Chauvet Professional LED wash light delivers cool performance for R&B musician Anthony Hamilton

ALBANY, GA -- Grammy winner Anthony Hamilton is thought by many to be the coolest man in R&B thanks to his natty attire, deft moves on stage and seemingly effortless way he can breeze through long winding vocal runs that go from vulnerable highs to gritty lows and everything in between. The multi-platinum artist, whose song "Freedom" was featured in the soundtrack from Django Unchained, found it easier to keep his trademark cool recently at the Savannah Civic Center in Georgia and Florence Civic Center in South Carolina, thanks to a new lighting rig set up by Audio Visual Services of Macon, GA.

Brandon Thomas, lighting designer for Audio Visual Services, replaced the 60 1000-watt pars that the company had been using in its touring rig with 12 Q-Wash 560Z-LED moving yoke washes from CHAUVET Professional. Featuring 91 high intensity calibrated LEDs (22 red, 23 green, 22 blue, 12 white, 12 amber), the Q-Wash 560Z puts out an impressive 13,100 lux at 5 meters. This output allowed Thomas to achieve the brightness he had been getting with his par setup while generating far less heat and consuming far less electricity.

"I fell in love with the Q-Wash 560Z as soon as I saw it because of its brightness, which is greater than anything I've encountered at this level of the market," said Thomas. "We can use it for something like the Anthony Hamilton concert and draw much less power and generate much less heat on stage, which is something the performers really like."

Another thing performers tend to appreciate about the Q-Wash 560Z is its amber output. "Most of them want amber, because it makes them look better," said Thomas. "The zoom angle and color blending are other features that we put to good use when designing this lightshow."

The Q-Wash 560Z also saved Thomas time creating colors for the Anthony Hamilton concert. "When we had the 1000-watt pars, we had to take the time to gel and focus six different colors," he said. "Now that the color rendering is done inside the fixture, we don't have to focus different gels; we just daisy chain the units and we're good to go. I should also tell you that the Q-Wash 560Z cut our set up time in half."

Thomas positioned the Q-Wash 560Z fixtures downstage to wash the performance area. He also used six CHAUVET Professional Batten Tour-72 LED fixtures to wash the stage with added colors, and eight Legend 230 SR Beam moving fixtures to provide intensely bright (96,000 lux at 15 meters) beams effects for the concert.

Hamilton, who won a 2009 Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance Grammy for his collaboration on "You've Got the Love I Need" with soul legend Al Green, has earned nine Grammy nominations, including ones for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Album, making him one of the hottest acts in this genre. However for two performances in Georgia and South Carolina the crooner remained incredibly cool despite being immersed in an intense lightshow thanks to Brandon Thomas' new rig.

Thomas credits Jamey Brock of Creative Stage Lighting, (North Creek, NY). for helping him discover the potential of the Q-Wash 560Z. "Everyone was very happy with the Q-Wash 560Z," said the LD. "The way it performed at this concert has made us rethink how we wash the stage."

For more information Brandon Thomas visit www.brandon-thomas.com
For Creative Stage Lighting visit www.creativestagelighting.com

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CHAUVET Professional offers innovative professional lighting fixtures for the production and touring market as well as permanent installation in theaters, hospitality venues, cruise ships, clubs, television and architainment applications. For more information, please visit www.chauvetprofessional.com

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Chauvet, headquartered in the USA, is a leading global manufacturer of professional luminaires, truss and related equipment, fulfilling the needs of various industry sectors. Chauvet has four main brands: CHAUVET® DJ, CHAUVET® Professional, ILUMINARC® and TRUSST®. They share Chauvet's unified strategy to pursue every market segment where it has a competitive advantage in terms of value, innovation and performance, with an emphasis on LED technology. For more information, please visit www.chauvetlighting.com

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