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The Industry’s Highest Honor for Live Event Professionals

Since 2001, scores of our highest achievers and most admired innovators have been awarded the Parnelli. The award recognizes pioneering, influential professionals and their contributions, honoring both individuals and companies. It is truly the "Oscar®" of the Live Event Industry.


The Latest from the Parnelli Newsroom:
April 19, 2016

Tour Manager Richard Fernandez to Receive 2016 Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award

LAS VEGAS — The Parnelli Board of Advisors has announced that Richard Fernandez will be honored with the 2016 Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award. During an enviable 40-plus year career in the live entertainment business, Fernandez served as tour manager for the Faces, the Eagles, Bob Dylan, the New Barbarians, Frank Zappa, Crosby Stills & Nash and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers among others, traveling around the world and back scores of times.

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And the 2015 winners are:

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David Cunningham 
Parnelli Visionary
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Chris Lamb
Parnelli Lifetime
Achievement Award
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Pat Quilter
Parnelli Audio Innovator Award
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See all the winners here

July 13, 2015

Kevin Lyman, Founder of Vans Warped Tour, to Host 2015 Parnelli Awards

LAS VEGAS — The Parnelli Awards Board of Advisors announced that one of the visionaries of the modern music festival, Kevin Lyman, will serve as host/MC for the 2015 Parnelli Awards. The award show takes place at the Rio Resort and Casino on Saturday, Oct 24. Considered the “Grammys for Live Events,” it celebrates and honors those in lighting, audio, video, staging and all related professionals involved in putting on concert tours and live events.

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June 29, 2015

More than 30 Sponsors Step Up to Support 2015 Parnelli Awards

LAS VEGAS — By late June, more than 30 sponsoring companies announced their support for the 15th Annual Parnelli Awards, set for Oct. 24 at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.  The event will bestow Lifetime Achievement, Visionary and Audio Innovator honors to Chris Lamb, David Cunningham and Pat Quilter.

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June 1, 2015

In Memoriam: Dennis Sheehan, 68

LOS ANGELES — Dennis Sheehan, longtime tour manager for U2 and 2008 Parnelli Lifetime Achievement award winner, died May 27, reportedly of cardiac arrest. He was 68. Sheehan had been in Los Angeles with U2 for a series of shows kicking off their 2015 “Innocence + Experience” Tour. U2 had opened the first of five shows at the Forum the night before.

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May 28, 2015

Avolites/DiGiCo/Group One Named Parnelli Awards Platinum Sponsor

LAS VEGAS — Group One Ltd., the exclusive U.S. distributor of DiGiCo and Avolites, among other brands, has stepped up be the sole Platinum Sponsor of the 2015 Parnelli Awards, the live event industry’s most prestigious show that honors the very best of all those who work behind the scenes.

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May 26, 2015

Live Event Industry Leaders Line Up to Support 2015 Parnelli Awards

LAS VEGAS — Forward-thinking progressive live event companies are stepping up to sponsor and support the Parnelli Awards at a quick pace, says Greg Gallardo, group publisher of PLSN, FRONT of HOUSE andStage Directions magazines. “The response from previous and new sponsors is really encouraging, because the more support we get, the more we can do to honor the very best of our industry,” he says.

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May 3, 2015

Chris Lamb Named 2015 Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Honoree

LAS VEGAS — The governing body of the Parnelli Awards announced that production/tour manager Chris Lamb will be the 2015 recipient of the Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award. "I'm very honored by this award, and honored to join the list of previous winners, all of whom have in some way mentored my life," Lamb said, "especially my retired partner, Gerry Stickells."

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May 5, 2015

Pat Quilter to Receive Parnelli Audio Innovator Honor

LAS VEGAS — The governing body of the Parnelli Awards announced that QSC founder Pat Quilter will be the 2015 recipient of the Parnelli Audio Innovator Award. Sound Image's Dave Shadoan, a Parnelli board member, credited Quilter for building products renowned for their reliability, noting that Sound Image still has QSC's Series 3 amps from the early 1980s.

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April 13, 2015

David Cunningham to Receive Parnelli Visionary Honor

LAS VEGAS — The governing body of the Parnelli Awards announces that David Cunningham will be the 2015 recipient of the Parnelli Visionary Award for his outstanding career and scores of innovations in lighting. "David is a true innovator, and has continually generated important breakthroughs," says Parnelli Awards producer and PLSN publisher Terry Lowe. "In addition to being one of the most brilliant members of our community, he's also one of the most interesting, and we look forward to honoring him at the show."

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April 13, 2015

Marshall Bissett Named Chairman of Parnelli Awards Board of Advisors

LAS VEGAS — Marshall Bissett has been named chairman of the governing body of the Parnelli Awards. Bissett, a longtime supporter of the awards, was one of the first to join the board of advisors. He's played an increasingly active role behind the scenes in the last few years as a vital part of the production team and one of the show's writers.

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