Category: K.C.’s Corner

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Ali Harnell: Women Nation Is Our Nation

By: Holly Gleason Ali Harnell, the originating President of Live Nation’s Women Nation, has a concert-promoting pedigree that would make anyone envious. The two-time IEBA Promoter of the Year got her start in New York City working as a talent buyer for the legendary Ron Delsener.In 1996, she moved to Nashville as the Vice President…
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Live Entertainment Professionals Buried in the COVID-19 Mix

Chris Ward “ We need to share and get this information out to the Media as well as our representatives in the Senate and Congress.  “We are an industry almost 2.5 times the size of GM with total yearly revenues  in excess of $337 Billion in 2016 compared to  $125 Billion for GM in 2019.…
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Gibson is donating guitars to musicians who lost instruments in Tennessee tornadoes

Matthew Leimkuehler, Nashville Tennessean Nashville-based guitar maker Gibson wants to help musicians impacted by the deadly  tornadoes that struck Middle Tennessee earlier this week.  Gibson Gives, a nonprofit wing of the global guitar brand, plans to donate guitars to players with damaged or destroyed instruments as a result of the early Tuesday storm, a news release…
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Parents Need to End the Stigma Surrounding Trade School

by Katie BinghamSmith I’m going to be completely transparent: When I attended high school in the ‘90s, if you were a student who took vocational classes, everyone thought it meant you couldn’t cut it in regular school. The cool thing to do was to graduate high school the traditional way and if you didn’t, you were…
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Hitting The Road: Touring Etiquette For The Uninitiated

By Becky Pell Considering instinctual behaviors from long-time roadies for surviving your first time on the road with a large-scale tour. Going on a large-scale tour for the first time is a daunting experience. Thrown together in close quarters with a bunch of people you’ve never met before, the days are long, you’re away from…
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Video slate

Roadies Of Color United Selected Featured Videos and Podcasts

Courtesy Of Friends of R.O.C.U. THE BLACK STAGE PASS COMING MARCH 2020 ALTO PICTURES PRESENTS EPISODE 1 LD at Large Podcast Series Stage and Theatrical Lighting in the modern world. Chris Lose is an international touring lighting director, programmer and columnist who has dedicated his life to solving problems through pragmatic decision making and mindfulness.…
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Lyle Mays, Evocative Pianist Who Helped Define The Pat Metheny Group, Is Dead at 66

By NATE CHINEN • 23 HOURS AGO Photo of Lyle Mays, center, with Steve Rodby and Pat Metheny, around 1981.RALPH QUINKE /  ECM RECORDS Lyle Mays, a keyboardist, composer and orchestrator who helped carve a new channel for contemporary jazz with The Pat Metheny Group, died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 66. He also performed…
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Must The Show Go On? Upholding Our End Of The Entertainment Bargain

December 6, 2019  by M. Erik Matlock “There’s only so much we can do, but let’s not be the reason the audience leaves.” “The great ambition should be to excel all others engaged in the same occupation,” said P.T. Barnum, the man who founded “The Greatest Show On Earth,” which ultimately became the Ringling Brothers…
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Showing The Way: The Power Of Positive Thinking (& Acting)

By Karl Winkler A word of encouragement goes a long way. It feels incredibly good to both parties, and it’s basically free.  As I move along in my position in life, philosophical questions and thoughts keep coming. For one thing, I wonder about whether or not to become a curmudgeon, you know, reminiscing about “back…
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ASCOT TRAVEL

ASCOT TRAVEL IS AN OFFICIAL SILVER SPONSOR for the Roadies Of Color United 10th Anniversary and Conference ENTERTAINMENT TRAVEL FROM WORLD TOURS TO MOVIE PRODUCTIONS, WE HAVE BEEN PROVIDING OUR SERVICES TO ARTISTS IN MUSIC, FILM, AND THE TELEVISION INDUSTRIES FOR OVER THIRTY YEARS. AS CHAMPIONS OF THE ENTERTAINMENT TRAVEL MARKET, WE CAN INCREASE YOUR…
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