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NEXO Mainstay at Valpo Jazz Fest

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Multiple Grammy Award-winning recording artist Natalie Cole headlined Valparaiso University’s 30th annual Jazz Fest. The Festival took place in mid-April in the Athletics–Recreation Center of the Indiana university.

Sound Works Productions, Inc. (Frankfort, IL) was tasked with supplying audio production that included a 20-box NEXO GEO S12 line array, four PS10s used for side fills, and eight RS18 Ray Subs, all powered by NEXO 4×4 amplifiers. The Company also supplied a Yamaha PM5D for monitors.

“The reason we chose to supply a NEXO GEO S12 for this gig is not only because it fit the rider specs of the headliner, but we needed a light-weight and easy to rig PA for the space without sacrificing any sound quality, states Daniel Nickleski, Operations/Touring Relations, Sound Works Pro. Mix the S12 with the RS18 subs and PS10 fills and we have a very unified rig that made everyone very happy. NEXO has always been our number one choice.”

In addition to Cole, over 250 high school students performed earlier in the Jazz Fest week along with the VU Combo and Jazz Ensemble with guest artist Tom “Bones” Malone (Blues Brothers). Marcus Roberts held a master class as well as performed with his Marcus Roberts Trio.

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About Yamaha Professional Audio:

Yamaha Professional Audio (YPA), a division of Yamaha Corporation of America, provides a full line of professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets. The PA Division offers a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, Steinberg products, and the NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. Yamaha Professional Audio is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) Series offering ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors the PA Division furthers its commitment to their professional customer base. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/ field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support services.