Ticketfly is for (music) lovers


Valentine’s Day is coming. You know what that means: roses, chocolates, candlelight dinners, and Cannibal Corpse. Oh, death metal isn’t your idea of romance? We’ve got plenty of other options, from concerts and dance parties to comedy and burlesque shows. This V-Day weekend, skip the overpriced restaurants, grab your shorty—or find one there—and get serenaded by some sweet sounds at one of these ‘fly events near you.


San Francisco / Bay Area

Before you drop the needle on that Marvin Gaye record, get it on at one of these funk, acid house, Latin jazz or ‘80s parties.

2.12: Dam-Funk with Egyptian Lover – The Ritz; San Jose ($25+)

2.12: Con Brio with Water Strider – The Independent; SF ($25)

2.12: Pete Tong, Lauren Lane and Torro – Public Works; SF ($15+)

2.13: Midi Matilda with Meet Me In Orbit and Talkie – Neck of the Woods; SF ($7+)

2.13: Love Junkie: A Fundraiser for George Mahal – Public Works; SF ($15+)

2.13: Love & Bossa with Masha Campagne & Voz da Lapa – Doc’s Lab; SF ($12+)

2.13: Tainted Love with Lef Deppard – Bimbo’s 365 Club; SF ($25+)

2.13: The English Beat – The Ritz; San Jose ($20+)

2.14: A Special Valentine’s Day Show with Sophie B. Hawkins – The Chapel; SF ($22+)

2.14: Lance Desardi – Monarch; SF ($5+)

2.14: Mass Gothic with MAZED and Screature – Rickshaw Stop; SF ($10+)

2.14: Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra – Yoshi’s Oakland; Oakland ($45+)

2.14: Electric Squeezebox Orchestra – Doc’s Lab; SF ($10+)

2.15: The Skiffle Players feat Cass McCombs, Farmer Dave Scher, Neal Casal, Dan Horne & Aaron Sperske – Sweetwater Music Hall; Mill Valley ($22+)

2.16: SIRENS, Octazooka and Jonah Sunn – Hotel Utah; SF ($8+)

2.16: Radiation City and Deep Sea Diver – Rickshaw Stop; SF ($12+)

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Don’t drop the ball on these fly NYE parties


We’ve got a lot to celebrate as we look back on 2015. There was that whole joining forces with Pandora thing(!!!), a kick-ass festival season and the addition of dozens of new partners to our #FlyFam. That said, 2015 is old news and we can’t wait for all the exciting new opportunities that 2016 holds. To celebrate, our partners across the country are closing out the year with everything from classic ballroom events and throwback dance parties to EDM ragers and soul shakedowns. Don’t drop the ball and miss these fly New Year’s Eve events taking place at a concert hall/ice rink/tent/bowling alley near you.

San Francisco Bay Area
  • 12.31: Party like it’s 1988 with R&B and pop icon Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded, featuring new members Nate Allen Smith and dancer/vocalist Rosero McCoy. The trio is known for dazzling performances that combine both throwback hits and songs from Watley’s retro-futuristic new album, Paradise. Hey, it’s a new year. Why not start by “Looking For a new Love”? – Yoshi’s Oakland, Oakland ($69+)
  • 12.31: Wanna get funky? Look no further than the NYE Funk/Soul/Disco Party with Afrolicious. The San Francisco institution has been rockin’ nine years strong as one of the premiere productions for global funk. To ring in 2016, they’re bringing their friends Zeb Early’s Smoked Out Soul and Will Magid, in addition to a performance by the eight-piece Afrolicious band and DJ sets from the crew’s Pleasuremaker and Ozgood. – Rickshaw Stop, SF ($30+)
  • 12.31: Stay classy with Tainted Love, Quinn Deveaux and the Blue Beat Review, and the Cottontails. That’s 80s covers, modern soul and “American musical styles from the 1920s to the 1980s,” respectively. Need anything else? Fine. There’ll be a champagne toast, ball drop and a special appearance by the girl in the fishbowl! Good? Good. – Bimbo’s 365 Club, SF ($60+)
  • 12.31: The thought of putting on a black tie or cocktail dress got you feeling nauseous? Forget the formalities and just dance to famed UK electronic duo Simian Mobile Disco. Tech-house pioneer Jay Tripwire and local boy Matt Hubert get the party started. – Public Works, SF ($20+)
  • 12.31: It’s chilly out. Warm up with a room full of burly beards at Bearracuda’s NYE bash and dance until 4 a.m. at one of the most prolific gay dance parties in the country. – BeatBox, SF ($20+)
  • 12.31: Mayer Hawthorne closes 2015 with his infectious retro soul and bouncy funk with a performance at The Independent. He’s had a pretty good year, we’d say. Tuxedo, his project with producer Jake One, released their debut in March—and it’s still in heavy rotation. He’s joined by the man who set his career in motion, Stones Throw Records founder Peanut Butter Wolf. Can’t swallow all that awesomeness? The open bar should help. – The Independent, SF ($135+)
  • 12.31: Party with spirit as the funky SF-based ensemble Con Brio welcomes 2016. The band will be joined by Planet Booty, which is not a sci-fi porno but a hilarious electro-funk outfit. With song titles such as “Das Booty” and “Freak Inside,” we’d suggest bringing your twerking shoes. – The Chapel, SF ($45+)
  • 12.31: Solid Gold Jacuzzi’s New Year’s Eve party features a monster lineup anchored by headlining duo Thugfucker. The name’s a little villainous, but it also sounds like vigilante heroes who take out bad guys by … nevermind. What we do know is that the tag team spins everything from house to minimal to chillout. Sleight of Hands, Mozhgan, Navid Izadi and Benjamin K round out the party. – Monarch, SF ($20+)
  • 12.31: Let Phutureprimitive’s blissful electronic beats possess you during the Juke Joint 2015 New Year’s Eve party in Sebastopol. There will also be a silent disco, so you can really get lost in the music. – HopMonk Taver, Sebastopol ($20+)
  • 12.31: Love roots rock? The Weight’s NYE Celebration is “the real deal.” The Weight features members of The Band, Levon Helm Band and other legendary acts. Helping close out the year is Moonalice, another supergroup of veteran performers. – Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley ($75+) 
  • 1.1: Start the new year with a well-balanced meal of house, funk, hip-hop, electro, breakbeats and more at the Space Cowboy DJs’ Breakfast of Champions 2016. The party starts at 6 a.m. and doesn’t stop until 6 p.m. We highly recommend a power nap between the NYE ball drop and the Breakfast bass drop. – The Midway, SF ($25+)

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Meet Sean Agnew, Philly’s Live Music Mastermind


Last week the notorious Sean Agnew (the main man behind R5 Productions, Union Transfer, Boot & Saddle, and Morgan’s Pier in Philadelphia) did an “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit for curious fans and admirers. Agnew makes traveling to North Korea with Dennis Rodman seem like a nonchalant skip overseas and being a hugely successful promoter look easy. Diplo follows him on Twitter. He was one of our first partners (he’s very hip, what can we say), and last we’ve heard, he’s off to Bali for a few weeks. The guy is basically the real life International Man of Mystery. Read more to pick his brain:

Question: Could you describe the work that went into getting R5 up and running? Did you find a room and then try to book bands to play? Was it the other way around? Or did you just want an excuse to meet sweaty punk bands? Thanks for doing this AMA and for helping keep the Philly music scene so strong and vibrant!

Agnew: R5 completely came up from the mid to late 90s punk scene in West Philadelphia. Heavily influenced if not completely ripped off from an older group of show organizers called “The Cabbage Collective.”

In short me and my friends wanted to see bands who weren’t playing Philadelphia. So we found any venue/room/building that would let us set up a show there. Warehouses, art galleries, community centers, church basements. Then we would contact the bands directly. I miss that.

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Client Success Stories: Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia, PA

Venue Background
Johnny Brenda’s is a bar, restaurant and a 250-capacity general admission music venue located in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia. Featuring a world-class sound system and a balcony, JB’s offers a unique experience to fans. Bands that have come through Johnny Brenda’s in recent years include Sufjan Stevens, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Vampire Weekend, James Blake, tUnE yArDs, and Bon Iver.

Johnny Brenda’s is a lively venue and a busy restaurant and bar, serving draft beer from local brewers and an eclectic menu using fresh ingredients from nearby farmers. With so many elements of the venue’s operations requiring effort and attention, it was a challenge for their limited staff to devote adequate time to managing the website, event listings, advertisements and social media while booking artists and running the day-to-day.

The Johnny Brenda’s management team turned to Ticketfly as their ticketing partner after an exhaustive search for a platform that could streamline ticketing, website, social marketing and analytics. Staff members were spending hours manually creating events on JohnnyBrendas.com, drafting and publishing promotional emails, and managing box office sales. Venue management understood the potential to increase sales and fire up their marketing promotions after adopting social ticketing.

Johnny Brenda’s switched to Ticketfly in October, one of the venue’s busiest months, leaving little room for error while making the transition to Ticketfly. Ticketfly appointed a dedicated client support rep who assisted venue management in integrating Ticketfly into Johnny Brenda’s website, email newsletters, and box office sales. Within the first year of implementing Ticketfly, Johnny Brenda’s saw a 65% lift in ticket sales sold online, by phone, and in the box office. Not only did this affect ticket sales, but it provided more opportunities to earn revenue selling food, drinks and merchandise to event-goers. Johnny Brenda’s was able to continue building a database of fans who had purchased tickets, learn more about their purchasing behavior, and develop a deeper relationship with their customer base.

Venue management saved hundreds of hours with Ticketfly’s single point of data entry to publish on the web, via email and social media, enabling them to focus on different tactics to build loyalty and trust with consumers online. A single email newsletter that previously took management more than four hours to draft and distribute took only 30 minutes on Ticketfly. Ticketfly’s analytics tools provided deeper insight into sales conversions, broken down by specific channel, enabling the team to make better decisions around budget allocations. Shortly after JB’s switching to Ticketfly, their General Manager liked the product so much, she came to work for Ticketfly in San Francisco. If shipping yourself across country to work for your ticketing partner isn’t a good sign, we don’t know what is.

To download the full Johnny Brenda’s story and get more information about working with Ticketfly, go here!

Ticketfly gets some more brotherly love, signs Trocadero in Philly!

Eboni Jones, Ticketfly Marketing Intern

Philly is quickly becoming Ticketfly’s home away from home. We’ve already been lucky to work with a stellar roster of Philly clients like R5 Productions, Johnny Brenda’s, The Blockley, Union Transfer (opening up tomorrow!) and more. Our newest addition, The Trocadero Theatre, has a history like none other. This independent music venue has been around since 1870. It is a gorgeous old theater with tons of history. In the past it has been used as an opera house, and has and a burlesque and vaudeville venue.

One of the nice things about “The Troc'” (as the locals call it) is that the shows start promptly and if there’s more than one band playing the turnover is swift. Patrons swear the wait is no longer than 15 minutes before the stage is ready for the next act. This is a blessing cause you know the shows where you end up waiting longer than you actually hear music – right! The main stage can accommodate up to 1200 people when used as general admission, seated events can hold 600. There’s even a venue within this venue called ‘The Balcony’ which holds 250. On concert nights, you’ll find the young at heart crowd chilling in the Balcony where there’s a bar and excellent lines of sight to the stage.

The Balcony even has Movie Mondays where for only $3 admission you get a free PBR and popcorn before 7pm. Some of the past movies at The Balcony are Predator, Goonies, and Twilight. So if you’re bored on a Monday night, then head on down to watch a nostalgic movie. A Cali transplant says “This place reminds me a lot of the Glass House in Pomona, CA (another Ticketfly client!) for many reasons, so perhaps that’s why I like it so much….it reminds me of home!” See I told you Philly is like our home away from home.

The Trocadero Theatre is located in Chinatown and it’s less than two blocks away from Market East train station or the 11th St subway, so it’s easily accessible. There’s nothing stopping you!
Catch some of the upcoming shows at The Trocadero Theatre: James Blake, The Smokers Club Tour featuring Method Man, Curren$y, Big K.R.I.T., The Civil Wars and Panic! At The Disco

Be sure to follow and friend ‘The Troc’ online!
The Trocadero Website
The Trocadero on Twitter
The Trocadero on Facebook
The Trocadero on Foursquare
The Trocadero Tumblr (where you can frequently win free tickets!)

Johnny Brenda’s in PA turns 5 and They Want to Give YOU a Gift!

by Eboni Jones, Ticketfly Marketing Intern

The year was 2006, Nelly Furtado’s Promiscuous and Shakira’s Hips Don’t Lie were on top of the charts and a ‘little spot’ with a boy and girl’s name opened in the Fishtown section of Philly – Johnny Brenda’s. Named after the original owner, a Philadelphia boxer, the venue draws a mixed crowd of artists, musicians, and even Penn students from across town.

Operating as a bar, restaurant, and music venue this place is a hole-in-one. Lucky for us (and you) PA happens to be one of the greatest beer-making regions in the US. Johnny Brenda’s serves all-draft, all local beers. They have a rotating beer menu that coincides with the seasons and time of year and did we mention they even have hand pumps (yup for the true beer aficionado). The following breweries are represented at JB’s: Philadelphia Brewing Company, Flying Fish Brewing Company, and Stoudt’s Brewing Company.

JB’s kitchen is open seven days a week from 11 am to 1 am. But don’t ask for a menu, it’s written on the wall! Not only do they have traditional bar food, but also serve grilled octopus and baba ganoush. So our non-meat eating friends don’t have to feel left out. Oh and don’t skip dessert here, cause you will surely regret it. Patrons have dined on chocolate chip bread pudding, peach pie, fresh melon and good ‘ole doughnuts.

Johnny Brenda’s one of Philly’s best places to see a live show with a world-class sound system, a balcony, and top notch musicians rolling through. Ticket prices here are also a gem ranging between $10-15. You can’t be that with a baseball bat (S/O to the Phillies, 1st place in the National League).

In celebration of their 5th birthday Johnny Brenda’s is giving away an ‘Evening Out’ which includes a pair of tickets to a show plus dinner and drinks. All you have to do is ‘Like’ JB’s Facebook page and you’re entered! (If you already Like JB’s, just click on the “5th Anniversary Contest” in the left-hand column on their page.)

Also in honor of their 5 year milestone, Johnny Brenda’s has some special shows coming up: Purples, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Meg Baird, and Blood Feathers.