We headed to New Orleans from Galveston on Sunday right after the big Saturday night show. The ferry ride was great! we arrived in New Orleans on Monday at the venue – the Sugar Mill, right across from the convention center. We got right to work setting up the lasers with the great New Orleans crew, and a few hours later, we were ready to head for the hotel and a well deserved break!
It has been a few years since we were at the Zoolu party, which was a fixture in Laser Spectacles schedule for quite a few years. No State Palace Theater! It still exists on Canal Street, but after Hurricane Katrina it has not been used as a venue. The Sugar Mill was a nice venue for lasers, big and broad with plenty of rooms for laser beams. the laser show fit great, and Rob had saved us our prime space right behind the DJ, so we started out with a great look and stepped down the stage with lasers, spreading them across the stage and beyond.
The show was great; the highlight for me was performing with 12th Planet. Joel, the lighting designer and controller, had definite ideas about colors and points in the show to use the lasers, and with our custom MIDI laser control program and the Lasergraph DSP we were able to rock the room along with his lights.
Was it the same not being in the State Palace Theater? There may never be another State Palace Theater! With two balconies, the laser show could completely surround the audience! Certainly it was not the same, but everything evolves into a new form, and this party was a great prelude to Fat Tuesday in the French Quarter!