Nimblist was happy to collaborate once again with the National Football League on the official NFL Fantasy Draft for 2019. The Fantasy Draft, which was hosted at Slate in New York City, was a VIP event held for the insider sports agencies to pick their Fantasy Football teams as part of a friendly competition between the agencies. The decor design included images of NFL stars and a stage at the front of the room with a large screen to project the agencies Fantasy Draft picks. High-top tables with leather bar stools and luxury sofas were combined with a lighting design to create a comfortable and fun atmosphere for the guests. Food and beverages were provided by the restaurant for the attendees as they picked their Fantasy Football players.
Robin Hood brought New Yorkers back together for their annual benefit to fight poverty and celebrate the city’s resilience. Robin Hood’s efforts to rebuild New York translated to banners of 10,000+ donatable Metrocards leading guests to a cocktail reception ensconced by scaffolding. Dancers and percussionists welcomed guests to a dining area lit by a sea of candles, a celebration of life and a remembrance of New Yorkers lost by the pandemic.
Hosted by Cecily Strong, the benefit featured a concert by The Jonas Brothers and included special appearances by Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, and other luminaries.
The event took place on the 20th anniversary of Robin Hood’s historic Concert for New York City and raised a total of $77.5 million.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Robin Hood Relief Fund organized a benefit concert to raise funds to aid victims of the hurricane in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief featured a star-studded bill of performers and celebrity speakers, who all came together for the sold-out show at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Among the musical acts were Bruce Springsteen, Roger Waters, Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Alicia Keys, The Who, Billy Joel, Kanye West, Chris Martin of Coldplay and Paul McCartney. The concert sets were broken up with video footage of the devastation left from Hurricane Sandy and speeches from celebrities such as Susan Sarandon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Chelsea Clinton, Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Kristen Stewart, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Olivia Wilde. Comedic relief was offered by a variety of comedians, including Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, Bobby Moynihan, Jon Stewart, Billy Crystal, Chris Rock, Stephen Colbert and Adam Sandler, who sang a parody of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” dubbed “Sandy, Screw Ya.” In the moving finale of Alicia Keys performed “Empire State of Mind” as the finale in a moving recognition to the first responders to the disaster — firefighters, police officers and medical staff — who joined her onstage.
Nimblist was honored to have the opportunity to work with this relief concert. We designed an environment to support the varied performances for this live broadcast event, which was being streamed to dozens of local, national and international television stations, over 25 websites and even a handful of select movie theaters in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
The 17th annual Dreamfest was held in San Francisco and our team was pleased to once again work with Live Nation for this event. Dreamfest, the concert portion of a 4-day tech conference known as Dreamforce, was hosted by the cloud-based software company Salesforce. The headlining act for this year’s benefit was Fleetwood Mac, with support from American singer-songwriter, Beck. The event also featured a variety of tents with food and beverages as well as an indoor nightclub.
Nimblist was pleased to partner with Control Freak Systems, Joe Bay and Loren Barton. We collaborated on various elements of the concert such as creative design, creative structural lighting, site wide 2D technical drawings, 3D renders of stage and show production, account management and video programming.
We were proud to work with the benefit that aligns with our beliefs of giving back to the community, as a portion of the proceeds from Dreamfest went to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.
Nimblist was hired to be the eyes and ears for Creatives Demna Gvasalia and Nikolas Bildstein Zaar to facilitate their vision for the second Donda listening party in Atlanta on August 5, as neither could attend due to Covid restrictions at the time. The success of this show led to Nimblist being asked to produce, in its entirety, the next Donda listening party in Chicago.
ATL: Ye played his 10th album Donda for 40,000 fans at Mercedes Benz Stadium and delivered a larger-than-life experience while holding court in a simile of the monk-like cell he had been inhabiting whilst finishing the album. At times encircled by 5,000 dancers. 50 synchro lights lit the sky in a heavenly beam as an epic homage to Mr. West’s mother. The show closed with Ye ascending up to the open stadium roof into the clouds. We worked on a rigging assembly supplied by our friends at Tait.
ORD: For his third Donda listening party, Ye presented hometown fans with an anachronistic tableau in Chicago’s Soldier Field: an exact replica of his childhood home on top of 722 tons of dirt in the middle of the cavernous stadium. The experience closed with Ye bursting into flames, then reuniting with Kim Kardashian in a Balenciaga wedding dress as the lights went out.
The Z100 Jingle Ball is an annual winter music festival that was first established in 1995. The holiday concert is a televised event held in southern California. Nimblist was proud to work on this music festival from 2010 to 2013, with each year featuring new artists such as Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. After many successful years, the Jingle Ball began a new tradition by embarking on its own tour in 2013, visiting ten cities in America in the month of December. For such a large event, our goal was to create a dynamic and festive atmosphere. Our team utilized a multitude of lights to create a stunning light design and an array of screens to be placed around the stage to ensure each audience member could experience the performances.
The Emerald Cup began as a harvest celebration when founder Tim Blake invited cannabis cultivators to his private home in Laytonville, CA. The harvest festival has grown from a group of dozens to tens of thousands and now is held annually at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. It is Northern California’s premier cannabis destination, advancing the concept of sustainable, outdoor farming. Its reputation is firmly solidified as the largest, most respected, sun grown cannabis competition in the world.
Nimblist has been collaborating with the Emerald Cup since 2017. Our goal for 2019 was to enhance the experience for sponsors, vendors, the growers and attendees. The festival included four stages for panel discussions, three music stages, signage and wayfinding, maps, and attendee experiences. Our scope included crafting custom display cases, sponsor and vendor areas. Our team worked with Emerald Cup leadership to develop and execute a cohesive branding experience from signage to maps, program guide and merch. We also provided lighting design for all music stages, educational and speaker sessions as well as the overall show direction.
Northern California’s cannabis community reunited in 2021 and reinvented its annual gathering as a two-day harvest celebration and kickoff to the Emerald Cup Awards in LA in May 2022. The Harvest Ball featured two stages of musical acts, panels, food, lounges, and a marketplace of some of the most highly sought-after cannabis brands in California.
Throwing a party designed to comply with intricate local, state, and venue regulations meant flexing our creative muscles.
In honor of the Summer Olympics, Nike held an innovation summit at Basketball City, Pier 36, in New York City. There, in the newly renovated space, we incorporated lighting design to highlight the latest developments for athletes competing in the games.
As a proud member of the Lancaster community, Nimblist was excited to work with The Extraordinary Give activation from the Lancaster Conservancy. The Extraordinary Give aims to raise awareness about community benefit organizations and support their efforts with donations received during the event. While celebrating 50 years, this year’s ExtraGive emphasis was a theme of “Save Woods & Water.”
Our scope for this event included decor design and lighting design. The decor featured natural elements, such as wood accents and other forest flora. We also incorporated a new lighting system called Ketra lights which allowed us to control the mood and ambiance of the event like never before.