Category AV Events

CS2 Opens Bocelli’s 2014 World Tour

Acclaimed Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli left for his whirlwind world tour last week, but this year’s tour officially started with a romantic Valentine’s Day show in south Florida.

For the fifth consecutive year, our Creative Show Services team joined Bocelli to kick off his tour with a concert at the BB&T Center stage in Sunrise, FL. This year’s show featured songs from Bocelli’s Love in Portofino album, which will be released in October. As a special treat, Bocelli delighted the audience by inviting seven-time Grammy® award-winning singer, songwriter and actress Gloria Estefan to join him onstage for an exclusive performance.

Bocelli’s world tour runs through November, then he will return to the U.S. for a brief holiday tour. Our CS2 team will join Bocelli for the six-city tour, which kicks off December 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The tour will stop in Houston, Dallas, Chicago and Detroit before closing at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on December 17. Tour tickets are now available.

Photos from the Valentine’s Day Show:

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Gloria Estefan joined Bocelli for a special performance

Tampa Business Leaders Honor Local Military Personnel

Tampa, FLThe Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce recently gathered to recognize the community military personnel during its 2014 Military Appreciation Banquet at the Tampa Convention Center. This is the 16th year that the Chamber honored local military who contributed to the greater good of the area, as well as civilians who support them.

Some 10,000 active and 40,000 retired military members live in Tampa, acknowledged Vice Admiral Mark I. Fox, who was the Banquet’s keynote speaker. NROTC Cadets from the University of South Florida performed the POW/MIA Ceremony that honored all the missing men and women from each of the services.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn expressed gratitude to the people in the military on behalf of all Tampa residents. Miss Tampa 2014 Katy Sartain and many business leaders also attended the Banquet.

AVI-SPL CS2 was recognized as the production sponsor of the event. Our team provided all the staging, including audio, video and lighting. We also produced some of the graphics and videos for the event.

Congratulations all the award recipients! To all active and retired military members: thank you for your service.

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Photo credit: MamaRazzi Foto

Creative Show Services Kicks off the Barry Gibb 2014 Tour

Hollywood, FL – To kick off his 2014 tour, Barry Gibb took the stage for a private concert during the 40thAnnual Love and Hope Ball on February 15th. The Annual Gala benefits the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

As a Miami local and International Chairman of the Love and Hope Committee, Barry Gibb performed in front of 600 guests, mainly Florida philanthropists and celebrities. His repertoire included some of the most famous Bee Gees songs – Tragedy, How Deep Is Your Love, Words and many more. Samantha Gibb, daughter of the late Maurice Gibb, joined Barry Gibb on stage.

Our CS2 team, led by account executive and producer John Orchard, was there to conduct the glamorous event. We co-produced the Gala with Miami-based Wolf Sound Inc., and provided all the lighting, audio, video and staging.

In May, we will travel with Barry Gibb during his 2014 U.S. tour. The CS2 crew will be following the star with two tractor trailers to provide all the equipment necessary for his concerts.

The tour kicks off on May 15 in Boston, MA, and will continue on to Philadelphia, PA, Wantagh, NY, Chicago, IL, Concord, CA and Hollywood, CA. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Barry Gibb Tour website.

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CS2, Earl Beckwith and the Baltimore Orioles Officially Started the 2014 Baseball Season

Baltimore, MD – On February 1st the Baltimore Orioles held their annual Fan Fest, which kick-started the 2014 baseball season. Over 15,000 fans attended the Baltimore Convention Center to meet with their favorite players. The Fan Fest was a full day event that included games, entertainment, baseball clinics for the children, photos with players, autograph signing, job fair and other activities for the fans. The highlight of the event was the panel session with Orioles players who shared their thoughts and experience with fans. According to visitors and organizers, the Fest gets bigger and better every year.

The CS2 team was happy to be part of this unforgettable experience. For over 3 years, our Maryland office has been supporting the Orioles stage appearance. This year our team worked directly with our partner, producer Stacey Haines from Earl Beckwith & Associates, an Event Management Company based in Rockville, MD, to provide all the necessary technology for the event. We utilized a 13×24 feet screen, Shoji panels and two 14,000 lumens projectors, as well as audio support.

The Orioles are down at Sarasota, FL for their 2014 Spring Training.

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AVI-SPL Creative Show Services gives back to Tampa Bay Youth

"Boys & Girls Club" "Creative Show Services"Our Creative Show Services team partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay to host more than 700 guests for their second annual Great Futures fundraiser breakfast. Held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, the event raised funds for the 18 Clubs throughout Hillsborough and Pasco counties.

This year’s special guest speaker was Club alumnus & New York Yankees Pitcher CC Sabathia. Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn, foundation chairman Hal Steinbrenner and Tampa Bay Lightning owners Jeff and Penny Vinik also took the stage to share their experience with Boys & Girls Clubs. Additionally, the attendees were able to hear from past Club members, many of whom are now successful business people in the community. The guests had the opportunity to learn more about the progress that Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay has made with youth living in the area and to receive a firsthand experience of the involvement of four of the Club kids who performed or were part of the program presentations.

“The event was a complete success and raised a record amount of money,” said Brad Baumgardner, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay.

Baumgardner and Glenn Permuy, who serves as the director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay Foundation Board and coordinates the Great Futures Breakfast, was just as impressed with the work that our CS2 team put on for the Breakfast. For a second consecutive year, AVI-SPL contributed to the fundraiser with staging, lighting, audio and projection. Additionally, the CS2 crew shot multiple step-and-repeat video interviews of Club member testimonials.

“These are top notch professionals and they made everything work well, were very accommodating to requests and quickly became part of the Boys & Girls Club family,” added Permuy.

For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has provided guidance to young people all over the country, capturing their interest, improving their behavior and increasing their expectations and goals. Among the Boys & Girls Clubs alumni are celebrities Denzel Washington, Jennifer Lopez, Shaquille O’Neal, Kerry Washington and many more.

Our Creative Show Services team is already working on the next Boys & Girls Club event- the Great Futures Luncheon on February 21 at the New York Yankees Complex. Check back soon for photos and more.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay Great Futures Fundraiser Photos

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn