Congratulations to the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. (one of the many Ticketfly clients also nominated for a Pollstar Award this week) on snagging the Billboard Touring Award for “Top Club” (based on attendance) for the 4th year running, and the 5th total. It should come as no surprise to anyone who has been there that the 9:30 Club is one of the premier music venues in the country.
Located at 9th and V Streets in Washington, D.C., the 9:30 Club is a place that music fans love and bands aspire to play. Check out their upcoming lineup here, featuring The Tragically Hip, Yeasayer, G. Love & Special Sauce, Citizen Cope, Sufjan Stevens, Public Enemy, Femi Kuti, and many more.
Yesterday, Billboard’s 8th annual Touring Awards wrapped up in New York, and the 9:30 Club stayed firmly planted (for the 4th time over all!) in the Top Club category. The Top Club award is based on attendance. For more than a dozen years, the 9:30 Club has been the top attended club not just in the nation, but the world. The WORLD!
“There is nothing like the magic of seeing a band at the club. The audience knows it, the bands know it, and they feed off each other. I just love seeing everybody having those moments. I’ve said it many times before, and I’ll say it again. It’s all about our staff. If they’re reading this — THANK YOU!!!” said Seth Hurwitz, IMP Chairman and 9:30 Club owner.
At Ticketfly, we can attest 100% to the dedication of the 9:30 Club staff. The attention they pay to their ticket buyers at all hours of the day and night definitely stands out amongst our roster of client venues. We know the names of their box office staff. And Tom Pelton, the club’s ticketing manager? I don’t think that guy sleeps. The incredible staff gets up to 1,200 music fans a night through its legendary doors on 9th and V and always ensures an awesome show. Their door guy even has his own Facebook fan page and t-shirts. And the fans? They’re among the most venue-dedicated bunch I’ve ever encountered. The 9:30 Club website hosts an online forum where its most loyal buyers can sound off on just about anything. And boy do they let you hear it. Their complaints/ praise/ music recommendations/ personal issues are moderated by 9:30 club staff and occasionally punctuated by the occasional hilarious and terse response by the Chairman himself. (This one actually just made me laugh out loud.) And no matter how mad anybody might get over….whatever, they keep coming back. Because the 9:30 Club experience is unmatched.
Perhaps the only thing more incredible than the 9:30 Club’s ability to keep a fanbase so strong that their customers will see virtually any show there, is that two years ago, Seth ran through and turned over all the money-changers in his ticketing temple and made the switch to an upstart ticketing company in its first few months of operation. 9:30 Club was one of Ticketfly’s very first clients, and making that switch has meant better sales, more sold out shows, and more awards. A lot of venues and promoters think- “Well if I move to an indie ticketing company, will my customers know? Will I sell as many tickets as I’m selling on this legacy system? Ideally, I’d love to sell more.” There’s no arguing with the numbers. We’ve got this. Ticketfly is doing something right and music fans are ready for change. The combination of our suite of marketing tools, our integrated websites and mobile apps, and our experienced team of promoters, marketers, ticketing verterans and live music fanatics means that you don’t have to rely on an ancient email list and a big name. There’s a reason why in 2 short years, we’ve grown to become the second most successful ticketing company in the United States. We know what we’re doing!
Ticketfly is glad to call 9:30 Club a partner and see their sales continue to improve. The only real drawback is keeping up with all the awards they win.
Pollstar has got it right. They too recognize what an institution Danny Zelisko is when it comes to the music industry. That’s why they’ve just nominated Danny Z for their Promoter of the Year Award!
“It was a really great surprise to be recognized with that nomination, especially having left Live Nation earlier this year to work very hard independently at a very turbulent time in the music business,” Zelisko said. “It’s humbling to have that happen in the first year of being back out there. I’m very happy.”
It’s a good week for Mr. Zelisko. Just a few days ago, he “received the Killing the Dragon Award at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles as part of the 1st Annual Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout at Cancer Fundraiser along with other notables in the entertainment and medical community.” And we encourage everyone to check out the Dio Cancer Fund website and give what you can. Because cancer sucks. And Dio is one of the greatest bands of all time. If you disagree with either premise, then you don’t make any sense.
After receiving his award, Zelisko “treated the audience to a short sing-a-long and rendition of “The Man on the Silver Mountain,” one of Ronnie’s biggest songs. Danny misses Ronnie every day and continues to push his friends and strangers alike to get checked sooner than later for cancer and other treatable diseases.”
A truly great promoter is steeped in music history, and puts on shows as a labor of love. Making money is great, but not every show is gonna be a sell-out. If you don’t love it, being a promoter is one of hardest jobs out there. Danny Zelisko is definitely a Rainbow in the Dark!
Good luck, Danny Z! We think you deserve it.
Wanna see the faces and hear the voices behind Ticketfly in person? We’ve got some panels and speaking engagements set up if you want to come meet our CEO Andrew Dreskin and others!
Today and this week you can catch Andrew around CMJ. He’s on a panel called Start Me Up– “Real first-hand advice on music start-ups. Hear from entrepreneurs and investors on how to get started, building an audience, making deals and raising money.”
If you missed it, don’t worry! He’ll be around the fest all week, and there are many more excellent panels to catch. Also, Ticketfly and our buddies at the Windish Agency are co-sponsoring a CMJ party on Saturday. Tickets are only $15 on this other website. But don’t forget who made it happen for realsies!
November 3rd and 4th we’ll be at The Billboard Touring Conference and Awards on a Wednesday Panel with speakers from other great companies including Groupon, Mobile Roadie, Eventful and The Roxy!
1:30pm – 2:15pm on Weds 11/3
NEW MEDIA AND TOURING: FINDING THE FAN
“This panel will drill down and address real ways of using digital, social media and mobile to sell tickets, cut through the clutter, move the needle on the 40% of concert inventory that goes unsold, and broaden revenue streams.”
December 5th- 7th, Andrew will be at the International Music Festival Conference in Las Vegas, talking about the state of the Festival industry. As one of the founders of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Mobile FreeFest, he’s got quite a bit to say on the subject!
If you’re in San Francisco and you’re either looking for an new position or you just want to get to know more about our company, we’re hosting a private Happy Hour on October 28th. You can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for further details if you’d like to attend.
How cool is that?!
Ticketfly’s R5 Productions iPhone app is in the final running, along with 3 others, for Billboard Music’s Best Touring App!
From the article:
Created by Ticketfly, “R5” is a venue-branded app that brings the entire ticketing process to mobile. Users can search for specific events, view artists’ descriptions and media, share information with friends and buy tickets. It includes maps and directions to the venue and a virtual lighter to wave during those poignant concert moments.
Winners will be selected by an independent panel of judges and awarded their prize as part of the upcoming Mobile Entertainment Live: The Music App summit (#MEL2010), taking place Oct. 5 in San Francisco.
The sky is the limit for Ticketfly to create innovative and game-changing tools for our clients. Join the family, why dontcha!
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And follow R5 here: @R5Productions