How you got into doing Light Shows & when?
1966. Took a trip to visit my brother at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.
Where did/does your Light Show operate?
We operated all over the Midwest but were based at the Ludlow Garage in Cincinnati where we did most of our big shows.
Who was your main influence, if any?
Jerry Abrams San Francisco Headlights
What Bands have you worked with?
Allman Brothers, Santana, Mountain, Johnny Winter, the Dead, Vanilla Fudge, et al
What was your most memorable gig?
Allman Brothers right after first album release
What other Light Shows have you worked with and/or Cooperated with?
Where did the name(s) come from?
Chris Crawford, a graphic designer gave us the name
When was your Light Show formed?
How long did it run for? (is it still going or maybe back after an interval?)
Any personnel changes within the Light Show(s)
Added a few people as helpers, but the four founders remained in place
Can you share any amusing/interesting Light Show related stories that wont land you in Court?
Periodically people would come up to our platform and swear they were seeing things that weren’t being projected. Drank a lot of Mateuse red wine with the Allman Brothers and members of Santana!
What equipment you started out using, why you used it and what you changed to?
Kodak Carousels were a mainstay because Pradas were simply too expensive. Bessler Overheads were modified and various ways to adjust their throw and power.
What non standard objects/items were used in the quest for 'better effects'?
Paper doilies on the overheads with color wheels,, motorized lazy suzans, crystal effect slides.
How many projectors/slide machines you started out with?
4 slides and one overhead
How many projectors you finished up with?
8-10 slides, three overheads and two 16 mm film loop machines
What is your favourite aspect of doing Light Shows (maybe you prefer liquids, slides, movie clips for example)
For me, the color combinations of liquids and double-dish effects. Strobe discs and color wheels in front of the slides brought them to life.
Where has your career taken you if you are not still in the Lighting Industry?
25 years in the radio business and another 15 in advertising and digital marketing
Johnathan Crawford - January 26th 2022