Parnelli Awards Nominees Named, Voting Now Underway

Parnelli Awards
Carlsbad, CA

The official 17th Annual Parnelli Awards ballot is now online and open to voting from subscribers of Projection, Lights and Staging News and Front of House magazines. The winners in each category will be announced at the Parnelli Awards on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.

The list of nominees on the Parnelli Awards ballot appears below. The Parnelli Awards gala will also present special honors for career achievement to lighting designer Jonathan Smeeton (Parnelli Visionary Award), DiGiCo’s John Stadius (Audio Innovator Award) and Billy Joel’s production manager of 40 years, Bobby “Boomer” Thrasher, who will receive the live event industry’s highest honor, the Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award. Tickets to the Parnelli Awards ceremony are still available and can be purchased at


Congratulations to the 2018 Parnelli Awards Nominees:




Lighting Company of the Year

Bandit Lites (Jason Aldean)

LMG Touring (Paramore)

Premier Global Production (Chris Stapleton)

PRG (Drake)

Solotech (Chance the Rapper)

Upstaging (Katy Perry)

VER (Tom Petty)


Hometown Hero Lighting Company of the Year

Orange Frog Productions (Canada)

Legacy Production Group (Midwest)

East Coast Lighting & Production Services /ECLPS (Northeast)

Impact Lighting (Northwest)

Music Matters Productions (Southeast)

Brown Note Productions (Southwest)


Lighting Designer of the Year

Butch Allen (Paramore)

Cory Fitzgerald (Bruno Mars)

Mark Butts (OneRepublic)

Scott Holthaus (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Sooner Routhier (Lumineers)

Steve Cohen (Billy Joel)


Lighting Director of the Year

Andy Knighton (Rascal Flatts)

Brian Jenkins (Maroon 5)

Brian Vaughan (Thomas Rhett)

Chris Cockrill (Zac Brown Band)

Keith Hoagland (Jason Aldean)

Tom Horton (Green Day)


Set/Scenic Designer of the Year

Es Devlin (The Weeknd)

Mark Cunniffe (Ed Sheeran)

Michael Apostolos (Chance The Rapper)

Robb Jibson (Train)

Roy Bennett (Lady Gaga)

Sean Evans (Roger Waters)


Indispensable Technology - Lighting

Chauvet Professional Maverick MK3 Wash

Elation Professional Proteus Beam

GLP JDC1 Strobe

High End Systems SolaFrame Theatre

Philips/Vari-Lite VL 6000 Beam

Robe MegaPointe




Sound Company of the Year

Clair Global (U2)

Clearwing Productions (Pretty Lights)

Eighth Day Sound (Kings of Leon)

Firehouse Productions (Radiohead)

Solotech (Celine Dion)

Sound Image (Tom Petty)

Spectrum Sound (Thomas Rhett)


Hometown Hero Sound Company of the Year

Kian Concert Sound Systems (Canada)

Logic Systems Sound & Lighting (Midwest)

Scorpio Sound Systems (Northeast)

Carlson Audio Systems (Northwest)

Special Event Services (SES) (Southeast)

Onstage Systems (Southwest)


FOH Mixer of the Year

Antony King (Depeche Mode)

Brad Divens (Enrique Iglesias)

Colin Pink (Hans Zimmer)

"Big Mick" Hughes (Metallica)

Michel Colin (Phil Collins)

Robert Scovill (Tom Petty)


Monitor Mixer of the Year

Alex MacLeod (Mary J. Blige)

Andy Ebert (The Weeknd)

Greg Looper (Tom Petty)

Mark Gould (Brad Paisley)

Michael Prowda (Nine Inch Nails)

Travis White (Aerosmith)


Audio System Tech of the Year

Ben Phillips (Phil Collins)

Bill Chase (Brad Paisley)

David Shatto (Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull)

Matt Moser (Chris Stapleton)

Rich Schoenadel (Billy Joel)

Vic Wagner (Tom Petty)


Indispensable Technology - Audio

Allen & Heath dLive C-Class

DiGiCo Stealth Core 2 Software

Lectrosonics M2 Duet Digital IEM System

Meyer Sound Lina Compact Line Array

Sennheiser Digital 6000 Wireless

Shure Axient Digital Wireless




Video Production Company of the Year

Delicate Productions, Inc. (Tool)

LMG Touring (Ariana Grande)

Moo TV (Jason Aldean)

PRG (U2)

Screenworks (Eric Church)

Solotech (Lady Gaga)

VER (Tim McGraw & Faith Hill)


Video Director of the Year

Bailey Pryor (Brad Paisley)

Breckinridge Haggerty (Tool)

George Elizondo (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Mike Tinsley (Tim McGraw & Faith Hill)

Phil Mead (Ed Sheeran)

Steve Fatone (Bruno Mars)


Indispensable Technology - Video

CreateLED 3 Dimensional LED Display

d3 Technologies gx Media Server Range

Oracle LED Systems Black Widow Touring System

ROE Visual Co., Ltd. ROE CB5 Video Tiles

Shenzhen Dicolor Optoelectronics Co., Ltd. LED Display(X-Plus)

Vanguard Titanium Series Tiles




Staging Company of the Year

Brown United (Desert Trip)

G2 Structures Classic (East and West with The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac)

Gallagher Staging (Kaaboo Festival)

Kleege Industries (Warped Tour)

Mountain Productions (Lost Lands Festivals)

Premier Global Production (Country Thunder)

StageCo (Justin Bieber)


Rigging Company of the Year

Atlanta Rigging Systems (Garth Brooks)

Five Points Rigging (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Mountain Productions, Inc. (Lost Lands)

Reed Rigging (Odesza)

SGPS/Showrig (Jason Aldean)

Show Distribution (Foreigner)

Stage Rigging (Neil Diamond)


Set Construction Company of the Year

Acass-Systems (Thomas Rhett)

Accurate Staging (Zac Brown Band)

All Access Staging & Productions (Super Bowl LI Half Time Show - Lady Gaga)

Atomic (WrestleMania)

Gallagher Staging (Green Day)

SGPS (Jason Aldean)

Tait Towers (Lady Gaga)


Indispensable Technology - Staging

Creative Connors Spotline Practical

ETC Prodigy Rigging Hoist

Litec MyT Folding Truss Roof Steroid System

PRG Space Frame LED Tile Windwall

Stageline Mobile Stage Inc SAM750 Screen Support Package

The Light Source Chain Pole Clamp


Pyro Company of the Year

Advanced Entertainment Services (Latin Grammys)

ffp Special Effects (Rammstein)

Pyro Engineering (Electric Daisy Carnival)

Pyrotecnico (The Chainsmokers)

Pyrotek Special Effects (Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull)

Strictly FX (Coldplay)




Patrick Stansfield Production Manager of the Year

Omar Abderrahman (Ariana Grande)

Chris Adamson (Tom Petty)

Jake Berry (U2)

Joel Forman (Bruno Mars)

Arthur Kemish (Tim McGraw & Faith Hill)

Narci Martinez (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Kevin Twist (Thomas Rhett)


Patrick Stansfield Tour Manager of the Year

Mike Amato (Green Day)

Bernie Boyle (Aerosmith)

Kevin Carter (Queens of the Stone Age)

Richard Fernandez (Tom Petty)

Shaun Hoffman (Bruno Mars)

Curt Jenkins (Miranda Lambert)

Max Loubiere (Billy Joel)

Marguerite Nguyen (Coldplay)




Coach Company of the Year

All Access Coach Leasing

Diamond Coach

Florida Coach

Four Seasons Coach Leasing

Hemphill Brothers

Senators Coaches

Trucking Company of the Year


Janco Ltd.

Ozark Mountain Leasing, Inc

Roadshow Services

Stage Call



Freight Forwarding Company of the Year

Acme Global Logistics

EFM Event Logistics

Forward Freight

Horizon Entertainment Cargo

On Tour Logistics

Rock-It Cargo

Sound Moves


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