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29 10, 2019

Mix Of Rental Drapes Are Perfect Background For Old Dominion Benefit Concert

By |October 29th, 2019|Clients, News, Products|0 Comments

Feeling an enormous amount of pride to be a truly “Made In The USA” company, Sew What?/Rent What? feels especially privileged to be a part of important charity projects right here in America, wherever and whenever possible.  Recently we were humbled and honored to again work with renowned Production Manager Matt Anderson by providing him and his team with some gorgeous rental drapes for a stage he needed to help design for a vital, be a part of the incredible charity event spearheaded by Matthew Ramsey from the gifted contemporary American country music band Old Dominion, called “Nashville Night in Buchanan.”

This significant—and much anticipated—annual event originated in 2011, and benefits Buchanan Area Ministerial Association (BAMA) Food Pantry and other areas in need in Botetourt County. Matthew Ramsey, as well as all of the talented members of the Old Dominion band, brought an evening of fantastic music and lots of laughs back to his hometown of Buchanan, Virginia. Organized as a songwriters’ round to give back to the local community, the event also stars Old Dominion’s Trevor Rosen and Brad Tursi as well as Nashville songwriters Matt Jenkins, Josh Osborne and Shane McAnally. Additionally, the event benefits the Ramsey Foundation, which was created to provide resources to organizations working in rural communities. Their focus is helping to meet daily life needs as well as the enrichment of cultural arts. In addition, they seek to bring awareness to the disparities of cultural arts resources and opportunities in rural communities. That is why benefits like Nashville Night in Buchanan are so critical to help fund the aid programs that are so urgently needed in communities like theirs in Virginia.

Providing Matt Anderson and his team with beautiful and dramatic stage drapes was a great way to give the event some real pizzazz! Starting with lightweight and exquisite Pewter Textura pleated legs from our Timeless and Traditional Drapery Collection, they topped it off with our magnificent Smokey Pearl Swagged Border from our Silver Satin Collection. These drapes all light up extremely well, making them particularly versatile with colorful lighting schemes splashed onto them. Mixing and matching striking curtains from our various drapery collections is a fantastic way to create a stunning and completely unique stage design, no matter the size. Both types of drapery are made from exquisite and versatile IFR fabrics, which also offers peace of mind for the production staff, too.

Those of us at Rent What? couldn’t have been more thrilled with how spectacular their stage design turned out—as you can see by these photos. We were so pleased to have been a part of this extraordinarily crucial benefit for the very deserving people in those communities–we love being able to help our clients build dazzling production and stage designs all over the country! Contact one of our helpful account managers today and let us assist you with fashioning the most amazing stage design for your upcoming special event, with either lovely rental drapes, remarkable custom drapes, or a fabulous combination of both.

24 09, 2019

Black Camo Chaos Drape Is THE Perfect Backdrop For Eels (The Band)

By |September 24th, 2019|Products, Projects|1 Comment

We here at Sew What? Inc. / Rent What? Inc. absolutely love working with our concert tour production managers. Time and time again, we enjoy nothing more than seeing them be able to use our diverse, edgy, and completely ROCKING rental drapes on the road in genuinely unique and memorable ways. Earlier this year we were thrilled to be able to work again with magnificent lighting and stage designer Corey Moses, who was looking to get a fresh, dynamic look for some Spring tour shows for the American indie pop-rock group Eels (The Band).

They had previously used our rental Aluminum Metal Mesh drapes for some of their other shows, and they wanted a one-of-a-kind backdrop to hang behind the band again. Looking for a curtain that would be versatile to use, very easy to hang, light extraordinarily well, road-friendly, and of course give a completely iconic appearance to the stage design behind this truly iconic band, they decided to use our 23’h x 40’w Black Camo Chaos drape from our Industrial Textures rental drapery collection.

This exclusive, distinctive specialty drape consists of layers of swagged, rugged Camo-Netting over an IFR Black Poly Muslin base. This combination of substrates gives the drape a transcendent, textured quality that strikingly sets the stage for all types of special events. Theatrical lighting effects on this unique backdrop were beautifully orchestrated by Corey and his stage designers, which made quite an impact on the band’s fully enraptured audiences. You can see by these gorgeous photographs provided by band photographer Michael Raymond Smith that the curtain looked absolutely stunning on stage, and went perfectly with this band’s ultra-cool vibe.

Let our team of drapery specialists help you choose the most spot-on rental theatrical soft goods for your upcoming (big or small) stage or event production design, too!

20 08, 2019

Magnificent Austrian Curtain Offers The Perfect Background For Charity Gala

By |August 20th, 2019|Products, Projects|1 Comment

When our clients come to us looking for a special occasion drape, we love being able to guide them directly to our Specialty Drapery Rental Collections so that they can choose from an extensive variety of gorgeous, one-of-a-kind drapes that can be shipped anywhere in the continental United States. Giuliano Mingucci, the brilliant Director of Production at Vista Productions, came to us looking for a stunning backdrop that could be used at an enormously important, and high profile, corporate charity gala event for which that they were coordinating event production and design, The Mercy Health Foundation Charity Ball in Rogers, Arkansas.

Being a premier live event production company offering creative services, show technology, and video production in locales and venues all-across the globe, they needed to be sure that this drape matched the evening’s cultured, glamorous theme. They sought a stylish and alluring backdrop that would be versatile enough to use throughout the entire soiree—from the dinner and speeches to the awards and performances—and they chose one of our Ivory (Crushed) Satin Austrian drapes. “Exquisite,” “luxurious,” and “elegant” are all perfect adjectives for this extraordinary piece from our Delightably White rental drapery collection.

Our gorgeous operable Austrian curtain is the true embodiment of sophistication, and will help add drama and excitement to any type of distinctive occasion you can think of.  Made of IFR Crushed Satin, this striking fabric is a go-to favorite for designing exceptional occasions, productions, and tours alike. It has a magnificent glossy appearance to it, which helps reflect lighting superbly. And the fabric’s textured finish helps easily hide any wrinkles that may have occurred during transit, too. Not to mention that because it is inherently flame retardant, it is a much-loved fabric for venues and fire marshals alike. Giuliano and his team at Vista Productions did a tremendous job with this event’s radiant stage design, and we were thrilled that our drape was able to play a part in the gala’s overall fabulous look.

Either fully operational—or simply used as a backdrop—this resplendent 23’h x 40’w Crushed Ivory Satin Austrian drape is by far one of our most popular rental curtains. And from these truly spectacular photos taken by Philip Thomas with Novo Studio, you can see why! Impressive in both natural and stage lighting, this drape literally has it all….Class, style, and opulence. Contact one of our sales reps today to see which of our Specialty Rental Drapes might be the perfect fit for your upcoming special event or stage production, too.

6 08, 2019

Sparkling Classic LED Drape Enchants Audiences For Theater Production

By |August 6th, 2019|Products, Projects|1 Comment

Fashioning a gorgeous “starry sky” effect for your indoor church production, concert/tour, holiday party, wedding reception, or convention/trade show is one of the easiest and most effective ways to give your audience a truly memorable event design. Adding this distinctive touch to your event design can make all the difference in the world with helping create that kind of cool, crisp, nighttime ambiance to your own special event, all in the comfort of your indoor, climate-controlled venue.

Recently we were contacted by the fantastic Production Stage Manager Dennis O’Brien, who was working for the Springfield Municipal Opera in Springfield, Illinois. They wanted to create a gorgeous “Starry Night Sky” for their springtime production of Peter Pan, and we knew that one of our Classic Stardrop LED rental curtains would be outstanding for this play’s iconic look. The twinkly, blinking bluish-white LED lights affixed on a bed of rich velvety black IFR Encore Velour gave them the perfect appearance of a starry night sky for several key scenes in their play.

Provided with a DMX controller to allow you to use with your own dimmer light board, as well as extremely easy-to-follow instructions to use with the on-drapery controller, our stunning rental drapes can be operated both on-stage or through your dimmer board–making them a staging and lighting designer’s dream come true. Being able to regulate the speed and intensity of the sparkling lights help you to create a one-of-a-kind look each and every time you operate these drapes.

Our rental theatrical Classic Stardrop LED curtains are especially versatile because you can rotate them so that each side can be either the height or width. Available in both 30’x7’ and 30’x15’ sizes, these drapes have ties along both sides…so we are sure to find a rental drape that will fit your specific stage’s unique larger or smaller dimensions impeccably, too.

Photographed spectacularly by Donna Lounsbury, you can see how picture-perfect this drape looked with the production’s exceptional stage sets, radiant lighting motif, and marvelous costumes. With brilliant direction by Elizabeth Cheney, outstanding choreography by Anna Bussing Maisenbacher, genuinely impressive flight direction by Josh Maisenbacher, and a team of incredibly talented actors on stage, this was a production that their captivated audiences won’t soon forget! Contact one of our helpful account managers here at Rent What? Inc., and we will be delighted to help you find the ideal drapery for your upcoming concert, production, or special event, too.

15 07, 2019

Creative Blend Of Rental Drapes Help To Build A Spectacular Stage

By |July 15th, 2019|Clients, Products, Projects|1 Comment

Sometimes the most remarkable staging can come to life beautifully when you are able to “let go” of a strict, rigid design scheme, and allow for a more “fluid” style of design instead. Multiple venues on a tour can mean many different sized stages, prosceniums, and audiences—so having drapes that can be flexible and versatile is absolutely crucial to being able to arrange your stage’s layout successfully from show to show. Furthermore, combining fabrics from multiple Specialty Rental Drapery Collections is an easy and fabulous way to build a completely unique and memorable look, time and time again.

Steppin' Out

A stunning example of these concepts is the incredible tour design fashioned for the unparalleled Joe Jackson Four Decades Tourwith unforgettable concerts for this legendary English musician and Grammy Winning singer-songwriter taking place around the globe (from January of this year straight through until the Fall). With brilliant people like world-renowned Lighting Director Chaz Martin and the truly remarkable Tour Manager Keith Anderson creating the overall stage appearance for this tour, we knew that the outcome of this design would be nothing less than extraordinary.

Joe Jackson Show at the Neptune

Starting with some striking Pewter Textura pre-pleated drapery legs from our Timeless and Traditional Collection, they were able to swag and swathe their stage with gorgeous strips of shimmery, metallic shades of silver. With Chaz’s skillfull handiwork, this lightweight, IFR, tour-friendly fabric showcases his outstanding theatrical colorful lighting like a dream, helping to further delight and excite their eager audiences from one song to the next. Next, Keith wanted to also enhance the stage’s look with some additional texture and a pop of vibrant color by adding a magnificent Red Supervel Swagged Border and a couple Red Supervel pleated drapery legs from our Rockin’ Red Drapery Collection. These distinguished curtains framed the stage in a truly exceptional way. This velvety IFR material was the perfect complement for the vibe of the tour, and since it has an almost “crushed” nap to it is not only exceedingly tour friendly but also is able to be lit up with colorful theatrical lighting elements just as splendidly as the Textura is.

Joe Jackson Show at the Neptune

Because each venue has a slightly different size and shape to it, their tour design team is being ultra-creative with the fashion to which they are swagging and festooning their stages….giving each audience an entirely one-of-a-kind experience. Check out our new Flickr gallery from some pretty talented band photographers to see just how dazzling and impressive these stage designs have turned out.  We have been sincerely privileged to work with Chaz and Keith on this monumental tour (and on previous Joe Jackson tours for several years now), and are always eager to see what outstanding stage design concept they come up with next. We’d love to assist you with coming up with a distinct look for your own upcoming special event motif, too—contact one of our sales reps today to find out which rental curtain, custom drape, or perhaps a combination of both will help your design vision become a reality!

Joe Jackson Show at the Neptune