Industry Profile: Don Strasburg

— By Larry LeBlanc

This week In The Hot Seat with Larry LeBlanc: Don Strasburg

Don Strasburg, VP and senior talent buyer for AEG Live Rocky Mountains loves his job because he's able to mix his love for music and musicians with his passion for working in Colorado.

In 2006, Anschutz Entertainment Group opened an office in Denver and wooed away Strasburg, followed by Chuck Morris, and Brent Fedrizzi, the team who had spent 8 years building up Live Nation's Colorado holdings.

At Live Nation, Strasburg oversaw exclusive bookings with the Paramount Theatre and CityLights Pavilion and also booked shows at the Pepsi Center and Red Rocks Amphitheatre, two venues that are still open to all promoters.

When Strasburg, also a co-owner of Boulder's Fox Theatre, and Fedrizzi came to AEG; Morris, who got his start booking the now-defunct Tulagi on University Hill, became president and CEO of AEG Live Rocky Mountains in late 2006, when his non-compete agreement with Live Nation expired.

Most of the shows on AEG Live Rocky Mountain's current roster are at the Bluebird and Ogden theaters, venues for which AEG has long-term leases.

Last summer, AEG Live Rocky Mountains inaugurated the Mile High Music Festival in Denver with such headliners as Dave Matthews Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and John Mayer. As well, the company launched the first annual Rothbury Music Festival in Rothbury, Michigan.

In conversation, Strasburg emphasizes that the Denver and Boulder concert market is distinct.

Boulder's population, for example, is younger than the national average, largely due to the presence of university students. The median age is 29 years compared to the U.S. median of 35.1 years. Denver is one of America's most ethnically diverse cities with a population of approximately one-third Hispanic or Latino.

Strasburg first entertainment job was a one-night roadie gig at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1988 for the Monsters of Rock Tour. His first promoter gig came while he promoted Phish at the Boulder Theater in 1990. The band wasn't even signed to a label at the time

Strasburg, then a 21-year-old graduate of Colorado College, and several partners Richard "Dicke" Sidman, Jon O'Leary, James Hambleton and Dave McKenzie developed the Fox Theatre in Boulder into one of the musical showcase gems of America.

Strasburg and his partners, however, didn't quite anticipate the difficulties they would encounter in getting the club off the ground. The group had originally sought to use the Marquee Theater but after they lost that bid, Strasburg stumbled upon the Fox, originally constructed in 1926 as the Rialto Theatre.

The Fox launched on March 6, 1992 with two sold-out performance by The Meters. Naysayers, however, predicted the club would soon fold. The venue was initially denied a liquor license because of the objections of neighbors worried about rowdy concert goers.

Today, the Fox has a worldwide reputation as a proving ground for newcomer acts and a sought-after state-of-the-art showcase for veteran headliners.

Among the acts who have played the Fox have been Phish, Radiohead, Dave Matthews Band, Sheryl Crow, Lyle Lovett, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Heavyweight Dub Champion, Snoop Dogg, Method Man, Wu Tang Clan, Ani DiFranco, Public Enemy, and Hunter S. Thompson.

One of the venue's more notable moments was when Dave Matthews chose the Fox as the backdrop for his breakthrough video "What Would You Say" in 1994.

Booking agents used to refer to the Denver/Boulder market as the "Ho Chi Minh Trail" because of the fierce competition among concert promoters there.

Denver is, per capita, one of the strongest concert markets in the United States. We have a very young demographic and we all take live music serious. The community is very engaged in live music. It is a critical component of the Colorado experience. This has created and supports a plethora of great live music venues which has in turn created an engaged concert community.

When I say Denver, I mean both Denver and Boulder (markets). They are only 30 minutes apart and can be played separately or together. There are nuances with each market. Boulder is a college town. But Boulder (people) will go to Denver (people) and Denver will go to Boulder.

The market got more competitive when Live Nation opened there?

It certainly was highly competitive when it was Live Nation and House of Blues (competing). But Denver has always been one of the most competitive markets in the U.S.

How long did you work at Live Nation?

I joined Live Nation in 1998 when it opened in Denver. What happened is that when Barry Fey (of Denver-based Feyline Productions) retired (in 1997) Chuck Morris struck an agreement with Bill Graham Presents and reached out to Brent Fedrizzi and myself to start the new BPG office in Denver. Approximately six months later, BPG made a deal with SFX Promotions (that evolved into LiveNation). I was there for the roll-up.

[In January 1998, Morris, former senior VP of Feyline Productions, launched Bill Graham Presents/Chuck Morris Presents, a partnership with the San Francisco-based concert pioneer Bill Graham. That company was purchased by SFX, which ultimately was purchased by Clear Channel that evolved into Live Nation]

How competitive are you with your former company? Is it highly competitive between you both?

Absolutely.

Competition is important.

In our situation, it engages us to invest and make sure that we offer the highest level of experience. We know that if we don't someone else is going to. If we believe in what we are working on, we need to be one million percent in every aspect of that event. Whether it is marketing or venue preparation or creating the venues as well pricing (the event) properly, and how to produce it. (Competition) benefits the consumer because the consumer gets the highest level of attention to detail.

Do you have autonomy with AEG for your region?

AEG offers us a tremendous amount of autonomy. They let us do what we think is best and we are able to use their resources to make what we think is an intelligent (event) happen.

When AEG buys out a tour, do you get the option of taking it or not taking for your market?

We communicate all of the time with the (AEG) people purchasing tours. They are tremendously communicative with the local markets. AEG has tremendous regional offices that (AEG buyers) can lean on for any expertise they may need in order to set up a national tour. The people doing national tours are very intelligent. They know their jobs. They still want to be sure that with insight from the ground level that they know what is intelligent for the artist they are working with on such a large scale.

Have you ever passed a tour that wouldn't work in your market.

Nothing comes to mind.

Denver is a bit of an oasis for touring artists. It is relatively isolated but it is a solid performance market.

Colorado is where east meets west and where north meets south. It is a general way station for people in America. It seems like people here are from all points of this country. So you have an open-mindedness (to different music) and a pollination of (music) styles. It is a strong market for all kinds of musics.

You work with different venues like the Fox Theatre in Boulder with 500 seats; The Blue Bird with 550 capacity; The Ogden with 1,700 seats; the world renowned, Red Rocks Amphitheater, and Dick's Sporting Goods in Commerce City where you did the first Mile High Music Festival last July. That's quite a range of venues.

Colorado has a plethora of fantastic facilities. We primarily work at The Ogden and the Blue Bird where we have a long term operating lease agreement. I co-own the Fox Theatre with some partners in Boulder. So the Fox Theatre is part of our wheelhouse. Red Rocks is an open facility but we are doing the lion's share of dates there. We do plenty of shows at the Pepsi Centre which is an open facility. We use a lot of the city theatres, such as the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. We also go onto to the Boulder campus (of the University of Colorado) and use Macky Auditorium Concert Hall.

The Fox Theatre, along with these two great (Denver) clubs, the Bluebird and Ogden, we are able to work with talent at an early age and give them the absolute best stages to show off their wares to make fans in Colorado. Then we have steps (venues) to build them up. It is a wonderful business model that I believe, has a lot to do with the strength of the Colorado market.

Red Rocks is such legendary venue.

From being a fan going to shows there to being able to produce shows there is a surrealistic experience for me. The first band I saw there was the Grateful Dead. The first band I promoted there was The String Cheese Incident. Red Rocks is one of those places where so many artists have set as their goal to play. As a promoter, to be involved with artists with that event, creates a special bond. We do about 30 shows a year there.

Boulder is the birthplace of Triple A radio.

KBCO has had a tremendous impact on the open-mindedness of the Colorado concert consumer. When you have a radio station supporting artists like Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, Ray LaMontagne and others, it really helps to develop a vibrant concert market that is less dependent of the flavor-of-the-day (act) but is more about quality.

KBCO, (Triple A) KQMT, and (rock) KBPI are all excellent partners when it comes to promoting events. (Hot ACs) KALC and KIMN knock heads with KBCO but more on the mainstream contemporary level rather than the meat and potatoes of what KBCO does. None of those stations have major competition. They can really won a show and really get behind it. That's an interesting dynamic.

There's a growing Latino population in Denver.

The Latino population is a very strong demographic. It has its own niches and often has its own promoters. We do some Latin-oriented music. At the same time there are people here who do specialize in it.

How many shows do you do in a year?

We are producing 400 shows a year not counting the Fox Theatre. We do about 300 shows in clubs and a 100 large events, the largest being the Mile High Music Festival last year.

With Mile High Music Festival's headliners including Dave Matthews Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and John Mayer, that must have been a great moment for you for first time out.

It was and incredible moment for all of us. Chuck, Brent and I realized we had new opportunities when we joined AEG. One of the first things we wanted to do was put a world-class festival together in Denver. We have been to so many of these events that we know how much fun they are. We also recognized that there is a tremendous artist development aspect to a show like this. You can expose more music to more people. We also thought that it was a potentially good investment.

Was there a hole in the marketplace?

There is no large scale festival in Denver of this nature.

You also launched the first annual Rothbury Music Festival in Rothbury, Michigan from July 3 to 6, primarily on the grounds of the Double JJ Ranch.

We partnered with our St. Louis office and with (Denver-based) Madison House. About 30,000 people came for a four day camping event headlined by Dave Matthews, Widespread Panic, 311 and John Mayer. It will be July 2-5 this year.

Why in Michigan and why two AEG offices involved?

Madison House came to me. (Madison House partner) Jeremy Styne told me he'd found this property that was the greatest festival site he'd ever seen. We went up to look at it with him, and I also realized it was an incredible location. I contacted the AEG promoter who handed that region, Joe Litvag (from AEG Live Midwest). We knew we could do something that was special. And it was.

A green agenda dominated the festival. You made priorities of waste reduction and environmental consciousness.

We created Rothbury as an environmentally focused music festival. Besides (having) the (concert) party, we felt that a huge component of the festival could be to engage on social and political levels. We call it a party with a purpose. We had huge artist performances but we had cutting edge speakers there to speak about the environment. About 90% of the trash on the site went to compost or to recycling.

Festivals are a great way to platform bands.

Festivals are an awesome opportunity for artists of all sizes. Many bands have had a ground-breaking performance at a festival that has launched their careers. Look back to Monterey Pop with Janis Joplin.

You started off as a talent booker?

I started while attending Colorado College in Colorado Springs. I had spent a summer in Burlington, Vermont and my friends there had a new favorite band called Phish. I fell in love with them immediately. I made it my mission when I returned to college to bring Phish to Colorado. In 1990, I was able to promote a few Phish shows in Colorado. One was a concert at my college and the other one was at the Boulder Theatre. That's how my career started. Once I did that I got the bug (to promote).

Were you a music fan?

I was a Deadhead. I still am. I spent every waking moment going to concerts. Everything about me was live music. When I realized what concert promoting was I knew it was the perfect job for me. I could work in what I love. I realized that I didn't have the musical skill (to be a musician). That my place in the (music) chain would be helping people who had those skills while creating incredible experiences for everyone.

Is there a gambler element to being a concert promoter? There's a high of developing a show and carrying it off when you might lose on it as well.

Honestly no. When I first started I saw myself, and I still do today, as working with the band. When it comes to the highs and the lows of the events themselves, those highs and lows usually take place long before the event itself. When you book a show, you know the end result. If you don't know 99.5% of the time what is going to happen with that show, then you are in the wrong business. So sitting in a sold out show I'm more concerned with the shows I am fighting for three months down the road. You are only as good as three months down the road. You are not as good as tonight. Tonight is over and done with.

But there is a high to having a great show?

I don't know if it's a high but there is a level of satisfaction when you have very creative ideas and you see them come together by having faith in a vision. Also seeing artists that you really believe in grow and succeed. For instance, I did My Morning Jacket at Red Rocks last summer and that was a wonderful moment. This is a band that I have believed in since the day I saw them open at the Fox six years ago for $150.00. To be a part of them playing Red Rocks with a huge crowd, that was a wonderful moment.

How did you come to open the Fox?

In college and I was promoting a show with the Samples and their (then) manager Ted Guggenheim and the band's guitarist Charles Hambleton suggested that I open a club in Boulder. One thing led to another and I connected with an older veteran in the business Dicke Sidman (the recently fired production manager of the Boulder Theater). Dicke and I and our other partner Jon O'Leary, without a dime in our pockets, and with every possible pitfall and road block imaginable, managed to open the Fox Theatre in March 1992.

That was a big responsibility at 23.

Nobody thought we'd get it open or survive. My Lord, it is 17 years now. The first band was The Meters.

Dicke had worked for Feyline Productions. So we had relationship with Barry Fey and Bill Bass who was Barry's main booker then. [Bass would later found Bill Bass Concerts]. I worked hand-in-hand with Bill for the six or seven years I was booking at the Fox, living and sleeping there.

I have a tremendous gratitude to Bill Bass because I learned things from him that I could never have learned on my own. He helped us with relationships and taught me some hard lessons. Thankfully, when I made mistakes I knew them before they got too bad because Bill would make sure that I felt the pain of them. Dicke and Bill were also smart enough to not let (the mistakes) go too deep. They shielded and protected me. Bill Bass, with his insight and his knowledge of the community and concert promoting, I am indebted to him. It's impossible to calculate how much I learned from him.

The Fox Theatre had many incarnations. When you took it over in 1992 it had been a movie theatre..

The Fox Theatre is one of the finest, if not the finest, under 1,000 seat clubs in the world. When an artist is coming to this area, and wants to underplay (play in a more intimate setting) the Fox is the kind of place that they want to go. The production is arena quality; and the sound is beyond anything else in the country. Many bigger bands when they are interested in doing underplays look at the Fox because it is that good.

Hunter Thompson played there.

Hunter came through twice. The first time was in 1992. We were then college kids so we got Hunter to come. It was one of the most memorable nights at the club.

Five or six years later, I got the hankering to find him and do it again. The second time Hunter came to the Fox, I was more seasoned to what to expect. Instead of putting on our tickets that the show would start at 9 P.M., knowing Hunter, we put "Around 9 P.M." on the ticket. You don't see that very often. It was a legendary night.

You were onstage with Hunter.

What happened is we got Hunter to the event and he asked "Who's going to be my moderator? I'm not going onstage without a moderator." So, someone said, "You are moderating Don." Basically, it was a question and answer with Hunter Thompson, and it went on for 2 1/2 hours. And there was a bottle of Chivas Regal onstage.

Hunter was arrested that night. How did that happen?

We were (onstage) for awhile, and we both needed to take a pit stop. We told the audience we'd be back in a minute. We went downstairs and got to talking and talking, trying to brainstorm what to do for the encore. Someone suggested using a fire extinguisher. I gave it to Hunter. Not the wisest thing I've ever done. Suddenly, a very uptight security guard comes down stairs screaming (wondering what was going on) which startled Hunter. When the security guard opened the door (to the dressing room), Hunter pulled the trigger on the fire extinguisher and sprayed him up and down. It was an accident. At this point I ambled upstairs to see what's happening. I found out that we had been downstairs for two hours and the crowd had long since left.

Hunter was charged with assault with a deadly weapon?

The security guard pressed charges. It was a problem because Hunter had receive a DUI ticket in Aspen earlier and got off with a suspended sentence. (Authorities) were trying to see if they could make this stick to (overturn) the suspended sentence. But the charges were later dropped. Hunter never really wanted to go back to Boulder after that.

Larry LeBlanc is widely recognized as one of the leading music industry journalists in the world. Before joining CelebrityAccess in 2008, Larry was the Canadian bureau chief of Billboard from 1991-2007 and Canadian editor of Record World from 1970-89. He was also a co-founder of the late Canadian music trade, The Record. He has been quoted on music industry issues in hundreds of publications including Time, Forbes, the London Times and the New York Times.

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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
Elliot Lefko, Goldenvoice 09/21/17
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
Jack Ross, APA Canada 09/07/17
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
Deb Suckling, SUGARRUSH Music 07/27/17
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
Adam Tobey, Concert Ideas 08/24/17
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
Mat Vlasic, Bravado 06/28/17
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
Lisa White, Pearl Street Warehouse 10/04/17
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
Jason Zink, Emporium Presents 10/19/17
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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