Pennsylvania Amish Country is Housing Music’s Biggest Names
It seems far-fetched to think that Pennsylvania’s Amish Country is serving as a location for live music’s biggest names, but it’s true. A new article in Rolling Stone discusses the unique location and how it’s serving some huge music stars.
The article describes Eric Church rehearsing for his first-ever “in the round” tour and how being in Pennsylvania helped him deal with last-minute production changes.
“Were Church rehearsing in an arena he had rented out somewhere in the country — the norm for touring artists — making such pivotal changes to the stage production could take weeks,” Rolling Stone states. “But Church was holed up in Pennsylvania’s Amish country in the small farming town of Lititz, at a cutting-edge production and rehearsal facility known as Rock Lititz.”
Rock Lititz is described as a “sprawling 96-acre campus with two cavernous rehearsal studios and a series of ‘pod’ buildings,” by the magazine. The pub adds that, “Rock Lititz is its own village, built and staffed by live music professionals who’ve spent much of their existence backstage, on tour buses, or hanging from lighting trusses. Most importantly, it’s home to 40 different vendors and production companies, from audio and effects experts to touring pioneers Clair Global and stage designers Tait.”
A few of the other major names that have practiced at Rock Lititz include Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Beyoncé and Sammy Hagar. “We’re meeting a need that the industry didn’t even know it had yet,” Andrea Shirk, president and CEO of Rock Lititz, told Rolling Stone. “We created an environment that has been thoughtful for crew and artist and management. We’ve brought efficiency and comfort to each of them and it allows them to do their jobs really effectively.” Read the full article here.