Agent, Paradigm Talent Agency
Paradigm Talent Agent Lee Anderson has fifteen years of experience in the live music industry. After spending six plus years promoting concerts in the Northeast region of the US, Lee joined Paul Morris’ AM Only in 2008. After joining AM Only, Lee became a driving force behind the success of the agency and the artists he represents including Skrillex, Zedd, Disclosure, SBTRKT and Claude VonStroke. Lee was featured in Billboard Magazine’s 2012 and 2015 40 Under 40: Music’s top Young Power Players, both editions of InTheMix’s Power 50, and was nominated for the 2014 Pollstar Bobby Brooks Agent of the Year Award. Today, Lee’s personal roster stretches across multiple genres including Gucci Mane, MadeinTYO, DJ Mustard in the hip-hop space, Jacob Banks and Ray BLK in the live singer/songwriter space, and Spafford in the jam space.
Senior Manager, Red Light Management
Red Light Management is an innovative artist management company with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Charlottesville, Nashville, Atlanta, and London. RLM’s artists include Luke Bryan, Phish, Ben Harper, Alabama Shakes, Tiesto, Emily King and more. Jonathan’s clients include Grammy Award-winning and nominated artists Lecrae, Kool & the Gang, Michelle Williams, Robert Randolph, Luke James Emily King and previous work with R. Kelly, Miguel, and others.
Prior to joining Red Light, Jonathan spent three years as EVP of Operations and Business Development for Superfly Presents, a live entertainment, and marketing company and ten years at CBS Radio Inc. where he held several positions, including Vice President of Music Partnerships.
Jonathan graduated from Drake University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and has been the recipient of Drake University Young Alumni Achievement Award, undergraduate ceremony commencement speaker and also serves on the university’s National Alumni Board.
Jonathan has also been named twice to Billboard Magazine’s 40 under 40 Power Players list.
Business Development, Songkick
Josh Baron is a ticketing industry expert and a member of the business development team for Songkick.
Baron joined Songkick in 2013, where he works closely with artists and management teams to ensure they’re utilizing the platform to sell more tickets to fans through enhanced discovery and direct-to-fan ticketing. Baron is also the co-author of Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry and How the Public Got Scalped, which explores the origins of online ticketing and its inflation to the modern industry.
Baron has a background in music journalism as a former reviewer for WFUV and editor-in-chief for Relix magazine. His writing has also appeared in Paste, Black Book and Surfer. Baron currently resides in Brooklyn and is based out of Songkick’s New York offices.
Manager / Promoter, 11E1even Group
Ben Baruch is many things at once. An artist manager to bands like Big Gigantic & The Oh Hellos, a talent buyer for events such as Okeechobee Fest & Camp Bisco, Co-owner of This Song is Sick which is one of the most influential electronic and Hip-music discovery sites in the world, an emoji aficionado who assists in overseeing Moji Keyboard, custom emojis for everyone from Steph Curry to Rick Ross.
Baruch started as an independent promoter when starting his LA based company, Wagatail Productions to grow the lack of Jambands in the Los Angeles area. Booking acts like Bruce Hornsby, Avett Brothers, Umphrey’s McGee, Govt’ Mule within the first year of forming , Baruch was L.A’s answer to the rise of the Jamband scene.
In 2008, Baruch traded the California sun for Colorado snow, when he accepted the job as head talent buyer for the famed Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colorado. In his 5 years at the Fox, he booked everyone from Skrillex, Logic & Chance The Rapper to Deadmau5 & The Alabama Shakes in the 625 capacity room. When the Fox Theatre & historic Boulder Theater merged under z2 Entertainment, Baruch joined forces with longtime colleague and friend, Kirk Peterson, in the booking for the 1150 capacity Boulder Theater as well, booking everyone from Bob Wier to The Black Crowes. In his early years at the Fox, Baruch began to manage up-and-coming electronic duo Big Gigantic, who would later become one of the central focuses of his career.
In 2013, Baruch parted ways with z2 Entertainment to start his own full service artist management company, 11e1even Group. The current roster includes Big Gigantic, The Oh Hellos, Twiddle , The London Souls, Family & Friends, Sunsquabi, Rose Hill Drive and more. He runs both 11e1even Group & ThisSongIsSick.com out of his Denver office as well as manages to find time to freelance as lead talent buyer for both Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival and Camp Bisco.
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 the non-profit organization HeadCount in 2004, and became its executive director in the Spring of 2008. Through his leadership, HeadCount has registered nearly 500,000 voters and worked with hundreds of musicians to promote civic participation. The organization’s board of directors includes Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, Marc Brownstein of the Disco Biscuits as well as several music industry leaders and former White House officials.
Bernstein has successfully forged partnerships between HeadCount and Ben & Jerry’s, D’Angelico Guitars, Pandora, Spotify, Qello and Patagonia. He also conceived HeadCount’s highly popular National Voter Registration Day campaign, where hundreds of musicians post photos on social media holding HeadCount’s “Register to Vote” clipboards.
Under his tenure, HeadCount has also moved into organizing “Participation Row” social action villages at live music events, where fans have taken thousands of socially-conscious actions and nearly $1 million has been raised for various non-profit organizations.
He has been a featured speaker at the SXSW music conference, and appeared as an expert commentator on ABC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and several other television networks. He also produced public service announcements starring Jay-Z, Dave Matthews and members of Phish and the Grateful Dead.
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 was a full-time journalist for over a decade, primarily as media editor of Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal. He later was Vice President of U.S. Corporate Development at Kangaroo TV, a sports technology company based near Montreal, Quebec.
A 1994 graduate of Brown University, Bernstein resides in a slopeside condominium at the Mountain Creek ski resort, not far from New York City.
Justin “jb” Bolognino
Chief Experience Officer, META.is
Justin Bolognino’s (the “g” is silent) endeavors are threaded by experiential, real-time design and technology focused on revealing hidden human connections. The “Synchronicity Architect” is Founder and CEO of META.is, creator, designer and curator of The Lab at Panorama, founder of Learned Evolution, Silent G Farms, and #FEED powered by Twitter, and was Media Director at Brooklyn Bowl from its inception.
On April 1st, 2014 Bolognino and both companies were acquired by SFX Entertainment, where Justin served for over a year as Creative Director of SFX. As of May 1, 2015, Bolognino left SFX and re-gained control of META and is currently re-building the company from an experiential talent agency to fully integrated experiential media production shop.
META.IS CREATES MULTI-SENSORY EXPERIENCES THAT IGNITE THE HUMAN SPIRIT WITH STORY, TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN.
Our global network of Experience Directors inspire changes in human behavior by combining intelligent ideas, beautiful artistry, spirited music, interactive technology, trending fashion, engaging virtual reality, and unforgettable spectacles.
We specialize in the Art of Being There.
Learned Evolution, born in 2006, was a creative digital agency that specialized in multidisciplinary design, social media marketing, and tech-savvy experiences. Learned Evolution’s signature event is #FEED powered by Twitter. First launched in 2011 at SXSW, #FEED brings social media to life in real time with interactive art, @NIGHT parties, daytime summits, and health and wellness activities. LE is currently on ice until it finds its next evolution.
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 Mathews Band, Lockn’ and Fare Thee Well. For many years he co-hosted “Jam Nation” on XM Satellite Radio.
President, Calabro Music Media & Royal Potato Family
Kevin Calabro began his career in 1996 at the prestigious entertainment PR firm Susan Blond Inc. He quickly grew from assistant publicist to account executive where he worked on media campaigns for A Tribe Called Quest, Boy George, Nuyorican Soul and Joey Ramone. It was there that he met Grammy Award-winning record producer Joel Dorn who’d just launched the record label, 32 Jazz. Looking to make a move to the indie label side of the business, Calabro jumped at an offer to work with Dorn. Calabro would spend the next ten years with Dorn, earning production credits on albums by the likes of Dr. John, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Aaron Neville. During this time, he received a Grammy nomination as executive producer for Vernon Reid’s production of Memphis Blood: The Sun Sessions by the legendary guitarist James Blood Ulmer. He also oversaw the reissue campaign of the revered Poppy Records and Tomato Records catalogs, coordinating a string of critically acclaimed reissue recordings, ranging from Townes Van Zandt to John Lee Hooker. In 2009, Calabro formed his own artist/label consultation company, Calabro Music Media, offering PR, marketing and artist/label management services. As a publicist and in label services, he’s worked on campaigns for the likes of Living Colour, Medeski Martin & Wood, Jack Bruce, Soulive, Neal Casal, Kaki King, Mocean Worker, ObliqSound, The Wood Brothers, Lettuce and Truth & Salvage Company among numerous others, while his current artist management roster includes the artists Marco Benevento, Superhuman Happiness, Surprise Me Mr. Davis and Grayson Capps. During this same period he partnered with Benevento to form The Royal Potato Family, an internationally distributed label imprint that’s since released titles by artists including Garage A Trois, Yellowbirds, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Allison Miller and Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra.
Chairman – NY Music, Live Nation
Mr. Delsener’s legendary career began in 1964, when he promoted the Beatles’ first outdoor concert at Forest Hills, Queens. He pioneered concerts in Central Park, beginning in 1966, by engaging seminal artists including Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Bruce Springsteen and Miles Davis, to perform at the Rheingold Central Park Music Festival, which evolved into the historic Schaefer Music Festival beginning in 1968. During this explosive period in his career, Ron also presented Barbra Streisand as a free concert at The Sheep Meadow in Central Park in 1967 which was taped for a TV special on CBS, “A Happening in Central Park”. In 1971, Ron made television history by producing Good Vibrations From Central Park, a concert taped for primetime television on WABC at 8:00 p.m.—the first time rock and roll went primetime. The concert was a revolution in broadcasting and precursor to Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert and The Midnight Special. Good Vibrations featured The Beach Boys, Ike & Tina Turner, and Carly Simon. The huge ratings success prompted a second concert in 1973 with The Eagles, Sly and The Family Stone, and The Temptations. James Taylor was the last concert in The Sheep Meadow in the early 1970s. Thereafter, shows went to The Great Lawn. Elton John’s epic two hour Central Park concert was attended by over 400,000, Simon & Garfunkel’s legendary 1981 Concert in Central Park. No Nukes featuring Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and a host of other huge stars.
Other highlights were: Sting with a full orchestra at the Metropolitan Opera House for 2 evenings, Neil Young solo acoustic 4 concerts at Carnegie Hall, and the in Groucho Marx at Carnegie Hall was a major event M recording and way back in 1973, David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust at Carnegie Hall.
In 1983, Delsener reinvented the Jones Beach Amphitheater and launched its famed concert series with Eric Clapton, which continues today.
Founder & CEO, City Winery
When Michael Dorf finds a new passion, he does more than enjoy it. He builds a business around it. His enjoyment of music led him to create the Knitting Factory in 1986, which went on to become New York’s consummate venue for independent music. In 1994, he pioneered live webcasting to have the first live music streams from a club anywhere in the world. His own spiritual journey moved him to create Tribeca Hebrew in 2004, an after-school program that invites children to explore their connections with history and develop their Jewish identity. As way to raise philanthropic funds for music education for underserved youth, he created an annual series of Tribute concerts at Carnegie Hall which have raised over $400,000 in net dollars for a those charitable programs in the last 6 years. In 2008, Michael’s passion for wine inspired him to create City Winery, Manhattan’s first fully operational winery complete with two wine bars, a cheese bar, restaurant and a performance space. The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The New Yorker have all labeled him an “impresario” with New York Magazine even lauding him one of the “10 Most Influential New Yorkers.”
Since it opened, City Winery has become one of the preeminent concert venues in NYC, catering to a sophisticated clientele seeking a distinctive locale to enjoy world-class performers. Some of the artists who have played to packed houses have included Richard Thompson, David Byrne, Los Lobos, Patti Smith, Suzanne Vega, Philip Glass, Joan Osborne, Steve Earle and many more. The quality and frequency of sold out shows combined with the positive press garnered is an ongoing validation of Michael’s vision. City Winery is the place to experience quintessential New York culture against a unique backdrop, from participating in the winemaking process, sampling wines in one of two barrel rooms, indulging in some cheese and a favorite vintage, or fulfilling a lifelong dream of seeing your favorite musician perform in an intimate setting. City Winery realizes and focuses several of Michael Dorf’s passions, and represents a continuous drive to bring people together and deliver a unique experience of wine, culture and music.
Co-Founder, Lockn’ Festival & Silent Partner Management, LLC
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.
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.
Manager, UMGMT & VIP Management
Vincent Iwinski manages the award winning Umphrey’s McGee, a Chicago based rock sextet whose approach to music-making and marketing have been praised by Billboard, Rolling Stone and Time Magazine. In their 19+ year career, they’ve played over 2300 concerts to nearly 4 million people and sold over 4 million tracks. In 2013, Vincent began managing the Colorado based progressive bluegrass outfit Yonder Mountain String Band. Also a band in their 19th year, Yonder has redefined bluegrass music, expanding the traditional acoustic genre beyond its previously established boundaries by steadily pushing the envelope into the realms of rock n’ roll and improvisation.
Vincent grew up in Chicago, attended the University of Notre Dame, where he met his close friends who would become his business partners and the members of Umphrey’s McGee. Vincent began managing Umphrey’s McGee in 1998 as a sideline to his growing career in computer networking. Taking a chance on his passion, Vincent quit the corporate world in 2000 and began managing Umphrey’s McGee full time. Since then, he has taken the band from a local Midwestern act to an international touring entity who also headline many of the major festivals in the United States.
In addition to management, Vince has been involved with helping produce and execute events such as the Green Apple Music Festival, numerous destination events including Holidaze & Strings & Sol, and Summer Camp Music Festival. Over the years, Vincent has become one of the most forward thinking managers of a true DIY success story, building the bands businesses in publishing, web development, marketing, album releases and distribution, concert and festival production, merchandise creation and fulfillment, TV and radio placement, and much more.
Manager, Red Light Management
Patrick Jordan has been a manager at Red Light Management since 2003. He serves as manager for Phish, Trey Anastasio, Brandi Carlile, Ween, Gogol Bordello and The Bronx/Mariachi El Bronx. Patrick is also a longterm member of the Dave Matthews Band management team and is a festival talent buyer for Starr Hill Presents. Prior to joining Red Light Management, Patrick served as the Director of Alternative Music for BMG Distribution where he developed national marketing strategies for artists like Tool, Foo Fighters, The Strokes, Maroon 5 and many more. Patrick resides in Charlottesville, VA with his wife and two children.
Agent, Monterey International, INC
Joshua Knight has been at Monterey since 2002. He is a senior agent in the Chicago office and represents such acts as Los Lobos, Aaron Neville, Trampled by Turtles, JJ Grey & Mofro, Lettuce, The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, Keller Williams, The Motet, Anders Osborne and more. Before working at Monterey, Joshua worked for EMI Marketing handling national tour sponsors. He has 2 young sons, Easton and Arlo, and is married to the ever so patient and lovely Michelle Knight.
Partner, Madison House Presents
When Mike Luba decided in 1994 to forgo law school for a job booking fraternity shows at Cellar Door Concerts in Virginia Beach, Va., he set out on a career that would link him with some of the most influential names in live music, including former Rolling Stones promoter Michael Cohl, Red Light Management founder Coran Capshaw and Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino. Today, as one of five original partners in multifaceted producer-promoter Madison House Presents — and with a resume that ranges from The Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well dates and Yo Gabba Gabba Live to Chance the Rapper’s Magnificent Coloring Day festival on Sept. 24 and the revival of Forest Hills Stadium in Queens as a concert venue – Luba can take his place in their ranks.
Born and raised on Long Island, Luba, 46, booked music for Emory University in Atlanta as a student. Following his two-year stint at Cellar Door, Luba moved to Athens, Ga., to launch Madison House, later relocating it near flagship client String Cheese Incident in Boulder, Colo. (He now lives in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan with his wife, fashion executive Lalena, and their two young children.) In 2007 he joined forces with Cohl, first at Live Nation and then at S2BN, before rejoining Madison House Presents in 2010.
Director of Marketing, Brooklyn Bowl/ The Capitol Theatre/ LOCKN’
Emma is Dayglo Ventures’ Director of Marketing, leading marketing and promotions for Brooklyn Bowl, LOCKN’ Festival, The Capitol Theatre and more. Emma’s background is in social and digital media, where she has specialized in using tech to connect people with brands and artists. Past projects include leading account strategy at VaynerMedia and Learned Evolution for brands including Spotify, Dove, USA Today, HALLS, #FEED powered by Twitter, The Talkhouse, and The Breslin and John Dory restaurants. Emma graduated from Connecticut College, where she studied Philosophy and English, and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Director of Programming, Superfly
Robin joined Superfly in 2007 and currently oversees talent booking and music programming. Along with booking Superfly’s festival properties, including Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and Outside Lands, she is responsible for managing programming of Superfly’s newest festival development properties. Robin also supports programming for Superfly clients such as YouTube, Google, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and IFC. Robin graduated from the University of Florida and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.
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.
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 5 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 like 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.
Founder, Hard Head Management & Evil Teen Records
STEFANI SCAMARDO IS THE FOUNDER OF HARD HEAD MANAGEMENT AND EVIL TEEN RECORDS, WHOSE ROSTER BOASTS THE LIKES OF GOV’T MULE, WARREN HAYNES, SOULIVE, ERIC KRASNO, AND THE MARCUS KING BAND
Among the many hats she wears, Stefani hosts her own SiriusXM show, “Jam On With Stefani Scamardo,” co-partners the acclaimed festival Mountain Jam, now in its 11th year, and has been the executive producer for Phil Lesh & Friends, Gov’t Mule and Warren Haynes. She will also executive produce The Marcus King Band’s forthcoming album due out on Concord Records in 2016.
As manager for the globally revered group Gov’t Mule and its founder, Grammy Award-winner and guitar legend Warren Haynes (who also happens to be her husband), Stef has guided the band throughout its 20-year career. Simultaneously, she has strategically balanced Warren’s activities with Gov’t Mule, his solo career, The Allman Brothers Band, The Dead, and more, often advising and working closely with the latter two over the years.
As the driving force behind Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam, one of the most celebrated and longest-running live benefit concerts in the U.S., now in its 27th year, Stefani expanded the Jam’s goodwill by orchestrating a lasting partnership that would benefit the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. In 2014 alone a half-million dollars in Christmas Jam proceeds were donated, marking one of the largest contributions to the organization to date. Each year the Jam offers local events around town and an incredible bill of world-class artists, surprise collaborations, rare appearances, and musical sets that rock into the wee hours of the morning at the 7,600 capacity U.S. Cellular Center in Warren’s hometown of Asheville, NC.
Agent, William Morris Endeavor Management
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.
Vice President, Publicity, Shore Fire Media
Rebecca Shapiro, VP of publicity at Shore Fire Media, has nearly two decades of experience in music PR. Shore Fire Media combines classic PR expertise with 21st-century digital know-how for a diverse roster of musicians in every genre, films, authors, comedians, venues, apps, charities, trade associations and health and lifestyle brands.
Shapiro has spearheaded noteworthy PR campaigns for A-list artists as well as emerging talent. She’s worked with everyone from the Rolling Stones to Bonnie Raitt, Brian Setzer, Diana Krall, Elvis Costello, Fare Thee Well, Martina McBride, Maxwell, Marty Stuart and Zac Brown Band in her two decade + career. Shapiro has also helped Shore Fire grow their non-music division which includes actors / comedians (Paul Reiser), real estate (Johnny Cash property), personalities (psychic Thomas John), festivals (Summerfest, Tortuga Music Festival, OZY Fusion Fest), start-ups (Artist Growth, Grain Audio), non-profits (WhyHunger, Music & Memory), and venues (Slipper Room, Capitol Theatre, Brooklyn Bowl).
Shapiro received her B.A. from Connecticut College and currently serves on the Board of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers (Scholastic Art & Writing Awards).
Principal, Janine Small, PLLC
As a music and entertainment lawyer for nearly 25 years, Janine Small has been a devoted advocate for a wide range of performers, songwriters, managers, record producers and music industry executives. In her own practice, Janine Small PLLC, and also during her long tenure as a partner at Carroll, Guido and Groffman, the industry’s leading entertainment firm, she honed an expertise in production and promotion of live events and is known for her work on the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, the Hangout Music Festival, Lockn’ and Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival among others.
Janine counts Bonnie Raitt, Patti Smith, The Dave Matthews Band, Widespread Panic, O.A.R., The Strokes, Bassnectar, Regina Spektor, Punch Brothers and Blues Traveler among the notable artists she has represented.
Janine is the chairperson of the American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries where she is responsible for managing a multi-disciplinary board, multiple conferences, webinars and other duties. As an adjunct professor at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law she has lectured on music industry contracts. Ms. Small speaks regularly at industry and legal events on a variety of entertainment law and related topics and enjoys mentoring future industry professionals.
Janine is a mandolin hobbyist and for the past 20 years has enjoyed hosting bluegrass parties featuring a raft of local performers.
Janine Small is licensed to practice law in New York and California.
Co-President, AEG Presents
Don Strasburg has 25 years of experience as a promoter, venue operator and owner. He started promoting concerts while attending Colorado College. His first shows were with a then relatively unknown but up-and-coming band called Phish.
While finishing college, he put together a team and opened Boulder’s Fox Theatre in 1992. Don oversaw operations and handled all booking, quickly elevating the Fox to one of the most successful music clubs in the region. In 1998, Don joined Chuck Morris to help with promoting duties of the newly formed Chuck Morris Presents.
In 2007, Don joined AEG Live. He is Co-President of AEG Live Rocky Mountains and AEG Live Pacific Northwest. He promotes events at the Bluebird Theatre, Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, Gothic Theatre, Ogden Theatre, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 1stbank Center, Pepsi Center, and additional venues in Colorado, as well as venues in Utah.
As a board member of two charitable organizations, Don is committed to voter registration efforts, providing meals for those in need, and poverty on American Indian reservations.
Bossman, Rocks Off
Every day he’s hustling. Jake founded Rocks Off in 2001 and has grown his crew into NYC’s Sweetest Independent Concert Promoters. Their marquee concert series, the Rocks Off Concert Cruise, is the world’s original Rock N Dock music series with over 1,000 shows on boats, and counting! In addition, they book shows at land based venues all over NYC as well as bus trips to area shows, film festivals, walking tours, and so much more. All with beautiful smiles on their faces and the blessings of a million angels.
President, Big Hassle Media
Ken Weinstein worked as editor on various magazines for several years before starting his career as a music critic in 1987. Shortly thereafter, he became National Director of Beggars Banquet/Thirsty Ear Press and Video where he helped break The Charlatans UK and Matthew Sweet’s “Girlfriend” album. In 1992, Weinstein led Caroline Records’ press and video department where he helped name and establish Astralwerks, one of America’s first electronica labels. In 1993, Weinstein was appointed Director of Media Relations for Atlantic Records. While at Atlantic, he worked with a diverse roster of artists, including Duncan Sheik, Page & Plant, Yo La Tengo, Liz Phair, Melvins, Bad Religion and Victoria Williams, among many others. Ken also has years of experience as Director of Marketing at Mercury Records, where he worked with Elvis Costello/Burt Bacharach, Spalding Gray, Allen Ginsberg and Peter Wolf. In 1999, Weinstein co-founded Big Hassle Media. In a deliberate effort to keep the roster as eclectic as his record collection, Big Hassle’s clients have always covered many genres. Among the many bands Big Hassle has worked with over the years include, among many others: Jack White, Robert Plant, David Byrne, Gregg Allman, Tom Petty, The Replacements, Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, Gaslight Anthem, Kings of Leon, The Strokes, Ray Davies, Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett, Ornette Coleman, Violent Femmes, Bonnaroo, Fela, Jose Gonzalez, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, George Carlin, Joe Jackson, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Ben Kweller, Alt J, North Mississippi Allstars, Dawes, Gillian Welch, The Bad Plus, Fountains of Wayne, Ben Folds, Bill Kreutzmann, Sly & The Family Stone, Lee Ann Womack, The Hold Steady, Heartless Bastards, Nicole Atkins and more!
Agent, Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
Kyle Wilensky is a Music Agent at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Wilensky works in the New York office and represents many of the world’s leading musicians, including Grouplove, Modest Mouse, Kesha, Ryan Bingham, and Crystal Fighters, among others.
Wilensky began his career as an intern at the Fox Theater in Boulder, CO. He then went on to intern at Billboard, before joining CAA as an assistant in 2004. He was accepted into the CAA Trainee Program in 2007, and promoted to agent in 2008.
Wilensky graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder.