We teamed up with Festevents, who have been organizing events for the city of Norfolk since 1982, to add an extra layer of excitement to their 37th Annual Norfolk Harborfest® presented by AT&T.
As with many summer outdoor festivals the weather can be a challenge. For Norfolk Harborfest 2013 Tropical Storm Andrea severely affected the Norfolk Harbor causing Thursday evening events to be canceled and many Friday events to be moved indoors at the last minute. Our team was on-site working closely with the Festevents staff to make sure all our operations during the storm were safe. See Article
On Norkfolk’s iconic Naval Museum Nauticus, we used three 20 watt Light Vector® Lasers to map two sides of the building with laser graphics that were themed around Harborfest and The City of Norfolk. This 15 minute laser graphics loop was shown Thursday evening through Saturday evening of the festival. The laser graphics show included cameos by the Norfolk Mermaid, the 3 masted Christian Rachdich, (ironically) a thunderstorm over the ocean, and a thank you to the men and women serving in the military. The purpose of laser mapping Nauticus was to add to the festive environment and give festival goers something to watch that was not a timed show.
During the indoor performance of O.A.R. at Scope Arena we used two 42 watt Light Vector® Lasers to accent the band’s existing lighting set up. O.A.R., the Maryland based 5 musician band known for their live performances, was scheduled to perform Friday, June 7th at Town Point Park along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront. Tropical Storm Andrea made it not possible for them to perform at this outdoor venue so they we moved indoors to Scope Arena. For our team this meant the two 460-lb 42-watt lasers that were supposed to be placed on Thursday night and used during the Friday and Saturday performances had to be setup on Friday at Scope Arena and then moved again to the outdoor Town Point Park Stage for the Saturday evening performance of Eddie Money. Despite this change in plans, the lasers for O.A.R. wowed the crowd as they extended far past O.A.R.’s traditional lighting rig.
For the Budweiser main stage we provided two large LED screens, 3 camera operators, and one camera switcher, as well as two 50-watt Light Vector® Lasers for the final act of the night Eddie Money. The main stage was operational during Saturday and Sunday of the 2013 Harborfest. Our team was responsible for camera work, feed switching, and running ads between performers. Tropical Storm Andrea made wind conditions such that the raising and lowering the LED screens was necessary for the safety of the performers and audience members.
The American rock guitarist, saxophonist, and singer–songwriter, Eddie Money was Harborfest’s headlining act. He performed many of his Top 40 hits of his platinum albums from the, ’70s and ’80s. During Eddie Money’s Encore Song “Shakin'” two 42-watt and one 20-watt Light Vectors were used and cascaded full color beams over the outdoor audience.
After a spectacular performance by Eddie Money and Harborfest’s traditional fireworks show, electronic dance music was played and live lasers were run to keep the atmosphere lively. After the dance party at 15 minute intervals two timed beams shows were coordinated with the Park PA system. The beam shows stopped departing festival goers in their tracks as they watched the colorful laser lights dance above their heads.