The Grand Ole Opry is the show that made country music famous. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum houses the most important collections in rock and roll history. Both reflect some of the most significant movements of 20th-century America. And Vaddio is there to capture every history-making moment.
“We are extremely proud to support the Grand Ole Opry and the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame with the next generation HD-22 and HD-30 PTZ cameras,” explained Vaddio CEO, Rob Sheeley. “Having Vaddio’s PowerVIEW cameras installed in such renowned institutions is a real honor. As an American manufacturer it is our privilege to be associated with two of the finest American musical institutions in the world.”
The Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium
It’s been called the “home of American music” and “country’s most famous stage.” The Grand Ole Opry is an American icon and Nashville Tennessee’s number one attraction.
What began as a simple radio broadcast in 1925 is now an entertainment phenomenon that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors and listeners from around the world. The Opry’s permanent home is the Grand Ole Opry House, though the show makes occasional visits to its most famous former home, the historic Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville, including for a three-month run each winter. Meanwhile, the Ryman today plays host not only to occasional Opry shows, but also to the biggest names in all genres of music.
Among the long line of world-class artists who have played the Ryman and/or the Grand Ole Opry House are Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Aretha Franklin, Garth Brooks, Bruce Springsteen, and Carrie Underwood.
“Having the latest in sound and lighting technology is huge, but video allows us to show the essence of the performance,” explained Jon Mire, technical services manager of the Grand Ole Opry. “And because we move the show to the Ryman for a few winter months, we started looking for a portable video solution – and we needed professional-grade cameras. Vaddio fit the bill.”
The Opry’s Kevin Reinen, chief technical engineer, and Tim Coleman, video director, designed a mobile cart that can be transported back and forth easily. “With Vaddio’s Cat-5 technology the cart is not only easy to move from room-to-room, but it’s also a quick and easy setup,” said Mire. “The video quality is also important and the HD-30 camera is a great product.”
The performances will be recorded live and archived with three WallVIEW CCU HD-30 PTZ camera systems for distribution, via Vaddio’s™ AV Bridge™. All three cameras will be controlled by a ProductionVIEW™ HD-SDI MV located on the mobile cart.
“We look forward to showcasing the results soon with our fans and the artists who play our stages,” Mire said.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission both through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.
Three Vaddio HD-22 CCU PTZ camera systems were recently added to the Foster Theater, a 163-seat multipurpose space used for a variety of events including live concerts, educational programs, artist interviews, panel discussions and video screenings. Guests range from teachers and elementary students to Alice Cooper, Chuck Berry and Mavis Staples.
“The staff loves the new product,” explained Rob Weil, Director of Production for the Rock Hall. “The clarity of the images and the ability to use the HD-22s in such a low-light venue is greatly improved. Quality is extremely important and the HD-22 is a superior product.”
In the daytime the theater serves as a classroom for students in the “Rockin’ the Schools” education program, while adult education programs are held in the evenings. Other nights are reserved for Rock Hall Inductee events for artists such as Graham Nash or Steven Tyler sharing stories about their lives and music careers.
“Most recently, the Annual Music Master program was filmed and streamed to celebrate the music of the Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction.” Weil added, “the series included interviews – that were live recorded and streamed for archives – of artists Sugar Blue, who performed the iconic harmonica riff on the rolling Stones song Miss You and Merry Clayton, the powerful female voice in “Gimme Shelter.”
“Before Ray Manzarek of the Doors passed away, he was interviewed on that stage,” continued Weil. “In other cases, it might be someone like Jac Holzman or Glyn Johns – legendary producers and Rock Hall inductees. It’s really important for us as a museum to interview these people, record their stories and preserver them for future research and history.”