MGM Mirage’s Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, before it received a post-Katrina renovation that included McCauley subs in its showroom and club. Biloxi, MI (August 1, 2007)–It was two years ago this month that Hurricane Katrina hit Biloxi, devastating the region, its inhabitants and its economy. Part of the area’s financial livelyhood is dependent on tourism–and a prime example of that is MGM Mirage’s Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, which is the largest employer in Biloxi. Post-Katrina, then, the vacation destination was understandably concerned with getting back on its feet as soon as possible, not only for its own sake, but the welfare of the community as well. Part of that process included the help of Pro Sound, Inc. (Miami) and loudspeaker manufacturer McCauley Sound.
Although the Beau Rivage resort was hit hard by the raging hurricane, it has since been fully restored. Originally opened in 1999 at a cost of $800 million, the resort initially re-opened in August, 2006, with the second phase of work completed at the end of December later that year, at a total renovation cost of $550 million. It is the tallest and biggest building in Mississippi, reaching 32 stories and encompassing 3.2 million square feet, and
The main show room, located on the bottom level of the resort, had been completely destroyed by the storm surge, and became thoroughly washed in mud as the back wall came down. Critical repairs were made to the 1,500-seat Beau Rivage Theatre and the Coast Restaurant & Dance Club. Pro Sound of Miami was hired by the PMK consulting firm (global consultants in acoustics, audio, and visual technologies) and the resort owners to help install new sound systems in both venues.
PMK chose to replace earlier-model subwoofers in both the theater and the club with nine McCauley Sound AC588s. The AC588 subwoofers are designed as high-performance systems for permanent installation, and are said to fill the performance space with punchy sub bass energy.
Jack Figaro, president of Pro Sound, Inc., supervised the two-phase installation, and recalled, “The Beau Rivage is a very nice facility and the crew there was wonderful, just really great people. It was a smooth transition as it all came together and it was a good feeling to see the place refurbished and reopened with everything looking and sounding great.” He says the feedback about the sound system was positive: “I lost my baseline to compare to, but everything that was replaced was improved with updated electronics, digital mixing consoles, and additional loudspeakers and amplifiers. We really liked the McCauley products; they really sounded good.”
After final renovations were completed, crowd-pleasing bands Morris Day and the Time, and America kicked off the opening festivities. The Beau Rivage Theatre now uses its sound and lighting system to showcase artists such as Willie Nelson, Julio Iglesias, and Gladys Knight, along with well-known comedians such as Ron White and Ray Romano, and full-scale production shows like Blue Man Group and Broadway-style revues.