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The Latest from the Parnelli Newsroom:
 
July 20, 2015

2015 Parnelli Award Nominations Now Open

LAS VEGAS — If you ever wondered who picks out the names that appear on the Parnelli Awards ballot every year, just take a look in the mirror. Yes, YOU! All PLSN readers once again have the opportunity — through the end of August — to choose most of the individuals and companies to be honored Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Nominations are now being accepted for all  2015 Parnelli Awards categories at www.parnelliawards.com/nominate.

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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.

“When asked to 

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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.

[ read more on fohonline.com ]

 
 
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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November 24, 2014

2014 Parnelli Awards Gala Filled with Emotion, Surprises

LAS VEGAS – It was Vegas, after all, so the bet was on. "We were all voting when Benny [Collins] would start crying, and I said he wouldn't make it through the introduction, and I won," laughs production professional and friend Steve Thomas. Thomas, with Michael Ahern, presented the Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award to Collins, the live event industry's highest honor. Collins took the stage choked up and shed some tears in giving his appreciation to all he's worked with and made friends with over the years. It was a fitting end to an evening filled with emotions, laughs and tears.

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October 28, 2014

In Memoriam: Patrick Stansfield, 70

BURBANK, CA – Patrick Stansfield, 70, tour manager for Neil Diamond, the Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, the Grateful Dead, Santana, Tina Turner and scores of others, died in the early morning hours on Oct. 28, 2014 from kidney failure. Along with his prominence in concert touring, Stansfield was the production mastermind behind the transformation of Dodgers and Yankee Stadiums for papal visits in 1987 and 2008 and was co-founder of the Parnelli Awards, named in memory of his good friend Rick "Parnelli" O'Brien. He was surrounded by family and friends at the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center here in the days before his death.

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September 11, 2014

Registration is Now Open for the 2014 Parnelli Classic Golf Tournament!

LAS VEGAS — If building a stronger relationship with others in the industry is why you're planning to travel to Las Vegas this November, it might be a good idea to "think outside the box" of the hectic Las Vegas Convention Center and picture yourself on the beautiful green expanse of the Siena Golf Club. That's where the PLSN and FRONT of HOUSEParnelli Classic Golf Tournament will take place on Thursday, Nov. 20. Registration is now open and sponsorship opportunities are still available!

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September 11, 2014

2014 Hometown Hero Lighting Finalists Announced!

LAS VEGAS — PLSN readers have chosen the six regional winners of the 2014 Hometown Hero Award competition.  These top vote getters from each of five U.S. regions plus all of Canada will be automatically entered on the Parnelli Awards ballot. PLSNreaders will then get a chance to vote on which regional company will be awarded the coveted honor of Parnelli Hometown Hero Lighting Company of the Year.

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September 11, 2014

2014 Hometown Hero Sound Company Votes Are In!

LAS VEGAS — FRONT OF HOUSE readers have chosen the six regional winners of the 2014 Hometown Hero Award competition.  These top vote getters from each of five U.S. regions plus all of Canada will be automatically entered on the Parnelli Awards ballot. FOHreaders will then get a chance to vote on which regional company will be awarded the coveted honor of Parnelli Hometown Hero Sound Company of the Year.

[ read more on fohonline.com ]

 
August 26, 2014

2014 Parnelli Award Nominations Now Open!

LAS VEGAS — Nominations for the 2014 Parnelli Awards, to be presented at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Nov. 22, are now open. PLSN and FRONT of HOUSE subscribers once again have the chance — but only through the end of September — to determine who will be on the Parnelli Awards ballot this year. The 2014 Parnelli Awards Ballot will be open for voting during the month of October.

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June 30, 2014

Industry Embraces 14th Annual Parnelli Awards

LAS VEGAS — To date, more than 30 companies have stepped up to support and sponsor the 14th Annual Parnelli Awards, set for Nov. 22 at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas. In addition to presenting awards to our industry's finest professionals and some trail-blazing new products, the event will honor Journey/Michael Jackson tour manager Benny Collins (Lifetime Achievement), Rush's LD Howard Ungerleider (Visionary Award) and Maryland Sound International founder Bob Goldstein (Audio Innovator).

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June 25, 2014

Bob Goldstein to Receive Parnelli Audio Innovator Honor

LAS VEGAS — The governing body of the Parnelli Awards announces that Maryland Sound International's founder and pro audio pioneer Bob Goldstein will be the 2014 recipient of the Parnelli Audio Innovator Award. Goldstein founded Maryland Sound International (MSI) in 1966, and throughout his career he's been called on to take on the seemingly impossible.

[ read more on fohonline.com ]

 
June 5, 2014

Howard Ungerleider to Receive Parnelli Visionary Honor

LAS VEGAS — The governing body of the Parnelli Awards announces that Howard Ungerleider will be the 2014 recipient of the Parnelli Visionary Award for his outstanding career and scores of innovations in the lighting and special effect fields.

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May 12, 2014

Benny Collins Named 2014 Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

LAS VEGAS The Parnelli Board of Advisors has announced that Benny Collins, production/tour manager for Michael Jackson and Journey, will receive the live event industry's highest honor, the Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award, at the annual gala ceremony in Las Vegas Nov. 22. Collins has also worked with the likes of David Bowie, Rolling Stones, Madonna and U2, among others.

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