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Rock 'n' roll style
EPI turns a massive black tent into a two-night
concert and party venue, taking inspiration from
the Emerald Isle and the California punk scene.
vent planners love to go on and on about their love
of working in a white tent, because it's a blank
canvas that can be transformed into anything.
But what if the blank slate is a black tent?
Elite Productions International (EPI), Laguna Hills,
Calif., transformed a Southern California beach-adjacent
parking lot into an unforgettable celebration under a
120-by-100-foot black tent, not once but twice over St.
Patrick's Day weekend.
The black tent with a clear canopy extension for an
indoor/outdoor reception transformed the bare lot
into a dedicated concert venue and reception, featuring
a stage design, lounges, pool tables, three bars and
a private VIP area. The site required that EPI design
the event around existing trees, working the greenery
organically into the space to complement the bar area,
architectural designs and furniture vignettes. Over the
two days, more than 4,700 guests from 550 companies
attended the private conference reception.

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RIGHT: The 120-by-100-foot
black tent was installed
around trees at the site, a
beach-adjacent parking lot
that also required working
around parking meters, light
poles, planters and traffic.
BELOW: Massive green tinsel
chandeliers shimmered
under custom lights during
the first night of the two-day
event. Photos by Justice
Photography.

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Back in black
Lili Shadab, EPI creative director and president, says
the black tent was chosen for this year's edition of
the annual reception because it it with the theme
and design direction. A black tent is, she says, "very
rock 'n' roll."
"Lighting is always considered in any event space.
With a black tent, we used a lot more LED screens versus
lights to create the perfect atmosphere," Shadab says.
"Something to consider in using a black tent is de initely
lighting and heat, as well as adding perishable design
elements such as lorals at the very end, especially if it's
a particularly warm and sunny day."
Avalon Tent & Party, Anaheim, Calif., installed the
tent, and Signature Party Rentals, Santa Ana, Calif.,
provided 11,000 square feet of looring. Given all of
the site's obstacles-parking meters, light poles, trees,
and planters, plus beach traf ic-planners needed to be
"very strategic and precise in our CAD drawings-every
inch counts," Shadab says.

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