In 2015, when I was the news editor at Pollstar magazine and ticketing issues were in the news, like they seem to be every few years, an Arizona paper interviewed Dr. Stephen Happel for his view on whatever that problem du jour was (Springsteen vs. scalpers). Happel was a champion of free markets who thought that a ticket should be worth what people were willing to pay for it. It was an interesting take and I filed that name in my mental Rolodex for the next ticketing concern. A few months later, the NBA and Ticketmaster got into a conflict with StubHub. It inspired a Pollstar interview with Dr. Happel that got a lot of traction, with reactions coming from all angles. It was so controversial that it created a follow-up article compiling the various reactions.Continue reading “Yet Another Take On All This Ticket Talk”
Author: Joe Reinartz
Goldenvoice’s Wiley Dailey Is Not Who You Think He Is
You think you know someone.
We all have those people– not family or BFFs – that we assume we know. That person we see every year at the holiday party, that coworker we talk to in in the breakroom, that friendly volunteer that shows up at every church function. Yet we don’t really know them; we just think we do.
This writer/interviewer has spent literally decades talking to the so-called intriguing bigwigs that everyone gravitates toward, it’s possible to zip around those whom are closer.Continue reading “Goldenvoice’s Wiley Dailey Is Not Who You Think He Is”
A Conversation With Backline’s Hilary Gleason
As the pandemic made tectonic shifts in the music business, one thing that emerged was a new, significant nonprofit service called Backline. Founded in late 2019, and launched mere months before the lockdowns, the organization provides music industry professionals and their families with mental health and wellness resources.
The service did not begin as a small project but quite the opposite. Because of events in 2019 and a laser-focused industry, an organization that connected artists and crews directly with mental health services was quickly embraced.Continue reading “A Conversation With Backline’s Hilary Gleason”
Van Gogh Experience With Ian Noble
Immersive experiences are one new avenue of investment for promoters, with the most prominent being the Van Gogh exhibitions. There are several that are touring North America currently. Ian Noble of Metropolitan Entertainment is involved with the version known as Beyond Van Gogh, and NACPA talked to him about it.Continue reading “Van Gogh Experience With Ian Noble”
Tim Taber, Transparent Productions
Transparent Productions, the newest member of the North American Concert Promoters Association, continues to grow with shows coast to coast as well as festivals. Operating in the Christian music space, Transparent has emerged from the lockdowns through elbow grease, thinking outside the box and working in churches.
Tim Taber learned the basics of promotion while playing in the alt-rock band The Prayer Chain, then by managing bands and as the previous owner of Floodgate Records.Continue reading “Tim Taber, Transparent Productions”
For this installment of the newsletter, we talked to Dave Brooks, who covers the concert business for Billboard and has organized its Touring Conference.Continue reading “Dave Brooks”
Charles Johnston: Select Artists Associates
Charles T. Johnston, known to his many admirers as Charlie, has been a staple of live entertainment since the ‘60s.
That’s just the byproduct of spending more than 50 years in the business. Johnston’s main contribution to live entertainment is taken for granted: sports event performances. Sure, halftime shows at the Super Bowl are part of American culture, with marching bands since 1967 and Carol Channing taking the field in 1970. Yet, Johnston and his company helped solidify the culture in the mid-90s with staging that could be moved on and off the field in minutes and was used for a pre-game show at Super Bowl XXX for the Doobie Brothers.Continue reading “Charles Johnston: Select Artists Associates”
Chris Semrau: A Venue Perspective
As the U.S. events return with or without restrictions, NACPA decided to take a look at how our friends in facility management are handling it. Chris Semrau is the GM of the once-named Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, a venue that was recently renamed Paycom Center and is home to the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder. It was an SMG-managed building until that powerful company merged with AEG Facilities to become the venue’s facility manager, ASM Global. Paycom Center can house up to 16,591 for concerts and has 18,203 seats in its basketball configuration.Continue reading “Chris Semrau: A Venue Perspective”
Dick Alen: Chuck Berry In Paris
The following is the second installment from an unfinished autobiography for legendary William Morris agent Dick Alen:Continue reading “Dick Alen: Chuck Berry In Paris”
A Touring Hospital: Interview with Entour Med’s Jeremy Pinyard
As founder of Nashville-based EnTour Med, Dr. Jeremy Pinyard has developed a concept that one would assume would be more common: getting touring artists a home base for medical treatment.
Yes, A-list musicians may have their “Rock Docs,” and movie and television stars their equivalents, but not every artist can afford to have a doctor with them 24/7. EnTour Med works to fill the gap.Continue reading “A Touring Hospital: Interview with Entour Med’s Jeremy Pinyard”