FRONT of HOUSE — November 2012
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2012 Parnelli Awards Honor The Industry’s Best

LAS VEGAS — The 2012 Parnelli Awards, held at the Mirage Las Vegas Oct. 20, honored Lifetime Achievement award winner Charlie Hernandez, Audio Innovator Dave Shadoan, Visionary Award winner Joe Branam and two dozen others who have helped defne the world of live event production as we know it today.

Hosted by Cory Wells of Three Dog Night fame, surprise guests Billy Squier and Jake Berry also took the stage to honor Hernandez, who expressed his gratitude to a long roster of fellow roadies before making a stirring call to action to help the less fortunate. Fellow “Disney Rigger” Rocky Paulson welcomed Branam and his family to the stage, for whom the gala celebration served as the ultimate retirement party.

The evening oscillated between sincerity and hilarity, with Shadoan, for example, expressing heartfelt gratitude for his late partner, Ross Ritto, then taking some time to share with the audience some authentic roadie vernacular. Shadoan also received video tributes from Jason Mraz, Sting and Brad Paisley.

For more on the awards show and full list of winners, turn to the Parnelli Awards 2012 wrap-up feature starting on page 26.