Brown Note Productions wins HOMETOWN HERO LIGHTING COMPANY OF THE YEAR FOR 2013
LAS VEGAS — The 2013 Parnelli Awards had it all — humor (host Micky Dolenz busting on Toronto mayor Tom Ford), candor (Eric Pearce’s gratitude for his dad’s support), insight (Mark Engebretson on the fragility of new ideas) and poignancy (Mo Morrison’s “one-two punch” — noting how the news of his Parnelli Hall of Fame honor coincided with the obituary for his longtime friend Marshall Holmes).
There were astonishing moments —Rick “Parnelli” O’Brien’s daughters, Madeleine and Eve, reading the letters of remembrance that their mom, Kate, had saved and only just recently opened, and industry icon Patrick Stansfield, announcing plans for retirement. Together they beamed an aura of poise and competence, quelling any concerns about the fate of the industry as the torch gets passed up to those building ever higher on a secure foundation.
But the overriding theme for the 13th annual Parnelli Awards gala was exactly the same as for the previous 12 — to give the industry’s backstage heroes a moment in the spotlight. And the epitome of that came at the very end of the evening, as Jon Landau presented the 2013 Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award to ever-humble Bruce Springsteen tour manager George Travis. Travis, to no one’s surprise, spent most of the time onstage trying to deflect the glory, praising the legions of regular guys (and gals) who have helped him manage all the “goop.”
And the 2013 Parnelli Award Winners Are:
Hometown Hero Lighting Company of the Year
Brown Note Productions, INC
BNP, INC CONGRATULATES ALL OF THE WINNERS!!
Lighting Company of the Year- Bandit Lites
Lighting Designer of the Year- Jeff Ravitz
Set/Scenic Designer of the Year- Tom Marzullo
Sound Company of the Year- Solotech
Hometown Hero Sound Company of the Year- KiAN Concert Sound Services
FOH Mixer of the Year- Jim Yakabuski
Monitor Mixer of the Year-Ted Bible
Audio System Tech of the Year- Preston Soper
Video Rental Company of the Year- LMG
Video Director of the Year- Dave Davidian
Staging Company of the Year- Brown United
Rigging Company of the Year- Atlanta Rigging Systems
Set Construction Company of the Year- All Access Staging and Productions
Pyro Company of the Year- Pyrotek Special Effects
Production Manager of the Year- Dean Roney
Tour Manager of the Year- Marty Hom
Coach Company of the Year- Hemphill Brothers
Trucking Company of the Year- Upstaging Inc.
Freight Forwarding Company of the Year- Rock-It Cargo
Indispensable Technology – Lighting- Chauvet Professional – Nexus 4×4
Indispensable Technology – Audio- Meyer Sound – LEO Loudspeaker System
Indispensable Technology – Video- Oracle LED Systems – Black Widow HD9
Indispensable Technology – Staging- Gallagher Staging – Mini G Block