Aug. 05, 2016
Ticketfly may not be in the Olympics, but we’re still going for gold. We recently launched Pandora concert notifications, along with offer templates in Ticketfly Promoter and automated cart abandonment emails to re-engage fans. But we can’t bring home any medals without an all-star team. Meet the newest additions to our ‘fly fam.
In July, we partnered with Chicago-based Jam Productions, one of the largest independent promoters in the nation. They’ve been holding it down in the greater Chicago area, the Twin Cities in Minnesota, and other U.S. markets for more than 40 years and have worked with everyone from Adele to U2. The partnership widens our already strong footprint in Chicago—one of the nation’s top three live music markets. Our CEO, Andrew Dreskin, explains why it’s a big deal for Ticketfly and our partners here.
Speaking of the Windy City, the Concord Music Hall is also part of our squad. The mid-size venue has only been open three years but has impacted the city in a major way with diverse bookings, including Riot Fest events and official Lollapalooza after shows. The coming months will see wide-ranging acts such as metal veterans Anthrax, house duo Tritonal, and brainy rapper Watsky.
We’re running full speed in New York with RPM Presents. The largest independent dance music promoter on the east coast, RPM recently celebrated its annual Big Week NYC with a series of parties during 4th of July weekend. But they’ve got more fireworks in store with Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano’s Sexy By Nature party and Pete Tong later this month.
On the other end of the NY party spectrum is D.I.Y. rock dive Market Hotel. The venue had a legendary run in the early 2000s but went dark in 2009. It had some fits and starts over the years—Sleater-Kinney performed there last year while it was still being renovated—and came back with a vengeance earlier this year with bands such as Health and Bear vs. Shark.
If laughter is the best medicine, then Boston must be running a clinic. We’re welcoming not one but two comedy partners in the area. Improv Asylum, a comedy theater described as Whose Line Is It Anyway? meets Saturday Night Live!, has held live shows six nights a week since 1998 and they don’t plan on letting up any time soon. Laugh Boston serves as a stand-up sister to Improv Asylum. Open since 2013, it features national acts along with weekly programs and events, such as the upcoming Standup Comedy Rap Battle and Shit-Faced Shakespeare.
Down in NOLA, Joy Productions brings glee to the historic Joy Theater. The venue opened in 1947 as a movie house, but its decades-long run came to a halt when it shuttered in 2003. In 2011, the space was reimagined as a 900-capacity live entertainment venue hosting everything from bluegrass to hip-hop, stand-up comedy to drag showcases. Pure joy, indeed.
Over in Texas, Stampede Houston delivers the ultimate country nightlife experience. Mechanical bull rides? Check. Karaoke? Of course. Fireball specials? Bring a designated driver. On top of all that, Stampede also boasts acclaimed country acts such as Joe Nichols and Neal McCoy.
Looking for a festival with a little more falconry and turkey legs? Travel back in time at the Carolina Renaissance Festival in Huntersville, North Carolina with jousting knights, an artisan marketplace, games and rides, live music, comedy, and more.
When you’re ready to return to contemporary society, hop over to South Carolina. The Charleston Music Hall, located in the city’s historic downtown district, provides an elegant and intimate theater experience. The venue boasts the best acoustics in the city, which is great for taking in upcoming shows such as Violent Femmes, Peter Frampton, or the LGBTLOL comedy night.
Because operating one venue isn’t enough, our new partners in Nashville pull double duty with Mercy Lounge and The Cannery Ballroom. Named one of the best live music venues in Nashville by the Chicago Tribune, Mercy Lounge is a cozy, 500 standing room capacity club. It sits on the second level atop The Cannery Ballroom, a 1,000-capacity venue that they make available for bigger concerts and special events. Together, the spaces have hosted everyone from Adele to Zappa Plays Zappa. Nashville is known for its thriving live music scene, and these venues are part of the reason why.
Over in the northwest, Neumos (pronounced “new Moe’s”) has been holding it down for the Seattle scene since 2003 as one of its leading live music venues. It boasts state-of-the-art sound, an outstanding production, and stellar booking. Indie-pop stalwarts of Montreal, electronic tag-team MSTRKRFT, and rising rapper Denzel Curry are among those heading there soon.
If you know anything about San Francisco, Ticketfly’s hometown, it’s that we’re very experimental. It’s only fitting that one of the city’s newest event space lives up to its reputation. The Midway is a collaborative and interactive complex that features music, performing arts, art, emerging technologies, education, and more. You can catch underground electronic acts, take in an exhibit, indulge at the upcoming Bloody Mary Fest, or experience an immersive sound and light system. That’s got to be a gold winner for sure.