Stage lighting on the cheap

Big name singers and many mid level performers can spend a lot of time, effort and money on lighting for their shows. Good light can add drama, beauty and even entertainment to a performance. At best, musical artists of lesser financial means often have to do with perfunctory lighting or none at all.

While looking for an enterprise shot last night, I stopped by the Kress Legal Center in downtown Stockton. It was participating in the opening day of the 4th annual Summer Art Splash. The event showcases local visual and performing artists in various locations in downtown Stockton every second Friday of each month from May to October. As I walked into the lobby of the Kress, solo performer, singer/songwriter/musician Mondo Mariscal was playing. His set up was minimal: a microphone, a couple of speakers and a guitar, but no stage lighting.

But as he sang in the large lobby, a warm early evening light poured into the room through the building’s huge front windows and lit him up like a concert spotlight. It was all-natural with Mother Nature providing the light design, free of charge.

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