FRONT of HOUSE — 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. (For full details, see story, page 5.)

The six regional winners/ North American finalists for the 2012 Hometown Hero Award contest have also been chosen by FRONT of HOUSE readers (profiles begin on page 40). And the names of all the other individuals and companies on the official 2012 Parnelli Awards Ballot (page 39) are based on nominations made by FOH readers last month. The Parnelli ballot is also online at www., and voting has begun!

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.

Honorees for this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award (to Charlie Hernandez, profiled in this issue, page 36) and Audio Innovator (Sound Image’s Dave Shadoan, profiled next month) have already been announced, along with Parnelli Visionary award winner Joe Branam of rigging company Branam Enterprises.

Every other Parnelli Awards category is up for grabs at the moment — and ultimately dependent on YOU, the FRONT of HOUSE 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 spotlight new gear (launched between June 2011 and June 2012) in four categories: Audio, Lighting, Staging and Projection.

All winners will be announced during the annual Parnelli Awards ceremony and gala dinner, held the evening of October 20, 2012, at the Mirage Resort in Las Vegas. Last year’s event was a sellout; so get your tickets in advance at