Welcome to the inaugural edition of #FlyFam, a quarterly roundup welcoming new partners into the Ticketfly family.
We went gangbusters in Q4 2014, signing up truly enviable and diverse partners across the continent, from a renaissance festival in Ohio, to a jazz and blues club in Washington, to a historic boat show in Philly, to a beachside concert venue in Florida. A warm welcome to all the new faces; we’re pretty excited about helping to make your lives easier, so you can focus on doing what you love best: putting on great events. Read on to find out more about some of the new additions to the #FlyFam…
There’s nothing like experiencing a live event in the great outdoors. Jannus Live turned a run-down courtyard venue in St. Petersburg, Florida into a vibrant, fully rehabbed outdoor space with acts that just won’t quit. This year, catch DMX, Reel Big Fish, Rusted Root and more stopping by this premiere Tampa Bay venue. On the other side of the country, PR Entertainment puts on myriad events on the shores of Lake Tahoe.
Rather party outdoors in a different era? The Ohio Renaissance Festival, held in a recreated 16th-century English village, offers something for everyone with nearly 100 shows daily on 11 stages, over 135 unique arts and crafts shops, hearty food and drink, games of skill, and human-powered rides to amuse all ages. Or take in the annual Tall Ships Philadelphia exhibition. With over a dozen magnificent domestic and international ships rolling into Camden harbor in Philadelphia, visitors can catch a glimpse, step aboard and even set sail on some of the most meticulously crafted ships of yore.
If you’re looking for more of an adrenaline rush, pay a visit to the brand new Florida Tracks & Trails. This ultimate outdoor recreational facility in Southwest Florida has all the extreme fun you can think of, including motocross, mud and obstacle courses, paintball, zipline, and of course, concerts as well.
If pink is what you wish for, then book a ticket to La Nuit en Rose, the world’s first food & wine festival dedicated to rosé wine and rosé champagne, coming in 2015 to NYC, Miami, and LA.
Had your fill of XXL drumsticks, sailboats, ATV racing, and pink bubbles? We’ve got plenty of indoor nightlife lined up from North to South, East Coast to West. Let’s start with our new friends up on the 49th parallel north:
This past quarter, incredible Canadian event promoters like Name Dropping Productions in Edmonton; Atomique Productions in Victoria; and Chaos Corp Promotions in Ontario—which specializes in metal, hardcore, and rock acts—came on board with Ticketfly. We also welcomed the West End Cultural Centre, a non-profit organization that promotes Manitoban, Canadian, and international artists and events in Winnipeg; NorthWest Comedy Fest, a week of laugh-til-it-hurts stand-up and improve in Vancouver; Center of Gravity, the Kelowna, B.C. three-day sport and music festival; and the LeVilla Chophouse restaurant in Calgary, which will start hosting rock shows in an adjoining space next door. Music plus steak? Yes, please.
If you prefer a more temperate climate, then come along on a tour down the West Coast, where we’ve signed up many fantastic venues and promoters:
The frequent rain might help set the mood up at Jazzbones, a funky joint in Tacoma bringing live jazz and blues to South Puget Sound seven nights a week. Bring the whole family to The Vera Project, an all-ages, non-profit youth arts organization in Seattle. And while we didn’t think it was possible, Portland got even cooler when our friends over at the Aladdin Theater and Mississippi Studios launched a new venue—Revolution Hall—in Southeast Portland’s Buckman neighborhood. Holocene, a music + arts venue, nightclub, and events space, is another SE Portland addition to the Ticketfly crew.
A hop, skip and a jump over into California and you can taste wine and enjoy live music at City Winery Napa. Need something for everyone? Chain Reaction is an all-ages club in Anaheim hosting all kinds of music, from punk to polka, at very inclusive prices. Finally, if you’re looking for the hippest place to catch a movie in LaLa Land, look no further than the Electric Dusk Drive In in downtown Los Angeles, an old-school drive-in movie theatre.
Let’s make our way east. In the Rockies, jazz fans can take in a show and eclectic eats at Dazzle Jazz in Denver, have a craft beer with a side of live music at Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont, CO, or check out horse shows, rodeos and arts & crafts at Norris Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. In Utah, enjoy live music at The State Room in Salt Lake City, or head to Park City to sip a martini alongside a show at O.P Rockwell—an alluring cocktail lounge and music hall “with outlaw roots.” Over in the plains, recordBar keeps Kansas City bumping with frequent all-ages shows and upscale-casual American grub; while in the midwest, Offsides Sports Bar & Grill entertains the good people of Woodstock, IL with a variety of events.
We’re starting to think there must be something in the water in Pennsylvania: five new Philly and Pittsburgh based music clients joined the Ticketfly fold last quarter. The Ardmore Music Hall is a Philly hot spot that’s been hosting renowned musical acts since the 1980s, while Voyeur Nightclub features three floors of dancing and light shows. You can also catch a number of great shows put on by the Catharsis Collective, an electronic music promoter in the City of Brotherly Love. In Pittsburgh we’re now working wtih Mr. Small’s, a multi-purpose space with a concert mainstage, recording studios, a skate park and artists’ “Rock Hostel;” and Grey Area Productions, a small independent concert promotions company owned and operated by fans and volunteers who want to grow a vibrant live music scene in their community.
Things are heating up across the South as well. Gusto Group, which produces festivals and events in Charleston; Atlantic Division Entertainment in Atlanta; Tall Townes Entertainment in west Texas and the Granada Theater in Dallas; Crank It Loud in North Carolina; and Live Oak in Ft. Worth have all joined the Ticketfly family.
To our eastern seaboarders — never fear! The Ticketfly family grew rapidly up and down the East Coast last quarter, too. Upstate in Syracuse, we’ve signed a venue that’s a contender for best venue name in America, Funk n Waffles — need we say more? Watertown, NY is throwing back at The Flashback Lounge where you can enjoy live music, craft beer, and 80s and 90s arcade games. In Fall River, MA the Narrows Center for the Arts can satisfy your artistic side with two visual art galleries, a performance theater, and visual artist studios.
Down in Jersey City, take in a wide range of theater, live performances, exhibitions and events at White Eagle Hall; have fun with some dinner theatre at The Globe in Berlin, MD; and see acts that are pushing the boundaries of EDM with Nu Androids, a Washington, D.C.-based community of music enthusiasts that books upcoming artists at Flash Nightclub.
Last but not least, we’ve brought a new kind of party on board that’s sweeping the nation. Foam N’ Glow — the world’s largest foam party. Coming to a city near you. Needless to say, we’re excited.