On the heels of Katy Perry's visit to town during Rock Lititz-based rehearsals for her tour, musician David Byrne is the latest celebrity to visit the area and talk about his experience.
"I’ve been in the tiny town of Lititz (and Manheim) Pennsylvania testing out lighting, wireless and staging technology for a music tour next year," Byrne notes in the Oct. 5 blog post on the "journal" portion of his website.
The former Talking Heads frontman titles the journal entry, "The Secret Place Where the Music Gets Made."
Amid posted photos of the bucolic area around the Rock Lititz entertainment complex, Byrne speculates about how internationally known rock-tour support companies like Clair Global and TAIT sprouted in the middle of Pennsylvania farmland.
In the post, Byrne goes on to tell a story related to him about how Clair Brothers — now Clair Global— got its start. The story involves company founders Roy and Gene Clair, having received a gift of a public address system from their father, providing sound for a Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons concert in the 1960s.
"...(I)t it led to the birth of what is now this little known and unexpected place, where the giant music tours we all know get put together," Byrne writes. "You've seen and heard what they do here, but most likely you didn't know where it came from; now you do. ...
"The area has passed a threshold — as more show-related businesses cluster around one place, one might see a kind of creative synergy as result of all the clustering," he adds. "The nearness of related talent and skilled technicians invites shared knowledge and coordination."