Ticketfly Tours: your must-see winter concerts

Baby, it’s cold outside. Sure, you could curl up under the covers, but wouldn’t you rather be surrounded by hundreds of other warm bodies, bopping your head to “Broccoli” or wrecking people in a mosh pit? We thought so. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the hottest concerts this winter season, from indie rock to metal and reggae. Give our playlist a spin, then catch these bands at a ‘fly venue near you.

Dawes: The L.A.-based folk-rock quartet have been buzzing since their 2009 debut, North Hills. With their sprawling Americana on the recently-released We’re Gonna Die, they’re stomping into 2017 with a host of shows across the country.

1.11: Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ

1.13: Fremont Theater – San Luis Obispo, CA

1.26: The Bomb Factory – Dallas, TX

2.3: State Theatre – Minneapolis, MN

2.10: Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO

2.22: Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR

2.25: The Wilma – Missoula, MT

2.26: Pub Station Ballroom – Billings, MT

2.28: Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA

3.1: Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL

3.3: Iron City – Birmingham, AL

3.4: Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA

3.8: The Lincoln Theatre – Washington, DC

3.14: Academy of Music Theatre – Northampton, MA

3.15: State Theatre – Ithaca, NY

3.17: The Opera House – Toronto, ON

3.19: The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN



D.R.A.M.: Big Baby D.R.A.M. was responsible for “Broccoli,” the simple yet infectious weed anthem that became one of the biggest hip-hop hits of 2016. He also inadvertently spawned one of 2015’s biggest phenomenons; his “Cha Cha” was remixed into Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” which overshadowed the original. Give the man his rightful due respect when he pops up near you.

1.13: Exit/In – Nashville, TN

1.25: The Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH

1.26: El Club – Detroit, MI

2.1: The Loft – Dallas, TX

2.2: Grizzly Hall – Austin, TX

2.8: Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ



Deafheaven: Metal’s alive and well, and Deafheaven is its pulse. The boundary-pushing band is noted for fusing elements of black metal, shoegaze and post-rock. Regardless of the temperature, you’re gonna work up a sweat one of these Deafheaven shows.

1.13: Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA

2.23: The Independent – San Francisco, CA

2.26: Bunkhouse – Las Vegas, NV

3.3: Trees – Dallas, TX

3.4: The Studio at Warehouse Live – Houston, TX

3.5: Republic NOLA – New Orleans, LA

3.8: Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN

3.11: The Broadberry – Richmond, VA

3.12: Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD

318: The Castle Theatre – Bloomington, IL

3.23: Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO



Iration: It’s weather like this that makes us want to get away. Thankfully, this alternative/reggae outfit will help you catch some serious island vibes.

1.13: The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA

1.14: The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA

1.19: Ventura Theater – Ventura, CA

2.1: Pub Station Ballroom – Billings, MT

2.2: The Wilma – Missoula, MT

2.3: Revolution Concert House and Event Center – Garden City, ID

2.4: Hangar House at Infinity Event Center – Salt Lake City, UT

2.6: Boulder Theatre – Boulder, CO

2.9: The Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ

3.4: Vinoy Park – St. Petersburg, FL



Cold Cave: Darkwave master Wesley Eisold is noted for his experimental synthpop. Dreary yet very dance-y, this one will be another concert that’ll leave you drenched in sweat.

1.12: Bunkhouse – Las Vegas, NV

1.13: Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT

1.14: Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO

1.19: Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON

1.21: Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA

1.24: Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD

1.25: Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington, DC

1.26: Strange Matter – Richmond, VA

1.27: Motorco Music Hall – Durham, NC

1.28: Terminal West – Atlanta, GA

1.29: Exit/In – Nashville, TN

2.1: Walter’s Downtown – Houston, TX

2.4: Club Dada – Dallas, TX

2.14: The Regent Theater – Los Angeles, CA



Dorothy: Frontwoman Dorothy Martin and her band have been raising hell with their stomping hard rock since breaking onto the scene in 2014. In fact, they’ve made so much noise that they got scooped up by Jay Z’s Roc Nation label. See what’s got the rap mogul excited when the red-lipped and raven-haired beauty hits your town.

1.11: The Casbah – San Diego, CA

1.15: Harlow’s Restaurant and Lounge – Sacramento, CA

1.18: Funhouse – Seattle, WA

1.19: Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR

1.21: Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT

1.24: Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO

1.26: Valley Bar – Phoenix, AZ

1.27: Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV

1.28: Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA

2.15: The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO

2.17: 1st Ward at Chop Shop – Chicago, IL

2.26: Mercury Lounge – New York, NY

2.28: Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC

3.2: The High Watt – Nashville, TN


FlyCon 2016: That’s a wrap

FlyCon 2016 wrapped up last week and our heads are still spinning from the awesomeness of it. Our fifth annual partner and industry summit brought together some of the brightest tech leaders, promoters, and venue staff across North America to confab in New Orleans from Jan. 18-20. We previewed new products, looked at Pandora’s live event product roadmap, learned how to drive ticket sales on Facebook, loaded up on marketing best practices and platform tips and tricks, and much more. And of course, it wouldn’t be an event in the Big Easy without some serious partying and amazing food. We’re talking second line parades, casino games and prizes, and crawfish etouffee for days. Here are just a few of the highlights, as shared by the #FlyFam in attendance.

We’re going to Disneyland—for INTIX!


After a victorious 2015, we’re doing what anyone would do to celebrate a big win. That’s right, we’re going to Disneyland! But hold the ticker-tape. We’re not going just for fun and games. We’re making our way to the Magic Kingdom for the International Ticketing Association’s (INTIX) 37th Annual Conference.

The three-day event, starting January 20, is one of the largest gatherings for ticketing professionals and features exciting speakers, workshops and vendors—including us!

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Join us at the 60th IFEA Convention


Next week, event professionals from across the globe will unite to share new ideas, discuss trends, and cultivate creativity during the International Festivals & Events Association’s 60th Anniversary Convention and Expo. The ‘fly is hitting the road on our way to Tucson, AZ to be in attendance.

This year our own Head of Festivals, Jeff Kreinik, will be among the featured speakers during Transacting Success: Options, Expectations and Effectiveness for Handling Secure Financial Exchanges. That’s a long way of saying: Let’s talk payments in the digital age. The panel will be held Tuesday, September 22 at 10:15 a.m.

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St. Patty’s + Scala Days makes for a lucky combination

A few weeks ago, thirteen Flyers headed to Fort Mason in San Francisco for Scala Days SF, one of the biggest Scala conferences in the world. Our engineering team has been using Scala for a few years, which puts us in the camp of early adopters for the language.

While it was hard not to be distracted by the panoramic views, first and foremost, the team was there to learn. Or, as Jerome Thibaud, Director of Technology puts it: “Soak in all things Scala.” The presentations ranged from early research (type-safe off-heap memory for Scala) to concrete solutions programmers can use today (legacy modernization from monolithic PHP to reactive SOA).

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Welcome to Miami: Ticketfly Powers the Best Events at Winter Music Conference 2014


Established in 1985 (a good year for Miami), Winter Music Conference, also known as Miami Music Week, is now the largest EDM industry gathering in the world. It’s also a smorgasbord of ravers in neon tank tops, bikini-clad pool parties, and after-parties that start at 6AM. Ticketfly reps will fly south to Miami for this year’s conference March 21st – March 30th to experience all the festivities, discussions, and workshops (with or without sleep).

Luckily, our friends at Embrace Presents and Grand Central have a TON of events going on, so there will be no shortage of fine electronic entertainment. You can find us at any of the following events or drop us a line @ticketfly.

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Pollstar Live Recap: 9:30 Club Wins “Nightclub of the Year,” Dreskin’s Marketing Panel a Hit


It’s common for the 9:30 Club to leave music conferences with an award given their strength in the live events industry. Last week at the 25th Annual Pollstar Live conference in Nashville, they did it again. Our friends over at 9:30 and I.M.P. left with the “Nightclub of the Year” award for the second year in a row. Congrats on another well-deserved award, 9:30! 

Ticketfly’s team was on the ground at Pollstar meeting with the best in the industry, and our CEO Andrew Dreskin moderated the panel, “The Three M’s of Live Event Marketing: Mobile, Mavens, and Me-Commerce,” featuring none other than Donna Westmoreland of the 9:30 Club and I.M.P., along with representatives from AEG Live, Groupon Live, Yplan, and CAA. Chris Cobb from local Ticketfly partner Marathon Music Works was on a round table called “Surviving As A Concert Club,” and we threw a great opening mixer on Wednesday night with our friends at Square Peg Concerts.

Check out the photo below of “Sheriff” Dreskin wrangling his deputies into what Pollstar (article here for Pollstar subscribers) called both a rip-roaring good time and a “serious talk about marketing, the rise of mobile discovery, empowering loyal fans to spread the word, and personalizing event experiences on an individual basis.”

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Ticketfly Heads to Pollstar Live! in Nashville

For the first time, Pollstar Live! is being held in a city other than LA or Vegas (thank you, Pollstar!). We’re down in Nashville, Tennessee for the one of the most important conferences in the music biz, taking place this week from February 19th to the 21st.

At Pollstar, our CEO Andrew Dreskin will be moderating the panel, “The 3 M’s of Live Event Marketing: Mobile, Mavens, and Me-commerce” on Thursday 2/20 from 3:30-4:45pm in the Broadway CD room. Dreskin’s developed a reputation for his spontaneous and fun panels, so you don’t want to miss this. The discussion will cover the rise of mobile discovery and commerce, the importance of identifying hyper-loyal fans and empowering them as evangelists, and the opportunity to personalize the event experience to each individual fan.

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SXSW 2013: Keep Austin Weird and Learn to Build Scalable Software

Are you heading to SXSW this year? Everyone from techies to groupies will be migrating to Austin, Texas, March 8th-17th, for the Interactive, Film, and Music conferences.

Whether you’re an engineer or a business pioneer with a plan, the workshops during the Interactive conference have a lot to offer as you think about the next steps for your project. Make time in your schedule for an in-depth lesson from Ticketfly’s Platform Architect, Andrew Headrick on Monday, March 11th, from 9:30am-1:30pm on the UT-Austin campus.
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