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Tornado-Force Winds Blamed for Main Stage Collapse at Ottawa Bluesfest OTTAWA — A squall packing wind speeds comparable to an F1 tornado knocked down the main stage overhead rig on the last day of the 12-day Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest on Sunday, July 17, about 20 min-utes after Cheap Trick started performing. Three people were hospitalized and re-leased, including Sandy Sanderson, a truck driver for Cheap Trick, who sustained the most serious injuries, but the band mem-bers and most of the crew were unharmed as overhead truss and gear fell backward, away from the crowd. The wind and driv-ing rain also drove thousands from the fes-tival grounds and forced the cancellation of performances by Galactic, Joe Satriani and Death Cab For Cutie. Mark Monahan, the executive director of the festival, said the rented stage had been inspected by structural engineers and had been used in prior years without incident. He added that the stage was inspected daily and that there was no reason to believe that anything would go wrong. Groupe Berger/Mega-Stage also re-leased details noting that the stage is de-signed to stand up to gusts of up to 120 km/ hr (75 mph), and meteorologists had pre-dicted gusts of no more than 90 km/hr (55 mph). A report by the Weather Network has since estimated the winds that hit the stage to have been as high as 140 km/hr (87 mph). Groupe Berger also noted that the gal-vanized steel structure, which weighs about 180,000 lbs., was moved about 5 feet by the force of the wind, as was the stage trailer that adds to the ballast on the ground. The com-pany said that the stage is a total loss and will be recycled and not reused. The damage to lighting and sound gear used for the main stage was also extensive. Wall Sound and Lighting, which has sup-ported the Ottawa Bluesfest with gear for more than 15 years, voiced gratitude that its crew members came through the inci-dent without serious harm and also credited event organizers for helping prevent “what could have been a much worse scenario.” PEOPLE. PRODUCTION. GEAR. GIGS. AUGUST 2011 Vol. 9 No.11 Going the Extra Mile, “Straight to You” The Game’s Afoot! EAW Names John Speck Marketing Director A Josh Groban tour is going to be a little easier on the ears than, say, an outing with Rammstein or Slipknot. But Will Miller stays pretty busy at Monitor Beach handling 140 inputs, recording every show, and making Maryland Sound International’s proprietary wedges “sound like the ears,” and FOH engineer Mickey Beck notes that “the show has always been pretty com-plicated” with the combination of all those inputs and wireless equipment. For the full story, turn to page 24. WHITINS -VILLE, MA — EAW named John Speck marketing di-rector. Speck has a long his-tory with the company, hav-John Speck ing served on the marketing team from 1995-2000 and as an outside consultant in the years since. Jeff Rocha, EAW President, announced his return. Speck left EAW in 2000 to serve as di-rector of marketing for Mediaspace Solu-tions, then founded Real Advertising, which counted both EAW and Mediaspace Solu-tions among its clients. Real Advertising merged with the Providence-based New Commons think tank in 2009, and there Speck worked with such organizations as Rhode Island Economic Development Cor-poration, OSHEAN and Providence College. And Dave Fletcher’s Superglue saga begins. Some may have heard of this tale from the road — with the may-hem escalating in a series of pranks and counter-pranks that resulted in insult, injury and major property damage, all from tiny tubes of a new adhesive. We couldn’t include all the havoc in a single “Welcome to My Nightmare” installment — this is the first of a four-part series. For more, turn to page 36. Buyers Guide Flo & Eddie to Host 2011 Parnelli Awards Dinner; Nominations and Hometown Hero Voting Continue LAS VEGAS — The Parnelli Board of Direc-tors has announced that Flo & Eddie (Mark Volman and Howard Kaylon) will be hosting the Parnelli Awards at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando, FL Oct. 29. Known for hits like “Happy Together” as founding members of The Turtles, Flo & Eddie also played and toured extensively with Frank Zappa and are currently touring with the Zappa Plays Zappa and the Happy To-gether Again tour. continued on page 5 29 the ticket. But digital consoles provide several advantages in workflow. Sometimes an analog console is just On the Digital Edge 39 pleasing results” of using Waves Aphex David Morgan relates the “extremely Vintage Aural Exciter with vocalists in James Taylor’s band. Flo and Eddie www.ProAudioSpace.com/join

Flo & Eddie to Host 2011 Parnelli Awards Dinner; Nominations and Hometown Hero Voting Continue


LAS VEGAS — The Parnelli Board of Directors has announced that Flo & Eddie (Mark Volman and Howard Kaylon) will be hosting the Parnelli Awards at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando, FL Oct. 29. Known for hits like “Happy Together” as founding members of The Turtles, Flo & Eddie also played and toured extensively with Frank Zappa and are currently touring with the Zappa Plays Zappa and the Happy Together Again tour.

“Flo & Eddie have certainly seen the world of production unfold before their eyes through their long historic career,” stated Parnelli Awards’ executive director, Terry Lowe. “I am sure this will be one of the funniest Parnelli Awards Shows ever with Flo & Eddie.”

Mark Volman went on to say, “We have been talking about being a part of this show for a couple of years now. We certainly have worked with so many great production people through the years, it is great to have the opportunity to play a role in honoring the people who have helped us perform throughout our careers.”

Along with Flo & Eddie, the 2011 Parnelli Awards highlights include the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Ed Wannebo, the Parnelli Visionary Award to Jim Fackert and the Audio Innovator award to Kenton Forsythe. Parnelli Award tickets are now available online at www.parnelliawards. com/reservations.

FRONT of HOUSE readers have been nominating their choice for FOH mixer, Monitor Mixer, Sound Company and System Tech of the Year. There are also awards honoring companies involved in Lighting, Staging, Set Construction, Video, Rigging, Pyro, Trucking and Freight Forwarding. If you haven’t yet taken the opportunity to join them, you can do so at parnelliawards.com.

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EAW Names John Speck Marketing Director

John Speck


WHITINS - VILLE, MA — EAW named John Speck marketing director. Speck has a long history with the company, having served on the marketing team from 1995-2000 and as an outside consultant in the years since. Jeff Rocha, EAW President, announced his return.

Speck left EAW in 2000 to serve as director of marketing for Mediaspace Solutions, then founded Real Advertising, which counted both EAW and Mediaspace Solutions among its clients. Real Advertising merged with the Providence-based New Commons think tank in 2009, and there Speck worked with such organizations as Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, OSHEAN and Providence College.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/EAW+Names+John+Speck+Marketing+Director/814367/79144/article.html.

Tornado-Force Winds Blamed for Main Stage Collapse at Ottawa Bluesfest


OTTAWA — A squall packing wind speeds comparable to an F1 tornado knocked down the main stage overhead rig on the last day of the 12-day Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest on Sunday, July 17, about 20 minutes after Cheap Trick started performing.

Three people were hospitalized and released, including Sandy Sanderson, a truck driver for Cheap Trick, who sustained the most serious injuries, but the band members and most of the crew were unharmed as overhead truss and gear fell backward, away from the crowd. The wind and driving rain also drove thousands from the festival grounds and forced the cancellation of performances by Galactic, Joe Satriani and Death Cab For Cutie.

Mark Monahan, the executive director of the festival, said the rented stage had been inspected by structural engineers and had been used in prior years without incident. He added that the stage was inspected daily and that there was no reason to believe that anything would go wrong.

Groupe Berger/Mega-Stage also released details noting that the stage is designed to stand up to gusts of up to 120 km/ hr (75 mph), and meteorologists had predicted gusts of no more than 90 km/hr (55 mph). A report by the Weather Network has since estimated the winds that hit the stage to have been as high as 140 km/hr (87 mph).

Groupe Berger also noted that the galvanized steel structure, which weighs about 180,000 lbs., was moved about 5 feet by the force of the wind, as was the stage trailer that adds to the ballast on the ground. The company said that the stage is a total loss and will be recycled and not reused.

The damage to lighting and sound gear used for the main stage was also extensive. Wall Sound and Lighting, which has supported the Ottawa Bluesfest with gear for more than 15 years, voiced gratitude that its crew members came through the incident without serious harm and also credited event organizers for helping prevent “what could have been a much worse scenario.”

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Tornado-Force+Winds+Blamed+for+Main+Stage+Collapse+at+Ottawa+Bluesfest/814369/79144/article.html.

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