While we may not be running for an elected office, Ticketfly never stops campaigning. With Pandora at our side, we’ve rallied strong support across the nation. We previously announced a record-breaking signing of 17 venues and promoters in the Southern U.S. and a partnership with Colorado’s Z2 Entertainment, making us the ticketing service of choice for independent venues and promoters in the Denver metro area. But they’re not the only ones joining the Ticketfly party. We’ve got more than a dozen new additions to the ‘fly fam that we’d love for you to meet.
On its opening night in 1928, the State Theatre of Ithaca promised “21 Peppy, Snappy Entertainers” for an admission of 50 cents. While our lingo has changed, and prices have gone up just a bit, the theatre still boasts an incredible bang for your buck. With upcoming events ranging from punk icon Henry Rollins to canine theatrical act the Olate Dogs to comedian Charles Ross’ One Man Star Wars Trilogy show, the State continues to offer an assortment of “peppy” entertainment.
The exclusive talent buyer for the State Theatre is also coming on board. Dan Smalls Presents, also based in Ithaca, NY, brings events to small clubs, theatres, and arenas throughout the region. In addition to the State Theatre, the company serves the College Street Music Hall in New Haven, CT; Academy of Music in Northampton, MA; and The Smith Opera House in Geneva, NY, among others.
Holding it down for the comedy scene in New York are The Stand in Manhattan and The Standing Room in Long Island City. The Stand boasts two levels and seven nights of some of the best comedians in the business. But you can’t bust a gut on an empty stomach, which is why the club also has a full restaurant, pairing comedy with delectable dishes created by acclaimed chef Seth Levine. Meanwhile, The Standing Room fittingly pairs its comedy with booze. A go-to spot for craft cocktails and rare brews, it features a delicious drink menu created by award-winning mixologists alongside nightly comedic performances. Though it might be called The Standing Room, the drinks and the comedy are sure to leave you floored.
Chicago is reportedly due for a brutally cold winter. But if you’re in the region, you should already know that the Windy City-based React Presents keeps it hot year-round. Founded in 2008, the company produces some of the biggest club events, concerts, and festivals throughout the Midwest. Their festival portfolio alone is ridiculous: the Spring Awakening Music Festival, Mamby on the Beach, Summer Set Music and Camping Festival, North Coast Music Festival, Freaky Deaky Halloween, and Reaction NYE.
On top of all that, React throws events at new partner venues The Mid and Concord Music Hall, both in Chicago. The former, an upscale 801-person club in the city’s West Loop, hosts some of the hottest nightlife parties with EDM acts such as Benny Benassi, Pete Tong, and GTA manning the decks. The latter, a scalable venue that can hold between 700 to 1500 people in the Wicker Park and Logan Square neighborhoods, is three-way partnership between promoters React Presents, Riot Fest, and Silver Wrapper. The venue has hosted everyone from Gogol Bordello and J. Cole to Skrillex and Primus.
Chicago’s PRYSM is also joining the ‘fam. The venue, which opened this summer, features an elevated nightclub experience in a state-of-the-art space and boasts some of the world’s top talent. DJ Mustard, Morgan Page, and Robin Schulz will all be making people sweat on the PRYSM dancefloor soon.
Meanwhile, Soundcheck is keeping it hot in Washington, D.C. The nightclub, which opened in August of last year, partners with various promoters to bring some of the biggest electronic acts to our nation’s capital. On any given night, you could catch Fool’s Gold Records honcho A-Trak, the lush and dreamy soundscapes of Giraffage, or Dirty Dutch master Chuckie.
Did we lose you with all that turntable talk? Don’t worry, the Carolina Country Music Festival in Myrtle Beach, SC will fix you up with some ol’ fashioned guitar strumming and Southern crooning. Held in a beautiful oceanside setting, the festival will return for its third annual event next year from June 8-11. While they’re tight-lipped about the lineup—only one headliner, Kenny Chesney, has been announced—last year’s festival featured Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, and Cole Swindell, among others. If that’s an indication of what’s to come, you’ll want to scoop up those tickets right now.
Sometimes, you just gotta start from scratch. Which is what the owners of Omaha’s Slowdown did in 2007. When they couldn’t find a space for their mid-sized rock bar, they built their own from the ground up, leading the charge for development in the city’s north downtown area. They’ve been successful ever since. But that shouldn’t come as a surprise once you find out that the minds behind Slowdown are the same ones behind Saddle Creek Records, which launched the careers of Conor Oberst, Cursive, and The Faint, among others.
We welcomed Salt Lake City powerhouse Sartain & Saunders Productions to the ‘fly fam, along with their Urban Lounge, back in January. Now we’re embracing S&S’ newest venue, the Metro Music Hall. The 600-capacity venue is already making a name for itself with its eclectic bookings, which ranges from Toronto electro-pop outfit Dragonette to leftfield rhymeslinger Aesop Rock.
Just a hop over in Denver, we welcome seminal indie-rock venue Larimer Lounge and its sister venue, Lost Lake. A true tastemaker, the Larimer has been a go-to stop for rising acts for more than a decade. Bands such as The Killers and Arcade Fire were among those early up-and-comers. Lost Lake, which Larimer owner Scott Campbell took over in 2013, hosts smaller touring acts and local acts, as well as serves as a locals hangout for after parties and pre-games.
Once an Asian-themed bar, Seattle’s Chop Suey went through an ownership change last year. Now, The Capitol Hill venue boasts a quality sound system and an emphasis on rock, along with an expanded food menu with some gnarly sounding burgers (The Hendrix has deep fried cream cheese, sauteed mushrooms, grilled onions, and fried jalapenos on it). Upcoming shows include Memphis punks Ex-Cult, NYC’s Sunflower Bean, and rising local dreampop band Sleeping Lessons.
Repping for the indie scene in Toronto is Transmit Presents, the in-house booker for the 300-capacity The Garrison and its new satellite club, the cutely-named The Baby G. The promotions company recently came together with the launch of The Baby G is helmed by various veterans of the Toronto music scene. Look out for acts such as Broken Social Scene founding member Brendan Canning, alt-rockers The Moth and The Flame, and one-man indie act Day Wave.
While we love our live music, we’ve got much more up our sleeves. Case in point: Canada’s Cloverdale Fairgrounds in Surrey, British Columbia. The vast space has a variety of facilities that host horse and dog shows, a weekly flea market, and its hallmark event, the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair. The annual event has everything from lumberjack shows and pig races to skateboarding competitions and a fine art gallery.
Think chivalry is dead? Head to the Arizona Renaissance Festival, where chivalry is alive and well. Jesters, jousters, knights, and damsels are invited Saturdays and Sundays from February 11 – April 2 to the sprawling Gold Canyon festival grounds. The festival boasts a 30-acre village with a marketplace of more than 200 vendors, jousting matches, games, rides, and a Pleasure Feast where you can eat like a king.
We can’t celebrate a quarter of awesome additions without spreading a little advance holiday cheer. And for that, we’ve got The Polar Express Train Ride at the Morristown & Erie Railway in New Jersey. Hop aboard for a magical trip to the North Pole inspired by the 2004 film. The family ride, set to the film’s soundtrack, will feature a reading of the popular book and a visit from Santa.
For those who’ve been keeping score, the Ticketfly campaign now includes a ton of new venues and promoters, a renaissance faire, a rodeo, and a holiday train ride. Now that’s progress you can believe in.