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Republican National Convention Events

Cleveland, Ohio

VLS was proud to be considered a preferred lighting supplier for the incoming events of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Altogether, the production team lit over two dozen meetings and parties for various corporations during the week, two of which were the largest gatherings outside of the main event.

The weeklong RNC kicked off with Rock the Night in CLE, a welcome event at the North Coast Harbor, which drew 12,000 guests, including delegates, media and VIPs from around the nation. The VLS team bathed the exterior façades of both the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Great Lakes Science Center in red, white and blue washes of light, while also illuminating headliner Three Dog Night and other bands and musicians on the stage throughout the evening.

For the Buckeye Welcome Bash, sponsored by the Cleveland Clinic Educational Foundation and the Jones Day Foundation, the Vincent Lighting team of Derek Hons, Adam Feig, Rob Moyer and Jason Potts used truss pieces to spell out O-H-I-O, which was suspended and stretched across the ceiling in Cleveland Public Auditorium. They then used LED fixtures to light the “letters” from within the truss, to make it stand out. Working with a great team, including video production provider NPi Audio Visual Solutions and decorator Pieter Bouterse Studio, the VLS team also collaborated with Rascal Flatts’ Lighting Designer Andy Knighton to provide needed equipment to light the featured band. The VLS technicians also used this lighting to illuminate the guest speakers and other activities on the stage.

Read about our involvement in Lighting + Sound America.

  • Rock Hall - Science Ctr - SM
  • Science Ctr - SM
  • Rock Hall - Red - CS
  • Rock Hall - White - CS
  • Rock Hall - Blue - CS
  • Buckeye Welcome Bash - prep
  • Buckeye Welcome Bash - both truss
  • Buckeye Welcome Bash - patterned light
  • Buckeye Welcome Bash - stage
  1. Rock Hall - Science Ctr - SM
  2. Science Ctr - SM
  3. Rock Hall - Red - CS
  4. Rock Hall - White - CS
  5. Rock Hall - Blue - CS
  6. Buckeye Welcome Bash - prep
  7. Buckeye Welcome Bash - both truss
  8. Buckeye Welcome Bash - patterned light
  9. Buckeye Welcome Bash - stage

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Banner photo by Chris Meyers.

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