PLSN — September 2012
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Parnelli Host and Hometown Finalists Named, Voting Begins!

LAS VEGAS — Cory Wells of Three Dog Night will host the 12th annual Parnelli Awards gala, set for Oct. 20, 2012 at the Mirage Las Vegas hotel and casino. (For full details, see story, page 10)

The six regional winners/North American finalists for the 2012 Hometown Hero Award contest have also been chosen by PLSN readers (profiles begin on page 42). And the names of all the other individuals and companies on the official 2012 Parnelli Awards Ballot (page 41) are based on nominations made by PLSN readers last month. The Parnelli ballot is also online at, and voting will be open through Sept. 30!

Named for world-class production and tour manager, the late Rick “Parnelli” O’Brien, who worked with Queen among many other top acts, the Parnelli awards were founded 12 years ago to honor companies, individuals and products that have demonstrated excellence in the live production industry.

This year’s Parnelli Visionary (Joe Branam, profiled on page 38), Lifetime Achievement Award Winner (Charlie Hernandez, profiled next month) and Audio Innovators (Dave Shadoan and the late Ross Ritto, profiled in next month’s FOH magazine) have already been announced.

Every other Parnelli Awards category is up for grabs at the moment — and ultimately dependent on YOU, the PLSN reader. We won’t know the winners of the more than two dozen awards categories ourselves until YOUR votes are tallied after the voting closes Sept. 30, 2012.

Another much-anticipated part of the Parnelli Awards voting is the “IT” (Indispensible Technology) awards. These focus on new gear (launched between June 2011 and June 2012) in four categories: Lighting, Staging, Projection and Audio.

All winners will be announced during the annual Parnelli Awards ceremony and gala dinner, held Oct. 20, 2012, at the Mirage Resort in Las Vegas. Last year’s event was a sellout. Be sure you don’t miss out — get your tickets at reservations.