Another quarter, another edition of #FlyFam, our regular roundup welcoming new partners into the Ticketfly family.
2014 was a banner year for Ticketfly: We crossed the $1 billion mark in gross sales since selling our first ticket in 2009, and sold 16 million tickets to 90,000 events across the U.S. and Canada. To get it all done, we worked with more than 1,100 fly partners, and that list just got a little longer, thanks to the new partners we brought on board during the first three months of 2015. Here are the newest additions to our #FlyFam:
Close to home, The Ritz, a brand new venue in downtown San Jose, has come into the Ticketfly family. They’ve got a spanking new logo and website, and a lineup that won’t quit.
Further afield, longtime friend of the ‘fly, The Bowery Presents, has a new venue called Saturn in Birmingham, Alabama. Named after local legendary jazz guru Sun Ra, the project is a joint venture with Birmingham musician Brian Teasley. Saturn also includes the Living Venue Audio Project, “a multi sensory reactive sound medium where various devices installed in the venue (stimulated by sound, light, motion, weather, etc.) trigger random ambient sounds, a sort-of symphony of sonic activity.” Wow.
If you call the south home, you’ve got to check out Eddie’s Attic, a music club in Decatur, GA that’s been bringing local musical talent and acclaimed musicians with ATL roots through its doors since 1992. We also brought in Gainesville, Florida’s longest running live music and event promotions company, Glory Days Presents, which books all the events at High Dive, the epicenter of live music and events in Gator country.
The number of Ticketfly partners in Texas is growing bigger than a super burrito. Trees in downtown Dallas—which has hosted the likes of Nirvana and The Flaming Lips—has proved to be one of the area’s most venerable institutions. After opening in May 1990, the club closed in 2005 and was reopened in 2009 by friends of the ‘fly Clint and Whitney Barlow. Next up for the couple? The Bomb Factory, another shuttered Dallas club the Barlow’s recently brought back to life with a grand opening headlined by local legend Erykah Badu. Over in Houston, Warehouse Live, a live entertainment venue downtown, is legit: converted from a 1920s warehouse, the venue sports LED chandeliers and undaground soundz.
Whether you’re a longtime El Paso resident or just passing through, stop in at The Lowbrow Palace. El Paso barmen Austin Allen and Will Tanner took this former dive bar and did some massive renovations, reopening it as The Lowdown in March 2011. It’s now El Paso’s go-to venue for taste-making promoters like Splendid Sun Productions.
We’ve been busy in the Seattle area as well: Foundation Nightclub is Seattle’s newest all-EDM luxury hot spot. Presented by USC Events—the leading dance music promoter in the city—you can head to Foundation for world-renowned DJs and crystal-clear sound. The Woodland Park Zoo is new to Ticketfly but not to the city: it’s been around since 1899 and now welcomes more than one million visitors per year. In southern Washington, LMG Concerts stays busy promoting Christian concerts and festivals across North America.
Turn up the heat down in SoCal at the legendary Casbah. When Poison, Paula Abdul, and Milli Vanilli were at the top of the charts, The Casbah in San Diego was just opening its doors. In the last 16 years, it’s moved down the block to a 200-cap room and hosted the likes of MGMT, TV on the Radio, Franz Ferdinand, Vampire Weekend, and The White Stripes.
Here’s a little something different: GameChangerWorld in New Jersey (aka The World) hosts more than 150 events per year, including concerts, gaming tournaments, teen dance nights, and laser tag. Did someone say prom after party? If you’re in the Garden State and prefer to rock out, check out ACI Entertainment, a young promoter company booking all forms of rock music—and from time to time a little bit of pop and hip hop—across New Jersey.
Finally, we’d never neglect our neighbors to the north: Blue Skies Turn Black joined the ‘fly fam in Q1 as well. A decade after its first humble event—a DIY screening of Fugazi’s film ‘Instrument’—this Montreal-based concert promoter has become an essential fixture in the Montreal music scene, working with a wide array of international and local artists in venues of all sizes throughout the city.
Welcome to the ‘fly fam, y’all!