Evanston, IL (June 16, 2016)—Illinois is a long way from Texas. Maybe that’s why in the early 1970s, some homesick Texans attending Northwestern University founded Armadillo Day, honoring the mascot of their home state. Fast-forward some 44 years, and their lark is now Dillo Day, the largest student-run festival in the nation, held annually at the Northwestern Lakefill on the shore of Lake Michigan.
This year’s edition garnered a crowd of 10,000 who came out to see The Mowgli’s, Schoolboy Q, Cashmere Cat, Dial Up, DJ Hayden James and Derek Carter, among others. Providing audio for the occasion was Sound Works Productions, Inc. (Mokena, IL), which fielded Nexo line array systems for the two festival stages.
The main stage consisted of 32 Nexo Geo T boxes, 16 CD18s, 4 PS10 for fills and NX 4×4 amps powered the system, while the second stage consisted of 12 Nexo Geo S12 line array boxes, 4 RS18 Ray Subs and 2 PS10s for fills, powered by NX 4×4 amplifiers.
“Dillo Day is a challenge because we have national acts and an audience that demand a concert-level SPL,” said Matt Wilson, Account Manager, Sound Works Pro. “We need to keep the noise down in the town that is located very close to the event site, so with the Geo T and CD18’s directionality, we were easily able to give the audience exactly what they wanted without creating noise complaints from the neighboring community.”
Sound Works Productions