Rockfan had the pleasure of designing and installing the audio, video and lighting for the performance venue, dining area and event space at Nissi’s new location in Lafayette, Colorado (  

“Our goal with this project was to provide state-of-the-art sound and lighting elements that brought the vision for the venue to life,” said Rockfan President, Lee Putnam. “The space looks and sounds amazing and I think concertgoers and musicians will agree.” 

Since 2006, Nissi’s has served as a Front Range entertainment destination known for its live jazz, country, blues, acoustic, dance and rock music. The new location will host its first bands in April and will celebrate its official grand opening the first weekend of May.  

“The former location was more of a seated supper club with a dance floor and guests were required to buy their tickets in advance due to our limited capacity,” owner Marc Gitlin told the Boulder Daily Camera. “Now, we are more accommodating by providing reserved seating, a large general admission area and a larger dance floor and stage. The new location is also perfectly suited for medium to large-scale private events.”  

The venue’s main PA is an RCF rig. It features flown arrays on both sides of the stage that each consist of six RCF HDL26a speakers and the room’s low-end is rounded out with three RCF SUB-8004AS 18” subwoofers. 

The new audio console is an Allen & Heath SQ-6 with a GX4816 stage rack and custom floor pockets from ACE Backstage provide performers easy access and connectivity to the system. 

The stage lighting system features six Chauvet Rogue R1X Spots, 13 Chauvet ColorDASH Par Hex 7’s and four Chauvet Intimidator Spot 360’s which are collectively controlled via a ChamSys lighting console.  

The house lighting and LED tape lighting treatment throughout the venue can also be controlled by the ChamSys console or via the QSC Q-SYS DSP that handles system processing and video control.  

While Nissi’s has long been a strong supporter of Colorado-based musicians, the new venue has Gitlin and his team excited about featuring entertainers from outside of the region. 

“I am now in discussions to bring in some national jam-funk and alternative bands, comedy headliners and some rock legends,” Gitlin said.