I'm new to running sound for a 12-piece band (mostly wedding receptions and corporate gigs with some festival and outdoor patio bar work thrown in) and up until now they've just been running a pair of Chauvet Colorbank 8 lights (one on each side of the stage) set to audio. I've helped them upgrade the PA... and now it's time to take on lighting.
For the wedding receptions that I've helped them with so far... I've brought out some of my DJ lighting for the dance floor... a Vue3 centered on the ceiling above the dance floor, a pair of ADJ Pearl whites (one on ceiling, one on dance floor spinning in sync), sometimes 6 little strobes hooked to the drum rack lighting up the kit, and usually a 12" mirror ball w/ 2 pin spots... all controlled by older analog Lite-Puter foot controller/dimmers I had. Used judiciously, it really added a lot to the experience for the families I think... and the band loves a full dance floor to play to so they've been really happy about it as well.
My Q is this: I'm a little tapped out as far as budget after helping with the PA upgrades, but what are some inexpensive thigns that I could do that would help light the band/stage?
I should add that I also have an ADJ 10' truss/trees that I could press into service and currently have 2 - 4ch. dimmer packs (2 outlets/ch.) and 1 - 4ch. dimmer pack (1 outlet/ch.), 2 - Lite-Puter analog foot controllers, and enough cabling to reach anywhere on the stage from any mix position. I'd love to go LED and DMX, but I already have this stuff, so... thoughts?
FWIW - I've seen several shows recently where small groups or solo performers (Aimee Mann, Jake Shimabukuro, etc.) played in front of several uplit/downlit hanging bolts of what appeared to be crushed velvet (VERY crumpled to enhance the surfaces that would catch the light). This added a LOT of visual interest and depth to the stage with I'm thinking a minimum of gear. In one case it looked as if the uplighting was done with a Blizzard LED Puck-type fixture... for another some sort of LED bar... both with a fairly narrow beam focus. I realize that it's more of a backdrop, but I'm also asking about ideas just to up the "presentation" that the band puts out there.