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Bandit Makes Christmas Magic with Dave Koz
By: 
Sharon Gross
Date: 
Monday, December 11, 2017
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE –  One of the most cherished aspects of the holiday
season is the music that connects precious memories with the present, and no
one knows that better than Dave Koz who has returned to the stage for the
Dave Koz 20th Anniversary Christmas Tour with Special Guests David Benoit,
Rick Braun, Peter White and introducing Selina Albright. Chris Lisle Lighting
Design relied on Bandit Lites once again for the lighting package to
illuminate the acclaimed saxophonist and nine-time Grammy nominee and his
friends who reunited as members of the original 1997 cast.
 
Erik Parker of Chris Lisle Lighting Design built upon Lisle’s concept of
curved truss around risers saying, “I knew that I wanted a fixture to line
the entirety of it and wanted it to look more like a functional scenic piece
then a standard truss with lights. I also worked closely with Production
Manager, Brian Foisy, to fine-tune everything and to make sure the lighting
and scenic pieces blended well and flowed with the anniversary theme of this
year’s tour.”
 
Bandit Lites supplied Martin MAC Vipers, Elation 360i, Elation 360 bar, GLP
X4s, Robe Patt 2017 and Philips Nitro 510c. Vipers act as the main component
of the flown rig for color and texture, while three pipes are on each side of
the stage with GLP X4s and Nitros for band wash and extra punch.
 
“The Elation 360i lines the truss structure to give us big looks following
the shape of the truss and 360 bars line the band risers for great effects
behind the artists,” Parker said. “We bring the Patt 2017s in for one
section of the show dedicated to their 20th anniversary Christmas album
released this year.”
 
And while the holidays can be a time of hustle and bustle, Bandit’s team
ensured that no holiday madness made its way into the lighting, with Vice
President Mike Golden keeping everything smooth and simple and Dizzy Gosnell
and Project Manager Gene Brian quickly sorting through rigging challenges.
 
 
“Bandit’s tech, Terese Fensler, rocks every load in and out and
everything has been straight forward enough to where even I can figure it out
and help out,” Parker said. “Terese is amazing and makes my life easy out
here, and I know the Bandit team has always been a phone call or email away
with anything we needed.”
 
“It was such a pleasure to be asked back for my second year with Dave Koz
and Erik Parker of Chris Lisle Lighting Design,” said Fensler. “If I
could be on any tour for the holidays, it would be this one with these
awesome people. Erik has such a solid show; the looks he creates with the rig
has fully encompassed the emotion of the songs and the feelings on stage. It
is truly a ‘feel good’ holiday show, and I’m really happy to be back
working with everyone!”
 
“Dave Koz has a wonderful production family and we are very honored to be a
part of it,” finished Golden. “As an added bonus, we are given the
opportunity to hear the Christmas tour rehearsals piped through our building
as they rehearse. It is a pleasure to work with Brian Foisy, Erik Parker,
Chris Lisle and this wonderful group of people each and every year. This year
marks their 20th Anniversary Christmas tour and I sincerely hope to be
hearing the sounds of Dave Koz Christmas for many many more years to come.”
 
The Dave Koz 20th Anniversary Christmas Tour continues through December. For
a complete list of tour dates and tickets, visit
 
About Bandit Lites, Inc.
Bandit Lites is a global leader in the entertainment lighting marketplace.
  From touring productions to fixed installations, Bandit Lites has a full
staff of highly trained professionals to deal with all types of lighting
needs. Bandit’s global presence will insure seamless transitions no matter
where your next show takes you.  More information available at

 

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