Category: Good Reads

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Lance ‘K.C.’ Jackson & Bill Reeves On Why White Tours Don’t Hire Black Tour & Production Managers

By: Andy Gensler Courtesy Lance K.C. JacksonRoadies United: Bill Reeves and Lance “K.C.” Jackson at the first annual Roadies of Color United International, an organization with over a 1,000 members, in Atlanta this past February.With over 40 years of success in the live production business, one would think tours of every stripe would be lining up…
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Tour Manager

Source: David Norman & Bob Slayer A Tour Manager manages transportation, scheduling, and the financial aspects of an artist’s time on the road. Alternate Titles Road Manager, Concert Tour Manager Avg. Salary $54,3171 Salary Range $46K – $71K1 How To Become a Tour Manager What Does A Tour Manager Do? The job of a Tour Manager is…
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Separate & Unequal: 22 Years After the Black Promoters Association Lawsuit, Has The Industry Really Changed?

By: Deborah Speer Agency BLM TIMES A-CHANGING? Major talent agencies join together to organize a rally and march in support of Black Lives Matter, starting in front of ICM Partners’ building in Century City, Calif., on June 7. In the weeks since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the music industry has rolled…
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The Stage Managers’ Association Announces 2020 Del Hughes Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Art of Stage Management

PLSN Staff NY – The Stage Managers’ Association (SMA) has announced its annual Del Hughes Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Art of Stage Management.  The 2020 honourees are distinguished Philadelphia based stage manager Patreshettarlini (Pat) Adams and Chicago based stage manager Alden J. Vasquez.  In addition to these Lifetime Achievement Awards, the SMA will…
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Dream Series Interview

By Joel Parisole Our Co-Founder Lance “K.C.” Jackson was recently was called upon for an interview by an old friend on his new series called Dreams Interview In this episode we talk with Mr. Lance “KC” Jackson. One of the original OGs, the stories he tells are timeless. Be sure to follow him on Instagram…
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Tour Tales | Bill Reeves talks Prince on the “Purple Rain Tour,” Bow Wow on the “Scream Tour,” and more

By Keith Nelson Jr  In this installment of “Tour Tales,” Bill Reeves talks rehearsal accidents on the “Purple Rain Tour,” dealing with Lauryn Hill’s lateness, D’Angelo’s stage fright and more. Read here. Musicians are barely getting a slice of music industry revenue, largely eating off of live performances instead. For ’Tour Tales,’ we dig into the…
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IEM & Hearing: What We Know And What We Don’t

By Rachel Cruz While it’s true that IEM offers the advantages of being tiny, light weight and providing significant improvement over stage wedges in terms of overall fidelity (due to the proximity of the amplifier to the eardrum), it has yet to be demonstrated whether IEM can be successfully used as a method of hearing…
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Tour Tales | Victor Reed Sr. talks tours with Bobby Brown, Nicki Minaj, JAY-Z and more

By Keith Nelson Jr In this installment of “Tour Tales,’ the longtime touring professional explains how he saved a JAY-Z set on the “Hard Knock Life Tour,” watching the birth of hip hop onstage. Musicians are barely getting a slice of music industry revenue, largely eating off of live performances instead. For ’Tour Tales,’ we dig…
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The 6 Categories Of Tours

By Bobby Owsinski A quick look at the different types, just so you understand what kind of gig you may have accepted. If you’ve never been on a real tour, it’s easy to think that they’re all like U2 or Alecia Keys, but there are actually a number of different types, categorized by their duration.…
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Maceo Price talks Cash Money landing a helicopter in a Superdome, Chris Brown and Rihanna’s epic 2007 VMAs set, and more

By Keith Nelson Jr In this installment of “Tour Tales,” Maceo Price talks how Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill’s relationship affected Meek’s performances, how Chris Brown’s epic 2007 MTV Video Music Awards performance with Rihanna came together, and more.  Musicians are barely getting a slice of music industry revenue, largely eating off of live performances instead.…
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