Gand Concert Sound of Glenview, Illinois recently provided a NEXO GEO T, GEO S, CD18 subwoofers, PS15, PS10 and PS 8 monitors for the Evangelical Lutheran Youth of America (ELCA) Gathering, held in late July at the Superdome in New Orleans.
The event was attended by 38,000 teenagers from around the world, and featured music acts including Skillet, Group 1 Crew, the Katinas, rapper Agape, and Peter Mayer from the Jimmy Buffet Band. A Sunday morning musical mass with Lutheran Bishop Mark Hanson included communion for 37,000.
The size of the NEXO GEO T Tangent Array system topped the previous record, also set by Gand Concert Sound for a concert by Elton John at the Georgia Dome.
The rig consisted of 60 GEO T plus 24 GEO S, 8 CD18s – all flown, and 24 CD18s on the ground. Amplifiers included Yamaha PC9501Ns with NEXO 242 processors.
Audio consoles included a Yamaha PM5D, MC7L, and LS9, with the system requiring more than 7,000 feet of cable. More than one hundred channels were utilized for live performance, video playback, spoken word, DJ and theatrical production.
The event used three main stages plus two outboard stages in the audience, designed by Steve Bass of Academy Awards fame.
“We bought the first GEO T system in the USA for this event in 2003 and have increased our inventory every year to keep up with the growing demand,” states Gary Gand, President of Gand Concert Sound. “This is our third and biggest ELCA event. The ELCA likes what we do and the NEXO gear has worked flawlessly.”
FOH engineer Adam Rosenthal said, “No other system has the cardioid ability that NEXO provides. I can have it cranking in the house and the band can still hear each other on stage. It’s shocking how good this rig can sound in some of the largest venues in the country, which can be acoustic nightmares.”