Like many other music fans his age, Brad Tucker was swept away by Dave Matthews Band and their live performances. Unlike other music fans, Tucker’s interest in the band wasn’t quenched by a handful of albums or live shows.
“That was the band that I fell in love with. I would read all the set lists and read as much as I could about them,” Tucker told Amplify. “I became familiar with their manager Patrick Jordan and Coran Capshaw. I started looking behind the scenes to see who worked with this band. That was when I started getting into the business I think.”
Tucker spent a lot of time looking up everyone the band worked with, who they worked for, and their creative collaborators as well.
His determination to learn more about Dave Matthews Band and more led to him reading music magazines including Relix.
“I wanted to work in music, but I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do,” Tucker said. “I was familiar with Pete (Shapiro) at the time. He had taken over Relix. He was doing a lot of really cool things that I was familiar with and working with a lot of the bands that I liked. I thought if there was anywhere to start, it would be Relix which has been around since 1974.”
At the end of 2010, Tucker began an internship with Relix, working alongside Shapiro who also owns Brooklyn Bowl, the Capital Theatre, and runs Lockn’ Festival. A few months later in 2011, Tucker was hired at Shapiro’s assistant, then promoted to his executive assistant.
“I kept earning and taking on more responsibility. As Pete grew and the company grew, I was able to grow with him,” Tucker said.
Tucker continued to be Shapiro’s executive assistant but took on additional roles. He joined Shapiro’s holding company Dayglo Ventures from its inception in 2012, becoming a project manager, Director of Marketing for Relix, and handles the Relix Live Music Conference.
The conference bloomed from Tucker’s old habits with Dave Matthews Band as he developed a column for the magazine called Behind the Scenes.
“The idea there is to look at all the different people in the music business other than the artist. I interview everyone from managers to agents to bus drivers to caterers and riggers,” Tucker said. “I try to give a good look at what everyone else does that the general public doesn’t really know about. The conference is an extension of that.”
Tucker continues to work with the same people he started his music career with.
“What keeps me there is that we’re doing a lot of cool stuff across the industry,” Tucker said of Dayglo. “Pete is always coming up with new stuff and it is the creative ideas and the bands we work with that keep me there.”
Amplify caught up with Tucker to find out about five of his favorite shows.
Dave Matthews Band at Great Lawn Central Park in New York
Sept. 24, 2003
Dave Matthews Band was the band that I loved growing up, and still do. They were my favorite. I got a ticket to this show which was free. I ended up going by myself and the line to get into the park was about 10 blocks long. I walked the line all the way to where they were taking tickets and jumped in right at the end. I don’t think I would have gotten in to see the show if I had waited in line. This was the first show I really went to by myself and just wanted to go to shows from there on out.
Paul McCartney at Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennessee
June 14, 2013
I watched McCartney from a VIP section at Bonnaroo. It was the first time I had seen a McCartney concert. It blew me away. The array of songs he played from The Beatles to solo stuff to Wings was incredible. There were pyrotechnics and fireworks at points. It always stuck in my head as one of the best rock shows I’ve ever seen. Not to mention McCartney’s band is top notch.
Soulive at Brooklyn Bowl in New York
March 19, 2015
This was one of 10 nights of Soulive’s annual residency at Brooklyn Bowl called Bowlive. This particular night I had a lot of friends at the show who all share the same music interests as me. The announced guests were Anders Osbourne and George Porter Jr. Towards the end of the show The Shady Horns and Maurice Brown joined, as well as Questlove from The Roots. They played songs that I love. All of these incredible musicians playing together on some of the coolest songs: “After Midnight,” “Bertha,” “Down By The River,” “Africa.” It was super cool and I remember coming back to work the next day and Pete saying that that kind of thing doesn’t happen too often.
Phish at MGM Grand in Las Vegas
Oct. 31, 2016
I was in Las Vegas for Phish’s Halloween run in 2016, and we also had a bunch of shows happening at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas that weekend. The first three nights of Phish were great shows, but for Halloween they covered Ziggy Stardust. I was out there with a bunch of friends and colleagues, Healey, Pat Calabro who worked at the Bowl in Vegas, but my brother also came in for one night after a wedding in Oregon. We ended up watching the show from the second row of the section closest to the stage. The Bowie set was one of the greatest musical experiences of my life. The songs are so good and Phish nailed them to a tee. We went back to Brooklyn Bowl after the show and partied all night. I was on a 6am flight back to New York to following morning.
Bobby & Phil with Trey at Radio City Music Hall in New York
March 3, 2018
Bobby & Phil was an idea that Pete had had for a long time to do shows with just Bob Weir and Phil Lesh. They had never done it before. In March of 2018 we got to produce a small tour that was New York, Boston, and Chicago. I got to be an AP on the tour and work closely with all the camps. The second night of Radio City Music Hall there was an unannounced guest, Trey Anastasio. Musically, this is one of the best shows I’ve ever, ever seen. It was another level. The moment Trey was on the screens in the venue about 30 seconds into the first song, the place erupted. Being able to work behind the scenes on this show at the historic Radio City and the music being awesome was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I also had a lot of family at this show including my folks and soon to be wife and friend Berger.