Pink Floyd at the LPCA

Last weekend, the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) presented the Paramount’s Laser Spectacular, the smash hit multi-media laser and light show featuring the music of Pink Floyd. Check the promotion video, here.

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After 23 years of touring, Paramount’s Laser Spectacular has become a cult classic, presenting the music of Pink Floyd like never seen it before. Surrounded by 10,000 watts of concert quality sound, Pink Floyd’s musical legacy continues as the bands concept music captures the imagination and carries listeners away on a mind-expanding journey driven by cutting edge effects. Colorful lasers and lighting effects parallel the sonic journey as the senses are confronted with an array of flowing visual displays choreographed to the soundtrack during the 2 hour and 20 minute show.

Through the use of jaw-dropping new technologies a visual evolution unfolds as solid lines of light wash the room with color, animated neon figures are set in motion, a giant inflatable comes to life and laser beams bounce and glide through the open air, crafting images, such as a soaring eagle that flies over the crowd.

During the song, ”Learning to Fly,” we saw a psychedelic, rotating lighting gobo with images of the history of flight, from the Wright Brothers all the way to the Space Shuttle. During “Comfortably Numb”, 3-D animation reveals the song’s storyline of a rock star struggling to “make it to the show”. Brand new 3-D imagery used in the show actually has dimension and can be seen from all sides!

Finally, Paramount’s best laserists pulled out all the stops and bombarded us with EVERYTHING in their bag of visual tricks for the shows finale, “Run Like Hell”. Special prism glasses were available to multiply the fun, making 1 image box become 6 but we enjoyed the show even without. Great show!

Blues night at Mirror Lake

Yesterday night was the first performance of the Songs at Mirror Lake Music series, a seven-week series, starting at 7pm on Tuesday nights. This series is organized by a non-profit, volunteer, community group with the goal of introducing residents and tourists to a diverse range of musical genres and to provide local/regional emerging artists the opportunity for exposure and experience.

Yesterday night was blues night with Popa Chubby. This year, Popa, who was born Ted Horowitz, marks 25 years of rocking the blues as Popa Chubby. Over the course of a career that dates back to 1994, he has been a force to be reckoned with on the guitar, and his tempestuous, soulful playing has never been more powerful.

popa-chubby-wallAn imposing figure with a shaved head under his black hat, tattooed arms, a goatee and a performance style he describes as “The Stooges meet Buddy Guy, Motorhead meets Muddy Waters, and Jimi Hendrix meets Robert Johnson”.

Over the first hour, Popa and his band delivered only six songs, all of them including great jams and solos, extending the pleasure of the crowd late into the night, despite threatening clouds and some light rain. His cover of Jimi’s “Hey Joe” was particularly memorable, and “Over the Rainbow” helped push the clouds away.

What a great night!

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