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No Structural Defects Found in 2011 Ottawa Bluesfest Stage Collapse OTTAWA, Canada — Ontario Ministry of Labor authorities have concluded their investigation of the July 18, 2011 stage collapse of a Groupe Berger-made staging structure during a Cheap Trick performance that injured three people, and determined that there was no evidence of structural is-sues contributing to the collapse. Instead, the blame for the incident was put on freak-ish weather. Groupe Berger’s Stéphane Berger ex-pressed relief with the findings and reaf-firmed the company’s efforts to provide structures that will withstand stronger winds. “We will always remember this event and will use it to prevent other events” from happening.” Organizers for the 2012 Bluesfest re-inforced the main stage with 308,000 pounds of concrete ballast — more than 100,000 pounds more than what is normal-ly deemed sufficient. They also re-oriented the position of the stage in hopes of cutting potential wind resistance, and they hired engineers to inspect all six stages and me-teorologists to monitor the weather during events as an extra precaution. This year’s Bluesfest, now known as the RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest, ran from July 4-15, with headliners including Tiesto, LMFAO, City and Colour, Iron Maiden, Norah Jones, Nickelback, Snoop Dogg, Bad Religion, John Mellencamp, Blue Rodeo, Skrillex and Met-ric. PEOPLE. PRODUCTION. GEAR. GIGS. AUGUST 2012 Vol. 10 No.11 BamaJam 2012 Doubles Down Rack Mount Analog Mixers NSCA Board of Directors Elects President CEDAR RAPIDS, IA — The NSCA Board of Directors elected a new ex-ecutive committee in June, during its annual member meeting at the 2012 InfoComm show. Ingolf de Jong, presi-dent and principal partner of General Communications, Inc. has been elected the new President of the NSCA Board of Directors through June 2014. New officers of the NSCA Board of Directors include Kelly McCarthy, presi-dent of Genesis Integration, Inc. — Vice-President; Ray Bailey, president of Lone Star Communications, Inc. — Secretary; Michael Hester, founder and managing partner of Beacon Communications, LLC — Treasurer. The membership also elected board members, including Jim Huber, direc-tor of sales & marketing, NOR-COM Inc.; Josh Shanahan, president, Sport View Technologies (SVT); and Ron Prier, own-er and CEO, RPAV. Ingolf takes over for Ron Pusey, president and CEO of Communications Specialists, Inc., who will now be imme-diate past president of the Board. Long-time board member and past president Andy Musci was also recognized for his dedication and service on the NSCA board during the NSCA member meet-ing held during InfoComm 2012. The big dual stage at BamaJam 2012 went back-to-back June 14-16 with performances by Tim McGraw, Zac Brown Band, Kid Rock, Alan Jackson, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow and Jamey Johnson, among others — and with two additional stages, Allstar Audio Systems sent 14 trucks and a crew of 70 to the sprawling 1,600-acre site outside Enterprise, AL. The main stage setup was centered on D.A.S. Aero 50s and LX-218/LX-218As driven by Lab.gruppen PLM 10000Q amps, with dual Yamaha PM5Ds at both FOH and monitor positions to supplement the con-soles brought in by visiting engineers. For the full story, turn to page 24. Whether they’re used as a submixer as part of a larger rig, or simply used as is, rack mount analog mixers have evolved into fairly complex systems. Pictured here is the Yamaha MGP 16X, one of 16 mixers profiled in this month’s Buyers Guide, which starts on page 32. Tech Feature 28 groups. An art? A curse? Perhaps a little of both. The theory, and practice, of miking 2012 Parnelli Award Nominations Now Open! LAS VEGAS — If you ever wondered who picks out the names that appear on the Parnelli Awards ballot every year, just take a look in the mirror. Yes, you! All FRONT of HOUSE readers once again have the opportunity — but only through the end of August — to choose most of the individuals and companies to be hon-ored Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Mirage Resort in Las Vegas. Nominations are now being accept-ed for all 2012 Parnelli Awards categories at parnelliawards.com/nominate. This year’s Parnelli highlights will include the presentation of the Audio Innovator award to Dave Shadoan, the Lifetime Achievement Award to Charlie Hernandez and the Parnelli Visionary Award to Joe Branam. All of the other Parnelli Awards honoring excellence on the part of companies, individuals and products are up for grabs — and it all depends on you . continued on page 10 Speaking of Speakers 30 too interesting a topic to ignore. Here’s Part 1. Horns may be complicated, but they’re www.ProAudioSpace.com/join

No Structural Defects Found in 2011 Ottawa Bluesfest Stage Collapse

OTTAWA, Canada — Ontario Ministry of Labor authorities have concluded their investigation of the July 18, 2011 stage collapse of a Groupe Berger-made staging structure during a Cheap Trick performance that injured three people, and determined that there was no evidence of structural issues contributing to the collapse. Instead, the blame for the incident was put on freakish weather.

Groupe Berger’s Stéphane Berger expressed relief with the findings and reaffirmed the company’s efforts to provide structures that will withstand stronger winds. “We will always remember this event and will use it to prevent other events” from happening.”

Organizers for the 2012 Bluesfest reinforced the main stage with 308,000 pounds of concrete ballast — more than 100,000 pounds more than what is normally deemed sufficient. They also re-oriented the position of the stage in hopes of cutting potential wind resistance, and they hired engineers to inspect all six stages and meteorologists to monitor the weather during events as an extra precaution.

This year’s Bluesfest, now known as the RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest, ran from July 4-15, with headliners including Tiesto, LMFAO, City and Colour, Iron Maiden, Norah Jones, Nickelback, Snoop Dogg, Bad Religion, John Mellencamp, Blue Rodeo, Skrillex and Metric.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/No+Structural+Defects+Found+in+2011+Ottawa+Bluesfest+Stage+Collapse/1138659/121392/article.html.

NSCA Board of Directors Elects President

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA — The NSCA Board of Directors elected a new executive committee in June, during its annual member meeting at the 2012 InfoComm show. Ingolf de Jong, president and principal partner of General Communications, Inc. has been elected the new President of the NSCA Board of Directors through June 2014.

New officers of the NSCA Board of Directors include Kelly McCarthy, president of Genesis Integration, Inc. — Vice- President; Ray Bailey, president of Lone Star Communications, Inc. — Secretary; Michael Hester, founder and managing partner of Beacon Communications, LLC — Treasurer.

The membership also elected board members, including Jim Huber, director of sales & marketing, NOR-COM Inc.; Josh Shanahan, president, Sport View Technologies (SVT); and Ron Prier, owner and CEO, RPAV.

Ingolf takes over for Ron Pusey, president and CEO of Communications Specialists, Inc., who will now be immediate past president of the Board. Longtime board member and past president Andy Musci was also recognized for his dedication and service on the NSCA board during the NSCA member meeting held during InfoComm 2012.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/NSCA+Board+of+Directors+Elects+President/1138660/121392/article.html.

2012 Parnelli Award Nominations Now Open!

LAS VEGAS — If you ever wondered who picks out the names that appear on the Parnelli Awards ballot every year, just take a look in the mirror. Yes, you! All FRONT of HOUSE readers once again have the opportunity — but only through the end of August — to choose most of the individuals and companies to be honored Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Mirage Resort in Las Vegas. Nominations are now being accepted for all 2012 Parnelli Awards categories at parnelliawards.com/nominate.

This year’s Parnelli highlights will include the presentation of the Audio Innovator award to Dave Shadoan, the Lifetime Achievement Award to Charlie Hernandez and the Parnelli Visionary Award to Joe Branam. All of the other Parnelli Awards honoring excellence on the part of companies, individuals and products are up for grabs — and it all depends on you.

So be sure to go to parnelliawards.com/ nominate and make sure your voice is heard. There, you can nominate your choice for best FOH mixer, Monitor Mixer, Sound Company, System Tech and more. There are also awards honoring companies involved in Lighting, Staging, Set Construction, Video, Rigging, Pyro, Trucking and Freight Forwarding.

Separately, FRONT of HOUSE readers also have been voting for the finalists in the annual competition for Hometown Hero Sound Company of the Year. Those winners, in five U.S. regions and all of Canada, will also appear on the Parnelli awards ballot next month.

Finally the nominations process for 2012’s Indispensable Technology (“IT”) Awards is also coming to a close. To recognize products that have advanced the state-of-the-art in sound, go to www.plsn.com/it.

It all promises to add up to the biggest night of the year for the live entertainment profession — and none of it would be possible without the generous support of the 2012 Parnelli Awards sponsors.

By late July, Gold sponsors for the 2012 event included All Access Staging & Production, Branam Enterprises, Brown United, CT Touring, Gallagher Staging, Harman International (AKG, BSS, Crown, dbx, JBL, Soundcraft), JH Audio, Leprecon, Littlite, Martin Audio, Meyer Sound, Precise Corporate Staging/Dedicated Staging, Rock-it- Cargo, Screenworks NEP, Sennheiser/K-array/ Neumann, Solotech, Sound Image, Stagemaker, Strictly FX, Tannoy/Lab.gruppen, Tour Tech East, Ltd., Ultratec Special Effects Inc. and Upstaging Inc.

Silver sponsors included Chauvet, Elation, Hemphill Brothers, Pyrotek Special Effects, XL Video and Yamaha/NEXO. Production Partners included On Stage Audio (OSA), PRG, Stage Crew and Techni-Lux. Chaos Visual Productions also returns as a sponsor of the Cocktail Reception, which starts Oct. 20 at 7 p.m., followed by the Awards Gala and dinner at 8 p.m.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/2012+Parnelli+Award+Nominations+Now+Open%21/1138661/121392/article.html.

JH Audio

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