Greta Van Fleet Use CHAUVET Professional Fixtures on 2019 Tour

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• Created: January 8, 2019

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Eric Cathcart worked on the lighting design for Greta Van Fleet’s current tour, and traveling with him every step of the way was a power-packed lighting rig featuring 25 COLORado 2-Quad Zoom Tour fixtures from CHAUVET Professional. Cathcart selected the RGBW wash fixtures with an eye toward creating retro looks to match the band’s big 1970s classic rock-influenced sound.

“This music calls for big looks with a retro touch,” said Cathcart. “I give many of my designs a retro vibe in one form or another, so this was right up my alley. My design concept involves creating a lot of old school par can-style looks, and the COLORados are essential to making this happen. They are the main workhorse of the floor package that we are currently touring with.  We have five pipe and base towers, each with five COLORados on them. It’s very similar to having a par can six-bar hanging vertically back in the day.”

Although they evoke images of retro par designs, the COLORado 2-Quad Zoom Tour fixtures also include performance features that allow Cathcart to put contemporary flourishes on his classic design.

“The COLORados have a wide aperture similar to a conventional par can, but with the bonus of color mixing and a zoom,” he explained. “The decay of the dimmer curve is just fantastic and adds to the par can feel. The zoom allows me to have bright, colorful beam looks, as well as a solid wall of light without definition behind the band when the haze is going strong.”

New color combinations or other twizzles are added to just about every show. “Every day the guys are tweaking one song or another, or working on something completely new during sound check,” said Cathcart. “This pushes me to update and polish my programming for each song. It has been great working with these young musicians. Watching them grow and hone their craft has been outstanding.”

Cathcart’s design is undergoing even bigger changes as the band moves into the global arena phase of its tour. “For the first leg, the design was based around space,” said Cathcart. “Backline, audio consoles, and the lighting rig needed to be able to fit in a trailer behind the bus. Now that we’re doing more substantial venues, I have added video, but overall I am keeping the same design concept.  From the very beginning, this design was intended to expand to larger venues.”

Photo Credit: Eric Cathcart 

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