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.

Another amazing Live on the Green series!

We were so psyched to once again be a part of the Live on the Green series, the weekly festival sponsored by the Mayor’s office and Lightning 100 held on the Couthouse Green. The challenge for the festival is to be environmentally conscious about every production aspect, and the LED fixtures we use for the stage are a huge improvement over the power consumption of a traditional parcan lighting rig.

Check out this incredible time-lapse video by Jon Chema of the setup for the Band of Horses date (set to the amazing “Funeral” by Band of Horses, no less):

Live on the Green 2010 from Jon Chema on Vimeo.

We love making people happy!

In fact, you might call it a philosophy–that making our clients happy is the most important thing we do. That’s why here at Bradfield Stage Lighting, we really try to go the extra mile, pay extra attention to all the details, and create something stunning for each and every client. So when we receive feedback letting us know that we’ve succeeded, it really makes our day!

Here are a couple of lovely notes we’ve gotten recently that made us so happy in return that we just had to share!

This was from a wedding in fabulous Jamison Hall at the Factory in Franklin:

And this wonderful note followed a wedding at Otter Creek Church of Christ that turned a church gym into a wooded grove!

And many thanks in return to both Jody and Teresa for trusting us to be a part of such an important day–it’s not something we take lightly!

Andy + Reagan featured on Style Me Pretty!

We are so ecstatic that the wedding of Reagan and Andy has been featured by the fabulous wedding blog Style Me Pretty!

We provided lighting for this amazing backyard affair, and were ecstatic to be a part of such a lovely and unique event. Many kudos to the bride and groom, whose original plans were somewhat thwarted by the flood, as well as to Crystal Varenkamp, the event coordinator, who made sure everything ran smoothly.

Check out the blog post here to see more pictures from this amazing day, and be sure to check out the video in the post, put together by the very talented Focalpoint Cinematic Weddings, that captures the highlights in stunning fashion!

A Fabulous Affair: Kerri & Lucas

We recently worked with the very talented wedding planner Kerry Dunn of No Detail UnDunn on a wedding reception at the War Memorial. It’s such an amazing venue–definitely one of the best ceilings in Nashville! And Kerry outdid herself; every detail was spot on. We were so happy to be a part of such a lovely event, but when we got this email from Kerry afterward, we were blown away:

Hearing things like that never ceases to floor us. We are thrilled that we helped make such a special day even more special!

Why we do this…

As many Nashvillians can attest, life in Nashville is kind of odd right now. The city is, for the most part, back up and running, but everyone is still dealing with the aftereffects of the recent flooding. We are in the process of redoing our offices, locating new furniture, cleaning our warehouse, and still maintaining a very busy production schedule at the same time. However, we got this message from a client we worked with by providing lighting for the Urban Land Institute Awards Dinner at the Liff Opera Center last week, and it reminds us why we do this:

We love helping create events that feel special for both the attendees and the clients, and we love being part of a creative team working toward a common goal. The ULI Awards Dinner was an incredible event to be a part of, and such warm words mean so much more to us following the chaos that the flood caused. Many thanks to Rose, The ULI, and to the fabulous staff at the Liff Opera Center!

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!

Posh Bridal Affair-May 2nd at Ambrose House

Hey everyone!

We wanted to share with you a fabulous special event that we will be a part of. The Posh Bridal Affair will be held this upcoming Sunday, May 2nd at the Ambrose House, and we will be there to discuss exciting and affordable options to add lighting to your upcoming celebration! There are some amazing vendors that will be on site representing everything from florists and cakes to photographers and dresses, and we are so excited to be a part of such a great crowd and to have an opportunity to meet with brides and grooms to see how we can help add that special sparkle to their big day!

If you have any questions feel free to contact us at 615/ 256-0977. We certainly hope to see you there!