NASHVILLE – When lighting designer Trevor Ahlstrand was in search of a powerful yet compact lighting fixture to form the bulk of the floor package on Kane Brown’s current “Live Forever” tour, Elation Smarty Hybrid™ effects grabbed his attention before he ever laid eyes on the light itself. “I was at a demo and it… Read More
Founded in 2004, Digital Console Rental Inc. was rebranded in 2017 as DCR Nashville to reflect the company’s evolution from a source for high-end digital audio consoles to the AVL solutions provider it is today. DCR Nashville now supports more than two-dozen touring artists and continues to grow its inventory with the industry’s most rider-friendly… Read More
DCR Nashville Deploys Claypaky Fixtures, grandMA2 Consoles and MDG Haze Generators for Halsey’s 2018 Touring Schedule
DCR Nashville is providing an array of equipment for American singer-songwriter Halsey’s 2018 touring schedule, including festivals and her continuing “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom World Tour.” Gear includes Claypaky Mythos 2 and Scenius spots, grandMA2 consoles and MDG ATMe haze generators. All of the brands are exclusively distributed in North America by ACT Lighting, Inc. Halsey’s… Read More
NASHVILLE, Tennessee – July 2018 – Celebrating its 47th year, the Country Music Association’s latest CMA Fest drew more than 50,000 country music fans to downtown Nashville this June to experience more than 350 artists performing over four days and nights at Nissan Stadium, Riverfront Stage, Ascend Amphitheater and seven other concert sites. Although the… Read More
My first CMA Fest experience was so unbelievably awesome it is hard to put it all into words. Getting to watch and meet some the amazing artists that I’ve loved since I was young, discover new talent and see everything that goes on behind the scenes was super interesting and fun. The four-day festival was… Read More
If you’re going to ask anyone for advice on how to get a foot in the entertainment industry, ask DCR Nashville’s General Manager John Schirmer. After more than 20 years on tour with artists like the Black Eyed Peas, Bonnie Raitt and Keb’ Mo’, John’s experience is a true testimony of life on the road. While… Read More
Highlights from a busy summer at DCR Nashville
An empty warehouse is a successful warehouse — at least, that’s what we like to say at DCR Nashville. Summer is one of the busiest seasons of the year for us. Stop by today, and you’ll find a mostly open space with gear peppered here and there. Come back during the winter months and you can’t hardly… Read More
An empty warehouse is a successful warehouse — at least, that’s what we like to say at DCR Nashville. Summer is one of the busiest seasons of the year for us. Stop by today, and you’ll find a mostly open space with gear peppered here and there. Come back during the winter months and you can’t hardly move because everything is back from tour and the walls and floor are lined with gear.
“You go to anyone else’s warehouse and it might be 10 times the size of this, but for us, this works,” says DCR Nashville General Manager John Schirmer as he walks around the mostly empty warehouse in the middle of August. “The theory is, if you’re doing what you’re supposed to, you don’t need a lot of space because none of your gear is here.”
Whether it’s on tour with Brantley Gilbert, providing production across the country for Dave Ramsey, supplying tours with consoles or even right here in Nashville, DCR Nashville has been doing exactly what it’s supposed to do by staying consistently busy. Here are just a couple highlights from some of our biggest in-town productions of the season:
DCR Nashville takes on CMA Festival
Come June, people from all over the world flock to Tennessee for two of the state’s biggest music festivals: Bonnaroo and CMA Music Fest. This year, we were fortunate enough to stay local by partnering with the production manager for CMA Festival, Greg Pitman. A long-standing relationship with Pitman and the Country Music Association put DCR in the trusted position of providing audio and lighting services for the Gildan sponsored stage located in the parking lot of the Hard Rock café.
Providing production for CMA Fest is no small feat. This year the Gildan stage ran for four consecutive days from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. with 10 up and coming national acts performing 25 minutes each daily. When the CMA program material ended DCR Nashville would reset the stage and then Hard Rock Café would run the stage from 5:30 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. with six acts performing every night for 50 minutes each. When all was said and done DCR Nashville provided top of the line production services for close to 60 bands over a four-day, three-night period.
Production from DCR Nashville for this year’s event included: (2) Avid Profiles for FOH and Monitors, (16) Meyer Mina self-powered speaker cabinets, (1) Meyer Calisto System processor, (8) mixes of Shure PSM 900’s, and (8) Meyer MJF212’s. Lighting included: (1) GrandMA on PC for FOH, (8) Mac Quantum Profiles, (12) Mac Auras and (8) Mac 301’s. The design incentive for DCR was to create a compact and memorable concert experience that fit the budget of our client.
DCR Nashville Supports Nashville Symphony in Breaking July 4th Records
By the time July rolled around, we were already gearing up for more fun — this time for Nashville’s Fourth of July celebration at the Ascend Amphitheater. DCR Nashville was the preferred audio provider for the Nashville Symphony Orchestra during the breathtaking firework performance, which can be seen and heard from all over town.
Teaming up with Chris Lisle (Chris Lisle Designs) David Spencer and the CVC, DCR Nashville set forth to provide a once in a lifetime experience for the members of the Nashville community and for tourists to our great city.
DCR Nashville’s involvement in this year’s festivities was to provide direct audio support for the Nashville Symphony Orchestra as they performed during the fireworks spectacular. Supporting the Symphony we deployed (32) Meyer Lyon Self-powered Speaker Cabinets with (6) Meyer 1100 LFC’s. (2) Avid Profiles, and (14) Hot Spots.