Jessica Beutler Abel
EVP Client Services, MAC Presents
Jessica Beutler Abel is the Executive Vice President of Client Services for MAC Presents, a leading music sponsorship and experiential agency. As a 10-year veteran of the company, Abel has played a key role in building MAC’s roster of Fortune 50 clients and growing list of award-winning, brand defining programs.
As EVP of Client Services, Abel oversees the team responsible for creating and managing MAC’s current and future brand programs. Since 2013, Abel has directed more than 120 partnerships and events for Citi’s entertainment division. Highlights include Chance the Rapper’s Magnificent Coloring Day festival, Billy Joel’s franchise performances at MSG, Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, The Rolling Stones ‘50 and Counting’ Tour, and a custom Billboard Music Awards integration with John Legend.
Currently, Abel is managing a partnership for Foo Fighters with Capital One and just concluded Citi’s culinary tour with No Kid Hungry featuring a music integration with The Strumbellas and Judah & the Lion.
Prior to MAC Presents, Abel worked in brand partnerships at Creative Artists Agency in Nashville, where she received her BA from Vanderbilt University. She recently relocated to Chicago from New York City to grow MAC’s Midwest and West Coast presence. She lives there with her husband, daughter and dog, Jones.
Manager, Red Light Management
Marc Allan is a Manager at Red Light Management. Joining Red Light in 2009, he has maintained a diverse roster that gives him the opportunity to manage the careers of musical icons including Herbie Hancock, Aaron Neville, Bruce Hornsby, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Bassnectar and the estate of Jerry Garcia as well as international successes such as John Butler Trio and Gomez.
Marc was the GM of Ropeadope Records and went on to found MOVE Management, prior to joining Red Light in 2009. In addition to representing the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, MOVE also offered him the opportunity to play a role in the development of the careers of the Benevento/Russo Duo and Steel Train, among others.
General Manager, The Capitol Theatre
Tom Bailey began his concert career at Bill Graham Presents in the ‘80s, working box office at Shoreline Amphitheatre and on BGP tours up and down the West Coast. In the ‘90s he moved into venue management as AGM of the Fillmore, back when there was only THE Fillmore. After moving to New York in 2004, Tom worked at The Knitting Factory, Blue Note Jazz Club, and from 2010-present, as GM of The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester.
Senior Director, Consulting, Wasserman Media Group
Molly Bailin serves as a senior director at Wasserman overseeing the Entertainment vertical for the American Express business, including its Music, Ticketing, and Venue partnerships. Her responsibilities and expertise span across the live entertainment landscape and include contract negotiation, partnership management, strategic planning, experiential, deal evaluation and analysis.
Prior to joining Wasserman, Mrs. Bailin served as Director of Sales for Entertainment for both, the Madison Square Garden Company and Live Nation Entertainment.
She graduated from the University of Florida earning a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations, from the School of Journalism and Communications. Mrs. Bailin resides in Brooklyn, NY and is a passionate live music enthusiast.
VP, Music Publishing & Rights Management, CD Baby
Jon Bahr serves as the VP of Music Publishing and Rights Management at leading independent music distributor and artist services company, CD Baby. Bahr leads CD Baby’s Publishing administration unit, which represents over 135,000 songwriters, and directs CD Baby’s licensing business of 3 million pre-cleared songs. Prior to joining CD Baby in 2016, Bahr worked at ASCAP for over a decade where he was most recently Senior Director of Marketing & Communications overseeing ASCAP’s advertising, sponsorships, member benefit partnerships and marketing campaigns. He was a creator and executive producer of the successful annual ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO conference. Prior to ASCAP, Bahr worked at music booking agencies, in artist management and tour marketing as well as managing jam/indie band, The Slip.
Chief Personnel Officer, Dayglo Ventures
Rachel Baron is Chief Personnel Officer and Senior Vice President of Dayglo Ventures. She is a Certified Professional by Society for Human Resource Management and has completed certification in Affordable Care Act training and HR compliance.
Prior to joining Dayglo Ventures, Rachel already held a multitude of key positions within a number of what would become its portfolio of companies.
Rachel was instrumental in launching of Relix Media Group in 2009 with Peter Shapiro
Prior to starting with Relix Media Group in 2009, Rachel worked at Condé Nast Media Group. There she focused on launching the company’s Fashion Rocks and Movies Rock television events. She also worked with the digital team in delivering innovative concepts for brands to span the network of Condé sites for the company’s top clientele.
Subsequent to joining Condé Nast Media Group, Rachel was with Condé Nast at the legendary magazine The New Yorker for five years where her team helped launch the much-lauded New Yorker Festival.
Previous to her endeavors in media and entertainment, Rachel was at Lehman Brothers and Ladenburg Thalman where she worked in both retail and institutional trading.
Outside of work, Rachel has dedicated much of her time to generating awareness about women’s health issues. She served as Vice President of The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition in NYC, working closely with such charities as The Revlon Walk, Gilda’s Club, and Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Currently, she is focusing her energy toward BRCA awareness and speaking to women newly diagnosed with the BRCA gene as she herself is a carrier and a previvor.
Rachel currently resides in Brooklyn with her husband Josh, son Blake and daughter Billie.
Talent Buyer, The Bowery Presents
Meeting in the late ’80s while attending college in Plattsburgh, New York, the members of the neo-jam band Ominous Seapods soon found themselves at the head of a grass roots following fueled by their more than 200 live appearances each year. Just as Vermont’s Phish took their cue from the Grateful Dead’s endless touring and grass roots mailing list, the Ominous Seapods are at the forefront of a movement of newer jam-inspired, guitar dance bands (others include God Street Wine, Juggling Suns and the Disco Biscuits).
After dropping out of college the members of Ominous Seapods, Max Verna (guitar, vocals), Dana Monteith (guitar, vocals), Tom Pirozzi (bass), Brian Mangini (keyboards) and Ted Marotta (drums), relocated to Albany and thrust themselves into the local scene by constant live appearances and the release of a live album, Econobrain, on Ripe & Ready Records. More live appearances followed and the group branched out playing the east coast, southeast and, eventually, the west coast before releasing their first studio album, Guide To Roadside Ecology. They followed …Roadside Ecology with Jet Smooth Ride, produced by their friend Lo Faber from God Street Wine, an album that furthered their sound to include folk and funk.
In 1995 the group reached a pinnacle of popularity with articles in Spin, the Village Voice and the New York Times lauding the new movement of jam bands that included moe. and Rusted Root as well. By building a grass roots following through tape trading and a 10,000+ mailing list, the band was able to stretch their influence beyond upstate New York, playing sold out shows in Toronto, Chicago and Montana. Combining the offbeat humor of Frank Zappa with the guitar-driven sound of the Allman Brothers, the Ominous Seapods have remained a cut above the countless jam bands that have sprung up in since the early ’90s. Although the melody lines and lyrics of the group’s three previous releases may show room for improvement, their musicianship is without question and the guitar interplay between Verna and Monteith is second to none. Recently the group signed to the Megaforce subsidiary Hydrophonic and released 1998’s live offering Matinee Idols.
CEO & Founder, CID Entertainment
Dan Berkowitz founded CID Entertainment in 2007 and is a firm believer in the transformative power of music and the importance of immersive, unforgettable and seamless experiences for music lovers. CID Entertainment develops and operates enhanced ticketing and travel experiences at a wide array of festivals such as Coachella, Bonnaroo and Desert Trip, and with touring artists such as Kenny Chesney, Metallica, MUSE, Kelly Clarkson, and The Killers. In 2015, Berkowitz and his team launched CID Presents, a boutique end-to-end event production branch of the company that offers superfans once-in-a-lifetime music destination events, including Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa, Phish: Riviera Maya, Los Muertos con Queso and Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds Riviera Maya. www.cidentertainment.com | www.cidpresents.com
Executive Director, Headcount
Andy Bernstein helped found HeadCount in 2004 and became its executive director in the spring of 2008. Under his stewardship, HeadCount has registered nearly 500,000 and become a leader in harnessing the power of music to drive social change.
Andy was one of the founders of National Voter Registration Day, and conceived the corresponding social media campaign that has involved over 500 musicians and celebrities and generated over one billion social media impressions.
He also helped create “Participation Row,” an activism village where concert attendees have taken over 100,000 socially-conscious actions while raising nearly $1.5 million for various music-industry charities (including over $500,000 generated from the auction of one guitar signed by members of the Grateful Dea). Andy has produced nearly a dozen benefit concerts and live music events, including 2012’s “The Bridge Session,” which paired HeadCount board member Bob Weir with members of The National for the first time.
Prior to creating HeadCount, Andy was best known in the music community as an author of “The Pharmer’s Almanac”, a guide to the band Phish that sold over 70,000 copies. He also worked in sports for more than a decade, as media editor of Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal and a vice president at the sports technology company Kangaroo TV.
He splits his time between New York City and a slopeside ski condo in nearby Vernon, NJ.
A founding partner at Superfly, Kerry is focused on creative and programming as well as driving culinary efforts across all company properties. Additionally, Kerry plays a leading role in business development and creating and developing brand identities for all Superfly owned properties and events. Kerry likes to relax to Slayer with a large plate of bacon and a Sazerac in hand.
Manager , Umphrey’s McGee / Nothing Too Fancy Music
2018 marks the 20th year Kevin has been adding arrow to his music business quiver. Originally focusing on Front of House engineering for Umphrey’s McGee, Kevin spent 13 years on the road with band while also tackling studio engineering, producing, and a host of creative and business development ideas. Kevin left the road in 2011 to begin co-managing UM full time with Vince Iwinski as well as launch and manage their independent record label Nothing Too Fancy Music.
Co-Editor In Chief, Relix
Dean Budnick, is the editor-in-chief of Relix. He is the co-author of Blues Traveler frontman John Popper’s new memoir Suck and Blow: And Other Stories I’m Not Supposed To Tell as well as Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry and How the Public Got Scalped, which chronicles the previously untold story of the modern concert industry, revealing the origins, development and ongoing strategies of companies such as Ticketmaster, Live Nation, StubHub and the efforts of numerous independent competitors. He continues to report on the concert industry for Billboard.
Budnick, who holds a Ph.D. from Harvard’s History of American Civilization program and a J.D. from Columbia Law School has written three prior books on improvisational music and the novel Might As Well, which explores the culture of Dead tour in the late 1980’s. He also directed the documentary Wetlands Preserved: The Story of An Activist Rock Club, which earned film festival laurels, opened nationally via First Run Features and then aired on the Sundance Channel. Budnick is the founder of Jambands.com and the co-creator of the Jammy Awards. Since 2002 he has edited the official Bonnaroo festival newspaper and has worked on similar specialty publications for Phish, Dave Matthews Band, LOCKN’ and Fare Thee Well. For many years he co-hosted “Jam Nation” on XM Satellite Radio.
Co-Editor In Chief, Relix
Production/Operations specialist with over 20 years of experience in the industry.
Production Manager with The Bowery Presents for the past 10 years, overseeing production duties at the venue Terminal 5.
Production consultant on several recent Bowery Presents projects such as Brooklyn Steel (Brooklyn, NY), Union Transfer (Philadelphia, PA), The Royale & Sinclair (Boston, MA).
Prior to joining The Bowery Present, Burrows spent 10 years as Production Manager for the band Moe. Coordinating and overseeing production duties for all tours during that time. Production consultant in the formulation of their Summercamp (Chillicothe, IL) & Moedown (Turin, NY) Festivals.
Early and diverse career positions such as Assistant Director of Sports Facilities at Hofstra University, Financial Analyst at Morgan Stanley, and positions in the Promotions and Publishing Department of Atlantic & Polygram Records respectively, all helped in contributing to Burrows’ success in the industry today.
Happily married for 12 years to his lovely wife Kristin and a doting Father to 3 amazing boys, Anders, Lars, and Lukas.
Manager, Bob Weir Management
Matt has worked for Bob Weir since 2005 in both Personal Management and Tour Management in all of his projects since then. He also has been Co-Manager of God Street Wine since their 2010 reunion shows and is on the Headcount Board of Directors. He got his start with Warren Haynes & Gov’t Mule 20 years ago in both merchandise and tour management and has worked in various roles with The Allman Brothers Band, Phil Lesh & Friends, The Dead, and moe., in the years prior to joining Weir’s team. In 2015 he was Executive Producer of the Fare Thee Well shows alongside Peter Shapiro and Jill Lesh.
Global Head of Integrated Marketing, Ben & Jerry’s
Jay Curley is the Global Head of Integrated Marketing for Ben & Jerry’s. Jay leads the development and execution of consumer marketing activities in the United States and global advocacy communications. These integrated programs bring Ben & Jerry’s progressive three-part mission to life in traditional advertising, innovative social media and digital engagements, retail shops, social activism, and live consumer experiences. Jay has been on the marketing lead for Ben & Jerry’s on campaigns focused on Climate Justice, Marriage Equality, and Voting Rights.
Founder & President, G4D Productions and G4D Management
In his twenty years of event industry experience, Jon Dindas has held almost every title in the business – from production manager and producer, to venue designer and festival director. Dindas has done it all. He has worked with companies of all sizes and with some of the biggest names in the worlds of music and entertainment. Prior to founding Go4Dindas Productions and Management in 2015, Dindas was the Director of Production at Dayglo Ventures where he designed and installed the production systems and oversaw production at the Capitol Theatre, LOCKN’ Festival, and the Brooklyn Bowls in Las Vegas and London. For the past several years, Dindas has been the Production Manager of LOCKN’ Festival and Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival. He has also been the producer of Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam since 2008, and the Main Stage manager at both Governor’s Ball and The Meadows. He was the co-executive producer of the Climate Rally on the National Mall in 2010, the Producer for The March for Science, the Tour Director for the Outlaw Tour and served as Festival Director of the Clearwater Festival in 2009. G4DM represents clients including Holly Bowling, Tom Hamilton, Ghost Light, Magic Beans and Amasa Hines. Dindas lives in New York City and has a 12-year-old daughter who is way cooler than any rock star he knows. He spends his days daydreaming about Jason Isbell and Ryan Adams and rooting for several shitty sports teams.
City Parks Foundation / SummerStage / Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
Erika Elliott is a recognized leader in the field and a creative programmer with over twenty-five years of experience in variety of roles within the music industry. She currently holds the position of Executive Artistic Director at SummerStage / City Parks Foundation. She is the longest standing Programming Director in the festivals 30 year history, and has been curating the festival for over a decade. City Parks Foundation is the largest presenter of free Arts and Culture in New York City, annually presenting over 200 free programs including 35+ performances at SummerStage in Central Park, three months of programming citywide at SummerStage Citywide, and 100 family programs, serving all five boroughs as well as the annual 3 day Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. Additionally the organization programs and runs the Swedish Marionette Theatre, in Central Park programming puppets shows year round. Ms. Elliott is responsible for the overall artistic vision of all the the Arts programming, as well as developing larger thematic seasonal celebrations, and commissions. Under her leadership the attendance and notoriety of the entire festival has grown exponentially.
Originally from Los Angeles, Erika joined the staff of Loud Records in 1996, working in both the marketing and promotion departments on seminal Hip-Hop projects such as Wu-Tang’s Forever, and Big Punishers Capital Punishment. Erika then spent 2+ years in the Artist Development department of RCA Music Group developing the careers of Christina Aguilera, and Foo Fighters. In 2001 she was hired as Talent Buyer / Director of Urban Music at S.O.B’s (a 500 capacity Club). At S.O.B’s she created and developed the SOULCITY series, which launched the careers of then unsigned artists John Legend, Anthony Hamilton, Ledisi, and Kanye West.
As co-founder of Superfly, Rick plays a leading role in business development, identifying key opportunities to grow and expand the company, its capabilities and strategic partnerships. Rick also oversees and manages company operations and communications. Additionally, Rick is responsible for overseeing the event operations team for all of Superfly, including Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, and all client activations.
LOCKN’ Music Festival Festival / Silent Partner Management
Promoter; Tut’s, The West End, The Vic, Current Events Presents, New Music Seminar, Ron Delsener Presents, Roseland, Irving Plaza, The Marquee, The Academy, HORDE Festival, Yahoo Outloud, Gravity Games, & LOCKN’ Festival
Booking Agent; Elizabeth Rush Agency & Music Business Agency
Manager; Bill Graham Management, Silent Partner Management; Blue Traveler, Cheap Trick, Ramones, Brazilian Girls, Local H, and others.
Senior Editor, Rolling Stone
David Fricke (born June 4, 1952) is a senior editor at Rolling Stone magazine, where he writes predominantly on rock music. His career has spanned over 30 years. In the 1990s, he was the magazine’s music editor before stepping down. Fricke graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in 1972. There, he was a student DJ and studied journalism. His very first concert that he attended was to see Pink Floyd. It was his love for live music that set him on his career path of becoming a music journalist. Before joining Rolling Stone, where he is now senior editor, he wrote for Circus and Good Times. His interviews with Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love for Rolling Stone, prior to Cobain’s death, were widely cited.
He has appeared on the Classic Albums documentaries on the making of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, Cream’s Disraeli Gears, Def Leppard’s Hysteria, Nirvana’s Nevermind, Metallica’s Black Album, Peter Gabriel’s So, Frank Zappa’s Apostrophe and Over-Nite Sensation as well as Rush’s Moving Pictures and 2112 albums. Fricke has also appeared on a number of Lou Reed documentaries and in the Wilco documentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart. He wrote the introductions to the program guides for Phish’s 2009 Halloween performance of Exile on Main Street and 2010 Halloween performance of Waiting for Columbus. The Domino Recording Company released the North American version of the 30th anniversary reissue of Aztec Camera’s debut album, High Land, Hard Rain, in 2014 and the liner notes are written by Fricke.
Today, he writes the “Fricke’s Picks Radio” podcast and the Alternate Take blog in Rolling Stone.
Co-Founder & Head of Agency, Superfly
Rich Goodstone oversees Superfly’s agency services. As head of the agency offering, Rich is responsible for driving development of award winning strategic and creative lifestyle marketing solutions for a variety of leading brands, leveraging Superfly’s unparalleled expertise driving youth minded culture. He also develops and oversees revenue sources for Superfly’s landmark festivals with a focus on creating innovative partnerships and multi-channel brand extensions.
Co-Editor in Chief, Relix
Mike Greenhaus is a writer and blogger with a live-music obsession. He is the editor-in-chief of Relix, the longest-standing print magazine dedicated to improvisational and independent music. Additionally, he oversees the daily newswire for Relix.com and its sister site Jambands.com, helps curate Relix’s official video channels and co-created the collaborative “Brooklyn Is Dead” event series.
Mike is the vice president and co-founder of Relix Media Group, the parent company of Relix magazine, Relix.com, Jambands.com, the local event database DoNYC and the Here & There music network. RMG is also responsible for a variety of specialty publications, including the daily newspapers for Bonnaroo, Mumford & Sons’ Gentlemen of the Road and Phish’s festivals. A former college radio DJ, Mike produced and hosted Relix’s official podcast “Cold Turkey,” which launched in 2005 as one of the first magazine podcasts. He has appeared on SiriusXM and FOX 5 News and spoken on panels at South by Southwest, CMJ, the Asbury Park Music and Film Festival, Tune-In Tel Aviv, M for Montreal and elsewhere. He has also written for Spin, Paste, American Songwriter and a variety of other outlets, and penned the introduction to noted music photographer Jay Blakesberg’s book, Jam.
Mike currently hosts The Friday Night Jam with Rabbi Dan Ain, a speaking series at New York’s LPR focused on the intersection of music, spirituality and religion. He also serves on the Young Patrons Stirring Committee for City Parks Foundation.
A native New Yorker and Skidmore College graduate, Mike lives in New York City with his Southern-transplant wife, and has proudly seen a concert in all five boroughs (including Staten Island). You can follow him on Twitter at @greenhauseffect and Instagram at @greenhauseffect3.
Agent, Paradigm Talent Agency
Michael Greisch is an agent based in Paradigm’s New York City office. He spent 7 years in the agency’s Monterey, CA office working alongside Chip Hooper booking Dave Matthews Band and Phish. In addition to those artists, Greisch looks after Ray LaMontagne, Trey Anastasio, Jason Mraz, Twiddle, Caamp, and more. Greisch is also a member of the MusiCares Ambassador Board.
Associate Director of Artist Development & Touring, Atlantic Records
Nick has been a part of the Artist Development department at Atlantic Records for over 6 years, working on campaigns for DRAM, David Guetta, Santigold, KYLE, Anderson East, The Front Bottoms & more, in addition to Portugal. The Man.
Senior Vice President of Programming, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment
As Senior Vice President of Programming, Marilyn Hauser oversees the day-to-day booking of Barclays Center, building upon existing relationships with promoters, agents, artist management, and content providers. With more than 30 years of industry experience, Hauser is joined BSE from Live Nation where she served as Senior Vice President of Talent Programming, and managed special projects for the New York City and Philadelphia offices. Prior to Live Nation, Hauser oversaw booking for Prudential Center as well as all aspects of event marketing, promotion and publicity. Before Newark, she spent 25 years at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan where she led programming and marketing for The Palace, DTE Energy Music Theatre, Meadow Brook Amphitheatre, and the Detroit Pistons.
Vice President, Marketing + Digital Strategy, Dayglo Ventures
Jonathan Healey is Vice President of Marketing and Digital Strategy at Dayglo Ventures, a holding company that owns equity in Brooklyn Bowl, The Capitol Theatre, LOCKN’, and Relix magazine, among others. A progressive, collaborative, forward-thinking digital media and content development leader, Healey plays a vital function as a senior member of the executive team and works closely with an array of Dayglo departments to help shape the strategy and execution of marketing, promotion, sponsorship, creative, digital, and video media for the company.
Healey was instrumental in the planning, development, marketing, and 2012 re-launch of The Capitol Theatre (Port Chester, New York). The infrastructure built at The Cap served as a springboard to architect and oversee Dayglo’s high-performing, nationwide, venue marketing teams — a group with a proven track record of developing sophisticated promotional strategies that utilize a 360° approach that exceed expectations in achieving online visibility and engagement.
A longtime collaborator with Dayglo founder, Peter Shapiro, the duo have also orchestrated all aspects of film and television, producing award-winning and dynamic productions. Most notably, “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead” set the record for the largest music pay-per-view event of all time, with more than 400,000 cable/satellite subscriptions and online streams. Dayglo’s recent endeavors include construction of a livestream division, producing more than 100 livestream concert events and programming a year.
Prior to focusing on Dayglo’s branding marketing and video initiatives, Healey developed and implemented successful digital and video strategies for Lorne Michael’s Burly Bear Network, Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater Associates, Warren Buffet’s Secret Millionaires Club, Diageo, TBS, National Lampoon, Henri Lloyd, and Gathering of the Vibes. An award-winning homebrewer, Healey lives in scenic Easton, Connecticut and is an avid skier.
Talent Buyer, Metamorphic Concerts & Management
Manager, Portugal. The Man
Rich Holtzman is the manager of Portugal. The Man. He has been doing it for 12 years, since the bands earliest days. Rich has been partner in The Artists Organization, a management company, and prior to that had run record labels. For many years Rich was the N. American Label Manager for the legendary 4AD label and after that he helped developed 2 pioneering record labels. Atomic Pop the first digital record label and Reincarnate the first artist-controlled and fully transparent record label.
DJ/Program Director, WFUV
A nationally recognized tastemaker filled with a broad knowledge and passion for music, Program Director Rita Houston shapes the musical direction of WFUV’s acclaimed and unique music format. Firmly based in the greatest city in the world, Houston’s music mix brings ‘rock for grownups’ diversity to the left end of the New York radio dial.
Well-known for her rapport with artists, Houston books the on-air interviews, hosting a number of them herself. She also serves as Executive Producer of the FUV Live concert series, curates the WFUV at Zankel Hall series, and produces annual benefit CDs of performances from WFUV’s Studio A.
After years as a popular midday host, Houston shifted her on-air presence to create ‘The Whole Wide World with Rita Houston,’ which airs Friday nights from 6-9pm, showcasing her famously wide-ranging taste in music and often featuring live sessions with artists from around the globe.
Out of the studio, Houston was instrumental in the “Required Listening” series of shows at the Bottom Line in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village (R.I.P.), showcasing new and underappreciated artists for an eager audience. She also served as host of the “In Their Own Words” series there as well, renowned interview-and-performance evenings with influential songwriters talking about their ideas and influences.
Houston is often seen out and about at clubs and festivals — determined to turn listeners on to new artists, she goes out three or four times a week to catch live shows. Houston is always on the lookout for the next Damien Rice or Norah Jones — artists who deserve to be heard by larger audiences, first heard in New York on FUV.
This talent and tenacity is recognized by her peers: Houston is a two-time Radio & Records (R&R) Music Director of the Year, three-time designate of Gavin’s Music Director of the Year, and she has also been awarded the Deems Taylor Award for Broadcast Excellence. In 2001, Houston enjoyed acclaim as part of the WFUV team as they were named Album Network 2001 Major Market Adult Rock Station of the Year, Gavin’s Station of the Year, and the 2001, 2002 and 2003 FMQB Progressive Noncommercial Radio Station of the Year. In 2009 Rita was the Honoree at the Emelin Theatre’s Benefit Gala in Mamaroneck, NY.
Houston came to WFUV in 1994 from Westchester’s WXPS – also known as X107 – where she hosted ‘Starlight Express,’ a show close in style to FUV’s. After anchoring the midday there for six years, she left the station to join FUV, where her discerning and varied tastes found a welcome home. A Westchester native, Houston moved to Nyack, NY from the East Village in 2002, to plant basil and perfect her fireplace skills.
WFUV is close to home for Rita, and working here allows her to live “in the best music city of all.”
Head of Independent Label Partnerships (Americas), YouTube and Google Play Music
As Head of Independent Label Partnerships (Americas) for YouTube and Google Play, Ted manages master music licensing for independent labels and distributors for Google’s music services, and helps facilitate live content capture with bands and events for audio/visual streaming on the YouTube platform. Ted believes in the thriving intersection between technology and live music, and envisions YouTube as an online destination to access all your favorite live shows.
Ted Kartzman has spent the past 20 years immersed in the music business, leveraging technology to help elevate independent artists and labels. During the dot-com boom of the late 90s, Ted co-founded JamBase, a website dedicated to providing musicians and fans with a grassroots community for finding artists on tour.
In 2004, Ted brought his passion for live music to the early digital music service Rhapsody, where he licensed content from live bands and independent record labels for internet streaming. He then spent three years as the VP of Client Services at IODA, an independent label aggregator, before joining Google in 2010.
Director Music, Global Partnerships, AEG
Andrew Klein is a senior vice president for the Global Partnerships division of AEG, the largest sports and entertainment company in the world. AEG Global Partnerships oversees worldwide sponsorship, licensing, and broadcast sales, servicing and activation for over 135 world-class venues across five continents and numerous other assets including sports franchises, events, tours, festivals and digital content among other AEG holdings.
Klein has spent more than a decade with AEG and is responsible for spearheading Global Partnership’s efforts across AEG’s Tours, Festivals and Music Venues. These assets include but are not limited to Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest & Heritage Festival, Firefly Festival, Stagecoach, The Roxy, and a plethora of music tours.
Klein’s 20-plus years of experience includes leadership roles associated with some of the world’s most recognized consumer brands. Prior to joining AEG, Klein founded Revolution Marketing, an entertainment marketing company based in New York. While there he set the strategic direction for all initiatives and produced a number of events for MTV, H&M and Red Bull. He was also responsible for the naming rights deal at the Universal Amphitheatre with Gibson Guitar.
Prior to forming Revolution Marketing, Klein was the president of EMCI. For six years, Klein oversaw the sponsorship program for the original Lilith Fair, which included deals with Volkswagen, Borders Books, Tower Records, Tommy Hilfiger, Levi’s, Chevrolet, and others. He also brokered deals between Tommy Hilfiger and Sheryl Crow, Shania Twain and Gitano Jeans, and the Rolling Stones and Sprint.
Klein was an early player in the webcasting world executing broadcasts for the AT&T Blue Room with Coachella, New Orleans Jazz Fest, and the Mile High Music Festival. Most recently he was instrumental in orchestrating the YouTube and AXS TV deals with Coachella, Jazz Fest, Firefly and other AEG festivals.
Today Klein is widely recognized as a leader in the field merging “brands with bands.” He’s credited with developing some of the more iconic deals throughout his career including: H&M’s unprecedented global licensing deal with Coachella as well as broadcast deals with YouTube, AXS TV, Sirius Satellite Radio, AT&T and MySpace. Additionally, he’s executed sponsorship deals between Justin Beiber Xbox, Ubisoft and Motorola as well as Walmart’s sponsorship and licensing deals with Miley Cyrus. For all his accomplishments, Klein was named to Variety’s annual Dealmakers Impact Report and Billboard’s Branding Power Players list, which recognize the top businessmen and women in entertainment and music, respectively.
Klein is and avid tennis player, a graduate of Tulane University, and is married with three children.
CEO and Impresario, Killian + Company
Joe Killian is a music and entertainment marketing executive with over 25 years of experience connecting artists, brands and audiences through live events, multi-media content and social activations. A two-time Emmy award winner (both as Executive Producer), he has worked extensively with some of the best talent in film and music – from Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Steve Buscemi, Keith Richards, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Todd Haynes, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, and many more.
Before founding Killian + Company, he was a partner, EVP and Executive Producer of Branded Entertainment at RadicalMedia (5 years); the EVP of Branded Content at Momentum Worldwide — part of McCann Erikson (12 years); and the VP of Talent at Radio City Music Hall (3 years).
Joe is the founder of the award-winning Central Park Summerstage concert series, and served as the Executive Producer between 1985-1993. He has produced shows at Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, among others. He has consulted for numerous Fortune 500 brands, including American Express, Verizon, Air BnB, New Balance, and more, to develop branded content around music and entertainment. Most notably, working with American Express to create Amex Unstaged – a live streaming program that paired top musical acts with award-winning directors. He maintains close working relationships with all the major labels, including Universal Music, Warner Music, and Sony/ RCA.
As a manager, he worked with world music artist, Cesaria Evora, from 1985-2011, during which she became a two-time Grammy Award winner.
He is a two-time Emmy award winner, and has received Music Clios, a Webby, an X award and has been shortlisted for a Cannes Lion award.
Additionally, Joe is on the advisory board of Central Park SummerStage, the arts committee of God’s Love We Deliver “Love Rocks”, and other music related charities.
Talent Buyer, The Bowery Presents
Anthony Makes is a head talent buyer at The Bowery Presents in NYC. Makes has enjoyed an illustrious 25 year career as a concert promoter that has expanded all over the country from Los Angeles to Chicago and now in NYC for the past 10 years. Anthony books shows into esteemed NYC venues such as Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Barclays Center, The Beacon Theatre, Carnegie Hall, Central Park Summerstage, Terminal 5 and Brooklyn Steel to name a few. Makes started booking the legendary venue The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester 6 years ago when Peter Shapiro re-opened the venerable venue. The venue has since thrived with programming covering all genres of music including Bob Dylan, Robert Plant, Queens Of The Stone Age, The Strokes, Steely Dan, Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Tame Impala and hundreds of other impactful artists. Makes resides in Park Slope, Brooklyn and works out of The Bowery Presents/AEG offices in Manhattan.
Marketing Director, The Capitol Theatre & Garcia’s
Stefanie is a music fan who is passionate about digital marketing, social media, and the power that it holds to connect people. What Stef loves about live music and The Capitol Theatre is the sense of community and the excitement in the spontaneity of living in the moment. She also likes long walks to the LOCKN’ Festival main stage and late night tacos.
Co-Founder & Head of Agency, Superfly
Jonathan Mayers is co-founder of Superfly, a creative company with the mission of building shared experiences- including the iconic Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco – and leading award-winning creative strategies for some of the most recognized brands in the world.
From ideation to creation, Jonathan oversees the company’s creative direction, programming, strategy and vision. Jonathan has been responsible for booking thousands of musical acts, ranging from Jay-Z to Paul McCartney and Radiohead to U2, for millions of fans across the globe. With a personal passion for comedy, Jonathan helped expand the Bonnaroo and Outside Lands lineup offering to include dedicated comedy stages at both festivals that have hosted hundreds of top tier comedians such as Amy Schumer, Jimmy Fallon, Louis C.K., Aziz Ansari and Chris Rock.
Jonathan graduated from Tulane University and began his career as the talent buyer for the legendary New Orleans music club Tipitina’s, followed by a position at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. In 1996, he co-founded Superfly, which got its start staging and promoting special events in New Orleans before expanding to the large scale festival business. An avid record collector and comedy show regular, Jonathan has worked with some of the top creative people in the music, comedy, and hospitality fields. He has repeatedly been recognized by Billboard as one of the most influential “Power Players” in the music industry.
Manager, Vector Management
In 2012 Andy co-founded and helped developed the concept for Nashville’s Music City Food & Wine festival, and currently serves as a partner alongside his client Kings of Leon, Ken Levitan from Vector and Charlie Jones of C3 Presents.
Currently on the board of Global Citizen Festival, Andy was instrumental in securing the current multi-year global partnership with Live Nation, as well as introducing new initiatives like The Global Citizen Action Hub, and The George Harrison Global Citizen Award.
Executive Vice President – New York, Live Nation
Jason Miller, President of Live Nation New York, has been a leading executive in the music and entertainment industry for over 25 years. Since joining Live Nation as a senior executive in 2006, he has produced hundreds of concerts in some of the Nation’s most iconic venues for the many of the world’s leading artists, including Beyoncé, Coldplay, Pearl Jam, Kanye West, Foo Fighters, Guns N Roses, Fleetwood Mac, Eagles and many, many more. Prior to joining Live Nation Jason held senior executive roles in both Denver, CO and Vancouver, BC for House of Blues Concerts and MCA Concerts Canada respectively. Jason also held the position of General Manager of the beloved but retired H.O.R.D.E. Festival in 1997/98. In 2011, Jason introduced the United States to the world’s leading electronic dance music event, Sensation, which left an indelible mark on the EDM landscape of America. Jason holds a Bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric from the University of Oregon. In addition to his role at Live Nation, Jason is the proud father of twin boys, an avid music fan, and been mistaken for Mike Gordon at nearly every Phish show he has attended.
Director, Music Festival Strategy, Eventbrite
Biasha leads Eventbrite’s global music festival strategy. With more than 20 years working in the music industry, she brings a wealth of knowledge of event production and logistics experience to Eventbrite and its music festival clients each day. She focuses on ensuring the success of some of the world’s most prominent music festivals—from seamless ticket on-sale, to smooth day-of-show entry management operations, and ensuring Eventbrite’s largest music festivals are fully leveraging the technology platform.
Prior to Eventbrite, Biasha worked with some of the largest and most complex festivals in the United States, including Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Coachella Music Festival, Stagecoach Music Festival, Rothbury Music Festival (now Electric Forest Festival) and Wanderlust Music & Yoga Festivals.
Her passion for working with live music started as a teenager, where she worked in the production office for Bill Graham Presents and later behind the scenes at a number of well-known venues such as the Shoreline Amphitheatre, the Greek Theater in Berkeley and the historic Fillmore as a touring runner for bands that visited the Bay Area.
Partner, ACTIVIST Artists Management
Liz Norris runs the Brands and Strategy department at Activist Artist Management and focuses on media and brand strategies for all Activist clients and creates promotional opportunities and awareness around album releases, book releases, tours, film premieres and product launches. She specifically focuses on Activist clients the Grateful Dead, Dead & Company (co-managed with Azoff/Moir) and Bob Weir.
She was previously with Roar for fifteen years where she opened the New York office and created a Media and Brand Strategy Department. While at Roar, Norris oversaw brand strategies for music and talent clients across all disciplines with a focus on music, film and television. Norris engineered award campaigns including Tony, GRAMMY, CMA, Oscar, Golden Globes, Emmy, and James Beard Awards in addition to many other top tier honors for clients.
Before joining Roar, she operated her own management company based in Nashville, specializing in songwriters and indie-rock bands. Norris has been an active supporter of the Robin Hood Foundation and led the company team at the NYC Marathon in 2017. She graduated from James Madison University and is an active member of NARAS, ACM, AMA, and CMA.
Assistant US Marketing Manager, Ben & Jerry’s
After finishing college, Brodie took his liberal arts degree, 98-page history thesis on indigenous peoples’ environmental ethics and colossal students loans to Alaska to begin his professional life as a raft guide. Neither the bear encounters nor the Arctic Circle’s dismal beer selection eventually convinced him to exchange his tent in the wild north for a desk in the Northeast. Instead, Brodie hypothesized that business might be a force for positive environmental and social change, a realization that came while showing his clients the first-hand effect of climate change on the Alaskan landscape.
For the past decade, Brodie has devoted his professional life to motivating behavior change in consumers, working with companies including Ben & Jerry’s, Patagonia, and Clif Bar to encourage aspiring activists to take action in support of progressive values. As Assistant U.S. Marketing Manager at Ben & Jerry’s, Brodie works with the company’s social mission team and nonprofit partners to curate cultural moments that inspire and activate millennial fans. He also slings some ice cream (and thinks it’s pretty good, too).
David Onigman was named JamBase CEO in July 2014. His career at JamBase began in 2012 as Senior Coordinator of Sales Production and Traffic. Before joining JamBase, David led a team at the David All Group, a social media marketing agency whose clients included Google, Intel, Lenovo, SoundExchange, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and Burning Man, among others. In 2005, David co-founded Load ‘n Go Video, a mobile video startup that focused on content for the just-launched first iPod with video capabilities. A lover of live music and amateur musician, David was also Executive Editor of the award winning live music website Hidden Track.
CEO/President, Diversified Production Services
Diversified Production Services (DPS) is a dynamic leader in the conception and execution of global event productions. Founded by 30-year entertainment industry veteran Dan Parise, DPS has produced innovative and historic events including the Papal Mass at Madison Square Garden, Taylor Swift Apple Music in Sydney Australia, Jay Z and Beyonce’s On the Run Tour, 12/12/12 Concert for Hurricane Sandy Relief, The Concert for NYC 9/11, Global Citizen Festival in New York and India, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 25th Anniversary, iHeartRadio Music Festivals, iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour, in addition to events such as Made In America Festival, Amazon product launches and private events, Forbes Under 30 Summit, the NBA All-Star Halftime Show, NFL/VH1 Concert Series and many, many more. Dan Parise and DPS has received several accolades for their unsurpassed creativity including nominations for a Grammy Award and two Emmy Awards.
Director of Talent, Brooklyn Bowl / The Capitol Theatre / LOCKN’
Kirk Peterson is the Director of Talent for Dayglo Ventures. He oversees talent buying, concert promotion across the organization’s properties including Brooklyn Bowl New York, Las Vegas, the Capitol Theatre, Garcia’s and LOCKN’ Music Festival.
Prior to joining Dayglo, Kirk served as talent buyer for the Boulder Theater and the Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colorado. Concurrently, he was VP of Talent for experiential marketing firm All Phases Event Group servicing a client list that included Aspen Skiing Company, Intrawest Resorts, Breckenridge Resort, Telluride Ski Resort, Oskar Blues Brewery, White Wave Soy Products, Macerich, Diageo, E*Trade, R.E.I., New Hope Natural Media, Billabong and Red Bull.
Kirk graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in Political Science. He now lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with his wife, 2 kids and Bernese Mtn Dog.
Executive Vice President / MSG Live, The Madison Square Garden Company
As executive vice president of MSG Live, Darren Pfeffer oversees The Madison Square Garden Company’s (MSG) live entertainment events and sets the strategic direction for MSG’s bookings, which includes exploring opportunities to develop new signature events, artist residencies and unique experiences for MSG’s customers. MSG’s live entertainment portfolio includes an array of concerts, family shows, performing arts and special events that are presented or hosted in the Company’s diverse collection of venues. Those venues are: Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon Theatre, the Forum, The Chicago Theatre and the Wang Theatre. MSG also produces outdoor festivals through Boston Calling Events, the entertainment production company responsible for New England’s premier music festival – Boston Calling.
Prior to joining MSG in 2017, Mr. Pfeffer spent more than two decades at iHeartMedia, a leading media and entertainment company, in roles of increasing responsibility. Most recently, he served as senior vice president of Music and Entertainment Marketing, where he was responsible for overseeing all strategic, operational and promotional aspects of more than 160 iHeartMedia events, including high-profile properties such as the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, the iHeartCountry Festival and the iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina. Starting in 2006, Mr. Pfeffer served as executive producer of Z100’s Jingle Ball, turning the annual holiday concert into an iconic New York City event that is nationally televised on The CW Network. He also oversaw the multi-market iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour, which included stops in Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago and Miami. His experience at iHeartMedia also included spearheading the Company’s B2B event strategy and creating exceptional live experiences at key industry events around the world for leading brands. Mr. Pfeffer began his career at iHeartMedia in 1995 as an intern.
Mr. Pfeffer serves on the board of directors of TAO Group, Boston Calling Events and Musicians On Call, which brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities.
Partner, Co-Founder, Madison House, Inc
Nadia Prescher is one of the founders of Madison House, Inc. Based in Boulder, Colorado, Madison House provides management and booking services for an eclectic roster that has also originated a web of independent sister companies that specialize in event production, ticketing, merchandising, publicity, travel, design, and record distribution and marketing. In January 2018 Madison House launched a new speaker and comedy division, Madison House Speaks, that focuses on harnessing the power of the microphone to effect change.
Upon graduation from The Ohio State University in 1994, Prescher took on the national talent buyer position in Columbus at The Patio and assisted the launch of another venue, Ludlow’s. In 1996, she moved to Athens, Georgia to collaborate and develop Madison House, Inc.
Prescher serves the Board of Directors of the Rex Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization based in San Francisco.
She also serves the Board of Directors of HeadCount, a non-partisan, non-profit organization focused on voter registration and inspiring participation in democracy through the power of music. HeadCount is based in New York.
Prescher also serves the Board of Directors of Conscious Alliance, a non-profit organization focused on feeding the hungry through food drives at music and sporting events.
She is a mother to two children, ages 11 and 13. She also enjoys motorcycles (old and new), as a 1974 Moto Guzzi is the most recent addition to the family.
Specialties: Though Nadia Prescher is not a licensed counselor, she has been helping musicians with their drug and alcohol issues since 1996. She is honored to be a trusted, private and reliable resource for entertainers and those in the industry wanting to get clean and sober since the mid-nineties.
Beth Montouri Rowles
General Manager, Phish Inc.
Beth Montuori Rowles began her career in Massachusetts, working at Tea Party Concerts (now Live Nation New England) as the assistant to both famed Boston concert promoter and music industry icon, Don Law, and his lead booker, Dave Marsden. Jumping over to the management side of the industry in 1995, she moved to Burlington, VT to work at Dionysian Productions. In 2004, she was named the General Manager of Phish Inc., overseeing the band’s Vermont-based operations. Beth has worked behind the scenes for Phish for over two decades with a heavy focus on The WaterWheel Foundation, JEMP Records and Who Is She? Music. In her “spare time” she is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Vermont Parks Forever, President of the Board of Directors of Burlington City Arts and a member of the Vermont State Advisory Board of the Conservation Law Foundation. Beth is an avid skier, cyclist, boater, backpacker and a second-degree black belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate.
Co-Founder & Partner, Founders Entertainment
Tom grew up in New York City, went to college at Tulane (’02-’06), had an internship at Relix (’04), and then a subsequent internship at Superfly (’04) where he would go on to work full time for 6 years. During this tenure Tom worked on Bonnaroo and Outside Lands, among others, and learned the many facets of the live music world, including festival project management and development. In 2011, Tom left Superfly to start Founders Entertainment and launch The Governors Ball, which in 3 years would transform from a one day, 2 stage niche festival to a three day, 4 stage major festival. Seven years later Gov Ball continues to be New York City’s preeminent music festival, and Founders continues to launch new events (e.g. The Meadows) as well as grow their for-hire talent booking and production business.
Founder + Designer, Brooklyn Bowl
Partner in several ventures that include food, booze, and music, and consultant to many more.
Talent Buyer, Brooklyn Bowl
Lucas Sacks is the Talent Buyer at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He’s been a part of the Brooklyn Bowl Talent department for nearly 6 years, where he books & oversees multi-departmental coordination of upwards of 550 concerts & music-related events per year.
Prior to Brooklyn Bowl, Lucas served a brief stint at Velour Music Group as a day-to-day manager for acts Gramatik, Break Science, & Kaki King.
Lucas graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science from the Bandier Program for Music & Allied Entertainment Industries at Syracuse University.
During his college tenure, he booked shows with Best Coast, Gramatik, Titus Andronicus, Caveman, & Mike Kinsella, among others. During summers, he interned for Velour Music Group, Soulive’s Royal Family Affair, All Points West, Concerts at Governor’s Island, BB King’s Blues Club, Highline Ballroom, Blue Note Jazz Club, Canal Room, Kathryn Schenker Management, Live Nation UK Marketing.
Lucas resides in Brooklyn, a few minutes walk from Brooklyn Bowl.
Jake cut his teeth on live multicam TV shows in 1999 and learned efficient approaches to streaming and broadcasting. Following a stint as an attorney he started the concert film company TourGigs which runs video productions for bands, brands and festivals. He produced Pearl Jam’s film “Let’s Play Two” that documented their 2016 concerts at Wrigley Field and the Cubs historic World Series run. This year he is releasing “Ive Got Levitation”, a film on the 50th anniversary reunion of the 13th Floor Elevators, and a movie on the Monterey Pop Festival. He works closely with artists like Umphreys McGee so they can film, stream and archive almost all of their shows. He also oversees live stream productions for companies like YETI Coolers, Wrangler, NPR, and Facebook.
Co-Founder / Manager, LoyalT Management
Rich Schaefer launched LoyalT Management in January of 2017 with his partner and longtime friend Rich Cohen. Our current roster (www.loyaltmgmt.com) includes Animal Collective, Brian Fallon, The Gaslight Anthem, Chromeo, Lord Huron, Passion Pit, Sigrid, Aurora, Wet and several other incredible acts. Schaefer has also worked with Soundgarden since they reunited in 2010 and has overseen all of their touring over the last 8 years. Prior to LoyalT, Schaefer was a partner at Mick Management and the President of The Artists Organization where he worked with such clients as John Legend, Lenny Kravitz, Counting Crows and more. Prior to joining TAO, Rich was a Manager from 2001 to 2008 at Hoffman Entertainment a NY-based management company for John Mellencamp, Jessica Simpson and Ricky Martin.
President, Founder of Live For Live Music, Partner, Manager at Plexus Entertainment Group
In 2012, Kunj Shah founded Live For Live Music, a rapidly growing and multifaceted media outlet. In the time since, Live For Live Music expanded its reach, throwing festivals, shows, and curating unique super-group lineups nationwide, featuring major artists from the jam, funk, jazz, and rock realms at venues across the country. In addition to these endeavors, Kunj Shah is a founding partner at Plexus Entertainment Group, an artist management agency.
Founder, Dayglo Ventures
Peter Shapiro’s eclectic career path has led to acclaimed and groundbreaking projects, beginning with two documentary films on The Grateful Dead, produced while a student at Northwestern University. Upon graduating, Shapiro drove through the 48 continental United States, directing American Road, which premiered at Sundance in 1997 and featured a score by Phish. In 1999, Shapiro produced the IMAX concert film All Access (Sting, Santana, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, BB King, Dave Matthews) and in 2008, U23D, the widely lauded concert film that was the first live-action film released in Digital 3D.
Along with such celebrated venues as Brooklyn Bowl (Ranked #1 Music Venue in NYC by ZAGAT), Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas (named Best Live Music Venue by Las Vegas weekly), Wetlands Preserve and The Slipper Room. In September 2012, Peter re-opened The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester New York, one of America’s most famous rock palaces, which hosted The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Janis Joplin, David Bowie, in its heyday in 1970s, and Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Robert Plant, Steely Dan, The Strokes, The Roots, Snoop Dogg, Wilco, and many others have performed during Shapiro’s ownership.
He is the founder of Lockn’, a 4 day camping and music festival in Arrington, VA which drew 30,000 attendees annually, as well as Central Park Jazz & Colors Festival an experiential music event encompassing the 843 acres of Central Park and featuring 50 musicians, and Jazz & Colors at The Met, 15 ensembles throughout the largest art museum in the United States, and later Chicago’s Field Museum. Peter served as Executive Producer of seven Jammy Awards shows, America’s Largest Earth Day event, Green Apple Festival (large-scale festival events in eight cities across America) and The Climate Rally (attended by 100,000 people on The National Mall).
His acclaimed endeavors include the IMAX concert films U23D and All Access, the annual Jammys awards show, America’s Largest Earth Day event, Green Apple Festival, the leading 3D technology company and 3ality Digital. He serves as publisher of Relix Magazine, which also owns the popular website, Jambands.com along with digital ad agency Hear & There. He also co-founded the retail / online brand, Stone Fox Bride.
Peter entered into a unique exclusive performance deal with Phil Lesh, ensuring that the Grateful Dead co-founder would focus on Shapiro’s venues and events in 2014. He also partnered with the family of Jerry Garcia to open Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre, a bar and music venue in the late performer’s honor. In July 2015, Shapiro created Fare Thee Well, Celebrating 50 Years of the Grateful Dead. The heralded event took place over five nights at Levi’s Stadium in the San Francisco Bay Area and Soldier Field in Chicago, earning acclaim as “the biggest concert event of all time.”
In 2015 and 2016, Shapiro was listed on Billboard’s Power 100 List for “Most Influential People in the Music Business.” Shapiro is a member of the Arts Committee of the City Parks Foundation’s Board of Directors, a co-founder of the environmental consulting firm, GreenOrder, and a board member of Headcount, Central Park SummerStage, The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, The LowLine and New York Public Radio.
Founder, Mr. B’s Festival Needs General Store
In spring of 2008, Brendan Sheehan created Mr. B’s Festival Needs – General Store, a traveling 24-Hour General Convenience/Camping Supply store that is contracted year after year by dozens of music festivals all over the country. While traveling the festival circuit, Brendan realized that although many of the festival vendors were selling clothing, jewelry, or food, nobody was providing any kind of service for the patrons to acquire any last minute festival essentials they may have forgotten, or not known they would need at such an event. So he came up with the slogan “If you forgot it…We brought it” and immediately set out to do just that.
For over a decade now, Brendan and the rest of the Mr. B’s Crew have been providing this vital service at many large music festivals/events, including LOCKN’, Camp Bisco, The Peach, Summer Camp, Wormtown, TomorrowWorld, as well as many others. They have established themselves as the One-Stop-Shop for Festival Essentials, carrying over 250 items in stock each weekend, and working directly with festival concessionaires, as well as sponsor activations, to provide additional points of sale for products to be sold/distributed throughout the festival.
In addition to the General Store, Brendan also started Mr. B’s Tent Rentals, which is a growing service that provides the infrastructure for patrons to rent whole campsites, already set up & ready to go when they arrive on site, but a more practical and affordable price than the typical “glamping” model.
Each year, the Mr. B’s brand continues to grow and expand across the various markets in the festival space, while also providing more & more opportunities for creative partnerships to be formed.
“A Johnny Appleseed of online concert recordings,” according to The New York Times, Brad Serling has been active in the digital media space for 20 years. Established artists ranging from Phish to Metallica to the Grateful Dead turn to Brad for advice on digital distribution of their content. Serling started nugs.net in 1993 as a way to share the tapes he was making of Grateful Dead and Phish shows. With the artists’ blessing, nugs.net’s non-commercial live music download site mushroomed to 3 million free downloads a month by 2000. Seeing the business potential Serling had tapped into, The Grateful Dead hired Brad as a consultant in mid-2000. The Dead put Phish in touch with Serling and by 2002 nugs.net went from fan site to paid download provider with the launch of LivePhish.com. Today, 115 million downloads later, hundreds of artists and labels partner directly with nugs.net to distribute music directly to their fans.
A tastemaker among fans, Serling hosts a show each week on SiriusXM’s Jam On channel, “The Weekly Live Stash,” showcasing the week’s best live music. Additionally, Serling is a regular guest on Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Radio channel. In the Fall of 2016, MTV tapped Serling to produce the nugs.net Live Stash, airing Sunday nights at 9 on MTV Live.
In the years between launching nugs.net as a fan site and going pro, Serling served for three years as the founding Chief Technology Officer for CinemaNow, the first company to deliver web-based video on demand and pay-per-view services of Hollywood feature films. Prior to CinemaNow, Serling pioneered live web events for Woodstock 94, Metallica from The North Pole, The Grammy Awards, the NFL, and eleven World Series webcasts. Serling’s experience has spanned all aspects of website development, live webcasting, multimedia content deployment, and large scale media distribution. Serling has served on the board of the Grateful Dead’s Rex Foundation for over 5 years. Brad earned a B.A. in history from Cornell University.
Executive Vice President of Programming, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment
As Executive Vice President of Programming, Keith Sheldon oversees concerts, sporting events, family shows and special events for Barclays Center and NYCB Live, home of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. He also leads planning and development initiatives as the Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment roster of venues expands to include the LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theater, Webster Hall, and beyond.
Senior Vice President, HUB International – Entertainment Industry Solutions
Cameron Smith has spent 20 years in the concert industry, working as a festival director, talent buyer, concert promoter, and venue manager. He transitioned to the insurance industry in 2011 and his insider perspective of managing the risks of the music business make him an invaluable resource to his clients—and distinguish him in the insurance industry.
His specialized knowledge in commercial property, casualty and contingency insurance, coupled with his extensive music industry background, has earned the trust some of the country’s top venues, festivals and promoters, including the 9:30 Club, the Anthem, Basement & Basement East, Belly Up Aspen, Belly Up Solana Beach, Boulder & Fox Theatres, Bowery Ballroom, Brooklyn Bowl (Brooklyn and Las Vegas), the City Wineries, Higher Ground, Mercury Lounge, Mercy Lounge, the Mohawk, State Theatre (Portland, ME), Stubbs, and dozens of others. Festival and promoter clients include Bowery Presents, Boston Calling, Bunbury, Eaux Claire, IMP Presents, Mala Luna, Neon Desert, Newport Folk & Jazz, Scoremore, Sound on Sound, Wanderlust, and many others.
As Senior Vice President at HUB International, Cameron is backed by a team of entertainment industry specialists that serve the daily needs of his client’s insurance portfolios and provide risk management and claims advocacy services.
Cameron lives in Brooklyn Heights, NY with his girlfriend Dina. When not traveling, they’re exploring the galleries, restaurants and venues of NYC, cooking at home, or planning their next trip.
Ami Kay Spishock
Co-Owner and Co-Founder, Fort William Artist Management
Ami Kay Spishock is the co owner and co founder of Fort William Artist Management based in NYC and LA. She personally handles the worldwide careers of The War On Drugs, Beirut and Grizzly Bear. Fleet Foxes and Grouplove are also a part of the company roster. Prior to working in management she worked at Interscope Geffen A&M Records in Los Angeles.
President, Steelman Production Services, Inc
I began at about age 14 as a projectionist at my fathers movie theatre and held a card in local 685, Concord NH. I left in 1991 and returned to the industry in 1997 as a production manager in an 888 seat renovated vaudeville house in Keene NH.I started Steelman in 2003 and incorporated in 2008. My company’s discipline is labor contracting and production management. Our clients, Fenway Park, and Live Nation New England have asked us back since 2014, for concerts, various builds and project coordination.It’s a humbling place to work out of, and we are proud to service that historic facility.
Executive Director, The Rock and Roll Playhouse
After 15 years as an elementary school teacher and administrator in New York City independent schools, Amy partnered with Peter Shapiro to create The Rock and Roll Playhouse. As Executive Director of RRPH, Amy developed curriculum and curated programming that brought rock-based music education to young children and their families in the form of an interactive live concert experience.
The Rock and Roll Playhouse’s first show was at Brooklyn Bowl in 2015 with a special appearance by Phil Lesh, and has since put on more than 500 family concerts with regularly scheduled shows at Brooklyn Bowl and Garcia’s at the Capitol Theatre. Last summer, the Rock and Roll Playhouse expanded to include a family concert series at Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, making it the largest family concert series in New York City. Since then, RRPH has expanded to sold-out shows in Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago, with plans to expand to Nashville and the West Coast this spring and additional cities in the fall.
The Rock and Roll Playhouse organization is a national collective of teaching artists and talented local musicians in addition to frequent guest musicians including JRAD, The Funky Meters, Anders Osborne, Jackie Green, The North Mississippi Allstars, and Questlove, who has teamed up with RRPH to adapt his long-standing Bowl Train DJ residency into a recurring family dance party.
Amy is a certified NYC teacher and holds a master’s degree In Early Childhood and Elementary Education from NYU, and a BA in magazine journalism and political science from Syracuse University.
Title Producer, Ginny Suss Productions (formerly VP Okayplayer, co-founder OkayAfrica, producer Women’s March on Washington)
Ginny Suss is the former Vice President of Okayplayer.com and the co-founder of OkayAfrica.com, two music and culture based media companies. She is invested in creating platforms for music, arts and culture often overlooked in mainstream media. Regularly involved in social justice work, Ginny produced the Women’s March on Washington in January 2017. She helped produce the March for Science, and currently has an all women’s chorus, the Resistance Revival Chorus, she created and manages, which is focused on protest music and recently performed with Kesha at the 2018 Grammys. She has worked for The Roots (the house band for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon) in various capacities including Tour Management and production, for the past 13 years. As a video producer, Ginny oversaw Okayplayer + OkayAfrica’s original video content, and created and produced many original series, including the animated Storyville now up on TBS.com, Okay Acoustic, Player Xchange, The Roots Of series, in addition to creative agency and brand video work. With expertise in event production, Ginny has helped to produce annual events such as The Roots Picnic, the Okayplayer Holiday Jams featuring The Roots, in addition to Okayplayer’s SXSW events, annual partnerships with Summerstage, Lincoln Center Out Of Doors, OkayAfrica’s launch at Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park and more. She’s also known for her photography, particularly focussed on live musicians and musical events. She earned her BA from Williams College where she studied Political Theory and Art History.
VP & Executive Producer, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival
Jack Walsh was named Vice President of Performing Arts for BRIC in 2013 and has been the Executive Producer the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival since 1994. He has been responsible for the developing and producing new live performance programs for BRIC House (opened in 2013) including BRIC JazzFest, BRIClab, BRIC House Sessions, and array of live music video content. At the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, Jack has led the Festival developed initiatives that led to a remarkable period of growth including reconstruction of the Festival’s venue at the Prospect Park Bandshell; new programming concepts; developing a citywide/national audience and doubling attendance to 200k; and diversification of revenues including corporate sponsorship, a “Friends” member program, an annual Gala, expanded F&B concessions, ticketing and benefit concerts. A life-long resident of Brooklyn, Jack serves on the Advisory Board of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, Executive Committee of the Prospect Park Alliance Community Committee, and as a member of the National Endowment for the Arts Steering Committee for Summer Outdoor Festivals. Mr. Walsh holds a BA in Music, Business and Technology from New York University.
Cloud 9 Adventures
With a background in philosophy, business & foreign language, Kelly serendipitously discovered a platform that fused all of these together and embarked on a career powered by her passion for live music. After joining the Cloud 9 Adventures team in 2006, she helped grow the company from 1 annual event (Jam Cruise) to 10 annual events and counting (Holidaze, Strings & Sol, Closer to the Sun, Holy Ship! x2, Jam Cruise, The Avett Brothers At the Beach, Panic en la Playa, One Big Holiday, Castaway with Southern Ground). She also assisted in developing the business from the inside out by growing the team from 5 to 25. Alongside Mark Brown and Josh Moore, Kelly has been instrumental in pioneering the destination event space to where it is today – specializing in site selection, relationship management, bridge building, and managing creative chaos while also parenting 5 teenagers. Bringing artists and like-minded people together to experience life, culture and music is not only a catalyst for change and transformative experiences – it’s the fuel that keeps Kelly and the Cloud 9 team inspired.
Director of Concerts / programming, Z2 Entertainment
David Weingarden is the Director of Concerts / Programming for Z2 Entertainment, based in Boulder, CO, where he oversees the buying at the Boulder Theater, Fox Theatre, Chautauqua Auditorium, Mishawaka Amphitheater (Fort Collins) and Strings Music Pavilion (Steamboat Springs). Prior to this, he was the Director of Concerts/Talent Buyer for Swallow Hill Music, where he booked several venues including the Denver Botanic Gardens summer concert series. Originally from Michigan, David relocated to Colorado from San Francisco in 2007, where he worked in artist management. He has also worked as a roadie for several years and as Front of House Manager for the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. His music business career began at Michigan State University in the early 1990s. David received his Executive MBA from the University of Denver. He lives in Denver with his family.
Chief Strategy Officer, Live Nation
Jordan joined Live Nation in 2015. Prior to that he was a Managing Director at The Raine Group where he focused on advising and investing in media and entertainment companies.