesia, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, and Germany.

Read more: D'Addario Takes Home Best Innovative Product (Musical Instruments)

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For the second consecutive year, PRS Guitars is teaming up with the Vans Warped Tour presented by Journeys. As the exclusive acoustic guitar of the summer-long festival, PRS Guitars will be activating in Warped’s Acoustic Basement at 40+ concert events this summer, starting on June 17 in Anchorage, Alaska, traversing the USA, and culminating in a final concert on August 8 in Auburn, WA. PRS also has planned a special appearance at the July 18 Columbia, Maryland event where the Maryland guitar manufacturer plans to let concert goers see and play a variety of PRS Acoustic guitars including the newly introduced SE A10E and SE Alex Lifeson signature acoustics.

 “We are thankful for our partnership with PRS Guitars and recognize their involvement with, and encouragement of, young artists. Together, we are building a foundation for musicians of the future,” stated Kevin Lyman, founder and producer of the Vans Warped Tour.

Read more: PRS Named Official Acoustic Guitar of 2015 Vans Warped Tour

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Jack White’s Third Man Records has now launched their own Little Third Man Electric Guitar. These come in customer black and yellow matte finishes, have a vinyl pickguard made at Nashville's United Record Pressing, a Third Man Records logo steel plate, and special packaging that includes a printed playing-guide and tablatures for "Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy,” "Black Math,” and "We're Going to Be Friends."

Read more: Jack White’s Third Man Records Launches Electric Loog Guitar Model

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JBL Professional has become the Title Sponsor for Day One (Thursday, May 14) at the 18th Annual AudioMasters Benefit Golf Tournament. Known as the “Live Sound Day,” as it features professionals mostly in the live sound industry, the event’s hole sponsorships are completely sold out for both May 14 and May 15, however there is still room for a few golfing foursomes on Thursday, May 14, now officially known as the “JBL Professional AudioMasters Live.”

“I have played the AudioMasters several times over the years, and it was one of the most fun-filled events I can remember,” stated Bryan Bradley, general manager at JBL Professional. “The entire Nashville audio community comes together for the AudioMasters, and JBL Professional is glad that we can participate and support such a worthwhile fundraising cause.”

Read more: JBL Title Sponsor for AudioMasters Benefit Golf Tournament Day One

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Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer comes to a close this month after a year-long run at The History Center in Tompkins County in Ithaca, New York. The exhibit celebrates the seminal creation of Moog modular synthesizer over 50 years ago by electronic music pioneer Robert Moog. On Saturday, May 16, 2015, a week before what would be Moog's 81st birthday, The History Center and the Bob Moog Foundation will honor Moog's life and legacy through the Bob Moog Birthday Bash, which will include performances, discussions, and presentations by notable musicians and Moog experts.

The celebration begins with a special screening of the documentary Moog at Cinemapolis in downtown Ithaca at 5 P.M. on Friday, May 15th. Trevor Pinch, co-author of Analog Days: The Invention and Impact of the Moog Synthesizer, will introduce the film. Michelle Moog-Koussa, executive director of the Bob Moog Foundation, will lead a question-and-answer session afterward.

Read more: Moog Foundation Celebrates Closing of Switched-On Exhibit

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On April 25th at Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre, people came together to help raise awareness for autism at the third annual Light Up the Bluesconcert. The sold-out event was attended by celebrities including Brad Pitt, Jack Black, Christina Applegate, Gary Cole, and Amy Brenneman, and featured musical performances by Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Shawn Colvin, Steve Earle, The White Buffalo, Chris Stills, and others. The evening ended with all the performers taking the stage to sing Neil Young’s hit “Rockin’ in the Free World.”

As part of their ongoing initiative to help raise awareness of autism, Roland donated several musical instruments that were hand-signed by the performers and included in a silent auction to benefit Autism Speaks. Autism currently affects 1 in 68 children in the United States and millions more worldwide.

Read more: Roland Supports Light Up the Blues Concert

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