Onstage Systems returned to Gilley’s early this year, excited to deliver another killer show. This one was a private concert featuring the iconic band Weezer. The band was here to perform exclusively for the National Automobile Dealers Association during their 2023 annual show in Dallas.And yes, Weezer captivated the audience as expected with their high-energy music, unique sound, and mind-blowing spectacle for the NADA post-convention-day mixer. And it was made possible with the support of Onstage Systems.
The lucky eventgoers got a special treat as Weezer unveiled their debut performance of the cover song “California Girls” by the Beach Boys. It was a special test run with an audience before the band would later perform the hit as part of the tribute to the Beach Boys at this year’s Grammy Awards. The night was unforgettable, filled with incredible music that resonated with the energized crowd. We can sum the event up as the perfect blend of entertainment and camaraderie, with a fun-filled atmosphere for all.
During their electrifying performance, Weezer thrilled the appreciative crowd with a phenomenal setlist showcasing their timeless hits and memorable cover songs. The night kicked off with beloved tunes such as “Beverly Hills” and “My Name Is Jonas.” The band continued to surprise the audience with their version of B.o.B’s “Magic” and Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.”
Other tunes belted out from this unforgettable setlist were:
- Undone – The Sweater Song
- Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
- Pork and Beans (with “1 More Hit” intro)
- Take on Me by (A-ha cover)
- Africa by Toto
- California Girls” by the Beach Boys (live debut)
- Island in the Sun
- Say It Ain’t So
For the epic encore, the band concluded the fun-packed evening with their timeless hit, “Buddy Holly,” leaving the entire audience in awe and cheering for more. Yes, it was a night everyone will remember, that’s for sure, and here’s how we helped it happen.
As an acclaimed audio-visual company, we take great pride in our rock-solid partnership with The Event Nerd team. They trust us to bring their wild and imaginative ideas to life with our creative solutions and flawless execution. And that’s achievable thanks to the Onstage Systems unstoppable team. Our people poured hearts and souls into this project —like all projects before it—in their relentless obsession for perfection. And we can honestly say that Gilley’s event was off the charts! Yeah, we nailed it, just like we always do.
Onstage Systems knows a thing or two about a thing or two when asked to create lasting memories at events. In this case, we strategically placed attention-grabbing LED walls around Gilley’s complex. Our cutting-edge digital displays created an incredible opportunity for the sponsor Capital One activations. In fact, they stole the show, exposing the backer’s branding with a dynamic and visually hypnotic flair. But that’s not all!
We decided to move things up another notch by going beyond the standard offerings. Our team designed intricate hardware and lighting installations that were nothing less than awe-inspiring. This setup guaranteed seamless integration of the client’s branding and decor, blending in beautifully with the overall aesthetics. Best of all, our work here added to the experience without distracting the focus from the event and its sponsors, but it wasn’t without a few challenges.
Our biggest challenge was to create an elaborate setup within a tight 24-hour timeframe. And that meant there had to be faultless coordination across multiple departments, right. Our job was to bring together diverse elements to craft a truly extraordinary experience—so that’s exactly what we did. It took extensive preparation, pre-rigged GT trusses, meticulous design work, and efficient prefabrication. Well…. our skilled and dedicated tech crew pulled off this seemingly impossible task within a single day.
So, Onstage Systems rose to the occasion and tackled the event’s challenges head-on with our imaginative solutions—as we always do. The strategies and techniques used demanded custom fabrication, showcasing how we never back down when off-the-shelf remedies for problems aren’t on the table.
Despite the time constraints, we achieved a stunning, unforgettable arrangement that exceeded all expectations. It’s moments like these that remind us why we love doing what we do. That is, to turn ambitious visions into extraordinary realities, regardless of constraints.
Our love for live event production is easy for all to see in our work. It’s why our partners and clients trust us to bring event ideas to life with creative solutions and flawless execution.