Industry Profile: Jesse Stoll

— By Larry LeBlanc

This week In The Hot Seat with Larry LeBlanc: Jesse Stoll

Jesse Stoll can recall falling asleep backstage at an Ozzfest concert as a kid, snagging Bruce Springsteen’s autograph, and trailing his father--the late legendary independent Florida-based concert promoter Jon Stoll--checking box office counts.

While at University of Miami, this 23-year-old also worked as a Sony BMG college rep. He dropped off posters and displays at local retailers, organized promotional contests and giveaways, arranged meet-and-greets with acts, and tried to spread the word about the company’s fledgling acts, including Kings of Leon, Test Your Reflex, Chevelle, Fray, and Flyleaf.

During the same time, Jesse managed Miami-based alternative pop-rockers, Big Bang Radio, who opened for Ashlee Simpson, and reached #3 in the “National Million-Dollar Bodog Battle of the Bands” out of 7,000 entrants from across the United States.

His father succumbed to cancer in January, 2008 at 54 years old.

Last summer, Jesse joined AEG Live-Southeast to work on venue, festival and special event development and marketing under long-time Fantasma executive VP John Valentino, now senior VP of AEG Live.

A child of wealthy New York parents— his mother Marjorie Stoll was a Broadway trained classical singer— Jon Stoll came to Florida in the mid '70s and started producing concerts in whatever venues he could find. Not just at the West Palm Beach Auditorium, but also at a drive-in movie theater, a bar in Riviera Beach, even at a dog track.

After founding Fantasma Productions, he began developing his own venues, most notably the 750 seat Carefree Theatre in West Palm Beach. When the Carefree closed because of storm damage, Stoll found a church off Southern Boulevard and turned it into The Theatre.

A list of Fantasma successes could fill a thick book; prominent among them would have to be the South Beach Comedy Festival in Miami, Sunfest in West Palm Beach, and the Wanee Music Festival in Live Oak.

Jon Stoll developed them all.

Fantasma also promoted concerts throughout the country, particularly in the South, and books acts for such venues as the 3,500-capacity Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton, Fla., and the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood.

The company produced more than 500 concerts and events per year including Eric Clapton, the Eagles, the Police, Metallica, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, Elton John, Jimmy Buffet, Cher, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Bette Midler, the Cure, Depeche Mode, Whitney Houston, Faith Hill, Alabama, Alan Jackson, the Allman Brothers Band, and Marvin Gaye.

For years, Jon Stall warded off suitors because he believed South Florida needed a large, independent concert promoter.

However in March, 2008, Live Nation made a deal with Stoll's widow and Jesse’s step mother, Lori, to acquire all of Fantasma Productions assets. The acquisition included leases for the Mizner Park Amphitheatre in Boca Raton and the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre, the last two independent, mid-sized concert venues in South Florida.

The additions filled key niches in Live Nation's Florida venue portfolio which already included the House of Blues in Orlando, the Ford Amphitheatre in Tampa, Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, and the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theatre in Miami Beach.

Now, only a year out of college, the younger Stoll is spearheading the inaugural Dubfest in Hollywood, Florida, a one-day lifestyle and music festival at ArtsPark Sept. 5 that will feature 13-15 bands on two stages amid demonstrations of skateboarding and other outdoor sports, as well as environmental exhibits and sponsor booths.

Among the artists confirmed to perform are Bunny Wailer, Goldfinger, Reel Big Fish, Authority Zero, Ballyhoo!, Soja, Ladies and Gentlemen, Scotty Don't, Lee "Scatch" Perry, B-Liminal, Dub City Tribe, Badfish, and Speaking Volumes.

Ticket prices for the event are low, with a full day of music and activity going for $35 in advance, $40 day of show. A VIP package is available for $125.

Why did you join AEG? You had choices.

I had to make a decision pretty quickly out of college in May (2008). I wanted to go somewhere where I was comfortable. I wanted to go with a company that would lend itself to be open to new ideas. That lent itself (to working) with all of the Fantasma employees (at AEG). I’ve known (former Fantasma executive VP) John Valentino (now Senior VP of AEG Southeast) for my whole life.

I am always going to be a little sour over the Fantasma deal (with Live Nation). I know how much my dad’s company meant to him. And I know how much it meant for him to be an independent promoter. I can’t tell you how many times as a young teenager I walked around and told all my friends that I was proud that my dad was an independent promoter. I knew just from being around him that it was something that was insanely rare.

In the ‘90s, I saw everybody around him being eaten up. He’d say, “I’m going to keep pushing.” Not just out of self-respect or the fact that he had the company for 35 years but more that he was doing it for the music.

Is the sourness based on the fact that the buyout of Fantasma Productions came so sudden? That some of the staff reportedly heard about it from reading about it in the newspapers?

It was a sudden turn for everybody, and it was a 360 degree turn in my life. But I was sour because you are talking about (the loss of) a lot of music spirit when any independent promoter is eaten up.

My dad had a real stronghold in Florida. There was the Carefree Theatre and the special events he came up with, like the Wanee Music Festival in Live Oak, Sunfest in West Palm Beach, and the South Beach Comedy Festival in Miami. He had fairs he worked like the Heritage Festival over the years. These kind of things were outside of the box but people noticed them. They were not about (the strategy of) lower ticket prices/higher revenue/bottom line. It was more like “I’m doing this for the fans. That is something you don’t see often today.

Did you go to a lot of his shows growing up?

I was going to shows when I was back in middle school. I remember falling asleep back stage at Ozzfest and being dragged into a settlement (of box office sales) during a No Doubt concert when I wanted to go home.

What do you remember most of watching your father work?

I remember it all. I always kind of shadowed him. I really kept my eyes and ears open. I wanted to take in everything. Early on, it was more about the sights and sounds (at a concert). As time went on, it was more the experience. There were shows I went to that I didn’t care who it was (performing). I wanted to go and have the experience (of watching him). How he sold the show. How he took care of an issue as it arose. How he would run the ticket office when there was an emergency and he had to solve it right way. Those kind of things completely enraptured me. I love problem solving. If anyone was good at problem solving, it was my dad.

He’d have an idea and he would run with it. He had all kinds of ideas that were just flowing around. I remember he promoted (comedian) Jackie Mason in London. An independent (U.S.) promoter doing a show overseas was unheard of back then. He was always looking to build relationships and partnerships and have out of the box ideas, which are things that I am open to as well.

It wasn’t the glitz or the glamour of the music business that knocked me out. It was more that I loved the problem solving aspect and creative aspects of it. That is what really drew me in.

Your father was enthusiastic about talking about the music business?

Oh yeah. He would always ask me what I thought about this or that band. He didn’t want me to go into the music business. He said it was too stressful. But I think deep down he was proud that I was following his footsteps.

During college in Miami, you worked as a college marketing representative for Sony BMG for four years.

Sony BMG certainly was an experience for me. I worked a lot of exciting projects with developing bands including the Fray, and Flyleaf from the ground up. There were 50 reps from across the country and bands came out of this department. We were the eyes and ears of each market. Bands would fight to get word passed out about them by our college marketing department because they realized this could really break them in all of these different markets. Traditional radio and print were fine but we’d get college press and college radio and get records played in the small indie record shops. We’d also put up fliers in lifestyle accounts, and clothing stores and get competitive show marketing.

How did you balance those activities with school?

How did I balance everything with school? I studied a lot but I had this passion for music. My dad would definitely have kicked my ass if I wouldn’t have studied a lot. My major was business management and my minor was music business. I knew that I wanted to be in the music business.

You also managed Big Bang Radio.

That was one of the craziest and toughest experiences of my life. The band did really well. They got on a national reality television show “The National Million-Dollar Bodog Battle of the Bands” and they made it to the top three (bands). That was the highlight of my life in college. They were going on tour with the reality show, and I wanted to be on tour with them. My father said, “You are staying in school.”

Did you suggest acts he might book?

Oh yeah. I did push a lot of breaking acts onto my dad. He would ask me about new acts and ask what I thought of this or that show because I had my ears and eyes out in every aspect of the music business. I would watch the local scene and I would see a lot of bands from the ground up. I tried to drag him out to as many shows as I could, with my band or other shows, but he just wasn’t into it with raising five children. But I would push my opinion onto him. I took in everything he said and we’d bounce back ideas. That’s the toughest part today. Of course, he’s not around and I am not able to do that anymore. He was my source for music knowledge. You can keep learning but it all comes from experience. I really fed off of him with the kind of knowledge he had.

You are spearheading the inaugural Dubfest, a lifestyle and music festival, at ArtsPark in Hollywood, Florida that will feature reggae acts along with ska punk bands.

We sat down when I got to AEG, and started mulling around some good creative ideas. This is a no-brainer as far as a festival that revolves around the Florida lifestyle and culture. Reggae is a no-brainer here. South Florida is a big hub for reggae music. Another hub here is punk rock. We like the fact that ska really mixes in with reggae music.

The festival is starting off modestly with an expected audience of 7,000 to 8,000 and $35 to $40 day tickets.

Yes, we wanted to be conservative and start realistically with the economy the way it is. We’ve tried to make it as price sensitive as possible. A $35 ticket is pretty much unheard of today. We’ve tried to get the strongest acts. We have Bunny Wailer who hasn’t toured the United States in years. He’s one of the last surviving reggae legends and, of course, one of the original Wailers. If he did a date on his own, he’d be able to have a $35 ticket. We also have Lee“Scratch” Perry who lives in Switzerland. He’s coming out for the event because we’ve circled it around the concept of dub music.

People who know reggae will appreciate this lineup.

We call it Dubfest because dub is one of the early sounds of reggae. A lot of the same crowds appreciate Bunny Wailer, Toots and the Maytals, Burning Spear and the bands we have on the festival like Reel Big Fish who were the forerunners of ‘90s ska, Goldfinger, and Badfish (the tribute band dedicated to playing the music of Sublime). (California-based) bands like Slightly Stoopid and Pepper came out of this alternative reggae phase and are popular in Florida.

Sure we could have started adding in pop bands but we wanted to focus on the skate/surf/alternative/reggae culture of Florida. We wanted to focus on what defines Florida. If you jump all over the place (the event) gets diluted as a theme We wanted to think of an event that really defined the Florida culture. Dubfest defines it when you think of the beach; when you think of the ocean; and when you think of surfing and skating. Not to mention alternative reggae is hotter than ever right now.

The festival will feature five interactive “land” themes?

Premiere is where the main stage will be. It is where the main body of acts will perform.

There’s the Meadow where there will be skate boarding demonstrations. We are looking at having professional athletes and skate teams coming in and having some great skate board demonstrations with ramps.

There’s the Grove where the second stage will be and where a big Green Expo will take place. We’ll have environmental agencies, and different companies to teach and educate people about environment and conservation issues..

There’s Serenity (with creative and sensory areas for relaxation) that lends itself to the relaxing aspect of Florida. There will be different play areas and waterfalls and things like that.

Then there’s the Plaza that goes down the middle of the park where food vendors, arts vendors and sponsor booths will be.

The five land concept is helped by the fact that ArtsPark is circular and encompassed by Ritsuko Taho’s water/dream wave sculptures.

The park is gorgeous. When you walk in, it’s a whole other world. It lends itself to the reggae (vibe) with its atmosphere of peacefulness and serenity. It’s a real serene park that people go to meditate in. it really lends itself to a festival like this.

You are basically trying to create an environment for a festival.

I want people to go and check out the atmosphere, hang out with their friends, check out the Green Expo, and check out the skate boarding demonstrations. And, maybe, there’s an act they might want to see.

Sure, the music is very important. But this a music and arts festival. It’s a lifestyle event that people can then say, “I want to come to this regardless of who is playing because it is a great vibe to be around.” 

You could present the festival as a franchise in other parts of the U.S. Is it your aim to try and spread it eventually?

Yeah, it is something that I have thought about. We want to build it down here first. We have a lot of great plans for the event in the future. We want to make this a trademarked event.

You also work on the Suwannee River Jam Country Festival in Live Oak.

It is a country music festival but not your typical country music festival. It is more of a getaway. It is in The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park that has an insane amount of acres. In April, we had Gretchen Wilson, Blake Shelton, Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, John Anderson, and Cross Canadian Ragweed. A great lineup. It is an experience to go to the park and go horseback riding or take a dip in the river and still hear the music. So, it’s not your typical country music festival.

Is there a trend in the concert industry toward more atmospheric type events?

I think that there is always going to be that aspect of a live show experience. But just about every band from the ‘70s to today are now competing to get on tour. There’s tons of great bands and great tours out there. People have their pick. With prices being driven down in general, (as a talent buyer) you have to be looking at something outside of the box.

Promoters are being forced to think up new concepts because they have relied so heavily on veteran acts.

Sure. I still think there’s room for the creative experience. People, especially now, are looking to get away from everything. They are looking for that source of entertainment. What I really like about AEG Live is that we are a diverse company that runs sports teams and venues and has an arts and exhibitions division. If someone has a creative idea and wants to propose it, it will never get shot down if it make sense. looks good conceptually, and looks like it will be beneficial for the company. No matter how far out it may be, AEG is open to it.

What do you think about the industry now?

It’s scary. I just hope that people aren’t losing—and I mean everybody, not just music industry professionals—I hope everybody don’t lose sight of the passion for music. Essentially, everybody is now driving (the market) with, “Who has the lowest ticket price?” People aren’t even looking at great packages. It’s like. “Well, the creative (package) is fine, and the $20 Live Nation package is very appealing.” It is not so much buying a ticket anymore for the experience. People are losing sight of the live experiences you can get from a live show. From the whole experience of an event. That is something (concert promoters) need to work more together on.

With the scrutiny of the concert business in recent months, have we demystified the business?

There’s that mystery and magic that goes on behind a show. Now all of these fees and all these logistics behind a concert are being revealed. It’s not important. A fan’s experience shouldn’t be tied into knowing what goes on. (Previously), you were excited to find out what song was next. You were excited about seeing what the band was going to do next. Now, it’s hearing that “This artist is known for not showing” or “I can expect Ticketmaster to tag on one more fee.” This is not what a live performance is. I am hoping that myself with the people at AEG that we keep trying to do more creative and outside of the box things that bring back the magic and mystery of music in general. To offer that fan experience

Do you still get excited going to a concert?

I do get excited about going to a concert because I know that a lot of bands still (perform) for the music and for the passion of the fans. So there’s that excitement. The one thing I really miss is that vintage feel for a show. People would go to the Carefree and not necessarily care about the concert. I would see people in the lobby hanging out and eating pop corn. (The event) was more about the experience of socializing and discussing the bands rather than “I got to go see the band right way because our seats are going to be taken.” It was more relaxed.

Have you had times since your father’s passing that you go to speak to him about an issue and realize he’s not there.

I do it every day. I also think every day, “What would my father have done?” It is pretty intriguing to think what would my dad would have done in this economy. Business in general—not just the concert business-has gone through an insane downturn in recent months. I have thought, “What would dad have done about this?”

The most recent time I talked to my father was on Father’s Day. I went out to his grave. I told him what I had been up to and I gave him a few gifts including my business card. I thought he’d be proud of where I am right now. I guess my business card is one thing that I could leave that says, “Here’s where I am. I’m carrying on what you were doing. The family is great. We are all thinking about you. We love you.”

It was cool to go out there and do that and bounce off everything to him. I know he is looking down and kind of guiding me.

Larry LeBlanc 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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Bob Frank, Koch Entertainment 01/09/09
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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
Andrea Johnson, ICM Partners 11/02/17
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
Peter Shapiro, Dayglo Ventures/Brooklyn Bowl 11/15/17
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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