by Andrew Dreskin, Co-founder and CEO
We’ve been on quite a roll around here, with tons of new venues and promoters joining us as of late, but the latest venue to join the Ticketfly family has special significance for me. It’s with great delight that I welcome the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York.
The Cap is one of the most storied venues in the history of the U.S. music scene and has played host to some of the greatest acts ever to take the stage. You may have heard of a few these: Pink Floyd, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Phish. The list goes on.
I was fortunate enough to see a show or two at the Cap in my day. I got my start in the music business when I was a student at Tulane. I promoted concerts at Tipitina’s, and other venues, with our favorite local bar band – The Radiators. I saw the Radiators at the Capitol Theater one summer when I was in college and I remember it being a spectacular night, with the venue’s rich history providing a special backdrop to the evening.
The Cap is being re-opened by my good friend Pete Shapiro of the Brooklyn Bowl. I can tell you from experience that this guy knows how to build a venue and put on a show. The Brooklyn Bowl is without question one of the best venues not only in the USA, but the world. And Pete was the man behind the legendary Wetlands Preserve. I saw many amazing shows there. It was a great venue with its heart in the right place.
We are also looking forward to working with the fine folks of The Bowery Presents on the Capitol Theater. Man, are those guys hitting the cover off the ball at their new venue – Union Transfer in Philly – that we are ticketing. Needless to say, with Bowery and Pete at the helm on the booking front, there should be some amazing acts rolling through the Cap.
For those interested, here is an article on the Capitol Theater that appeared on the front page of the arts section of the NY Times yesterday.
If past is prologue, I have no doubt that the re-opened Capitol Theater will be as special as the original. It has all the hallmarks of a great success.