Year2018
Design StudioFirePlay
Production ManagerJonah Lawrence
Lighting DesignerTom Wagstaff

James Taylor

An Evening with James Taylor & His All-Star Band

Since the mid-60’s, the legendary singer-songwriter, James Taylor, has been the voice of reason when it comes to folk-rock classics singing right to your soul. His current tour, ‘An Evening with James Taylor & His All-Star Band,’ does just that while providing fans with a real musical treat.

Near completion of the first leg of ‘An Evening with James Taylor & His All-Star Band Tour’ in 2017, James Taylor’s production team was unhappy with their staging and automation provider and decided to look for a new partner to provide set and stage solutions for the second leg of the tour. James Taylor’s production team requested that TAIT conduct an onsite survey of the existing staging package to determine what remedies and solutions should be implemented. The onsite survey found that the current touring production was using a non-cohesive video tracking system which was making the load in/load out process inefficient and labor extensive.

As a result, Taylor’s production team terminated their relationship with the existing staging company and turned to TAIT to provide more efficient automated rigging and staging solutions for the remainder of the tour. TAIT supplied a custom video track truss system, six pantograph systems and a band riser package used for Taylor’s 10-piece band and backup singers.

To resolve the non-cohesive video tracking issues, TAIT installed five 60 ft. long video track trusses with each truss equipped with two Nav Hoists that attach to an LED video screen. This video tracking system proved to be a more cohesive solution because the LED video screens could now move both up/down and left/right using one consistent entertainment automation platform, TAIT Navigator.

Additionally, TAIT Navigator operated six pantograph systems that were installed into PRG’s lighting trusses. Each pantograph system includes a single Nav Hoist as well as a pantograph mechanism that lowers 32 ft. when fully extended. The pantograph systems were used throughout the show creating several different scenic looks.