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Automatically Robe for Miranda Lambert

October 2015

Nashville based production and lighting designer Chris Lisle of Chris Lisle Lighting Design create an elegant stage look for country singer Miranda Lambert’s “Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars” tour.

The tour featured Robe moving lights supplied by Bandit Lites, also based in Nashville. The tour runs for five weekends in the US over October and is based on the concept of playing smaller and more intimate spaces on the touring circuit, allowing Lambert to be close to her  audience and reach out to potential new fans.

Lisle has worked with the  star since she opened on a section of Keith Urban’s 2005 world tour. At the start of this tour, they chatted about production and stage presentation, for which she wanted something straightforward and eye-catching that was lighting led, and without any major distracting video elements onstage. Something that allowed her music to speak for itself.

He decided to specify 20 Robe BMFLs Spots, 24 Pointes and 19 LEDWash 600s for his primary moving lights to give plenty of versatility and scope.The BMFLs and Pointes are spread out along the upstage trusses, with more on the floor for additional drama and different beam angles, while the LEDWash 600s are used to provide the general stage colour bases and front washes.

It was the first time that Chris had used Robe’s new signature BMFL fixture on a tour. He and lighting director Craig Richter both really enjoyed creating “Beautiful beam moments and sophisticated effects,” as well as other scenes combining BMFL Spots and Pointes for texturing and other treatments. Lisle likes the gobos and the range of effects in the BMFL Spots which are utilised heavily in the show, and, like many, he loves the brightness and quality of the lightsource.

Pointes he used for the first time on Chris Young’s latest tour so it was a ‘No brainer’ to have them again on this rig he explained, adding that Chris Young had also been his first experience using Robe in his work. The medium of lighting works hard in this show helping showcase Lambert’s powerful songs, lyrics and stage presence. Lisle likes to keep it stylish and well defined. His colour combinations normally include no more than two hues at a time adding a degree of rawness.

“Miranda’s music is fun to light and she gives me a lot of creative freedom,” he added. Lisle thinks Robe currently has a range of great products with “amazing optics that are ideal for touring.”


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