Canadian country music artist Terri Clark toured consistently since releasing her number one singles "I Just Wanna Be Mad", "I Wanna Do It All", and "Girls Lie Too", and for several years Blueshift Design had the priviledge to serve as the provider for all lighting and set design, as well as production management.
One of the most critical elements of this tour was the requirement that everything fit into a trailer pulled behind the bus, and therefore the tour did not carry any lighting package for the first few years. Our challenge was to create consistent looks from night to night while utilizing available fixtures and performance space to create a energetic space for the band and audience.
In 2011 for our Canadian tour, we carried a lighting package provided by Briere Production Group, consisting of MAC 700 spots, Martin MAC 301s, 120K of PAR64s, and a grandMA Lite for control. We utilized both types in fixtures in a variety of roles, switching back and forth between beam and wash looks to keep the show visually interesting.
In summer of 2014, Blueshift Design was tasked with providing a completely different one-off rig for MerleFest, an annual bluegrass festival that takes place in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. For this show - which featured a completely new band and set list - we came up with four vertical towers with Chauvet COLORado 72 battens in a diagonal pattern as pixel effect lights, and several Martin MAC 301 wash units supplementing the festival rig of Robe spots and washes. We also placed several Martin MAC 101s on the ground for band backlight effects. Controlling everything from our grandMA, we seamlessly integrated the bluegrass show into the MerleFest rig, pixel-mapping the entire lighting package to provide an subtle yet unique look for the night of traditional bluegrass music.
Point of Grace Church in Des Moines, Iowa utilized Blueshift Design for several years for all lighting and set designs for services. We created large format-displays that needed to be delivered on time and within budget, while still maintaining the visual impact that the church was looking for to draw congregants into the message.
Point of Grace's auditorium was built like a TV studio, with an overhead grid containing around eighty ETC Source4 PARs, Parnels, ellipsoidals, and zoom fixtures, which made lighting the sets remarkably easy. We placed 22 High End Systems Trackspots around the room for movement, color, and texture effects, all controlled from a Leviton theater desk.