Sale!! Sale!! Sale!!

That’s right!  We are holding a Back-To-School Sale!  From now until the end of September all in stock gobos are $10 each (see list below for an in stock inventory).  Select gobos from Rosco, GAM and Apollo are available.  Sizes vary.

Rosco, Lee and GAM Gel is “buy 12 sheets/get one free” and the box of Mystery Gel is $3 per sheet.  What is “Mystery Gel” you ask?  It is assorted brands of gel piled in a box.  If you just need a random color for a special or are wanting a deal you can come dig through the box to see what you can find.  Please note that these prices are good while supplies last.

gobo inventory


BSL Open House!

Bradfield Stage Lighting would like to cordially invite you to an Open House and New Technology Showcase here at our offices, 620A Davidson Street, Nashville, TN 37213, on March 15th (The Ides of March!) from 1-5pm. We would love if you could drop by during that time and check out some exciting new gear we will have in house that day!

If you have any questions please let us know, and we hope to see you next Friday!96g10/huch/3458/16

Looking Back… (and forward)

How things can change in a year…

One year ago, from May 1st to May 3rd, following 13″ of furious rain, the Cumberland and Harpeth Rivers swelled over their banks, and Nashville was the site of a catastrophic flood. Situated as we are on the bank of the Cumberland River, we at Bradfield Stage Lighting also experienced the devastation that was felt all across the city. With roughly 3 1/2′ of water in our warehouse and offices, we knew we had a long cleanup ahead of us.

What was so amazing was the support of our friends, churches, and even our competitors. So many people came and helped us during the arduous clean-up process, and we can never express how grateful we were, not only for the help (which we so needed) but for the show of support and solidarity.

Now, one year later, the Great Flood of 2010 is anything but forgotten. Like the rest of the city, we are still feeling the repercussions, as well as sorting through remainders of the mess. But, by the grace of God, we are still here, and for that, we are so very grateful.

As illustration, here are two photos, taken almost exactly a year apart. The first shows our office space after we cut away the ruined walls and started trying to find our way back. The plant in the picture was submerged, and like the rest of us, was very unhappy about it.

The second picture shows that same plant, one year later, occupying the same spot in our renovated offices.

It has managed to thrive, and with the help and support of our friends, colleagues, and customers, so have we. And for that, we say:


BSL Boom Base Toss 2011

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, and here at BSL we have a unique way of ringing in the New Year…

January 6th, 2011 marks the fourth annual All-Company Boom Base Toss and Cookout, a tradition that started one idle January when one employee boasted he could toss another twenty feet easily. To avoid bodily injury and rising insurance rates, a 50 lb. boom base was substituted, and after some trial and error it was determined one could not in fact throw another person twenty feet.

However, a tradition was born, and this year’s festivities–always held the first Thursday after New Year’s–featured our longest throw yet, with Greg coming in at a whopping 19′ 8″. Trust us, it’s quite a feat–a 50 lb boom base is hard to throw!

Here are this year’s rankings:

#1: Greg, 19’8″

#2: Justin, 18′

#3: Ryan, 16’8″

#4: Steph, 12’7″

#5: Josh, 11’8″

#6: Anthony, 9’6″

#7: Jim, 9′

And, submitted for your amusement, here are some photos from the day’s festivities!

Josh's 1st attempt.

Greg with the wind-up!

Justin goes for the gold.

Anthony is in it to win it!

Stephanie throws like a girl but still came in 4th!

Ryan takes a break from scorekeeping to try his hand.

We also have a gel frame ring toss, and everyone took a turn at that as well. Jim had a particular style to his toss:

Trying to make it up in quantity.

All in all, a triumphant day of lighting olympics!

The BSL Gang

And one disclaimer–should you try this at home, we recommend using a boom base you won’t miss too much once it hits the frozen ground a lot:

The sacrificial boom base.

Needless to say, this boom base won’t be going out on an event anytime soon.

With deepest sympathies…

BSL Crew Chief Chris Padilla and his 3 daughters (Ages 10, 7, and 3) suffered a terrible loss last Friday, 12/10/10. Chris’s wife Maria lost her life in an automobile accident. Arrangements are pending but they are hoping to finalize funeral arrangements today and are anticipating a Monday or Tuesday funeral of next week.

Chris expresses appreciation for the support shown to him and his girls.

A fund has been set up at Bank of America in the name of “Maria A. Padilla” to help with funeral expenses. The account at Bank of America is one way, but please be sure when you go in to donate to tell them you want to donate to the “Maria A. Padilla Memorial Fund”. There has been some confusion, because she has an open account there and at least one donation has gone into here checking account which has been frozen for 30 days. The account number is 444011732664. Also, Maria was part of a speed skating club and they have set-up a PayPal account for donations. The link is

If you are interested in providing food for the family, it would be greatly appreciated. For right now the family has enough food for the remainder of the week. He is expecting a need for food next week when the funeral happens. He says things like uncooked lasagnas, breads, casserole, etc. Something they can freeze or refrigerate then warm up. If you would like to bring something by the office next week, we will arrange a delivery to Murfreesboro next Wednesday. We do have a fridge in the office for any items that require refrigeration or need to be kept frozen.

This terrible tragedy fall at a horrible time of year. If you are interested in helping out by providing Christmas gifts, Chris has said that for the younger two girls, June (7) and Carley (3), dolls,Barbies, and such would be appropriate and appreciated. Clothes are always appreciated for all the girls. Their sizes are:

Mariela (10 years old) Slim 10- 12 (very slim girl, pants must be adjustable)
June (7 years old) 7 – 8 Medium
Carley (3 years old) 3T

Thank you, so much. Our heart goes out to Chris in this terrible time, and we appreciate all the support our BSL friends have shown. If you have any questions please feel free to call us. Please keep Chris and his family in your prayers.

The Great Nashville Flood

When the “Great Flood of 2010” (AKA “H2O10”) hit Nashville last week, the Cumberland River crested at 51.86 feet, or 11.86 feet above high flood stage.  That is about 33 inches above the floor of our office/warehouse building, which backs up to the Cumberland.

The flood left us with a “bit of a mess” that we will be dealing with for quite a while… HOWEVER, we are still OPEN FOR BUSINESS!  We had 4 events on the books for last week, and we completed them all successfully.  The next two weeks are also busy production weeks.

We now have internet back up, and hope to have a phone or two by Monday (meanwhile, our cell phone numbers are on the voicemail recording).  Many thanks to all of the folks who have called or emailed with expressions of concern and offers to help.  WE HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!

New Rosco E-Colours – In Stock

Rosco has added 12 new colors to the E-Colour system and we have all 12 in stock.  

E5084 – Damson Violet A deep, rosy violet for saturated washes and modeling effects. A chameleon-like color varying from warm to cool depending on the color temperature of the source.
E5085 – French Lilac An intense, warm lilac for romantic and non realistic accents. Enhances dimensionality when used as a sidelight.
E5211 – Ice Blue A subtle theatrical color corrector. Perfect to pull the red edge off of a tungsten source.
E5264 – Venetian Blue A pale steel blue useful in cool washes. Create subtle shadows or hazy blue skies.
E5287 – Fuji Blue A neutral medium blue, can be warm or cool when paired with contrasting colors. A nice intermediate hue for transitions from magic hour into evening.
E5336 – Aztec Gold A burnt amber with a touch of sepia and a honey-like quality. Very versatile, from soft sunlight effects to richly dingy interiors.
E5404 – Wisteria Soft, pale lavender. Excellent area wash. Good as an intermediary between amber and blue.
E5454 – Olympia Green A strong Green-Blue. Use as an interesting component in animated water effects or to create a mysterious, spooky atmosphere.
E5455 – Tarragon A true pale green neither too blue nor yellow. Useful for forest and garden color washes or foliage shadows in gobos.
E5461 – Grotto Green An exotic turquoise green. A great modelling color – back, side or top light in musical performances or dance.
E5463 – Prussian Green A rich blue-green useful for accents and effect lighting in pantomimes and melodramas. Wonderful contrast to strong golden ambers
E5202 – Max Blue A half blue useful for cooling incandescent towards daylight. Clean with no red.

Hello there!

Bradfield Stage Lighting in Nashville, TN is your one-stop shop for all your lighting needs! With over 30 years in the lighting business, we are ready to help you make your next project a success! We are a full-service lighting house and we offer a wide range of services:

  • Lighting design and production for special events, weddings, galas, and parties
  • Full lighting production for concerts, including several different sizes of outdoor roof structures
  • Rental of a full complement of lighting and special effects equipment
  • Sales of a wide range of gel, gobos, theatrical paint, lamps, tapes, fog fluids, rigging hardware, and other expendables (often in stock!)
  • Large system design and installation
  • Curtains, teasers, and other softgoods for your theatre

We have several exciting projects on the horizon and have started this blog as a way to share them with you! For more information, please visit our website at or give us a call at 615/ 256.0977 today!