FRONT of HOUSE September 2011 : Cover

Storms and Stage Collapses Kill Seven in Indiana; Four in Belgium INDIANAPOLIS — Strong winds pulled down the main stage at the Indiana State Fair shortly before Sugarland was sched-uled to perform Aug. 13. Four were killed on site. A fifth victim, spotlight operator Nathan Byrd, 51, fell with the truss struc-ture and died later that night. Two of the dozens hospitalized later succumbed, bringing the death toll to seven. In Belgium, another violent storm created havoc for the 60,000 arriving for the opening day of the Pukkelpop music festival on Aug. 18. That storm tore down trees, tents and truss and left four dead in its wake. Organizers canceled the entire three-day event, which had scheduled Foo Fighters, Eminem and the Offspring among many others. At the Indiana State Fair, Mid-America Sound, which uses products manufac-tured by James Thomas Engineering, sup-plied the temporary stage and roof struc-ture that fell. “This is a devastating tragedy and we want to express our sympathy to the fami-lies of those who were killed and injured last night at the State Fair,” Mid-America owner Kerry Darrenkamp said in a state-ment issued the day after the collapse. “We have already started an independent internal investigation to understand, to the best of our ability, what happened.” Indiana’s OSHA joined in that inves-tigation, as did state fire marshals and an engineer from James Thomas Engineer-ing’s U.S. office in Knoxville, TN. “Mid-America has been a vendor for at least 10, 15 years here,” noted Cindy Hoye, the fair’s executive director, who was backstage at the time of the collapse. “They have done an extraordinary job of providing help with production of our free stages and also our grandstand. I have great confidence in them.” Although fair officials had issued a warning of the severe weather expected to hit the area about 9:15, and had just giv-en details on where to evacuate in case the continued on page 6 show had to be post-PEOPLE. PRODUCTION. GEAR. GIGS. SEPTEMBER 2011 Vol. 9 No.12 A Smooth Operation Parnelli Innovator Kenton Forsythe Midas and Klark Teknik Sets Up In-House Distribution for North American Market WOOD -LAND HILLS, CA — Midas and Klark Teknik a nn ou nc ed changes to their North Ameri-can distribu-tion, with Midas Jay Easley Consoles North America now serving as a wholly-owned business unit of the Music Group, which owns the Midas and Klark Teknik brands. Midas Consoles North Americas’ Jay Easley, who has worked with the brands in the U.S. for 12 years, will continue to lead the customer support and service team for MKT products as associate VP customer support. “Midas and Klark Teknik customers will have the reassurance of continuing to deal with their existing MKT represen-tatives and dealers,” continued on page 6 The smooth operators upholding the aesthetics for Sade’s Soldier of Love tour include Chris Madden at FOH, monitor mixer Horst Hartmann and systems tech/crew chief Dave Dixon. They’ve provided the artist with Sennheiser’s SKM 5200 hand-held transmitter fitted with the same 904 capsule found in the snare and tom mics. “When she sings into it, it really works well,” Madden says. It also contributes to a clean stage, helping the shows look as good as they sound. For more, turn to Production Profile, page 28. If you’re an audio engineer, the odds are pretty good that your life has been made a little easier, and your system sounds a little better, thanks to an innovation (or two) from Kenton Forsythe, recipient of the 2011 Parnelli Audio Innovator Award. Forsythe, who will be honored at the annual Parnelli Awards gala set for Oct. 29 at the Pea-body Orlando, is profiled in this issue, starting on page 30. Tech Previews Hometown Finalists Named, Parnelli Voting Opens LAS VEGAS — The regional winners of the 2011 Hometown Hero Sound Company of the Year have just been announced: Canada: Rocky Mountain Productions (Vancouver BC); North-east: Asbury Audio (Ocean Grove, NJ); South-east: Production Support Group (Tallahassee FL); Midwest: Clearwing Productions (Milwau-kee, WI); Southwest: Precise Corporate Staging (Tempe AZ); Northwest: XXXX Audio (Sacra-mento, CA). Each of the regional winners (profiled on pages 37-39) automatically becomes a finalist for the 2011 Parnelli Hometown Hero Sound Company of the Year Award. The ballot listing other companies and individuals nominated for a 2010 Parnelli Award is on 34. Voting for that honor and other Parnelli awards categories is now underway — to let your voice be heard, go to parnelliawards.com. 22 month, so instead of Road Tests we take a look ahead — on pages 22, 24 and 42. All eyes (and ears) are on PLASA this Buyers Guide 26 For system engineers, the latest sys-tems DSP options. www.ProAudioSpace.com/join

Storms and Stage Collapses Kill Seven in Indiana; Four in Belgium

INDIANAPOLIS — Strong winds pulled down the main stage at the Indiana State Fair shortly before Sugarland was scheduled to perform Aug. 13. Four were killed on site. A fifth victim, spotlight operator Nathan Byrd, 51, fell with the truss structure and died later that night. Two of the dozens hospitalized later succumbed, bringing the death toll to seven.

In Belgium, another violent storm created havoc for the 60,000 arriving for the opening day of the Pukkelpop music festival on Aug. 18. That storm tore down trees, tents and truss and left four dead in its wake. Organizers canceled the entire three-day event, which had scheduled Foo Fighters, Eminem and the Offspring among many others.

At the Indiana State Fair, Mid-America Sound, which uses products manufactured by James Thomas Engineering, supplied the temporary stage and roof structure that fell.

“This is a devastating tragedy and we want to express our sympathy to the families of those who were killed and injured last night at the State Fair,” Mid-America owner Kerry Darrenkamp said in a statement issued the day after the collapse. “We have already started an independent internal investigation to understand, to the best of our ability, what happened.”

Indiana’s OSHA joined in that investigation, as did state fire marshals and an engineer from James Thomas Engineering’s U.S. office in Knoxville, TN. “Mid- America has been a vendor for at least 10, 15 years here,” noted Cindy Hoye, the fair’s executive director, who was backstage at the time of the collapse. “They have done an extraordinary job of providing help with production of our free stages and also our grandstand. I have great confidence in them.”

Although fair officials had issued a warning of the severe weather expected to hit the area about 9:15, and had just given details on where to evacuate in case the SEPTEMBER 2011 Vol. 9 No.12 show had to be post- poned, no evacuation order had been issued before the structure fell at 8:49. Some of the 10,000 concert attendees had started to leave to seek shelter before the blast of wind that came in advance of a line of thunderstorms knocked down the gearladen structure, but others, including many of those in the VIP area dubbed the Sugar Pit, remained. Many of the casualties occurred near that area.

Indiana State Fair officials cancelled the fair’s events that had been scheduled for Aug. 14 and reopened with a memorial service for the victims Aug. 15. Along with Byrd, those killed included Alina Bigjohny, 23; Glenn Goodrich, 49; Jennifer Haskell, 23; Christina Santiago, 29; Meagan Toothman, 24; and Tammy Vandam, 42.

The Indiana stage collapse spurred numerous discussions on how similar tragedies could be prevented, with solutions ranging from structural and canopy design to debates over who has the authority to cancel events and whether storm evacuation procedures should be reviewed and changed.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Storms+and+Stage+Collapses+Kill+Seven+in+Indiana%3B+Four+in+Belgium/834170/81580/article.html.

Hometown Finalists Named, Parnelli Voting Opens

LAS VEGAS — The regional winners of the 2011 Hometown Hero Sound Company of the Year have just been announced: Canada: Rocky Mountain Productions (Vancouver BC); Northeast: Asbury Audio (Ocean Grove, NJ); Southeast: Production Support Group (Tallahassee FL); Midwest: Clearwing Productions (Milwaukee, WI); Southwest: Precise Corporate Staging (Tempe AZ); Northwest: XXXX Audio (Sacramento, CA).

Each of the regional winners (profiled on pages 37-39) automatically becomes a finalist for the 2011 Parnelli Hometown Hero Sound Company of the Year Award. The ballot listing other companies and individuals nominated for a 2010 Parnelli Award is on 34.

Voting for that honor and other Parnelli awards categories is now underway — to let your voice be heard, go to parnelliawards.com.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Hometown+Finalists+Named%2C+Parnelli+Voting+Opens/834172/81580/article.html.

Midas and Klark Teknik Sets Up In-House Distribution for North American Market

WOODLAND HILLS, CA — Midas and Klark Teknik announced changes to their North American distribution, with Midas Consoles North America now serving as a wholly-owned business unit of the Music Group, which owns the Midas and Klark Teknik brands.

Midas Consoles North Americas’ Jay Easley, who has worked with the brands in the U.S. for 12 years, will continue to lead the customer support and service team for MKT products as associate VP customer support.

“Midas and Klark Teknik customers will have the reassurance of continuing to deal with their existing MKT representatives and dealers,”

Easley said, adding, “They will doubtless be delighted that we are taking this opportunity to become more price competitive in certain product areas, by returning margin to the end user.”

Along with lower prices, the company’s goals for implementing the new distribution model include improved accessibility to service, more focused product and specialist technical support, and a closer relationship between end user and manufacturer.

“We are excited about our expansion in North America and believe this reorganization adds increased value for our customer base,” said VP, customer support for MKT, Jonathan Chitty. “We have been successfully running this model of MKT customer support in the U.K. for a number of years and it’s perfect timing to roll this out in North America.”

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Midas+and+Klark+Teknik+Sets+Up+In-House+Distribution+for+North+American+Market/834173/81580/article.html.

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