Fly Fam: welcoming Ticketfly’s new partners

Last year, we grew to an astounding 1700 live event partners across the U.S. and Canada. They come on board because of our industry-best service, our powerhouse marketing initiatives– driven by our partnership with Pandora– and innovative product offerings like Lyte, our fan-to-fan ticket exchange for sold out shows. TIcketfly is proud to support leading venues and promoters, powering everything from club shows to music festivals to rodeos. There’s always room for more members of the ‘fly fam and we’re excited to welcome these latest additions to the bunch.

Brooklyn’s Union Hall has just about everything you’d need for palling around with your buddies: live music, comedy, DJs, poutine, and bocce ball. They take that last one just as seriously as they do the rest of their offerings, holding regular bocce tournaments (we’re rooting for team I Wanna Dance With Some Bocce for the name alone). And their stage offerings are grade-A. The 5,000 square foot bar, restaurant and venue is the home of writer Jon Ronson (So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, The Men Who Stare At Goats) and comedian Maeve Higgins’ monthly “Cool Kids” show.

Live music and comedy are wonderful and all, but sometimes you need something a little more vibrant and visual. For more than 15 years, Art Battle has stunned crowds across the world by pitting some of the best painters and street artists against one another. What started in New York City in 2001 is now a traveling live art extravaganza that’s popped up in 75 cities in 16 countries. Be on the lookout for a battle near you. And if you think you can hang, apply to compete and step up to the easel.

If Chance the Rapper showed us anything at the 2017 Grammy Awards, it’s that you can put on an incredible show while being devoted to your faith. Rush Concerts has been doing that since 1997. The company promotes Christian music events, bringing bands and artists such as Jeremy Camp, Switchfoot and more to venues across the country. They’re currently promoting concerts for MercyMe and Casting Crowns throughout the midwest.

Hodi’s Half Note doesn’t half-step. The intimate club is a go-to for live music in Fort Collins, CO. That shouldn’t come as a surprise after glancing at their eclectic calendar. From punk pioneer Jello Biafra’s Incredibly Strange Dance Party and the Ned Flanders-inspired metal outfit Okilly Dokilly to Chicago rapper Alex Wiley and the funky Fort Knox Five, Hodi’s is a guaranteed good time.

If Rodeo Austin’s slogan—“Where Weird Meets Western”—doesn’t intrigue you, their lineup surely will. The 15-day fair and rodeo, held from March 11 to 25, boasts dozens of musical performances that go beyond the country lasso. Sure, you can catch country stars such as Dwight Yoakam and Cole Swindell, but you can also catch legendary soul singer Patti Labelle and dance-pop group Fitz and the Tantrums. The real star, of course, is the rodeo, which features everything from bull riding to mutton bustin’. Plus, there are carnival rides, corn dogs, livestock shows and more. Grab your cowboy hat and get weird!

The Blind Tiger has been serving up cold beer and live music in Greensboro, NC since 1998. Known for bringing some of the best bands to the region, the venue has hosted everyone from Hootie and the Blowfish to Of Montreal. With nearly 20 years under its belt, the Blind Tiger isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

Draw Events has a really big duck. In fact, it’s The World’s Largest Rubber Duck. The massive inflatable pops up at waterfront events produced by Draw including the Tall Ships festival, which hosts ship tours, daily ship tours and family friendly entertainment. The festival has appeared in Los Angeles, Key West and Duluth, MN, among other cities. Stay tuned to Draw Events to see where the duck will pop up next.

Green Machine Concerts is a well-oiled promotions company that brings some of the best live music events to venues throughout the country, including assisting colleges with booking campus concerts. On deck for 2017 so far are two monster shows: Kenny Chesney in Madison, MS in May and Journey in Southaven, MS in July.

There are countless historic venues in Los Angeles, but only one can trace its roots to Great Depression America. Exchange LA is aptly-named: the colossal, four-story nightclub is housed in the former Los Angeles Stock Exchange, constructed in 1931. Though it’s undergone renovations—following strict Historic Cultural Landmarks guidelines—Exchange LA is still money. The nightclub boasts state-of-the-art lighting and technology and an equally impressive lineup of EDM DJs on any given night.

Metroplex Live makes big noise in Little Rock, AR. The events company primarily holds events at The Metroplex Event Center, which can hold up to 2,500 people. Not only can you catch concerts from the likes of Dropkick Murphy’s, you’ll also see mixed martial arts fights, bridal fairs and more.

Atlanta’s Aisle 5 might be a newcomer on the scene, but the venue already stands out as one of the city’s best. Opening in 2014 and located in the Little Five Points district, Aisle 5 is a multi-genre venue known for showcasing some of the most buzzed about local and touring bands, cheap craft beers, top-notch quality sound. If you don’t trust us, check their Yelp reviews.

Ticketfly Brings Ticketing Science to Canada

Pop quiz! What do Rush, Neil Young, and Ticketfly all have in common? As you may have guessed from the title of this post, the answer is “Canada,” where Ticketfly is now up and running, in our first international expansion.

We’re kicking off 2013 with a great initial roster of clients, including two of the biggest independent music promoters in Canada: Collective Concerts and Union Events. As part of this launch, Ticketfly has acquired Prime Box Office, a regional ticketing company, and brought its owner Greg Stephenson on board. We have hired a full Canadian team led by Bruce Morrison (a former Ticketmaster Canada executive), and will be maintaining offices in Toronto and Calgary.

Check out our launch video below, featuring interviews with many of the key players behind Ticketfly Canada, with a backing track from Canadian indie supergroup Eight and a Half.

If you’re a Canadian venue owner or event promoter, go to to learn more and schedule a tour of the Ticketfly platform.

Not Your Father’s Ticketing Service… Unless He’s a Founding Father

The Hermitage, President Andrew Jackson’s mansion and burial ground in Nashville, Tennessee, recently partnered with Ticketfly (on sale now: holiday evening tours of the residence).

Andrew “Old Hickory” Jackson may have been the most rough and rugged President of the United States. His success in the Revolutionary War and many duels stand as proof (including a fatal ending for a Mr. Charles Dickinson), but Jackson was not only known for his strength.

Jackson was pragmatic once in office. He was the only U.S. President in history to pay off the national debt (don’t get too excited; we were only debt-free for one year, according to NPR). If he had lived in a time with the Internet and social media, and was an event promoter instead of a mere President, we’re pretty sure Jackson would have chosen Ticketfly’s automated marketing platform.

For more information on personal, group, and school tours of Andrew Jackson’s home in Nashville, please visit the Hermitage website.

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If You’re Going to San Francisco… It’s Probably to a Ticketfly Show

Ticketfly is now the number one ticketing provider in San Francisco, powering ticketing and marketing for more live music venues than any of our competitorsAnd we’re just getting started; the San Francisco Business Times recently named Ticketfly the fastest-growing technology company in the Bay Area. If you want to find tickets to SF shows or learn more about Ticketfly, click here.

Some prominent new clients in SF include Public Works, Mezzanine, and The Chapel, a new venue in San Francisco’s Mission District which opened with Hardly Strictly Bluegrass after shows featuring Elvis Costello and Steve Earle. Other new venues and promoters include Parish Entertainment Group (San Francisco’s Brick & Mortar Music Hall and The New Parish and Rock Steady in Oakland), Voice Media Group (including SF Weekly), The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, Abstract Entertainment and SBL Entertainment in Sacramento, and Trannyshack San Francisco.

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At the Races: Preakness Picks Ticketfly to Win

I’ll Have Another wins the 2012 Preakness Stakes with style. (Photo: AP)

With tickets on sale today, Ticketfly is now the official ticketing partner for the Preakness Stakes, a thoroughbred horse race held every May at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

First contested in 1873, the annual running of the Preakness is a classic American institution. The Preakness is the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown, between the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. One of the largest single-day sporting events in the United States, the Preakness has hosted up to 121,309 people.

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The Beauty Ballroom Opens in East Austin!

It’s looking like East Austin is becoming the go-to neighborhood for live music. Earlier this fall, Emo’s opened Emo’s East in the Riverside area and now Beauty Bar founder Paul Devitt and Frank Hendrix from Emo’s have joined forces to open The Beauty Ballroom at 2015 E. Riverside Drive. The new venue’s focus will be on booking more national and international acts while still offering the lounge feel and the Beauty Bar aesthetic. The Beauty Ballroom has state of the art light and sound and can accommodate up to 700. The dance floor holds 500 people and there is a balcony that can comfortably fit another 200. Plus there’s an outdoor patio that will have seating for 200. This further expands Ticketfly’s reach in the Austin area after partnering up with ACL Live and Antone’s last year.

The grand opening of The Beauty Ballroom is New Year’s Eve with a special show by Austin’s Grammy Award-winning Grupo Fantasma. This Latin funk Band will definitely bring the New Year in on a good note. (*Note: This show has been moved to Club de Ville on NYE. So it looks like the first official Beauty Ballroom show will be on January 20th!)

With these two Austin live music powerhouses working together, we are sure this new venture will be a success. Also, we’ve got two new places to check out during SXSW 2012!

Be sure to check out their site for a list of upcoming shows.

And yes, we hooked up a new Beauty Ballroom website to match their sparkle!

Welcome, Spike Hill in Brooklyn!

by Eboni Jones, Ticketfly Marketing Intern

Spike Hill, nestled in one of the most happening neighborhoods of Brooklyn, Williamsburg, is a great place to visit for live music, food and libations! Noted for its Scotch selection this is one place that according to locals is, “not overtaken by hipsters.” (which is a big deal in this part of town!)

There’s a live music/ bar side and also a restaurant side. Everything you need for a great night out. Spike Hill has a good selection of beers on tap and incorporate seasonal and local breweries into the mix. If you’re hungry before a show, they have great table service and quiet booths where you can talk and hear your own voice.

It’s one of the easier places to find in the ‘Burg as it’s right across the street from the Bedford subway stop. On your way inside you may want to ‘cop a squat’ on the bench out front that gets just as much love as Spike Hill itself. It’s a perfect spot to chill and people watch, I mean why else are you in New York City.

There are some exciting things happening at Spike Hill for the rest of 2011! Giving you more reason to stop by and check it out! This month they’ve got Gym, Deer and Cassetttes Won’t Listen rolling through. There’s even a special New Year’s Eve show with O’Death that goes until 4am!

Past Shows: NYC Popfest 2011, Casiokids, Lizzie & The Makers

Stay on top of the latest and greatest at Spike Hill. Visit their website and be sure to friend and follow them online!

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Spike Hill on Facebook

Spike Hill on Twitter

Check out this video of of Smilelove at Spike Hill during NY Popfest!

NYC Popfest 2011: Smilelove performs at Spike Hill, Brooklyn from on Vimeo.

Zanzabar in Louisville is now on Ticketfly. Kentucky, Take us Home!

by Eboni Jones, Ticketfly Marketing Intern

The ‘Fly has teamed up with a fantastic venue in Louisville. Zanzabar is open daily for lunch and dinner, boasts over 60 different beers, has a huge selection of vintage arcade games all for only $.25 (the throwback price) and offers live music! Also known as Zbar, the venue was honored with ten Leo Weekly 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards. So let’s go over what they’re good at and I’m sure we will cover most everything.

Best U of L Bar
– Conveniently located right across the interstate from the University, in the St. Joseph neighborhood

Best Trivia Night – Who doesn’t like brewskis and a little trivia?

Best Smoking Area – An outdoor patio, with lots of seating and large heaters for the winter months. Wait was there beer pong out there? Yup, I think so!

Best Singles Bar – Lonely? Need a mate? Your chances of finding someone here are good.

Best Places to Dance – Makes sense. Single people + lots of drinks + good music = SYTYCD contest

Best Neighborhood Bar/Pub

Best Mixed Drink

Best Bar to People Watch

Best Bar to Nurse a Hangover

Best Bar Bathroom – This stellar stat is a plus for the ladies!

According to patron Natalie H., “They always have really good bands playing (local and national acts), because the guy who books the shows definitely has his ear to the ground for the best music.”

Not only do the locals love Zbar, but musicians do too! Felice Brothers bassist, Christmas says, “Man, we always play Zanzabar when we come to town, because the crowd there is always responsive, appreciative. We appreciate it.”

Past shows have inlcuded Asobi Seksu, The Felice Brothers, Mayer Hawthorne & The County, and Gang Gang Dance.

Upcoming shows at Zbar: The FlingWhite Rabbits, Diego Garcia

Make sure you follow Zbar online to stay on top of their upcoming shows.

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New Venue, New Client on the Homefront. Welcome Vitus in Oakland!

by Eboni Jones, Ticketfly Marketing Intern

Vitus, a new restaurant, bar and music venue in Jack London Square recently opened in ‘The Town’ (as Bay Area folks call it, Oakland to all others). It’s appropriately named after the patron saint of art, music, dancing and insomnia, who was eventually martyred for his beliefs.  And if it seems like this place popped up over night, that’s because it virtually did. The owner Damon Gallagher grabbed this spot up, which was until September known as Duke’s R&B, and got to work. Gallagher is a veteran of the Bay Area music scene as the frontman of Damon and the Heathens and co-owner of another Oakland club, making him the right man for the job.

In a matter of weeks, Vitus has been able to host a Nobunny show, score Jesse Branstetter (formerly of Chop Bar) for their full kitchen, roll-out lunch service and an all night happy hour, become the official site of the Eat Real Festival after party and have a grand opening. Whew! Talk about pulling a rabbit out of a hat.

And aside from all the perks, the place looks amazing. The downstairs is spacious with two bars, tables, room for dancing, and pinball machines while the upstairs has leather couches – perfect for chilling out or enjoying a VIP area. Did we mention the giant godzilla?

So if you live in the East Bay or venture to Oakland occasionally, be sure to stop in for a bite to eat, a cocktail and a live show!

Some of the upcoming shows: Brass Menazerie, Greg Ashley and Vitus’ first comedy night with a headliner too big to announce. But the venue lists some of his credits as 30 Rock, SNL, and Letterman. HMMMM…can’t miss that one!

Check out their brand new website and like them on Facebook!

Editor’s note: We know things are tough in Oakland right now. As a native, I hate to see Oakland in the national news (including The Daily Show), as it’s rarely ever good news when it happens. But at the same time, it’s exciting to see the revitalization of downtown that’s been happening over the last 10 years. I can’t remember a time when so much music and art was so easily accessible in our previously desolate downtown area. Recent additions of The Fox Theatre, The New Parish, and countless bars and restaurants, means that people in the East don’t always have to head to San Francisco for quality entertainment and Oaklanders actually have the option of event-hopping on foot. Which is just another step toward Oakland being known as a place to be! The locals have known it for a long time….

And our new client Vitus has got it all: food, drinks, AND top notch shows! Please check it out. Ticketfly is happy to be a part of anything that’s good for Oakland.

Ticketfly Cruises into The Great Lakes: Welcome to Callahan’s in Detroit, MI!

by Eboni Jones, Ticketfly Marketing Intern

Callahan’s Music Hall in Auburn Hills is a great venue for live music! This Irish Pub is a one stop shop for food, drinks and live entertainment. The Callahan Brothers opened their popular club to showcase the best blues in the world, continuing in the steps of blues institutions like Sully’s, The Soup Kitchen and more. These days, Callahan’s has branched out to Roots, Americana, Rock ‘n Roll, and Comedy. The crowd here has been described as cool, friendly, and social; which is a good thing whether you’re hanging out with friends or strangers. Callahan’s is also known for having an excellent sound guy and great lines of sight to the stage.

So if you live in the Detroit metro area, take a trip to Auburn Hills. You have another reason to come to hang out! Some of Callahan’s past shows have included: Johnny Winter, Jimmy Vaughan, Tab Benoit, and Girls with Guitars. The group that Jerry Garcia started with John Dawson New Riders of the Purple Sage is coming to Callahans for a special Halloween show! Other upcoming shows: Scott Holt, Duke Tumatoe, The Jill Jack Band. To get an idea of how it goes down at Callahan’s check out this tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan by Eric Sardinas and Big Motor at Callahan’s. Eric kills the guitar!

Keep up with the latest and greatest and become Callahan’s friend online! They’re very generous with the giveaways so it’s a good idea to join their mailing list.

Callahan’s New Website

Callahan’s on Facebook