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Ideas and Innovations

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FRONT of HOUSE Editor George PetersenIt’s hard to believe, but the 2015 Parnelli Awards season is almost upon us. So far, FRONT of HOUSE readers have already stepped up to select the finalists vying for the top regional sound company honor — the Hometown Hero Award. These include DBS Audio (Coatesville, PA), Mid-Coast Sound (Nashville), Clearwing Productions (Milwaukee), Spider Ranch Productions (South San Francisco), Onstage Systems (Dallas) and Toronto’s Sound Art. Congratulations to all! Add a comment

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Editor's Note

The Secret of Live

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George Petersen, Editor, FOH MagazineI just flew in from the InfoComm 2015 — and boy, are my arms tired. You can read all the highlights and hot product picks starting on page 22. But I’m not much of a fan of the show. Actually, I really like InfoComm and I even like Orlando, but the combination of both in mid-June is a recipe for disaster. The weather is bad. Sure, Las Vegas (where the show alternates) is also hot, but at least it’s not humid, and when the humidity rises, it rains.

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Editor's Note

It's (Trade) Showtime!

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George Petersen, editor, FRONT of HOUSE MagazineLast month, I made the statement that money makes the world go round. Maybe I was being hasty in that, but with our staff having endured two not-too-coincident overlapping tradeshows this month (NAB and Musikmesse/Prolight + Sound) on two very separate locations — Frankfurt and Las Vegas — I think that the phrase should be “tradeshows make the world go round.” And maybe there’s a lot — or at least a bit — of truth in that.

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Editor's Note

Heavenly Sounds

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George Petersen, editor, FOH magazineAbout a month ago, I was researching the article for the January issue of FRONT of HOUSE on Shure products that had made their mark on the sound reinforcement industry during the company’s 90-year history. While doing that, I pulled some files from of my archives on the 1967 debut of the Shure Vocal Master, which was described at the time as the first “portable total sound system.” In truth, it actually was pretty cool for its time, and was quite successful, but what struck a chord in me was the absolute proliferation these had in the house of worship market. And it always amazes me how many times — even in recent years — I could walk into a church somewhere (or a lodge hall or city council chamber, for that matter) and still see those 63-inch silver gray columns in use. The “transistorized” Vocal Master mixer/amps may have long since faded into the sunset, but the transducers live on.

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Publishers Note

Are You Looking For a Miracle In Your Life?

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There are a lot of great things about running a magazine publishing company. For one thing, it gives you a medium to engage in discussions with others when you have an important topic on your mind that you feel is beneficial to share with others. Through the years, when I have penned a publisher’s note, it has always been about something in our industry. However, this time I am going off-script. I want to chat with you about an organization I have become aware of that is doing very good work for sick children around the country that you might want to know about.

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Production Profile

Heart and Soul: Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire

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Chicago and Earth, Wind and Fire 2015 tour photo by Steve JenningsAlthough they’ve toured together in 2004, 2005 and 2009, Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire are raising the art and technology of co-headlining to new heights on their 2015 “Heart and Soul” Tour currently motoring across the country.

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Production Profile

Morrissey: Peace By Piece

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The L-Acoustics K2 rig proved just right at Red Rocks. Photo by Jon WinklerMoz Sweeps the States on His 'World Peace is None of Your Business' Tour with Thunder Audio

Stephen Patrick Morrissey, best known simply as Morrissey or “Moz,” has never been one to shy away from controversy. Whether publicly voicing his disgust for England’s monarchy system or lambasting the global meat production industry for “murder,” the former Smiths’ frontman always has plenty to say — both in speech and song.

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Production Profile

Kenny Chesney's "The Big Revival Tour"

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Wide shot during show (c) Brian PetersenThere aren’t more than a handful or so of bands that can pull off a stadium tour, and when you take 1960’s supergroups such as The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and The Grateful Dead from the roster, the list gets even smaller. Yet with his current tour, The Big Revival, Kenny Chesney takes on a grueling 57-stop outing with 18 of those being stadium dates, including such vaulted venues as Soldier Field, the Rose Bowl, Lambeau Field and the San Francisco Bay Area’s new Levi’s Stadium (among others). The tour kicked off March 25 and 26 with two sold-out nights at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and concludes on August 28 and 29 with two shows at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA.

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Production Profile

Mixing the Kids: EchoSmith World Tour

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(c) Steve Jennings

It’s sounds like another teen novelty act — and in time it may turn out that way — but the American rock/indie band Echosmith is doing the work, writing great songs and putting on engaging live performances that seems to point that they are more than that. But they are young. The quartet is made of four L.A.-based Sierota siblings: Graham (drums/16), sister Sydney (singer/18), Noah (bass/19), and Jamie (guitar/22).

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Production Profile

Ultra Music Festival

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Krewella performed on Ultra Music Festival's Live Stage, which featured an L-Acoustics K2 rig (c) Drew Ressler/Rukes.comHeld in Bayfront Park in downtown Miami from March 27 to 29 — and not-too-coincidentally taking place during spring break and the 2015 Winter Music Conference (the leading industry gathering of EDM and dance music artists and producers) — this year’s Ultra Music Festival continued its 17-year history of success.

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