Sometimes even the most diehard sports fans want to do more than just root for the home team. The owners of the Station Sports Bar and Grill in Baton Rouge realized this, which is why they divided their well-known establishment into two separate sections, one a traditional sports pub with pool tables and LSU Tiger memorabilia on walls, the other a performance club with live band performances, a DJ, weekly comedy nights and some vivid stage lighting provided by the 4Bar Flex from CHAUVET DJ.
“There was no real lighting system to speak of at the club before, but the owners knew they needed to create an exciting production feeling on stage if they were going to attract more business from students at LSU, which is 10 blocks away,” said Ray Zeigler of RZI Lighting (New Orleans). “The CHAUVET DJ fixtures were instrumental in helping us accomplish this goal. We used two bars on stage on two FOH facing the stage. “
As is so often the case with mid-sized clubs, budget was an issue at the Station Sports Bar and Grill. The affordable price of the CHAUVET DJ 4Bar Flex was much appreciated by the client, says Zeigler, as was the fixture’s user-friendly features. “All of the fixtures had to be controlled by the current 16-channel board or by foot controllers in this job, which is why the Flex bars came in handy,” said the well-known Louisiana LD. “There is normally not a board operator on hand, even on band or comedy nights, so the lighting has to be pretty self sufficient. Ease of use and control were critical to our choosing the CHAUVET product.”
A complete LED wash system with 144 RGB 0.25-watt LEDs; multiple control options, including standalone, DMX mode and footswitch; as well as built-in automated and sound activated programs, the 4Bar Flex offers a user-friendly, cost-effective and ready-to-go solution to end-users looking to create a quality lightshow at mobile events and small to mid-sized clubs.
“This was the ideal fixture to use for lighting bands on this stage,” said Zeigler. “It absolutely has some very good out of the box effects and can be left alone on sound activation with no controller. My client is getting the look they wanted on stage without having to take on a lot of added cost.”
So back in Baton Rouge, the vaunted LSU Tigers are still rocking the sports world and their feats are still being celebrated at The Station Sports Bar and Grill. This is, after all, a quintessential sports bar, said Zeigler. What else would you expect from an establishment with a menu that includes such offerings as the “Two Point Conversion” (two stuffed burgers – one with blue cheese and Portobello mushrooms, the other with bacon and cheddar)? Only now, this venue is a popular live performance spot too, thanks to a little help from CHAUVET DJ.
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