For three wild days and nights, BamaJam 2012 fired up the area just north of Enterprise, Alabama with an impressive display of lights, video and music. The multi-genre festival is held on the 1,600 acre grounds of BamaJam Farms, where over 35,000 music enthusiasts from all over the south eastern United States converged to revel in the sounds of more than 50 of the biggest acts in the industry that included Tim McGraw, Eric Church, the Zac Brown Band, Sheryl Crow and Kid Rock.
With three stages spread across the festival grounds—one of which was a double stage that alternated acts on each half—along with a wealth of lighting and video displays, the logistical and technical aspects of bringing BamaJam 2012 to life were nothing short of massive.
Smyrna, Tennessee-based Allstar Audio Systems, Inc. President and founder Mike Borne was hired as production manager to handle all sound and staging at BamaJam. Backed by the professionals at MSR - Mobile Stage Rentals, 14 trucks of stages and production equipment were rolled in to make the festival happen. “From an audio perspective, this year’s BamaJam festival was huge,” noted Borne. “The Pepsi Stage Red and Blue stage was the main performance venue…while the two secondary stages—the Dodge Ram Stage and the Bud Light Stage—alternated performances during the day. The Bud Light Stage then resumed after the main stage evening performances ceased and ran until 2 AM.”
The Pepsi Red and Blue double stage employed a left-center-right line array setup that included twenty-four D.A.S. Audio Aero 50 large format line arrays flown 12 elements each on opposite sides. A cluster of four Aero 50’s placed center stage functioned as front fill, while low frequency support was provided by a combination of sixteen D.A.S. Audio LX-218 and sixteen LX-218A subwoofers.
he sound setup at the Dodge Ram and Bud Light Stages was no less impressive. The Bud Light stage was outfitted with eight D.A.S. Audio Aero 8A 2-way, compact line arrays, while low frequency support was provided by four D.A.S. Compact 218 subwoofers. For this Dodge Ram stage setup the Allstar crew deployed twenty-four D.A.S. Audio Aero 38A large format, powered line arrays flown 12 modules per side. These were augmented by twelve D.A.S. Compact 218 Sub 2K subwoofers.
“Numerous people on the crew were impressed with D.A.S. Audio’s hardware,” Borne summed up after the festival. “The line arrays’ hardware is all fully integrated, so not only did the systems go up and tear down quickly, they also conserved space and made for very efficient truck pack. This entire show was a huge undertaking and yet we erected everything, including stages, in three days and it came down in one.”