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Toby Keith Takes Bandit Lites on Interstates and Tailgates Tour
By: 
Sharon Gross
Date: 
Friday, September 22, 2017
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – County music superstar Toby Keith knows the power of
music, whether he is traveling across the United States, or bringing the
music of home to more than 250,000 troops in 17 countries. Bandit Lites
provided the lighting package for the CMA Award winner on his Interstates &
Tailgates Tour, as he made his way to the fair and festival circuit while
still providing the same level of energy that has had his audience raising
red solo cups for nearly two decades.
 
With a larger show heading into these customarily smaller venues, the
production team had to carefully consider weight loads.
 
“The big part of this story is the genius of Bandit’s Mike Golden and
Dizzy Gosnell,” said Lighting Designer Seth Jackson. “They gave me the
idea they had about putting lifts into set carts; the lights and everything
stayed in the cart. Roll the cart on and crank it up. This was the perfect
solution in that this year, Toby had decided to forego the traditional summer
amphitheater run and go to the places that never get shows of his size.”
 
While other artists may greatly pare down their rig for a festival tour,
Bandit supplied Toby Keith more than a hundred fixtures, including Martin MAC
Viper Profiles, GLP X4, Clay Paky Sharpys, Showline Nitro 510C and Ayrton
MagicDot-R fixtures.
 
“The more you can do from the ground up, the better,” said Jackson.
“The final look of the show is much larger than I expected when we got it
all together in rehearsals, and the MagicDot pods are magical.”
 
Previous tours featured Lighting Director Eddie ‘Bones’ Connell
programming the show and running the tour rig while the house technician
would busk the venue’s rig, but the fluctuating nature of this run required
each show to be original.
 
“We knew we would never use the same rig twice because we were cloning
whatever the festivals and fairs provided along with our gear,” said
Connell. “I needed someone very knowledgeable on the MA 2 to make each day
go smoothly.”
 
Bandit’s crew is comprised of Nikki Dotson, Cody Cheatham and Alex Gagnon,
all of whom Connell describes as “awesome.”
 
“This year, Alex programed our show and is extremely knowledgeable on the
MA 2,” he said. “She clones all of our shows as well as running some
lights with me when we have par cans, and extra 2, 4, 8 light moles at the
venues. She really has been awesome to work with and I hope to keep her as
long as I can.”
 
“This organization is like a second family to me,” said Bandit’s Vice
President Mike Golden. “We have had the honor of working with Bones, the
production team and of course Mr. Keith for many years and they never cease
to amaze me with their attitude and professionalism. I especially want to
thank Mark Sissel, Ashley Swann and David Milam for their continued faith in
Bandit Lites through all these years.”
 
Toby Keith’s tour continues through October. For more information including
dates and tickets, visit www.tobykeith.com/tour.
 
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 www.BanditLites.com.

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