Industry Profile: Steve "Chopper" Borges

— By Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner

Little did veteran production manager and production company owner Steve "Chopper" Borges know that attending a Tubes concert in the early '70s would influence the direction of his then yet-to-be discovered career in the music business as a top production professional and production company owner (Total Pro and Borse Techos).

Chopper got his start in the concert business by loading trucks and driving bobtails to club gigs for The Tubes in the early '70s for no pay. "It meant we could get to the after-show parties sooner," he explains. How he hooked up with the group was a matter of chance. "I went to a dollar special guest night expecting Hot Tuna and saw The Tubes instead. They blew my mind, and I continued to follow their Bay Area club career and hooked up with the crew guys and started helping."

His stint with The Tubes lasted 11 years; he left the group as production manager in 1986. Many other production manager gigs followed, including: Bruce Hornsby and The Range (1986-1992; Hornsby, solo - 2002), Don Henley (1990-92, 2000), Crowded House (1987-88, 1992, 1995), Steve Lukather (1989), Chaka Khan (1989), Oingo Boingo (1989-2001), Buck Pets (1990), Midnight Oil (1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2002), Little Feat (1992), Black Sabbath (1992), George Thorogood & the Destroyers (1992), Lollapalooza (1993-97), Kenny G (1994-99), Africa Fete (1997), Luis Miquel (1997-present), Coachella (1999), Tom Waits (2000-02), Rat Dog/Rusted Root (2001), John Fogerty (2004), and Brian Wilson (2004). On several tours, Chopper also took on tour managing/tour accountant responsibilities, such as Crowded House's European trek in 1992, where his wife-to-be was the band's road manager.

"I met my wife in '88 on a Bruce Hornsby & the Range tour. She was buddies with our record rep," Chopper notes. "We were friends for four or five years before dating. I told her that if we're going to work out that she needed to be part of my world. Crowded House were such a great bunch of guys that I knew it would be perfect if she acted as road manager for the band, even though it was a European tour and she had no previous experience. She got the band in and out of hotels, did press, and all ground transportation to and from gigs. I acted as tour manager, production manager and tour accountant. The tour ran great and the band was happy with the arrangement."

Things must have worked out because following Crowded House they worked Lollapalooza from 1993-97 where she was the office manager. "Everyone loved her," Chopper beams. "She is a superb people person and a refreshing change in the sometime cynical touring atmosphere. Her last tour was Luis Miguel '97. The last year of Lollapalooza and Luis Miguel, we toured with our baby daughter, Sarah, who was the darling of both tours. It truly was a crossroads for me in touring and has changed my life. I now have three daughters, Sarah, Grace, and Amy, all of whom come to shows regularly and are tour veterans. Recently, one of my oldest friends, Dominic Placco, who has driven me and spent more time with me on tour than any other human, came up to my house in Payson, Ariz. (pop. 13,000), and picked Sarah and Grace up from grammar school along with some of their friends and mothers, and gave them a tour in a brand new luxury Prevost, and a ride home. The school principal came out for a quick look-see, and all in all, it was quite a splash in a small town environment I was told."

In 2000, Chopper saw a niche or two in the business that he believed he could not only fill, but up the quality in the Latin American markets and started Total Pro Lighting in Mexico City with partner Manuel Ridaura, a sound and lighting business veteran in Mexico for more than 20 years. In 2003 he launched Borse Techos, a stadium roof provider in Costa Rica with partner Juan Segura.

"Because of my experience in most of the stadiums in Latin America and that I am bi-lingual, I have been able to add a comfort and safety level to doing some of the more complicated scenarios down there," says Chopper. "As well, I've developed an approach -- to use creative routing, creative set design and streamline packaging -- which saves the production money when trying to do some of these markets. It's a win/win situation, and thus far I'm being proven right."

Total Pro has three full time office staff and eight full time warehouse techs, plus eight more freelancers when work warrants it. Chopper spends 30-50 days a year in Mexico and is in constant phone contact with Manuel. "We do a lot more corporate events now than in the beginning of the company," Chopper notes. "We specialize in moving fixtures and have about 130 in our current inventory, six lighting consoles (Whole Hog II, Maxxys, Pearl, etc.), six 3k gladiators, and all the usual accoutrements."

Since a roof can be transported in its entirety in one 40-foot sea container, Borse Techos is only seven days maximum in transporting a roof from the Caribbean, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Central America and Mexico.

"With a 40-ton load capacity, we're the strongest, safest roof in that geographical area," Chopper notes. "My partner Juan Segura has been in the staging business in Latin America for 20 years and designed and executed the building of the structure personally. His knowledge and attention to detail are unsurpassed anywhere in the world, and where roofs are concerned, there are some scary options on the market south of the border. We can lend a safety and comfort level to any production heading that way at a competitive price. We have four guys in addition to Juan who do our dates. So far it's working."

In his spare time, Chopper spends time with "my beautiful wife and children" and backpacks, kayaks, hunts, and fish.

How many days do you average on the road?
Lately only about 120 a year at most. That figure will reduce as I'm entering a logistical consulting period of my career. Gettin' a little long in the tooth for the stadium hours these days.

What advice can you give about breaking into the touring side of the concert/event production business?
It's a pretty closed club. Things haven't changed that much. You have to work your way up through the ranks. However, with the advent of all the new technology, it's possible to get your foot in the door as a tech for the new technology, then prove your worth and work up to management level. In the old days you had to drive a bobtail and slug through the bars.

With the important role technology has played in recent years, how have the roles of production manager, tour manager and tour accountant been affected?
Technology has made the business into a specialization process. Computers have made accountants and tour managers more efficient, and made granddad production managers struggle -- at least in my case. It's impossible to keep up with all the new technology so micro management is a thing of the past.

What are some of the biggest changes in the production industry that you have experienced
The corporate approach to shows and touring on behalf of promoters and business managers. The sophistication of the new technology.

What production trends do you see in the next five yrs?
The LED trend in lighting fixtures, the combining of lighting and video into an integrated homogeneous presentation, and the modular approach to sets and set design are the trends I'm seeing and believe will continue.

How did you get nicknamed "Chopper"?
I taught a karate class in San Diego while The Tubes were recording, and it stuck forever.

First concert worked
First major concert I worked was Sons of Champlin/ Pablo Cruise/Journey in 1974 at Sonoma State Football Field. I was part of the steel crew.

First tour
I was The Tubes' head prop man/performer in 1975.

Career highlights
New Year's Eve at Winterland with The Tubes/Eddie Money in 1976: We loaded in two days before and painted everything white and hung sheets from all the walls. We had headlined the Longbranch Saloon in Berkeley the year before with Eddie Money opening. The band's career had really taken off with the release of its first record. We did a fabulous totally choreographed show to 5,000-plus adoring fans, and Bill Graham announced: "Ladies and Gentlemen the greatest rock band in the world -- The Tubes." Bill was pretty well acquainted with the talent in the industry at that time. Everyone really felt like things were truly skyrocketing;

The Tubes at Knebworth Festival in 1978 with Frank Zappa, Peter Gabriel, Rockpile--Nick Lowe & Dave Edmonds, Wilko Johnson's Solid Senders: After Fee Waybill broke his leg, we cancelled our most ambitious European tour ever. We returned in the fall to headline the Knebworth Castle Festival. The year before Led Zeppelin headlined, and the year after was The Rolling Stones. Early in the band's club days they had revered Frank Zappa as "the most exalted one." They sent a videotape of a show they'd performed to Frank's record company hoping to get a deal. The rejection was brusque to the point of rudeness, and they were told they had no commercial potential. On show day they sent a gift to Frank's dressing room thanking him for being one of the support groups and reminding him that he might possibly have been wrong about the potential of the headlining group. We had look-a-likes of the Queen, dwarfs, a Scottish pipe band, pink convertible all appearing in the White Punks On Dope finale. At the end of the show, we had a fireworks display, including "The Tubes Thank You All" in 20-foot high letters on the PA. It lit the roof on fire, and some of us had to climb the scaffold and cut down burning roof covers. The crowd thought it was all part of the show and cheered madly. Later that night we threw wads of cash up in the air and jumped on the beds. Four years earlier we had been run out of clubs playing for less than 100 patrons for being too risqué, forfeiting our $200. That night the payday was around $100,000, a significant amount in 1978;

Bruce Hornsby & the Range supporting The Grateful Dead at Laguna Seca Raceway, 1989: I went to work for Bruce right after The Tubes run. On the first day of rehearsal, I found that Bruce was an old Deadhead as was I from college days. We had a common musical interest that we discussed regularly, and the Range played a couple of Dead songs. Jerry Garcia took an interest in the Range and asked them to open some shows. The first was at Laguna Seca, my old stomping grounds. After a rousing Range set, Bruce was asked if he'd like to play accordion on a tune with The Dead. Knowing my background, he asked if I'd like to page the cable for him on his tricked-out accordion. So all of a sudden there were Bruce and I onstage with the Grateful Dead in front of 35,000 howling Deadheads during "Not Fade Away," and Garcia grinning over like a Cheshire cat. Not being a musician it was the biggest vicarious thrill of my career;

Little Feat Tour '92 Jam with Eric Clapton: The entire Little Feat tour was something of a highlight musically for me as I was a long time fan, and the band was such a musical steamroller. The jams with Clapton were obviously highlights. Paul Barrere is an outstanding blues player in his own right. Fred Tackett is a virtuoso in many areas, and Clapton is a blues legend. The phrasing and air in the jam were spectacular; a memorable evening to say the least. Richie Heywood ended up playing with Eric at his London run later in the year;

Lollapalooza '93-'97: Highlights are too numerous to chronicle. It was a huge shift in the popular music scene when alternative became the mainstream; tons of artists and kids having a great time. It was mentally and physically challenging, and I did some of my best work, like making a concert site out of a hayfield. Lollapalooza had a great staff and team of people performing the near impossible by touring a large festival in back-to-back shows all over the country;

Don Henley "End of the Innocence Tour/ Walden Woods Benefits," 1990-92: Fabulous tour with an incredible set and lighting design by Steve Cohen. Great sounding show by Trip Kalif. Super band and singers. Tour management was done flawlessly by Chris Littleton, and Don's wishes were seen to on a daily basis by Tony Taibi. It was the best tour I've been involved with. Don was at the peak of his powers musically and lyrically, and a lot of people did great work. The benefit shows, of which there were several, were held in Worcester, Mass., Universal Amphitheatre and Madison Square Garden. There was a country night with Clint Black, Mark Chestnut, Trisha Yearwood and several rock shows featuring Neil Young, Roger Waters and John Fogerty at Universal; Jimmy Buffet, Billy Joel, Bonnie Raitt, and Bob Seger at Madison Square Garden, and the first Eagles reunion at the Worcester Center. Don's band also played at every event, and they were all star-studded events with people checking their egos at the door for a good cause.

Midnight Oil at The Fillmore in San Francisco -- twice in the early and mid-'90s: I don't remember the exact dates, but they were memorable. The Oils were as rockin' a band as existed. When they hit their stride, they were steamrollers that rolled over a crowd and whipped them into a frenzy. The Fillmore is such a historical place, especially since my early rock years were spent in the Bay Area. With all the historical memorabilia around and the ghosts of gigs past, I got goose pimples when the band started floggin' it at 120 mph.

Career disappointments
First Black Sabbath reunion at Pacific Amphitheater in Southeast California in 1992: It was a big crowd of people from as far away as Japan. It was on and off all day, then with all the rest of the band in the wings, Ozzy jumped in a limo and left. There were kids crying outside the venue after the show. The next night it happened with some of the biggest fans on flights home.

Don Henley Tour, 2000: This was so anti-climactic after the success and cohesiveness of End of the Innocence tour. Business wasn't good, I never saw eye to eye with the tour manager and was relieved of my duty via fax supposedly due to budget cuts. I'd been promised eight months of work that turned into one month after passing up a very lucrative tour on the tour manager's say so. From an extreme high to an extreme low.

Lollapalooza '98 with Jane's Addiction cancelled. Lack of record company support for The Tubes' Love Bomb Tour '85.

Greatest challenges
All the Tubes tours: The Tubes' tours early in my career were learning experiences and very challenging theatrical shows. Lots of props, big theatrical show often times shoe-horned into small venues. Lots of craziness, police and parent problems with the X-rated nature of the show. It was also done in the infancy of the touring business and skilled labor was often non-existent. Advancing shows was not as sophisticated as in future years. Additionally, we asked for a lot of weird stuff: fire extinguishers, balls, butcher paper, et al.

Lollapalooza '96: It was the Metallica/Soundgarden/Ramones year. It was the Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Metallica's management had an inexpensive staging option they wanted to use, but after three shows, they were convinced they weren't up to the task. Their staging option was a company they had successfully employed for their own headline tour, but they were not up to the task of a Lollapalooza Festival. I had to piece together stages at outdoor sites that were non-traditional sites due to contractual commitments with Metallica when most of the gear was at the Olympics. Soundgarden wasn't getting along, and there was a certain amount of friction between the two headliners. I spent most of the summer refereeing and putting together stages in addition to managing an eight-act traveling festival through the heat and rain of a typical Lollapalooza summer. It was the one year I won the Performance Magazine Production Manager of the Year award instead of the usual suspects.

Luis Miguel tour, 1999-2000: I didn't put the tour together from the ground up but was called in to salvage a dysfunctional tour two weeks out of a very ambitious 18-stadium tour with a very unwieldy big set and lighting design. I had no roofs or stages confirmed 14 days before the start. We ended up doing it with three stages and two roofs, 18 cities, three countries, back and forth across the Andes twice. We'd fly in charters to a city, arrive pre-rig until midnight, leave the hotel at 5 a.m., load all day, do the show, load out 'til 5 a.m., take a shower, lay down for an hour and get back on a flight to start all over again in another city. It was 38 days in a row of this without a day off. Labor was often young guys with no shoes, who had just finished building a stage without food and little water. I finally stopped one load-in and went on strike until the promoter provided water and sandwiches for the kids.

Best business decisions
The two companies I started: Total Pro Lighting in Mexico City and Borse Techos, a stadium-type roof with an 80,000-lb. capacity, after realizing the niche in the Latin market was available to good production practices. I had made other people wealthy for years and decided to help myself out for once. I'm not rich, but both businesses are doing well and I plan on devoting more of my time to them as well as putting tours together for artists, getting them functioning and turning them over to the existing production staff, or staffing them. I'm staying in show business but my days of long tours are coming to an end. It's time to turn it over to younger guys who still crave the travel and 20 hour work days; 30 years is enough!

Best advice received
To not focus on being the best drum roadie. I was terrible and would have fired me. Focus on being a problem solver and keep your eye on the Big Picture. It will put you in a management position.

Best advice to offer
Don't get so enamored of the touring life that you totally sacrifice your personal life for it; it's easy to succumb to the allure.

Most memorable experience
Going with Mike Cotton, the Tubes synthesizer player, to The Roundhouse in London on the first night of the first Tubes UK tour in 1977 to see The Stranglers. Handsome Dick Manitoba opened and the crowd politely applauded after each song so we decided to go up front in the GA crowd for The Stranglers set. Hugh came on in a blackout and shouted, "There just ain't no more heroes." At the first crashing chord the entire crowd erupted into a pogo-ing, gobbing, rugby scrum. As Mike got swept into the crowd I could see his eyes getting bigger and bigger. I bullied my way through the combatants grabbed him by the arm, and forced my way to the rear of the melee covered in spit. We watched the rest of the show from the side with our jaws on our chests. I've never scene anything like it. Not even the Lollapalooza mosh pits, which got a little rough.

Favorite sports team/athlete
University of Arizona Wildcat Basketball -- Lute Olsen's influence on great kids each year; Cal Ripkin Jr -- pride, work ethic, tenacious.

Favorite restaurants
Nola in New Orleans, Luna's in NYC; Ocean Club in Scottsdale; and Cucina Paradiso in Payson, Ariz.

Favorite hotels
Hotel Cabo in San Lucas, Baja Calif.; Sheraton Tower in Buenos Aires; and and Oriental in Bangkok.

What friends would be surprised to learn about you
I had a 3.83 grade point average in high school; had a scholastic scholarship to Univ. of California; Soloed at midnight in single engine aircraft on my 16th birthday, got private pilot license on day of my 17th birthday, got commercial pilot license on day of my 18th birthday.

Pet peeves
Promoters who ask you to cut $100 worth of drinks off catering rider, two stagehands taken off load out crew, instead of calling the agent and saying, "My date is a stiff. Can you give me some relief?

Office paraphernalia
3-ring binder and a wire folder organizer for desktop was my M.O. for years. Now I struggle along with a !#%^&* computer.

If I wasn't doing this I'd be…
...a kayak fishing guide at my own fly-in camps in Baja, Calif.

Industry mentors
T.J. McHose, Chris Littleton, RT Townsend, Rikki Farr, Stuart Ross.

Chopper can be reached at (928) 472-7445; e-mail: sborges95@aol.com

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Joe Fletcher, Joe Fletcher Presents 01/12/06
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Nancy Fly, The Nancy Fly Agency 04/02/04
Arthur Fogel, Live Nation 08/09/09
Martin Folkman, Independent Music Awards & Music Resource Group 08/11/06
Belle Forino, Fantasma Tours 03/18/05
Fletcher Foster, Universal Records South 07/31/09
Sam Foxman, Contemporary Productions 01/06/06
Todd Frank, 4Star Entertainment, LLC 01/24/03
Bob Frank, Koch Entertainment 01/09/09
Larry Frank, Frank Productions 01/17/11
Mike Fraser, Record Producer/Engineer 10/11/08
Carl Freed, Metropolitan Entertainment 06/22/01
Elizabeth Freund, Beautiful Day Media & Management 01/26/07
Harlan Frey, Roadrunner Records 07/11/03
Adam Friedman, Nederlander Concerts 06/22/07
Ted Gardner, Larrikin Management 04/25/03
Daniel Gélinas, Festival d’été de Québec 05/23/13
Marci Geller, Sonic Underground 08/15/08
Chris Gero, Yamaha Entertainment Group 10/26/16
Steve Gerstman, SGS 07/19/02
Sandra Gibson, The Association of Performing Arts Presenters 01/09/04
Sandra L. Gibson, Association of Performing Arts Presenters 01/16/09
Steve Gietka, Trump Properties 07/30/01
Steve Gietka, SMG Entertainment 03/19/14
Darren Gilmore, Watchdog Management 03/17/16
Daniel Glass, Glassnote Entertainment Group 10/16/14
Jake Gold, The Management Trust 04/13/01
Neil Goldberg, Cirque Productions 09/07/07
Harris Goldberg, Concert Ideas 06/27/11
Neil Goldberg, Cirque Productions 04/16/14
Martin Goldschmidt, Cooking Vinyl Group 09/29/16
Harvey Goldsmith, Harvey Goldsmith Productions 06/28/10
Michael Goldstein, RockPoP Gallery 11/09/07
Seth Goldstein, Turntable.fm 09/20/11
Anna Paula Goncalves, CEO Global Brand Appeal 08/20/14
Arnie Goodman, Blue Storm Music 11/15/02
Wesley Goodman, Red Entertainment 09/16/05
Richard Goodstone, Superfly Productions 01/27/06
Christie Goodwin, Photographer 03/18/15
Rob Gordon, What Are Records? LTD 02/01/02
Steve Gordon, Entertainment Attorney 08/06/04
Yoav Goren, Immediate Music & Imperativa Records 06/10/14
Mike Gormley, L.A. Personal Development 11/10/06
Jonathan Gosselin, Gosselin Marketing & Promotions 07/02/04
Richard Gottehrer, The Orchard 04/10/09
Sean Goulding, The Agency Group London 09/12/12
Jerimaya Grabher, RPM Direct 09/26/03
Mary Granata, The Granata Agency 09/06/10
Kelly Graves, Providence Performing Arts Center/Professional Facilities Management 01/20/02
Stan Green, Stanley A. Green Lighting and Productions 12/12/03
Mark Green, Celebrity Talent Agency Inc. / Bergen Performing Arts Center 08/12/05
Jeffrey Green, Americana Music Association 03/10/06
Paul Green, The School of Rock 07/06/08
Benjy Grinberg, Rostrum Records 12/06/11
Brent Grulke, SXSW 03/06/09
Michael Gudinski, The Mushroom Group 10/29/15
Phil Guiliano, CIE USA Entertainment Inc. & OCESA PRESENTS Inc. 03/25/05
Steve Gumble, SBG Productions 06/16/06
Greg Hagglund, Vivelo! 05/07/04
Rodney Hall, FAME Music Group 11/06/09
Rob Hallett, Robomagic 02/05/15
Craig Hankenson, Producers, Inc 02/23/06
Kerry Hansen, Wynonna Incorporated 10/03/03
Eric Hanson, Ted Kurland Associates 12/20/02
Eric Hanson, Tree Lawn Artists 03/23/07
Rusty Harmon, MTM Music Management 12/06/07
Ali Harnell, Clear Channel Entertainment Nashville 08/15/03
Bob Harris, 02/06/09
Evan Harrison, Huka Entertainment 12/08/16
David Hart, The Agency Group 02/20/04
Laura Hassler, Musicians without Borders 12/02/15
Abe Hathot, Musician, composer, and music producer. 12/21/16
Steve Hecht, Piedmont Talent 08/29/12
Travis Hellyer, Mezzanine 09/02/05
Janie Hendrix, Experience Hendrix 02/01/10
Nona Hendryx, Rhythmbank Entertainment 06/02/06
Dan Herrington, Dualtone Records 07/25/03
Sara Hickman, Sleeveless/Stingray 06/30/06
Dan Hirsch, On Board Entertainment 04/04/03
Nick Hobbs, Charmenko 12/14/01
Carel Hoffman, Hilltop Live/Oppikoppi Productions 11/07/12
Ian Hogarth, Songkick 08/09/11
Gene Hollister, Rose Presents 04/08/01
Rusty Hooker, Rock Steady Management Agency 02/16/01
Jake Hooker, Hook Entertainment 05/10/02
Martin Hopewell, Primary Talent International 04/19/02
Tom Hoppa, TKO Booking Agency 09/29/06
Bobbie Horowitz, Times Square Group 01/04/02
Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages 11/01/11
Bruce Houghton, Skyline Music 10/27/00
Bruce Houghton, Skyline Music 01/22/14
Andi Howard, Peak Records and Andi Howard Entertainment 09/02/03
Barbara Hubbard, ACTS 09/12/03
Laurent Hubert, BMG US 11/12/15
Seth Hurwitz, I.M.P. 04/20/09
Ariel Hyatt, Author, and founder of Cyber PR 11/23/16
Mark Hyman, Ashley Talent International 11/09/01
Brett Hyman, Category 5 Entertainment 07/23/04
Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records 08/17/01
Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records 05/28/14
Doug Isaac, Super Bowl Concert Series Producer (EXI) 08/24/01
David Israelite, National Music Publishers' Association 11/29/08
Tom Jackson, Tom Jackson Productions 02/06/13
Jay Jacobs, Parc Landon 09/21/07
Larry Jacobson, World Audience 09/17/04
Audra Jaeger, The Management Trust 05/09/03
Ralph James, The Agency Group 01/31/11
Jeffrey Jampol, Jampol Artist Management 07/18/12
Jean Michel Jarre, International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) 06/19/13
Michael Jaworek, The Birchmere 05/08/09
Peter Jesperson, New West Records 11/03/06
John Jeter, The Handlebar 08/15/12
Mike Johnson, Groundrush Media 02/17/06
Mike Gormley & Jolene Pellant, Yes, Dear Entertainment 04/23/10
Susan Joseph, Justice Entertainment Group 02/21/11
Darren Julien, Julien's Auctions 10/25/10
Henry Juszkiewicz, Gibson Guitars 09/28/10
Justin Kalifowitz, Downtown Publishing 04/20/17
Leonard Kalikow, Music Business Reference, Inc. 06/26/08
Craig Kallman, Atlantic Records 03/20/09
Steve Kane, Warner Music Canada 02/09/17
Danny Kapilian, Independent Producer 07/12/02
Mike Kappus, The Rosebud Agency 10/26/09
Andy Kaufman, Birdland 05/17/02
Wendy Kay, Mars Talent Agency 03/09/01
Lucas Keller, The Collective 03/22/11
Marty Kern, Clemson University 07/07/01
Carlos Keyes, Red Entertainment 10/08/04
Golnar Khosrowshahi, Reservoir Media Management 10/24/12
Martin Kierszenbaum, Interscope/Cherrytree Records 09/06/09
Barney Kilpatrick, Rattlesby Records 10/28/05
John Kinsner, The Walnut Room 03/28/08
Doug Kirby, LiveTourArtists 10/24/03
Steve Kirsner, Compaq Center 06/29/01
JoAnne Klabin, Sweet Relief 03/21/03
Andrew Klein, Revolution Marketing 11/05/04
Larry Klein, Producer, bassist, songwriter 03/13/12
Jack Kleinsinger, Highlights in Jazz 04/25/08
Ann Kline, Casa Kline 09/04/14
Brian Knaff, Talent Buyers Network 09/29/01
Kymberlee Knight, IEBA 11/16/00
Mike Kociela, 360 Productions 05/30/08
Stefan Kohlmeyer, Bach Technology 02/08/10
Lily Kohn, Microsoft Corporation 02/14/11
Tim Kolleth, Alligator Records 01/25/08
Al Kooper, Musician/songwriter/producer/author 02/06/14
Mitchell Koulouris, Digital Musicworks International, Inc. 02/11/05
Mark Krantz, John Schreiber Group 06/15/01
Jeff Krasno, Velour Music Group 11/19/07
Jeffrey Kruger, The Kruger Organisation 01/25/02
Harvey Kubernik, Author/historian/music journalist 08/20/15
Ted Kurland, Ted Kurland Associates 01/15/01
Jordan Kurland, Zeitgeist Artist Management 08/23/11
Carianne Laguna, Blackheart Records 03/07/08
Brady Lahr, Kufala Recordings 04/30/04
Ernie Lake, EL Records 01/19/07
Roks Lam, Wolfman Jack Entertainment 12/17/04
Anni Lam, Parc Landon 06/29/07
Gary Lane, CenterLane Attractions 10/14/05
Tom LaPenna, Lucky Man Productions 09/10/04
Camilo Lara, EMI Music Mexico/MIS 08/10/07
Gary Lashinsky, Lipizzaner Tours 05/13/05
Gregg Latterman, Aware Records 12/13/02
Tony Laurenson, Eat to the Beat 02/27/04
Emily Lazar, The Lodge 10/15/15
Bill Leabody, Leabody Systems 06/10/05
Peter Leak, 24-7 Worldwide Management 03/28/12
Steve Leeds, SR. VP/Promotion/Rock Formats at Virgin Records 07/26/02
Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter 11/14/08
Carl Leighton-Pope, Leighton-Pope Organisation 07/05/09
Steve Lemon, Live 4 Live, Inc. 12/06/02
Randy Lennox, Universal Music Canada 06/24/15
Simma Levine, Disson Furst and Partners 11/10/00
Andy Levine, Sixthman 06/08/07
Rich Levy, Clear Channel Entertainment Properties 06/25/04
Eddie Levy, Chelsea Music Publishing 07/24/14
Myles Lewis, Denise Rich Songs 12/20/10
Adam Lewis, Planetary Group 01/20/16
Terry Lickona, Austin City Limits 03/14/11
Justine Liddelow, Stage and Screen Travel Services 08/31/11
Jim Lidestri, Border City Media 09/03/15
Larry Lieberman, 4EverWild 03/28/03
Eric Lilavois, Crown City Studios, and London Bridge Studio 12/10/14
Miriam Linna, Norton Records 05/18/17
Marc Lipkin, Alligator Records 03/05/05
Tommy LiPuma (Part 1), Verve Records 11/08/10
Tommy LiPuma (Part 2), Verve Records 11/15/10
Alexander Ljung, SoundCloud 10/04/10
Andy Lo Russo, The Singing Chef 12/16/05
Phil Lobel, Lobeline Communications 08/13/04
Paul Lohr, New Frontier Touring 01/21/05
Paul Lohr, New Frontier Touring 05/17/10
Julie Lokin, New Audiences 03/23/01
Dave Lory, Artemis Records 03/30/02
Max Loubiere, Tour Director 04/11/12
Mark Lourie, Skyline Music 03/08/02
Dave Lucas, Live-360 04/28/06
Joe Lucchese, EventJoe 02/23/07
Kevin Lyman, 4 fini 03/30/01
Kevin Lyman, Vans Warped Tour 05/23/12
Bubba Mac, 09/14/07
David Macias, Emergent Music Marketing 06/17/05
Kristen Madsen, Grammy Foundation and MusiCares 11/22/10
Larry Magid, Larry Magid Entertainment 05/04/10
Peter Malkin, PM Management 02/07/03
Toby Mamis, Alive Enterprises 02/12/01
Billy Mann, Green & Bloom | Topl1ne, Manncom 09/18/14
Tasea Margeolas, Multi Entertainment 06/23/06
Tony Margherita, dBpm Records 09/06/11
Bob Roux & Mark Campana, Live Nation 12/20/11
Lee Marshall, Magic Arts & Entertainment 09/13/02
Zach Martin, Radio Producer at New York's WAXQ-FM 08/30/02
Mario Martin, Gorgeous PR 04/27/07
Molly Martinez, Ticket Summit 2008 05/23/08
Paul Mascioli, Mascioli Entertainment 01/14/05
Michael Maska, Big Hassle 01/28/05
Ted Mason, Mi-5 Recordings 11/16/01
Steve Masur, Masur & Associates, LLC 11/21/03
Pam Matthews, The Ryman Auditorium 04/08/05
Terry McBride, Nettwerk Music Group 03/01/10
Michael McCarty, ole 06/20/11
Jim McDonald, McDonald Group 12/19/03
Virginia McEnerney, HeadCount 11/26/07
Doc McGhee, McGhee Entertainment 06/14/10
Camilla McGuinn, Tour Manager 08/24/07
Andy McLean, North By Northeast (NXNE) 04/01/05
Dennis McNally, Grateful Dead historian/publicist 09/06/02
Garry McQuinn, Back Row Productions 06/14/11
Ruthann McTyre, The Rita Benton Music Library; and president of the Music Library Association 08/31/10
Dick McVey, Musician's Referral Service 10/27/07
Katherine McVicker, Music Works International 01/08/15
John Meglen, Concerts West/AEG Live 02/21/13
Mark Meharry, Music Glue 05/28/15
Jorge Mejia, Sony/ATV Music Publishing 09/17/15
Dan Melnick, Festival Productions, Inc. 02/22/02
André Ménard, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 06/12/09
Bob Merlis, Merlis For Hire/Memphis International Records 01/16/04
Doug Merrick, Cumberland Talent Agency and Merrick Music Group 07/21/06
Louis Messina, The Messina Group 10/22/04
Louis Messina, The Messina Group/AEG Live 07/17/09
Louis Jay Meyers, North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance 03/30/07
Louis Jay Meyers, Folk Alliance International 01/23/09
Todd Miller, House Of Blues - New Orleans 11/14/03
Jeff Miller, Fantasma Productions 03/16/07
Ben Miller, Rock Ridge Music 11/02/07
J. B. Miller, Empire Entertainment 08/22/08
Richard Mills, S.L. Feldman 11/02/09
Marty Monson, Barbershop Harmony Society 07/07/16
Linda Moran, Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) 04/05/09
Jesse Morreale, Nobody In Particular Presents (NIPP) 09/20/02
Chuck Morris, Live Rocky Mountains 09/28/09
Mo Morrison, Independent production 05/24/02
Kevin Morrow, Steel Wool Entertainment 01/25/17
Nick Moss, Blue Bella Records 11/30/07
Jim Musselman, Appleseed Recordings 04/14/06
Natalia Nastaskin, United Talent Agency 04/13/16
Marc Nathan, Flagship Records 07/01/05
David Neilon, Rising Star Promotions 11/30/01
Don Neuen, Star Coaches Inc. 10/10/12
Dennis Newhall, DIG Music 10/07/05
John Nittolo, John Nittolo Productions 04/13/07
Ian Noble, Metropolitan Talent 05/23/03
Fabricio Nobre, A Construtora Música e Cultura 05/04/17
Josh Norek, JN Media, LLC 07/05/02
David Norman, Tour Manager 04/20/07
Mimi Northcott, Canadian Recording Services (CRS) 04/11/08
Bill Nowlin, Rounder Records 01/05/07
John Nugent, NY JAM Inc. 11/08/02
Andy Nulman, Just For Laughs 11/20/13
Sal Nunziato, NYCD 06/01/01
Bob O'Neal, Ryman Auditorium 06/28/02
Andrea Orbeck, Prehab Health and Fitness 03/15/10
Heather Orser, Toad's Place 01/29/01
Janet Oseroff, MultiMediaProperties 11/18/05
Marc Ostrow, Boosey & Hawkes 12/05/08
Riley O’Connor, Live Nation Canada 07/24/09
Jeremy Palmer, Buddy Lee Attractions 11/02/01
John Palmer, Megawave Records 08/31/07
Panos Panay, Sonicbids 12/23/05
Julien Paquin, Paquin Artists Agency 04/30/14
Graham Parker, WQXR-FM 11/26/14
Crispin Parry, British Underground 02/24/08
Donald Passman, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown 04/09/10
Donald S. Passman, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown 01/06/16
Bruce Patron, Overland Entertainment 07/28/06
Alexandra Patsavas, Chop Shop Music 09/27/11
Cheryl Pawelski, Omnivore Entertainment Group 09/26/13
Kerry Peace, Alligator Records 08/18/06
Eric Peltoniemi, Red House Records 12/14/09
Scott Perry, Sperry Media 03/11/05
Lawrence Peryer, Jr., 23 Omnimedia 11/07/08
John Peters, MassConcerts 06/07/11
Holger Petersen, Stony Plain Records 04/15/05
Jon Phillips, Silverback Professional Artist Mgmt/Controlled Substance Sound 08/29/08
Dave Pichilingi, Sound City 03/30/16
Vince Pileggi, Music Inc./Music Inc. Sounds 12/01/06
Eric Pirritt, Endit! Presents / The Fox Theatre 10/17/03
Neil Portnow, The Recording Academy 02/08/11
Louis Posen, Hopeless Records 04/04/11
Stephen Posen, Estate of Glenn Gould 01/23/13
Nadia Prescher, Madison House 06/20/03
Jeff Price, TuneCore 02/28/11
Tom Principato, Powerhouse Records 02/01/08
Roger Probert, Core Records 12/08/06
John "Grinder" Procaccini, JP Squared (JP2) 01/17/03
Mark Pucci, Independent Music Publicist 09/09/05
David Pullman, The Pullman Group 11/03/00
Rod Quinton, Saigon Sound System 04/18/11
Dolphus Ramseur, Ramseur Records 10/19/07
Jack Randall, Ted Kurland Associates 04/05/02
Jack Randall, The Kurland Agency 03/08/17
Debra Rathwell, AEG Live 05/03/13
Jeff Ravitz, Visual Terrain 02/08/08
Paul Reed, Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) 06/14/17
Rich Rees, M.P.I. Talent Agency 09/19/08
John Reese, Freeze Artist Management 08/01/08
Bill Reeves, WRIII, Inc. 10/20/06
Stephen Rehage, Rehage Entertainment 07/30/04
Lisa Reiss, Pearl Productions 08/17/07
Salaam Remi, Composer, producer, musician and label executive. 01/08/14
David Renzer, Universal Music Publishing Group 08/23/09
Alison Richard, Universal Orlando Resort 05/06/05
Kelli Richards, The All Access Group 02/07/12
Gary Richards, HARD Events 08/29/13
Sam Righi, Waterfront Entertainment Group 05/30/03
Jon Rinaldo, Joker Productions 01/02/04
Geary Rindels, Geary Rindels Enterprises, Inc. 12/05/03
Doreen Ringer Ross, BMI 01/18/08
Lisette Rioux, Island Def Jam Music Group 05/16/03
Dave Roberge, Everfine Records & Everfine Artist Management 12/03/04
Sandy Roberton, Worlds End Producer Management 02/20/09
Ty Roberts, Gracenote 01/31/12
Bill Rogers, BRE Presents 07/13/07
Ian Rogers, Topspin Media 06/01/10
Benji Rogers, PledgeMusic 12/19/13
Dave Rose, Deep South Entertainment 09/15/06
Eric Rosen, Ronald S. Bienstock & Associates 05/25/01
Stuart Ross, The Ross Group 02/23/01
David Ross, President IAAM; Director, Show Me Center 09/23/05
Bobby Rossi, Ruth Eckerd Hall 02/28/03
Michael Rothschild, Landslide Records 04/29/05
Robert Rowland, Red Entertainment 06/13/08
Bill Royston, Mt. Hood Jazz Festival 03/07/03
John Rudolph, Bug Music 05/24/10
Elizabeth Rush, E.R.A. / Elizabeth Rush Agency 08/20/04
Aran Rush, Expo and Foro Imperial 02/16/07
Maurice Russell, Harry Fox Agency 10/21/05
Barron Ruth, Skyline Music 02/14/03
Andrea Sabata, Skyline Music 01/07/05
Numa Saisselin, Count Basie Theatre, Inc. 02/04/05
Ron Sakamoto, Gold & Gold Productions 01/16/10
David Salidor, dis Company 07/20/07
Shaw Saltzberg, S. L. Feldman and Associates 06/21/10
Bruce Allen & Sam Feldman, A&F Music 12/19/08
Mark Samuels, Basin Street Records 06/11/04
Jacqueline Saturn, Harvest Records 01/21/15
Tamara Saviano, American Roots Publishing 07/22/05
Tamara Saviano, Author, journalist, and producer 08/18/16
Michael Scafuto, Mountain High Entertainment 12/07/01
Steve Schankman, Contemporary Productions 12/21/01
Steve Scharf, Carlin America 10/11/02
John Scher, Metropolitan Talent 11/21/08
Al Schmitt, Producer/Engineer 02/13/10
Bobby Schneider, Tour Coordinator, Third Eye Blind 01/31/03
Jake Schneider, Madison House 04/02/14
Steven Schnur, EA Music Group 07/03/13
Elaine Schock, Shock Ink 02/19/10
Stacy Schott, Mad Booking and Events 08/22/03
Daylle Schwartz, Revenge Productions 08/19/05
Dean Sciarra, ItsAboutMusic.com 11/26/04
Joel Selvin, Author and Journalist 08/07/14
Jay Sendyk, Sendyk, Leonard & Company, Inc. 05/03/02
Peter Shapiro, Ideal Entertainment 04/16/04
Seth Sheck, Access Pass & Design 01/03/03
Seth Sheck, ACCESS Event Solutions 06/22/16
Seth Shomes, The Agency Group 11/12/14
Jay Sieleman, The Blues Foundation 07/18/03
Anya Siglin, The Ark 03/05/10
Bill Silva, Bill Silva Entertainment 10/19/10
Tom Silverman, Tommy Boy Entertainment 03/06/12
Steve Simon, Clear Channel Communications 05/14/04
Ralph Simon, Live Earth 07/06/07
Ralph Simon, Mobilium 04/12/11
Michael Simon, The Harry Fox Agency 08/14/13
Ron Simpson, RCS Productions 01/11/08
John Simson, SoundExchange 07/15/05
Dion Singer, Warner Bros. 12/07/09
Gram Slaton, The Community Arts Center 02/25/05
Owen Sloane, Gladstone Michel Weisberg Willner & Sloane 10/11/10
Peter Smidt, Eurosonic Noorderslag & manager Buma Cultuur 07/17/13
Garrison Snell, Gyrosity Projects 02/23/17
Mike Snider, Paradigm Talent Agency Nashville 05/17/11
Andrew Snowhite, Musictoday 05/04/01
Bruce Solar, The Agency Group 05/14/14
Nikki Solgot, Circle Talent Agency 02/18/15
Michael Solomon, Brick Wall Management 05/25/07
Mark Sonder, Mark Sonder Productions 07/25/08
Steve Sonnier, UIC Pavilion at the University of Illinois, Chicago 09/03/04
Kathy Spanberger, peermusic 06/20/12
Carolyn Specht, CIE USA Entertainment Inc. and OCESA PRESENTS Inc. 03/26/04
David Spelman, New York Guitar Festival 10/01/04
Jason Spiewak, Rock Ridge Music 04/07/06
Dan Steinberg, Square Peg Concerts 11/29/12
Dan Steinberg, Square Peg Concerts 02/18/05
Jeremy Stephan, Ventures, LLC 04/23/04
Walter Stewart, Mars Talent Agency 02/21/03
Gail Stocker, Gail Stocker Presents 11/12/04
Jon Stoll, Fantasma Productions 10/13/00
Jesse Stoll, AEG 06/27/09
Henry Stone, Henry Stone Music 06/24/05
Jason Stone, Live Nation New York 03/31/06
Howard Stovall, Resource Entertainment Group 05/28/04
Cameron Strang, New West Records 10/18/02
Don Strasburg, AEG Live Rocky Mountains 02/27/09
Barbara Strauss, Sovereign Ventures 05/12/06
Richard Stumpf, Cherry Lane Publishing 08/07/06
Patrick Sullivan, RightsFlow 10/25/11
Bernie Swain & Harry Rhodes, Jr., Washington Speakers Bureau 12/07/00
Dean Swett, Paramour Group 06/14/02
Jake Szufnarowski, Rocks Off 05/02/08
Marc Tanner, Chime Entertainment 12/22/06
Donald Tarlton, The Donald K Donald Group 04/12/02
Tess Taylor, Los Angeles Music Network 08/09/02
Race Taylor, WPLJ - New York 10/27/06
Race Taylor, WPLJ - New York 10/27/06
Chris Taylor, Taylor 03/15/09
Peter Tempkins, DeWitt Stern Group 03/16/01
Peter Tempkins, Momentous Insurance Brokerage 03/27/09
Lisa Tenner, Tenner & Associates (EAT'M) 08/06/01
Jeremy Tepper, Diesel Only Records 10/10/03
Allan Tepper, Bicycle Music Company 09/28/07
Martin Terefe, Kensaltown Studios 05/31/11
Milun Tesovic, MetroLeap Media 10/18/09
Mandar Thakur, Times Music 08/06/15
Jerry Thompson, Promoter Line Inc. 03/05/04
Jose Tillan, MTV Networks Latin America 12/02/05
Jon Tiven, Hormone Studios 08/05/05
Rob Tonkin, Marketing Factory 12/17/15
John "J.T." Toomey, 25/8 Management 11/15/11
Livia Tortella, Warner Bros. Records 01/10/12
Phil Tripp, IMMEDIA! 01/19/06
Claudio Trotta, Barley Arts Promotion 11/26/01
Chris Tsakalakis, StubHub 01/11/10
Ben Turner, Graphite Media 05/10/10
Steve Vai, Favored Nations Entertainment 04/26/02
John Valentino, Fantasma Productions 04/18/03
John Valentino, AEG Live SE 11/01/10
Don Van Cleave, Coalition of Independent Music Stores 04/09/04
Casey Verbeck, Partners in Music 06/06/03
David "Boche" Viecelli, The Billions Corporation 04/18/10
Marsha Vlasic, Artist Group International 05/31/17
Ray Waddell, Billboard Magazine 08/27/04
Rob Waggener, Foundations Recovery Network 03/07/11
Jim Walczak, Racine Civic Centre 06/03/05
Jeff Walker, The AristoMedia Group 08/16/10
Carla Wallace, Big Yellow Dog Music 11/04/05
Russell Wallach, Live Nation Network 03/20/12
Steve Walter, The Cutting Room 10/24/08
Neil Warnock, The Agency Group 05/02/09
Diane Warren, Realsongs 08/14/09
Butch Waugh, RCA Label Group Nashville 01/10/03
Lauren Wayne, The State Theatre 05/09/12
Kirt Webster, Webster PR 02/03/16
Ken Weinstein, Big Hassle Media 04/22/05
Bruce Weinstein, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 02/15/08
Larry Weintraub, Fanscape 05/18/01
Pam Weiser, Momentous Insurance Brokerage 10/11/11
Kevin Welk, Welk Music Group 01/24/12
D-J Wendt, Dmand Management 05/09/08
Alison Wenham, Worldwide Independent Network 02/13/09
Bill Werde, Billboard 08/03/11
Joel Whitburn, Record Research 11/13/09
Judd White, Tour Manager/Accountant 02/13/04
Jeff White, In Ticketing 12/16/06
Adam White, Author 09/14/16
Adam Wilkes, AEG Live Asia 10/13/16
Fenton Williams, 04/04/08
Del Williams, Right Arm Entertainment 04/18/08
Bryan "Birdman" Williams, Cash Money Records 09/13/11
Paul Williams, ASCAP 10/19/11
J.P. Williams, Parallel Entertainment 10/03/12
Kurt Willms, Green Room Productions 09/20/03
Chris Wilson, Heartbeat Records 03/02/07
Tony Wilson, Factory Records/In The City 06/01/07
Tom Windish, The Windish Agency 07/26/10
John Wiseman, XL Touring Video 05/05/06
Thom Wolke, Twincloud.com 02/08/02
Michael Wood, City Lights Entertainment 08/08/08
Keith Wortman, Blackbird Presents 03/22/17
Nigel Wright, Independant Record Producer 11/07/03
Dusty Wright, CultureCatch.com 07/27/07
Jeremiah “Ice” Younossi, A-List Talent 09/20/09
Gail Zappa, The Zappa Family Trust 10/02/14
Kevin 'Chief' Zaruk, Chief Music Management 06/10/15
Ron Zeelens, RAZco Visas 04/20/01
Rick Zeiler, Sidney Frank Importing Company 06/04/04
Danny Zelisko, Live Nation 06/19/09
Hillary Zuckerberg, Brick Wall Management. 07/09/04
Steve Zuckerman, Global Entertainment and Media Summit 03/22/02
Paul Zullo, Muze 01/23/04
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