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Project Spotlight: Artscape Festival 2015, Baltimore MD


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RCI Systems has extensive experience in event production, including successful past projects like Artscape – the largest free arts festival in America.

At RCI Systems, we have successfully provided sound systems for a wide variety of events including concerts and entertainment, government and press events, meetings, conferences, conventions, galas, dinners and award ceremonies. To explore the scope of our work, we’re going to review how RCI Systems contributed to the success of a major regional event. Let’s explore the work we did for Artscape – America’s largest free arts festival; one that draws over 350,000 attendees over a weekend!

Artscape: RCI’s Goals and Challenges

Artscape is a massive festival located in the Mt. Royal neighborhood of Baltimore. The event hosts artists of every stripe, including musical artists of course, over three days. RCI was contracted to provide concert sound systems for five divergent stages as well as a backline for several of them. The artists who performed on these stages (recording artists, performance artists, aerialists, DJ’s, etc.) needed to do so regardless of the weather conditions. That’s right, rain or shine production! Our challenge was to serve these performers across an area spanning 30 square blocks in the heart of Baltimore. The production also ran during the “After Hours” party which expanded up to ten city blocks on Friday and Saturday.

Artscape: RCI’s Solutions and Success

In order to successfully serve Artscape, RCI Systems designed equipment packages that were uniquely suited for each individual stage and program. This way, we could accommodate the variety of entertainment and expected audiences. Our dedicated crew of event technicians were stationed on stages throughout the festival, to operate and monitor production. We also had “floaters” that would travel between stages and other entertainment areas in ATV’s to oversee volunteer operations. With the help of RCI Systems, the event was open and running for 78.5 hours of continuous entertainment on five different stages. Our dedicated crew put forth 1,240 hours of labor to complete the Artscape experience.

Contact RCI Systems For Your Equipment Rental Needs

RCI Systems has been in business since 1970 and offers equipment rental, AV integration and installation and event production. Contact us today! Please call 301-931-9001 Ext. 204 for details and pricing about rental equipment. After more than 35 years, our loyal clients have come to trust RCI and rely on us to provide systems on time and on budget.  Our national reputation for quality is based on a corporate culture and our tradition of doing it right the first time.

“The difference at RCI is our people.”

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