Carson & Barnes Circus Tent Opening In Strong Winds

I've worked in show business for 30+ years and have "The show must go on" in my blood.  But there are times when the show at least should be delayed. Here's an example apparently from the 7:30 show in Angleton, TX at the Carson & Barnes Circus from "Laura Cucagirl Solis" on Facebook:

Well so much for having a good time at the circus ... the whole tent started collapsing here is a video of what I caught

Posted by Laura Cudagirl Solis on Friday, April 17, 2015

Thankfully, according to a local media report, no one was injured, but severe weather was predicted for the Angleton area yesterday, and in fact there's reports of pretty significant hail from the SPC, including this one that (if I'm doing the UTC time conversion right) was 10 minutes after the show start time:


Apparently the tent structure survived fine, but this was certainly a scary event for the audience, and it seems to me that the ringmaster should have held the show, addressed the issue, and initiated a pre-determined action plan.  I was nervous too with an acrobat in the air when the tent structure was most certainly moving a lot and rain was entering the tent.

I've written a so many blog posts about severe weather and show safety that I have a whole category on them (click here to see). Infocomm Orlando 2015 Geekout Call For Case Studies!

Photo from the 2014 geekout in Las Vegas

Photo from the 2014 geekout in Las Vegas

Infocomm is just two months away, and Jim Janninck and I are once again organizing the free and open-to-all Show Control Case Study geekout session at 6pm Thursday June 18th, 2015, followed afterwards at another location by drinking, food and/or miniature golf.   Here's a wrap up of last year's event in Las Vegas.

The presentation will be free and open to all at the Orlando Public Library Melrose Center

More details to come, but for now we need your case study submissions!

We are looking for maximum 20 minute presentations on a real show control project, meaning two or more entertainment disciplines connected together (lighting and sound, sound and video, pyro and a performer, etc).

Please email me one paragraph (there's a contact form above in the "About" menu) by 10am NYC Time Monday May 11 2015 containing the following:

  • The name of the project
  • Presenter(s) name
  • A brief description of the project.

Jim and I will evaluate the projects, and in the case that we have more good presentations than we can fit, the earliest valid submission will get priority, so get those proposals in soon!

Sound For Tribeca Film Festival "Drive In" 2015

For the 12th (!) year, I'm designing the sound system for the free and always fun Tribeca Film Festival "Drive In".

This year, the films are Clue on Thursday April 16th, Lady and the Tramp on Friday April 17th, and the premiere of a new documentary A Faster Horse on the Ford Mustang on April 18th.

Click on any of the links above for details including location. I'm usually by the mix console during the shows, if you come, stop by and say hello!

More on past years here.