- by FOH Staff
LAS VEGAS — FRONT of HOUSE readers have chosen the six regional winners of the 2016 Hometown Hero Award competition. These top vote getters from each of five U.S. regions plus all of Canada will be automatically entered on the Parnelli Awards ballot. FRONT of HOUSE readers will then get a chance to vote on which regional company will be awarded the coveted honor of Parnelli Hometown Hero Sound Company of the Year. The 2016 Parnelli Ballot will be posted on parnelliawards.com in early September. The nominations process for all remaining Parnelli Award categories is now underway. The nominations deadline this year is Aug. 24, 2016.
The Regional Winners/North American Finalists are:
- Canada: Pierce Sound (London, Ontario, Canada)
- Midwest: Intellasound Productions (Madison, WI)
- Northeast: Rainbow Productions (Atkinson, NH)
- Northwest: Spider Ranch Productions (South San Franciso, CA)
- Southeast: ESI Audio (Tampa, FL)
- Southwest: Nomad Sound (Austin, TX)
Congratulations to all!
Let Your Voice Be Heard
Polls show that a majority of both Democrats (57 percent) and Republicans (60 percent) are less-than-happy with their parties' respective nominees for the 2016 Presidential Election, a historic low.* But FOH and PLSN shouldn't feel completely disenfranchised this year. The Parnelli Awards nominations process has been underway since early August, and there's still time to let your preferences be known and for your voice to be heard. And if you haven’t done so, you can also nominate a product for an Indispensable Technologies “IT” Award this month as well. But time is running out - the Parnelli nominations deadline this year is Aug. 24, 2016.
This year’s Parnelli highlights will include the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Richard Fernandez, the Audio Innovator award to Greg Mackie and the Parnelli Visionary Award to Danny O’Bryen. All of the other Parnelli Awards are up for grabs — and it all depends on YOU. Your nomination is critical — it very well could make the difference between whether or not a deserving individual or company gets on the ballot or not. Visit www.parnelliawards.com/nominate and make sure YOUR voice is heard!
There, you can nominate your choice for Sound Company of the Year, FOH Mixer of the Year, Monitor Mixer of the Year and Audio System Tech of the Year. There are also awards honoring companies involved in Lighting, Staging, Set Construction, Video, Rigging, Pyro, Trucking and Freight Forwarding. (And, yes, you CAN nominate your own company!)
Separately, FOH readers have also been nominating top products in four categories — audio, lighting, video and staging — for this year’s Indispensable Technology (“IT”) Awards. To recognize products that have advanced the state-of-the-art in lighting, staging, projection and sound, go to http://parnelliawards.com/nominate_ITawards.php.
And be sure to visit www.parnelliawards.com for more information and to reserve your seat or table for the 2016 event — the biggest night of the year for the live entertainment profession. And none of it would be possible without the generous support of the 2016 Parnelli Awards Sponsors. Be sure to thank them for their generous support!
*Poll reference: Pew Research Center, July 2016