I’m an independent concert promoter in Santa Clara County so maybe the industry players’ loss is my gain, my chance to step up and promote at the Santa Clara Football Stadium.
But it’s more fun to riff off the headlines of a recent news flurry: first, the Stones said that despite what people like me in the 10th row truly enjoyed, the show was a nightmare for people doing their jobs.
Then the local press reports that Santa Clara leadership voted in a closed session to tell the 49ers that they will no longer broker, manage or middle the concerts and auxillary income revenues for events the other 354 days of the year — ok, 6 months off season, fairly.
I have no idea.
But the city is claiming that the producers of an $11 Million dollar event — part of a tour of 20 such events — erred in asking for “flickers” and not “fireworks”.
I’ve been in the biz 25 years and have no idea what “flickers” are versus other effects. Actually I was just yesterday talking with artist manager Paul Nugent in Austin in Texas who, along with Bryan Perez and I produced for Rolling Stone the magazine a show with his then client the one-hit wonder Deep Blue something. They brought two trucks of intelligence-beam lights, to little and quaint (and now decrepit and Wrecking Ball fated) Cubberley Theatre. I also know not to let bands like Great White light indoor fireworks. Elvis Costello, sure.
There is a press conference at 11 a.m. today that I might have to attend, in the way What Not to Wear helped Megan Slankard get notice.
Ok, maybe this is the day I can wear my VIP Rolling Stones fake laminate.
Our version of this in Palo Alto is that the guy who manages the office at The Mitch made me, the sound crew and the artist — six musicians — wait 90 minutes to load in — because we filled out our form wrong, too! — and then therefore the audience had to cue for 30 extra minutes rather than sit in the air conditioned room — while we sound checked on the fly. (No one noticed that they therefore were listening to the program thru the monitors not the mains — we let the show roll on rather than giving the band a short break to fix the short – only one of four mains had signal.)
The taxpayers took on the risk of a $50 M bond issue to build Mitchell Center, so myself and so far 1,000 others believe that world class jazz, folk rock and blue grass is best and highest use in El Palo Alto, the Mitch.
Current onsales, Earthwise Productions at The Mitch:
Sun Kil Moon, September 27
Molly Tuttle, September 30
Amendola Dunn Greenlief, October 11
“Hands of Orlac” with live original score, October 25
Tim and Greg of Mother Hips acoustic duo, March 6-7, 2020.
I also have a free Tom Harrell Quartet show at Palo Alto Art Center aud, Thursday, October 24 (whereas The Mitch has a classical show at the same time from MusikWest — because the City gave them our hold!)