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Morris Highlights Hall & Oates 2017 Tour with Mozarts and IMS

Daryl Hall and John Oates kicked off their 2017 summer tour last month at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  The whirlwind tour across America’s heartland includes 30 dates through July.  The lighting design team of Matt Geasey and Jesper Luth specified 140 Solaris Mozart fixtures, as well as 600 IMS Mk2 RGBW lamps on 12 110-foot festoon strings, all provided to the tour by Morris of Nashville. 

“Daryl and John were looking to add a lighting effect that would bring the audience closer to them, thus creating a more intimate setting,” explains David Haskell, President of Morris.  “To achieve this we deployed strings of IMS color-changing festoon lamps over the audience from downstage to front of house.  With six IMS Mk2 Universe Drive controllers mounted in the downstage truss, the network is simple to operate and keeps our work areas tidy.  We are happy to report the IMS system is performing brilliantly and the crew is impressed with its durability and ease of install.  These are definitely festoon lamps made for the road.”

Haskell continues, “Also, this year 140 Mozarts reprise their impressive role from last year’s tour.  Mozarts are the perfect eye candy and add ‘sparkle’ to the set.  While small in size, the Mozarts are extremely bright, yet still easy on the eye, not only highlighting the band but also creating a warm, colorful backdrop for the show.  Combined with other fixtures on stage, the greater effect is smooth, colorful, and warm, which complements Hall & Oates’ music.  Co-billed on the tour are Tears for Fears who are a bit more edgy in their lighting approach.  For their set Morris provided 12 Solaris Flares, in our experience the brightest, most intense LED fixtures out there.”

Morris is a full service production and integration company with more than 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry, providing professional audio, video, and lighting services for live events, tours and fixed installations throughout North America.  For more information about Morris, visit  

Intelligent Marquee Systems (IMS) Mk2, individually DMX-controlled, long-life, Marquee / Festoon Lighting Systems are available in RGBW, Dynamic White, and Warm White V12 “Filament” versions.  Shatterproof and outdoor-rated for a wide temperature range, low-voltage IMS lamps last many years, are safe to use in public areas and are suitable for both portable and permanent applications.  With power and data carried together on just two wires, and a standard Edison base, they can easily retrofit in existing systems.  Universe Drive power/data supplies are available in RackMount, PortableMount (ideal for truss), DIN Rail, and IP65 outdoor versions.  A very handy and powerful Hand Held Programmer (HHP), used to address the individual lamps, completes the system.

The compact Mozart is extremely versatile – “The Perfect Pixel.”  The lightweight fixture has settings from 3 to 48 DMX channels, and 1, 4, or 16 RGB “pixel” groups per fixture.  Mozart’s ultra-high refresh rate, at 38,400 Hz, is great for any camera.  At 5x5” and only 1 ¼ lb., the Mozart fits almost anywhere and is perfect for low-weight, load-bearing structures and surfaces – and it’s IP65 rated! 

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