Industry Profile: Jake Szufnarowski

— By Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen

Jake Szufnarowski started out as a rapper, morphed into a club booker and is now a concert promoter while moonlighting as a musician. Jake and his co-conspirators at Rocks Off presented 700 shows throughout New York City last year.

He has now taken on the role of Robin Gibb in Tragedy: The Tri-State Area’s #1 Heavy Metal Tribute To The Bee Gees, who, yes, are a real band and, yes, "are as awesome as they sound," he says with pride.

But our story begins not in New York, but rather the distant burg of Lowell, Mass., where a young aspiring rapper – stage name MC Jake - with more chutzpah and business sense than, as the kids say, mic skillz, became frustrated with the lack of a local hip-hop scene. Realizing he could not embark on the path to super stardom if no one had ever seen him perform, and Lowell, not exactly being renowned for its concert infrastructure, Jake began promoting shows in any space he could rent - making flyers, hauling PA’s around, booking other talent – just as a means to get some stage time for himself. No one ever accused him of doing things the easy way.

Lowell, however, failed to leave a mark on the map as a hip-hop mecca. So, while still a teenager, in 1994 Jake decamped to New York and promptly landed a job as assistant to Larry Bloch, owner of famed downtown club Wetlands Preserve.

From him, Jake learned the lesson that has guided his career ever since: the show is not just what happens onstage but the whole experience the customers have from the moment they get to the venue until the moment they leave. Make the experience respectful, memorable and most of all, fun, and they will want to come back again and again.

Jake worked at Wetlands in every imaginable capacity, from ticket-taker to talent buyer, for a decade from 1994-2001, until it closed. During that span, he also put time in at a number of other clubs--Coney Island High, CBGB and Pyramid--around town, and founded his own label, Which Records?, best known for a compilation of punk bands singing TV theme songs, as well as the first nationally distributed release of the Brian Jonestown Massacre. The label was active 1997-2000. Taking the concept of DIY to the extreme, he and a minivan full of friends spent two summers following The Warped Tour like it was the Grateful Dead, selling CDs in the parking lot – whoever sold the least each day had to buy the beer.

By 2001, the staff of Wetlands knew the club was not long for this world. Jake, having been talent buyer for the previous three years, took on a few of the club’s most promising regulars--RANA, Corn Mo, Flacanticide and Sir Joe Russo--as management clients, and, while looking for an unconventional show for one of them, happened upon a fateful idea: boats.

Thinking back to his MC Jake days, Jake rented a 200-capacity boat, brought on the PA, did all the promo himself and ended up with a sold out RANA show and a triumphantly psyched audience. Out on the water, it became clear that this was the spirit of Wetlands writ large – an experience from start to finish, a great concert and a great time. He could hardly resist booking a few more cruises with bands he knew well, and a snowball was set in motion that is still getting bigger seven years later.

After Wetlands closed, Jake became talent buyer for the Knitting Factory in New York from 2001-2002, where he was responsible for booking four stages, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Even in the winter months, the boat cruises were in the back of his mind. In them it seemed he had stumbled upon exactly what he wanted to be doing: operating as an independent promoter, for a unique and non-traditional venue, and offering both performers and fans something much more than a typical nightclub experience.

This clearly being his destiny, in 2002 Jake founded Rocks Off, giving the cruises a name for the first time and also began promoting shows independently at a handful of more traditional venues around town, such as B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, Knitting Factory, Irving Plaza, Tribeca Rock Club. The following summer, he added to his armada a 500-capacity boat, which enabled him to reach into a higher echelon of talent while also running more dates than he ever had before.

"We have relationships with almost every venue in town that is 1,000 capacity or smaller," says Jake. "Currently we're putting shows into Irving Plaza, BB King's, Highline Ballroom, Blender Theater, Knitting Factory, The Annex, Pianos, The Cutting Room and Sancho Bar while also running over 80 cruise concerts every summer around New York harbor."

And, one unique summer time concert experience clearly not being enough, they have also masterminded a series of shows at a bar on the Coney Island boardwalk where passes for the Cyclone, the freak show and assorted other attractions are included in the price of the ticket--$25.

In 2006, Rocks Off was given just about the highest honor a promoter could ever receive: it was asked to book the final three months at CBGB. Needless to say, they accepted, and the sound of the crowd when the reformed Bad Brains took the stage alone made devoting their lives to this business worth it

What kind of talent are you promoting?
Anything from rock 'n roll to punk, metal, electronic, New Orleans, jam bands and tribute bands. We even work with a rock 'n roll puppet pirate show--Jollyship the Whiz-Bang--and a group made up of robots who actually play instruments--Captured! By Robots. Anything fun and interesting that people can have a good time going to see. Which excludes most indie rock; those people seem to be allergic to fun.

What is the biggest venue you promoted in?
My head. In my head I'm putting on shows that have a million people there, all getting down, getting drunk, getting naked and getting it on. But, in real life, it's Irving Plaza and BB King's. Though, those venues could easily be surpassed in terms of capacity by the boat rides on New York harbor. With the music washing out over the open water, there's no telling how many fish, eels, displaced dolphins and ex-mob informants that we might be entertaining with the Rocks Off Concert Cruise Series.

How many different cruises do you promote?
We do close to 100 per summer. The boats start in April and continue through November. The boats set sail from two different locations in Manhattan and sail around NY Harbor for three hours, and, of course, include fantastic views of the NYC skyline, the Brookyln Bridge and the Statue of Liberty. We host all sorts of bands: anyone from the Bad Brains and Clutch to Lucero and the Weakerthans. As well as tributes, jambands, New Orleans music, and even a rock 'n roll pirate puppet show called Jollyship the Whizbang. We also do a series of cruises every summer that run from Manhattan to Shea Stadium in Queens that include a band and a ticket to the game. It's the greatest way to tailgate for a Mets game.

Why were chosen to book CBGB's swan song?
Towards the end of the club's storied run, they hadn't really been booking many national acts, and we were the only promoters actively seeking out touring bands to play the venue. So it was only natural that when the club found out it was closing, that they asked us to book the shows. I remember getting a phone call one morning from BG, the club's manager, asking me to come to the club because, "Hilly would really like to meet you." It was a bit odd since I'd met Hilly about 25 times but never got more than a cursory glance and a grunt. Of course, at the that moment, I thought I'd done something wrong and was in some deep shit. Why else would Hilly want to meet me? Imagine my surprise when I went down there to meet him, and he was very kind. He said, "I hear that you bring a lot of great bands here, and the shows are always sold out and that things always run smoothly when you're here. So how would you like to book the rest of the shows here until we close?"

Some of the bands we booked to come back were: Bad Brains, who reunited to play three nights, Patti Smith, Dead Kennedys, Flipper, Lee Scratch Perry, Dropkick Murphys, Pete Yorn, Joan Jett, Bouncing Souls, Avail, Blondie, the Dictators, Fishbone, Lucero, Agnostic Front, Sick Of It All, Madball, Murphy's Law, Gorilla Biscuits, The Business, and the Rodney Speed Experience.

What is the story behind the Coney Island venture?
Since 2004, we've been running shows out at Coney Island every summer. It's the one place in NYC that makes you remember what NYC used to be like when you were always afraid of getting mugged and everything was run down and super duper shady. Yet, against all odds, its still charming. When Phish announced that they were doing shows at the minor league ballpark there in the summer of 2004, I thought, "Wow - there are gonna be 15,000 tripping hippies getting out of there at 11 pm with nowhere to go. We should do some after-parties." I got on the long-ass subway ride out to Coney Island the day the shows were announced to scope out locations. I found Cha-Cha's, which can best be described as the CBGB of Coney Island. Its an old, old, dump of a bar, but it had a stage which was all I needed. We ran two shows with Brothers Past and G.F.E. out there post-Phish and sold out. It made me think of how we could get people to come all the way out for shows during the summer, and we developed the Coney Island Fun Pack.

For one price, the fan can buy a Fun Pack Ticket which includes entrance to the show, a ride on the Cyclone Roller Coaster, a ticket to the Freak Show, batting cages, go-karts, and mini-golf as well as some various other attractions based on the mood of the various owner/operators when it was time to negotiate. Coney Island and the business owners that make it up, really do operate as an alternate universe but that challenge has been a big part of the fun.

How did Tragedy come about?
Tragedy: The #1 Heavy Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees in the Tri-State Area was formed as a result of our love of metal, love of disco, and love of the music of the brother's Gibb. They rocked sweet balls but did one thing wrong: they somehow didn't notice that disco, while fun on the dance floor, wouldn't stand the test of time as well as good old rock 'n roll. We formed Tragedy to keep the spirit of the Gibb's music alive and to make sure that future generations to come would have the chance to embrace this timeless music. And it's a pretty sweet way to meet chicks.

We played our first show in August 2007 at BB King's and have since rocked the fuck out of: The Nokia Theater for CMJ, The Fillmore NY @ Irving Plaza, Bowery Ballroom, BB King's, The Highline Ballroom, the Knitting Factory, the Paradise Rock Club, the Middle East, Crash Mansion LA and Emo's in Austin, TX for SXSW.

How did the SXSW booking materialize?
There's really no good behind the scenes story for this. We applied just like any other band would. We were accepted and given a slot on the closing night party because We Rock Sweet Balls And Can Do No Wrong, which is name of our album.

What is the story behind the film Wetlands Preserved?
It's a documentary about one the most iconic rock 'n roll clubs there ever was. It paints a nice picture of a place that existed to give different music, different culture, and different philosophies a place to thrive. It truly was not about the money. All of the profits went to fund an in-house environmental and direct action center.

Guster started out in NYC by playing Wetlands for $50 at 8:30 on Wednesday nights. After they were "making it," they headlined, collected a few grand and sent the money back the next week with the instructions that we were to use that money specifically for the environmental department. They didn’t send out a press release announcing it or even mention it on their website. They did it because they cared, and they believed! I wonder how many of the groups at Live 8 had that kind of commitment to what they were supporting. Man I miss that place and those days.

Are you still managing acts?
After I went out on my own and started Rocks Off, I realized that I loved and thrived on the breakneck pace of being a promoter. Every day you're booking a new show, running a new show and then putting it behind you. Most shows are open and shut cases, in the way that you work on it from the day you book it until the day it happens, and once you settle the show and send the finals to the agent, it's on to the next show.

When managing a band, there's a lot of babysitting, ego massaging and all around parenting that I just wasn't into. And, of course, there's the age-old situation managers face where everything they do for their clients, the clients could've done themselves, and everything that hasn't been done--the world tour, all the huge festivals--means you're just not working hard enough for them. I do manage my own band, Tragedy. I know plenty of managers, and quite frankly, I know that no other manager will work as hard for my band as I do.

First concert attended
Sha Na Na in 1981 at the Casino Ballroom, Hampton Beach, NH.

First concert worked
World Power at the RAT in Boston in 1989 as a performer.

First industry job
I had my own recording studio in high school. I booked and promoted shows at various venues in Massachusetts and New Hampshire while in high school. My first job working for someone else was at Wetlands in New York City as the assistant to the owner, Larry Bloch, for five years and then as the talent buyer for the last three years the club was open.

Career highlights
Starting the Rocks Off Concert cruise series. Bringing David Allan Coe to NYC for the first time in 28 years; booking and producing the 1st Annual School of Rock Festival in Asbury Park, NJ in June 2007 and having Ween headline. Wow, that band is amazing; and starting Tragedy: The #1 Heavy Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees in the Tri-State Area. We Rock Sweet Balls and Can Do No Wrong!

Career disappointments
Booking Slash at Wetlands and then meeting him; he turned out to be a class-A jerk!; and never having promoted a Cock Fight. Fuckin' PETA.

Greatest challenge
Trying to find audiences for awesome, yet unknown artists. That's the biggest challenge, but when you're able to make it happen, it's the greatest reward.

Best business decision
Starting my own company. Hands down. The air just smells better when you work for yourself. And, on my first day of working for myself, I implemented the no douche bag policy. If someone was a pain in the ass to work with and gave me headaches, I just lost their numbers and filtered their emails straight into my junk folder. I haven't looked back. Oh, and buying Apple stock just after I realized how amazing the iPod was.

Best advice you received
That a concert isn't just abut the band. It's abut the entire experience, from waiting on line to get in, the way you're greeted by the security, ticket takers, bartenders and other fans. It's as much about the music that's played before and between sets as it's live music coming from the stage. It's about the feeling and the magic and the energy in the air. That's what gets you high and keeps you coming back for more. Sadly, we get that less and less as time goes on. I don't understand how promoters and club owners fail to see that by paying a DJ a couple of hundred bucks for the night, it's going to increase everyone's overall experience. And when they're having more fun, getting into the spirit of the event, and they're buying more drinks, then they're coming back again and again.

Mistakes you have learned from
I don't make any mistakes, but if I were to one day, I hope that I won't learn anything from it.

Most memorable industry experience
Booking David Allan Coe in New York City. Since I started at Wetlands, I tried to get him to New York City. His agent, Bill Quisenberry, who I'll never forget because whenever I called him he had a bunch of birds chirping like the devil in the room, always told me there was no way, no how that David would come into Manhattan. He kept telling me that he had an equipment truck and two busses and a trailer and that he wasn't willing to drive those into New York City because maneuvering and parking was too much of a hassle.

When I started doing shows at BB King's, I called his agent and told him that BB's was right outside the tunnel, that we could reserve parking, and I would put the band up in hotels in New Jersey and have a car service take David to and from the gig. He still flat out refused, and said David wasn't interested in coming to the city. So I thought outside the box. I called his agent back and explained the Rocks Off Concert cruise and said that we could bring the boat to the New Jersey side of the Hudson river, load the band and equipment there, come back to the Manhattan side of the Hudson--about 200 yards--and pick up the passengers. He said he'd have to talk to David and celled me back about 10 minutes later saying, "Lets do It."

The show was phenomenal and went off without a hitch for the most part. I did learn two important things from that booking though: (1) My good friend Stef Scamardo, who is married to Warren Haynes, who used to play guitar in David's band, explained to me that the reason he has been staying out of New York City was because of a long standing beef with the Hell's Angels dating back to the 70's when David was president of rival biker gang the Outlaws. And (2), it's not the best idea to have a mostly black security team for a show that draws a bunch of drunken hillbillies.

What friends would be surprised to learn about you
I've never been arrested, and I'm an evangelical Christian.

Industry pet peeve
People who don't immediately see that playing on a boat is fuckin' awesome.

If I wasn't doing this, I would be...
...chasing my life long dream of starring in "Lucha Exhibido Futura Dominica." It's a Dominican reality TV show that is equal parts American Idol, Dancing With The Stars and The Ultimate Fighter. It's co-ed, of course. I've been training hard in all three disciplines, and I have a real serious shot at winning Telemundo's Ultimate Prize, the golden cock.

Industry mentors
Larry Bloch, Dick Dale, and Sancho.

Jake can be reached at (212) 571-3304; email at: jake@rocksoff.com

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Harris Goldberg, Concert Ideas 06/27/11
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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
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
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
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
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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