Detroit review

Detroit review

DETROIT — It was an extravaganza that certainly wouldn’t be found during an everyday nature hike when Justin Timberlake brought his Man Of The Woods Tour to Little Caesars Arena on Monday night, March 25.

The former *NSYNC-er, in Detroit for the second time in less than a year, pulled out all the stops for the not-quite-capacity crowd. There were strobe lights and lasers galore for the all ages, mostly suburban crowd to ooh and ahh over. This wasn’t just a concert; It was a full-on visual and auditory spectacular.

Built to resemble a river near Timberlake’s childhood home in Tennessee, a ramp from the main stage snaked throughout the center of the arena to an auxiliary stage near the back of the floor. Fake trees were strategically placed along the way and a grassy “field” provided a nice setting for several songs. Thin fabric screens moved up and down to provide the backdrop for projected live footage and various bucolic scenes, ranging from mountains and roaming buffalo to an old-growth pine forest — really driving home the “Man Of The Woods” theme inspired by Timberlake’s most recent album.

Timberlake and his band of Tennessee Kids took full advantage of the space they had to work with. The 14-piece band, complete with a full horn section, two percussionists and several backing vocalists, hit with energy that rarely flagged during the nearly two-and-a-half-hour set, which pulled heavily from the album and had the crowd up for the majority of the show. Timberlake showed off impressive choreography throughout the night, as he and a troupe of six dancers mixed things up from basic boy band moves to a fun, full-stage shuffle with most of the band that had everyone going from side to side in unison prior to “LoveStoned.”

“Mirrors” was the cue to take a break when Timberlake really slowed things down and took time to chat with the crowd, even signing the cast of a young fan. He then proceeded to bring out shots for the band, proclaiming, “Let’s keep this party going!” before the crew launched into “Drink You Away.” Instead, however, the party mellowed out even more with a video montage and a campfire setting where Timberlake broke out his acoustic guitar and set up camp (literally) on the auxiliary stage with his band for a “Morning Light” sing-along around a faux campfire. The audience provided a twinkling, starry sky with their cell phone lights.

With five albums of material to draw from, there were enough old-school hits thrown in to keep the fans from the early days engaged. He brought “SexyBack” early in the night, while “Suit & Tie” was jazzed up with some Fred Astaire-style dance moves between Timberlake and his microphone stand. A one-two punch of “Summer Love” and “Rock Your Body” near the end of the show got things moving again, as Timberlake hopped into the VIP section of the crowd to dance on a lighted disco floor, ala “Saturday Night Fever.”

Detroit

Detroit

Omg so many pics!

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Justin Timberlake announces flood relief donation during Omaha concert

Justin Timberlake announces flood relief donation during Omaha concert

Singer Justin Timberlake had a double surprise for fans attending his concert Saturday night in Omaha, Nebraska.

The “Sexy Back” singer, who has had five No. 1 hits on Billboard’s Hot 100 during his career, told concert-goers that Saturday’s stop on his “Man of the Woods” tour at the CHI Health Center was the highest grossing concert at the Omaha venue, KETVreported.

Timberlake’s second surprise was even bigger — the Grammy Award-winning singer announced that a portion of all ticket sales from Saturday night’s show will be donated to assist flood relief in the metro Omaha area, the television station reported.

Live Nation said it would match the donation, KETV reported, and a sponsor will deliver water to affected areas.

Omaha

Omaha

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Kansas City

Kansas City

Here are some fan photos from his KC show.

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Oakland photos

Oakland photos

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Fresno

Fresno

Guys It’s starting to reach the end of the tour and I’m kind of getting depressed about this.

Here are some fan photos from last nights gig in Fresno California!

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LA coverage

LA coverage

The energy he had was just sensational!

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A little something about the tour’s production

Mid-way through the tour, Fireplay and Justin’s Production team realized that the chosen tracking-based follow-spot system was not up to the demands of the tour. The crew were facing challenges with long set up and calibration times of the system. With numerous successful tours on the road using the Follow-Me system Fireplay decided to bring that Technology to the tour. On their stop in Huston, Texas, they switched to Follow-Me’s Remote Follow-Spot System.

Montreal-based Solotech, who are the Lighting and Video vendor for the tour, provided the Follow-Me Remote Follow-Spot system for Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods tour. They have a Follow-Me Product Specialist who oversees all their tours that are using Follow-Me ensuring that everything is operating smoothly and efficiently.

“What we like about the Follow-Me Remote Follow-Spot System is its laser precision, and accurate position of the cameras and instruments in the air, that provide a quick calibration and system set up saving us 2-3 hours on each set up.” Commented Antoine Malette, Technical Advisor for Solotech’s Lighting Department.

Follow-Me’s Remote Follow-Spot System has provided a new freedom for Solotech and the follow-spot operators. Once they get to know the system, they find that it is really easy to use. All the operators have to do is keep Justin in the cross-hairs and follow him around the stage.

The system is software based using a camera and moving lights in the truss. The operator sits at a computer controlling the entire system via a mouse, monitoring the stage from the camera feed on their MAC computer. “We have the freedom to move the lights via the mouse to highlight any performer on the stage, using our choice of lights.” remarks Antoine Malette.

Solotech has duplicated the set up to create a 100% redundancy. “It’s a lot of gear, however, we also have a vast array of effects. We wanted to ensure we could create the effects desired by lighting designer Nick Whitehouse while tracking Justin at all times.” commented Antoine Malette.

Nick Whitehouse commented “The Follow-Me system is fantastic, and the support has been world class. It’s the best follow-spot tool I know of that’s fast, accurate and flexible. It’s easy to control any light in the rig at any time and makes lighting JT in this complicated show and large environment easy. I know its saved JT’s Lighting Director Brian Vaughn hours of time daily which is essential on a show of this size.”

About A.C. Lighting Inc.

A.C. Lighting, Inc. is a value-added distributor of world-class lighting, associated rigging and video technologies for the theater, film, television, worship, exhibition and commercial markets.  A.C. Lighting Inc. is the exclusive North American distributor for premiere brands including Chroma-Q®LED lighting, Visa by Chroma-Q lighting and media control surfaces, ProLights high value and high-performance range of lighting, video and effects products, Luminex Networking Intelligence manufacturer of data distribution equipment, Follow-Me Remote Follow Spot Control Systems, LumenRadio wireless lighting controls, Jands StageCL and Prolyte staging and trussing.

For more information visit www.aclighting.com  or call 416.255.9494

About Follow-Me Remote Follow Spot Control

Follow-Me is a cost-effective Art-Net based software package that allows you to utilize standard moving lights as follow-spots. Where traditional methods of using FOH or truss mounted follow spots impose cost and rigging implications, Follow-Me offers a cost saving, quick to implement alternative. The Follow-Me product line benefits lighting designers, technical producers and event planners where performers require illumination. Using moving head lights, Follow-Me can be used to follow one or more performers, while individual fixture selection offers additional functionality of pre-set positioning for solo’s and surprise performances. Follow-Me offers a range of advantages over traditional follow spot usage including, lower labor costs, freedom in lamp positioning, improved follow-spot angles, eliminating kill seats, accurate timing for color bump cues, and following performers with gobo effects or color chases, plus, the operator no longer has to climb truss to operate the light.

About Fireplay

Fireplay is collaborative design studio. Their integrated team creates innovative spaces for the music industry around the world. Starting from breakthrough concepts leading up to perfect technical and production delivery for tours, events and unique experiences. Working closer with the artist is the best thing we know how to do.

About Solotech

Solotech is a world leader in audiovisual and entertainment technology with 13 locations across Canada, the United States and Europe. Thanks to an inventory encompassing over 300 renowned manufacturers, and strategically located warehouses, Solotech is the one-stop shop for audio, video, lighting, rigging, soft goods, control and collaboration solutions & services.

With over 40 years of experience, Solotech is internationally recognized for its expertise in Live Productions and Systems Integration. Its Live Productions Division offers an inventory of cutting-edge rental equipment for tours as well as special and corporate events. Its Sales and Systems Integration Division designs, sources, delivers and installs AV systems and solutions, notably for cultural and sports venues, schools, businesses and retail.

Solotech employs 1,200 professionals in its offices located in Montreal, Quebec City, Saguenay, Ottawa, Toronto, Las Vegas, Nashville, DeKalb, Los Angeles, Heywood, London and Redditch.

Justin Timberlake, Missy Elliott, Alex Lacamoire to receive honorary degrees from Berklee

Justin Timberlake, Missy Elliott, Alex Lacamoire to receive honorary degrees from Berklee

Berklee College of Music will award degrees to some pretty big names in music this spring.

Grammy Award-winning artists Justin Timberlake and Missy Elliott will receive honorary degrees at the college’s commencement ceremony on May 11 at Agganis Arena, as will Grammy- and Tony Award-winning Berklee alum Alex Lacamoire. The orchestrator is known for his work on Broadway shows such as “Hamilton,” “In the Heights,” and “Dear Evan Hansen.”

“This year’s honorary doctorate recipients are being recognized for their achievements and influences in music, and for their enduring global impact,” the college wrote in a press release.

On May 10 students will pay tribute to the honorary degree recipients by performing music associated with their careers, also at Agganis Arena. Both the concert and commencement will be closed to the public.

Berklee awarded its first honorary degree in 1971 to jazz legend Duke Ellington. Other past recipients include Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, B.B. King, Smokey Robinson, Carole King, Willie Nelson, and former Berklee students Quincy Jones and Esperanza Spalding.