Want to meet me in person? I’ll be moderating the Agents and Promoters panel at the International Association of Venue Managers Conference in Portland on July 28, 3:15-5 p.m. Stay after for free drinks and a chance to meet the panelists — you can register for IAVM by clicking here. 

We’ll be talking about the latest trends in touring, booking and routing with an  an experienced and talented industry panel of promoters and agents. This will be an interactive panel with plenty of opportunities for audience members to ask questions. Come lobby for your building and local market, or pitch an idea to these big time deal-makers.

Here’s our crew:

unnamedThe Local – Jimi Biron, Director of Entertainment Programming and Venue Development, McMenamins

Jimi heads up booking for McMenamin’s  Crystal Ballroom, Edgefield, Lola’s Room, Boon’s Treasury and White Eagle saloon and helps book the company’s collection of 65 signature hotels, pubs and breweries. Few companies capture the ethos of Bridge City like the one founded by brothers Mike and Brian McMenamin in 1985. Besides its own microbrew line with beers  Jack Rabbit Porter and Terminator Stout, McMenamins owns a number of historic properties like the Kennedy School, a 99-year-old elementary academy converted into a boutique hotel with 57-classroom themed guest rooms and a movie theater in the building’s old auditorium.

imagesMr. Arenas – Mike Evans, President of Arenas, Live Nation

Mike oversees one of the largest touring divisions inside the world’s largest concert promoter. Besides managaing Live Nation’s large cache of touring arena shows, he also watches over the company’s growing network of arenas. Since he’s joined Live Nation, he’s helped sign booking deals with Conseco Field House in Indy, Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte and SAP Center in Silicon Valley.

alihedrick_1341872567_140The Indie Agent – Ali Hedrick, Agent, Billions Corporation

It was a big festival summer for Ali, who’s artists  The Head and the Heart and Niko Case landed Coachella gigs, while Glen Hansard from the Swell Season and the Oscar-winning film “Once” is set to play Lollapalooza. The C3 Fest will have her back in her hometown – Ali got her start in Chicago at legendary label Touch & Go Records.

Rick-Mueller-320x387Mr. Mega Fest – Rick Mueller, President of California, AEG Live/Goldenvoice

Besides helping to organize and book Coachella, Rick is charged with generating new business for Goldenvoice. Last summer that meant a West Coast arena tour with Eric Church, a run for Dutch DJ Avicii and the management contract for the Shrine Auditorium in LA. Rick has a long history in live music, working for both Live Nation and Bill Graham Presents. This year he helped rolled out First City Festival, a new event in Monterey.


RK0J0314Mr. Country – Mark Roeder, Agent, WME Entertainment, Nashville

Mark is VP for William Morris Endeavor, among the world’s oldest and largest talent agencies with offices in Beverly Hills, New York, Nashville, London and Miami. WME’s Nashville roster includes The Band Perry, Deirks Bentley, Jason Aldean, Kix Brooks, Kenny Rogers, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts and Reba. A far-reaching talent agency, WME also works with athletes for endorsement deals; that list includes Tim Tebow, Serena Williams and Kevin Garnett.