Friday Night Music Fest 09

Music Fest09: Friday Night’s show, unlike the previous evening’s heavy storms, enjoyed cool, dry breezes and provided a perfect LP Field “country concert” climate. Performers included Luke Bryan, Rodney Atkins, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, Little Big Town, Zac Brown Band and surprise guest Kid Rock who closed it down.

Your Humble Scribe was perched mid-field directly behind the lighting techs with a bird’s eye view. The photos below are iPhone snaps. It actually takes a minimum of six lighting technicians to run the Music Fest stage. One handles the “spectacular” light effects, another deals with the lights that shine on faces of the performers, a third controls the followspot operators perched high up behind the lighting tent shown in the first photo below. Others control the video shown on the screens and produce/direct the multi-camera shoot.

Less than an hour to go, the Friday night crowd arrives...

Less than an hour to go, the Friday night crowd arrives...

Lady Antebellum endured some rocky sound issues, but recovered strongly. Vocals and solid song material are their secret weapons.

Lady Antebellum endured some rocky sound issues, but recovered strongly. Vocals and solid song material are their secret weapons.

Jake Owen's songs and performance hit the crowd hard, sliding easily from ballad to uptempo.

Jake Owen's songs and performance hit the crowd hard, sliding easily from ballad to uptempo.

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