Aug. 11, 2015
Another quarter, another edition of #FlyFam, our regular roundup welcoming new partners into the Ticketfly family.
It’s been a busy year for us here at the ‘fly—from closing a $50M Series D round, expanding in Canada through our acquisition of Northern Tickets, to crossing the $1 billion mark in cumulative gross sales. Our partners have been with us on this crazy train, and they know better than most that we’re just getting started. To highlight just a few of the many new partners we’re proud to now work with, here are the newest additions to our #FlyFam:
Starting with our friends to the north, we have POP Montreal, an annual not-for-profit international music festival that champions independence in the arts by showcasing emerging and celebrated artistic talents from around the world. The five-day festival is now in it’s 14th year, so make sure you pop by for the concerts, symposium discussions, film screenings, fashion shows, and all-night parties. The festival begins on September 16, 2015, but POP Montreal also runs year-round events to hold you over.
Next up is Ziggy’s, with two locations in North Carolina—Ziggy’s (Winston-Salem, NC) and Ziggy’s By The Sea (Wilmington, NC). These venues are serving up their motto of Roots, Rock, and Reggae with an eclectic mix of shows that are the rival of the south. Fun fact: while rumored to be named after Ziggy Marley, the Ziggy behind Ziggy’s is John ‘Ziggy’ Ziglinski, who originally founded The White House Tavern back in the 70s.
Don’t miss out on Missoula, Montana, home of The Wilma Theatre. Originally built in 1921, the space was dedicated to opera artist Edna Wilma by her husband. The theatre is housed in an eight-story complex that was the first high-rise building in the Missoula. So, in 1979, the Wilma Theatre was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Today, it dishes out some excellent live events, including concerts, spoken word, live and local music, and even independent movies. Earlier this year, it was purchased by the same duo behind Top Hat Lounge, and is currently undergoing a renovation that will be completed later this year.
Don’t be in such a hurry to leave Montana—1111 Presents, one of Montana’s premier promoters, also joined #FlyFam this past quarter. They’re bringing acts like Sir Mix-A-Lot and of Montreal to venues all over the state. These guys do it all, from promotion, street team marketing, consulting and talent buying.
Next February, you can join the more than 50,000 people from all over the world who are heading over to Tuscon, Arizona. The Gem & Jam Festival, alongside Euphonic Conceptions, will now be jamming with Ticketfly. Arguably one of the most diverse events in the southwest, the festival is held in conjugation with the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. It’s also going on it’s 9th year. Packed with a seamless blend of jam and electronic music acts, live painters, artists, dancers, visual performers, and high-end art installations, this jam is sure to be a gem.
We’re doing it live! OMG LIVE comes to the ‘fly all the way from the city of brotherly love. These tastemaking event producers extraordinaires are part of the Original Music Network. It’s also safe to say that they work with just about every big name in the business to put on some of the most anticipated events of the year. Clearly, these guys have a number of tricks up their sleeve for the rest of this year and 2016, so watch this space.
Don’t call it a comeback. The Ozarks Amphitheater (previously known as Stoneridge Amphitheater) recently got new owners and a brand new look. With a grand reopening just this summer, Ozarks’ summer season has been in full swing. Located in Camdenton, Missouri, just near the Lake of the Ozarks, this 10,000 seat plus additional lawn seating beauty has some serious scenic views, and of course, sounds.
The folks at Rock Brothers Brewing believe that music and beer share a special bond, and we completely agree. Besides, their name says it all. The genius idea to partner with artists to create craft beer took full form in Tampa, FL, and quickly got the attention of Hootie and the Blowfish, 311, and Umphrey’s McGee, among others. These guys have even received a national championship win at the United States Beer Tasting Championship. With a new brewery, tasting room, and music venue expected to open in the Fall of 2015,more great beer and music is what’s on tap.
Even the beer festivals are bigger in Texas, especially the biggest beer festival in the state—Houston Beer Fest. Mutemath, Riff Raff, Chamillionaire, and Scarface all made this year’s line up, adding some kick-ass beats to to the more than 200 beers available. This year, the festival’s fifth, also introduced festivalgoers to a few new features, including sampling hours, full bars, a music only ticket option, and Love Street, a funky 1960s inspired area that will certainly bring you back. Dont’ fret, there was still plenty of beer pong. Bottoms up.
Finally, supporting the mission of Old St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago (the city’s oldest public building), and social justice initiatives and outreach programs, the World’s Largest Block Party had more than 15,000 people in attendance.. With performances this year by Young the Giant and Neon Trees, the 31st annual block party is all for a good cause.